Blogs

Read here blogs written by the OWise team. The team, all scientists, discuss topics that may be of interest to you. So far the topics have been highlighted by our close collaborators including patients, carers, cancer clinicians, support workers and other health care professionals. If you have any suggestions for an interesting blog, please get in touch!

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Mastectomy Cast
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February 25, 2021

Carrying your Scars: Managing Life Post-Surgery

In the final part of our surgery miniseries, we look at the long-term effects of life post-surgery, including mental and physical wellbeing.

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OWise and Make 2nds Count Partnership Blog Series
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February 25, 2021

Blog Series in partnership with Make 2nds Count

We have partnered up with the charity Make 2nds Count to launch an innovative six-part blog series. Every second Thursday we will look at the different types of secondary breast cancer and treatments available. We will also be hearing from patients about their own experiences.

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February 18, 2021

Lumpectomy and radiotherapy: All you need to know

Find out everything about lumpectomy and radiotherapy, as well as some results from recent clinical trials, and useful tips for you to manage common side effects caused by these treatments.

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February 11, 2021

Mastectomy and breast reconstruction: Your options

Surgery is one of the first treatments a breast cancer patient receives. Find out more about the different types of mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

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February 4, 2021

Sex, Intimacy and Breast Cancer Treatment

While not always discussed in the Doctor’s office, breast cancer treatment can significantly impact on your sexual and intimate life.

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February 2, 2021

Embracing changes in appearance from cancer: Our conversation with Look Good Feel Better

Join us for our conversation with Look Good Feel Better, and find out their top tips for managing changes in appearance from cancer

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January 28, 2021

The concept of therapy before surgery (neoadjuvant) in breast cancer

Find out about therapy before surgery (neoadjuvant) in breast cancer. In this blog, we cover
the main aspects, its impact on surgery and long-term outcomes.

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Untangling drug terminology
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January 21, 2021

Untangling drug terminology – The “mabs”: Trastuzumab, Pertuzumab, Atezolizumab

We know that drug names can be confusing. That’s why we’re untangling drug terminology. Starting with the monoclonal antibodies (AKA the mabs).

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Hormone therapy resistance
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January 14, 2021

Hormone therapy resistance: What you should know

Find out what hormone therapy resistance means, how it happens, and how it may affect you and your treatment plan.

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Natasha, OWise User
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January 7, 2021

Breast cancer, taboos and the BAME community: Q&A with Natasha

This week we had the pleasure to speak with Natasha (@blackbaldnbeautiful) about breast cancer in the BAME community.

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Orange paper fan
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December 22, 2020

Hot flushes: What causes them and how to manage them

Are you experiencing hot flushes? This blog explores what causes them and tips to help you manage them.

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December 17, 2020

Demystifying fear of breast cancer recurrence

Fear of cancer recurrence is one of the most common psychosocial effects of cancer. Find out what it is and how to manage it.

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December 10, 2020

The Power of the Written Word: Our Conversation with Sara from ‘Ticking Off Breast Cancer’

Sara Liyanage, the creator of the website and book, ‘Ticking Off Breast Cancer’, speaks to us about her work in raising people’s voices.

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Clinical trials - a doctor holding a new drig
Blog
December 3, 2020

Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer: Our A to Z Guide

Want to better understand what clinical trials are and what they mean for you? Here is OWise’s extensive guide to all things clinical trials.

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Mary Huckle
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November 30, 2020

Mary Huckle speaks with us about Exercise and Cancer

Mary Huckle, a pilates instructor and personal trainer, lets us know how regular exercise can help people during their breast cancer treatment.

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November 26, 2020

Tamoxifen: what you should and shouldn’t avoid

Tamoxifen is one of the widely prescribed breast cancer treatments for premenopausal women.But, did you know that the effectiveness of this drug can be boosted or compromised based on everyday foods and drinks?

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Joint Pain
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November 19, 2020

Aromatase Inhibitors and Joint Pain: Causes and Ways of Managing

Joint pain is common amongst breast cancer patients using aromatase inhibitors. Learn more about the various ways of managing this symptom.

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November 12, 2020

Q&A with OWise User: Michaela

Michaela, an OWise User, has kindly agreed to share her experience of breast cancer treatment as well as how the OWise app has supported her.

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Woman sitting on a bed holding a glass of water
Blog
November 5, 2020

Moving forward after active treatment

Coming to the end of your active treatment period for breast cancer? This blog explores how to manage the new changes during this time.

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October 29, 2020

What’ve hormones got to do with it?

Have secondary hormone receptor positive breast cancer? Find out your treatment options and the latest advances for this subtype.

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Counselling Session
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October 28, 2020

‘Counselling with Cancer’ & advice for managing anxiety during COVID

Claire Francis from ‘Counselling with Cancer’ speaks to us about her practice, anxiety during the pandemic and how the OWise app can help.

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Headshot of OWise user
Blog
October 23, 2020

Q&A with OWise User: Michelle

Michelle was part of the user testing for the latest version of the OWise app. Read her thoughts on OWise here.

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Group of women sat together
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October 22, 2020

What’ve hormones got to do with it?

Have early stage hormone receptor positive breast cancer? Check out this blog to find out what it is and how it may affect your treatment plan.

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Two women sitting back to back
Blog
October 15, 2020

Triple Negative and Me: TNBC and its treatments

If you have Triple Negative breast cancer, find out exactly what triple negative is and how it can affect your treatment plan.

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