My Breast My Health

My Breast My Health

A podcast about breast cancer and how to live a healthier life. Join and listen in to Dr Tasha, a consultant breast cancer surgeon, talking to experts in the field of medicine, surgery, as well as those in the health and wellness space. But most importantly, she has conversations with people who have been affected by breast cancer and who have been generous enough to share their stories. The aim of the podcast is to educate, inform and inspire.

Episodes

August 4, 2021 52 min

Breast cancer in the South Asian community is a topic that doesn't get talked much about.  My guest on today's show, Iyna Butt, knows all about this.

You see, Iyna is a British South Asian woman, and when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she soon realised that cancer in general, let alone breast cancer specifically, seems to be a subject that nobody talks about.

Although no doubt the intentions were good, she was given a...

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How does yoga help with breast cancer recovery? We all know that exercise and movement are not only good for our health, it also has a positive impact on the outcome of breast cancer treatment. Many of you may already practice yoga, and no doubt you already know about the various benefits it brings. But, if you have had treatment for breast cancer, can yoga help with recovery?

In this episode, Marcia Mercier, explains how she embrac...

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In this episode, we are talking about all things bra-related. 

If you think you know about bras..think again. In this episode, I talk to Julie Blanche who is an expert bra fitter. It was a great conversation and you wouldn't believe how complex the world of bras can be. You don't know what you don't know. That is so true.

At the end of this episode, you will learn so much.
We talked about so many things, including the best...

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Life is predictably unpredictable. Things happen randomly, unexpectedly, and out of our control.

A breast cancer diagnosis for example is such a life event. Similarly, after breast cancer treatment has finished,  you can't predict how you recover. You may find changes to the breast. You may be feeling certain symptoms that you are not particularly sure of. You may need support for your mental well-being. All of these don't h...

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Welcome back to the podcast!

In this solo episode, I talk about all things related to breast cancer recurrence. This is the one thing most patients fear... the fear of cancer coming back. In this episode, I talk about the types of breast cancer recurrences, what can be done to treat it and what symptoms to look out for.

I hope this is useful, and if you want to check out the show notes, head over to:

https://mybreastmyhealth.com/episo...

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Dr Bob Octovianus is a breast surgeon in Indonesia, one of the most populous countries in the world. With that comes many challenges. Limited resources, financial restrictions and cultural barriers. He also explains the lack of breast cancer awareness in the community leading to patients presenting to his clinics with locally advanced cancers.

This episode highlights the differences in health care provisions across the world. Certai...

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So, this episode is slightly different. Today I am going to take you behind the scenes on an operating day.

For those who have never had surgery, you may wonder what happens on a day when a surgeon operates? What time does it start? How does the day run? What are the different activities that happen behind the scene to make sure that all surgeries are done and all patients are taken care of?

This episode was recorded nearly 12 months...

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We live in a digital age and more and more of us are downloading health apps in order to boost and improve our health and wellbeing.

But, how can a health app be helpful for those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer?

Dr Anne Bruinvels is the founder of the app OWise, a health app that is designed to help patients with breast cancer. It is essentially a one-stop shop which can be used to store information surrounding the cancer...

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The field of functional and integrative medicine is becoming increasingly recognised by the mainstream. If you haven't come across these areas, then this is the podcast episode for you.

Dr Nina Fuller-Shavel is my guest today. She is an integrative medicine practitioner, who initially trained as a natural scientist and then entered medicine. She became slightly disillusioned by how very disease centric medicine is and she realis...

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If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial. But, what is a clinical trial? Am I eligible to participate? What are the benefits? What does it involve? Do I have to pay?

These are some of the questions we discuss in this week's episode with Danielle Ralic. Danielle is a technologist and her career has revolved working on solving tech problems in healthcare. Her passion is to use ...

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Jo was diagnosed with primary breast cancer at the age of 38 years, 14 years ago. At the time, she had a 5-month daughter, a 2-year-old son, and her life was turned upside down.

Since her primary diagnosis, she has been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer affecting her lymph nodes in her neck, her sternum, and recently brain metastasis.

Throughout the years, Jo has been a passionate advocate for those affected by breast cancer, wh...

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Hello again and welcome to the second part of a two part series where we talk all things benign.

Today's conversation is with Dr Peter Davis, who works as a histopathologist. He and his team are responsible for analysing any tissue that we take either from a biopsy or at surgery. They process it, examine it under the microscope and deliver a diagnosis.
It is really clever stuff.

We left off following our previous conversation, and...

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When you have a breast abnormality, you may need to have a biopsy. This is where a sample is taken from the breast and sent to the lab for analyses.

The majority of biopsies come back as a benign (non-cancerous) diagnosis. Of course this is always a great relief. But the actual terminology of the results can be confusing and unclear.

Today I have a conversation with Dr Peter Davis, who is a histopathologist. He and his team are respo...

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What happens when you are diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28?  You reflect on your life, consider what is important and then you pivot. You pursue a path that you find meaningful and fulfilling.

This is what happened to my guest today, Paulina Golozd.

Paulina had a secure high flying corporate job. However, a breast cancer diagnosis made her realise that perhaps what she was doing wasn't enough. She wanted to make an i...

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What to eat and what not to eat? That is the question.

There is so much information and mis-information out there surrounding nutrition and food. Navigating through the noise can be really difficult, this is more so when you are looking for reliable and accurate information surrounding nutrition around a breast cancer diagnosis.

Tamar Rothenberg is a nutrition dietician who specialises in nutrition supporting those who have had a bre...

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We all know that exercise is good for you. However, this is especially true if you have had treatment for breast cancer. There is emerging evidence suggesting that regular exercise not only improves your general fitness, but it can also reduce cancer recurrence and improve outcome post treatment.

Today's guest is Tom Cowan, an exercise physiologist who works closely with those affected by cancer. Tom's work has been recognis...

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December 30, 2020 20 min

So, 2020 has been no ordinary year.
We have suffered loss, faced numerous challenges and setbacks, as well as experience inspirational moments and joy...all bundled into 12 extraordinary months.

I wanted to share what I have learnt over the past year. The things that have resonated with me the most. The things that have inspired me the most. Taking time to reflect is always beneficial, for me at least. It allows me to take stock, lea...

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Have you ever wondered what a mammogram is? Does it hurt? Can you have a mammogram if you have breast implants? Am I too young to have a mammogram?

If you want to learn more about all things related to mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and breast screening, then this is the episode to listen to.

In this episode, I have a conversation with Dawn McDonald who works as a consultant radiographer. Dawn has been in this field for many years, ...

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In today's episode, I have a conversation with Kath Elliott.

Kath, who is based in Melbourne, Australia, was diagnosed with breast cancer in her mid-40s, just over a year ago. 

In this episode we talked about her she coped with her breast cancer treatment, how her family and friends got her through her chemotherapy, and that telling her 3 boys about her cancer was the hardest thing to do.

Her cancer diagnosis also changed the way ...

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Welcome to Season 2!

In this episode, I have a conversation with Toral Shah. Toral is a chef, nutritionist and an advocate of functional medicine. She is passionate about the role of food in the prevention of diseases in general, and cancer in particular.

In this episode, we talk about so many things, from what motivated her to become interested in food, her own breast cancer diagnosis at a young age and how she became a passionate a...

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