in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, but the sooner
the disease is found, the more treatable it is. Kohlís Conversations
for a Cure is all about getting women educated and screened.
This year, Kohlís
Department Stores donated $710,000 to the southeast Wisconsin
affiliate of Susan G. Komen to help retain the Conversations for the
Cure program, which is now in its fifth year. "Through this
program, we have talked with more than 7,000 women in southeast
Wisconsin about breast health," says Amberlea Childs, the program
coordinator for Conversations for a Cure at the Komen affiliate.
"The real touchstone of our program are the dozens of women who
serve as volunteers, going into homes, churches, businesses and
nonprofit groups to talk openly about breast cancer and the potential
effect it can have on their lives. The goal is to encourage health
discuss barriers that prevent women from getting breast exams, such as
fear, financial concerns or not having enough time. Participants will
also learn about the benefits of yearly screenings. At the end of the
conversation, participants will have the tools to break down these
always hear the real-life stories of women who are helped by this
program, but one woman took the time to write to us. She didnít have
coverage for a mammogram and we helped her find funding. As a result
of the mammogram, she had a biopsy. It turned out she did not have
cancer, but she was so grateful for the help she received, she wanted
to tell us about it," Childs says. "Our goal is to reach as
many women as possible and empower them to be their own health
mind matters in cancer treatment
approach to treating cancer can benefit patients by providing a
more precise diagnosis and more comprehensive treatment
recommendations. Typically, a team may include an oncologist,
radiologist, nurse, nutritionist and others treating the
physical symptoms of the disease. But now, psychologists and
psychiatrists have joined the team, addressing patientsí
emotional and mental well-being.
people are going along the road of treatment and recovery, we
may screen them for emotional and stress problems," says
Dr. Julie Bryson of the Multidisciplinary Care Team at Aurora
Cancer Services. "What we do depends on the person. Someone
might be in the midst of an already stressful life when they are
diagnosed. It can be a time of great distress for people,"
treatment plan varies depending on the patient, Bryson says.
"We might recommend breathing and relaxation exercises to
relieve stress. Or, if a patient lacks a strong support system,
we may refer them to social services for help. Many times,
patients feel like theyíre not in control of their life,
unable to do the things they are used to doing. Thatís when we
try to figure out what things they still are in control of. We
want to help provide as good a quality of life as
possible," she says.
from patients and families has been positive, and Bryson is
appreciative of the patients. "Iím always impressed by
the strength of people, even though they donít think of
themselves as strong," she says.