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Woman’s Personal Health Resource in O&P Business News

Monday, January 17th, 2011

O&P Business News is the #1 online source for daily news and perspectives in orthotics and prosthetics.  Recently they published”Positive Atmosphere Improves Business for Post-Mastectomy Providers”  where they interviewed Andrea Barbera, CFM of Anita International Corporation.  O&P then contacted Barbara here at Woman’s Personal Health Resource to get her perspective on the topic.  Below is Barbara’s perspective and the entire article can be viewed at O&P Business News.

Andrea Barbera’s [insight into] the relationship between a mastectomy fitter and her customer offer interesting food for thought. After a diagnosis of breast cancer followed by surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, a woman’s self esteem is challenged, withered down and her emotional stability is in jeopardy. For this woman, finding a place of respite where she can heal her damaged self-esteem is of utmost importance. A warm, caring mastectomy fitter who can help her choose the right products so that she is comfortable will change her life. A diverse selection of products from immediate post-mastectomy through recovery and beyond will keep her coming back to the same environment. Offering garments that are fashionable, sexy and well-fitting will keep her as a customer forever.

Barbera notes that we live in a time where reimbursement and all its regulations require quite a challenge. Although there are many on-line businesses — mine included — it is important that women have a place to go to be fitted and a place where they can shop for items that will become an integral part of their feeling whole.

— Barbara Zarrell, RN
Chief executive officer, The Woman’s Personal Health

If you have questions of your own feel free to contact us, we would love to help out any way we can.

Acupunture and Breast Cancer

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Acupunture Reduces Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients

Acupuncture Reduces Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients

Among women treated with hormonal therapy for breast cancer, acupuncture and Effexor® (venlafaxine) were similarly effective at reducing the frequency of hot flashes. These results were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The majority of breast cancers are hormone receptor-positive. These cancers are stimulated to grow by the circulating female hormones estrogen and/or progesterone. Treatment of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer often involves hormonal therapies that suppress or block the action of estrogen. These therapies include tamoxifen (Nolvadex®) as well as agents known as aromatase inhibitors. Tamoxifen acts by blocking estrogen receptors, whereas aromatase inhibitors suppress the production of estrogen in postmenopausal women.

Common side effects of hormonal therapy include hot flashes and night sweats. Antidepressants such as Effexor have shown some effectiveness in managing these symptoms but can produce side effects and may not be acceptable to all women.

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that aims to improve health by stimulating specific points of the body.[1] Because acupuncture has shown some promise in reducing hot flashes in breast cancer patients, researchers conducted a study to compare it to Effexor.[2] The study involved 50 women with Stage 0-III breast cancer who were experiencing hot flashes during hormonal therapy. Half the women received acupuncture for 12 weeks, and half the women were treated with Effexor for 12 weeks.

•Both groups (acupuncture and Effexor) experienced significant decreases in hot flash frequency. Acupuncture appeared to be as effective at reducing hot flashes as Effexor.

•By two weeks after completing treatment with acupuncture or Effexor, hot flash frequency increased in the Effexor group but remained at low levels in the acupuncture group.

•Side effects among women treated with Effexor included nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, and anxiety. Acupuncture did not produce any negative side effects.

These results suggest that acupuncture may be as effective as Effexor at reducing the frequency of hot flashes in breast cancer patients treated with hormonal therapy.


[1] National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Acupuncture: An Introduction. Available at: Accessed January 4, 2010.

[2] Walker EM, Rodriguez AI, Kohn B et al. Acupuncture versus venlafaxine for the management of vasomotor symptoms in patients with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology [early online publication]. December 28, 2009.

Radiation Side Effects

Friday, February 5th, 2010

I received the following email from a student at the University of Dayton asking for information from women who have gone through radiation treatment.  The side effects of radiation treatment are cumulative, and difficult to endure.  There is redness, pain, sensitivity, fatique, skin changes, and the inability to wear many types of clothing.  If you can, would you help her with this survey:


I am a student at the University of Dayton researching the effects of
radiation treatment on the skin, specifically breast cancer. Our team
will use this information to
design an apparatus to alleviate some of the discomfort caused by such
treatments. I was wondering if you would be willing to send our survey
to your clients.

Your input is very important to us.
The survey:

Thank you,
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me,
Jessica Brookman