Dr Oz: Laura Berman Breast Cancer Treatment
Dr Oz talked with relationship therapist Dr Laura Berman about her breast cancer treatment. After her surprise diagnosis, she had a mastectomy to remove one of her breasts. But her cancer story did not end there. Read about her chemotherapy and breast cancer treatment advice for loved ones. She also shared post-cancer diet advice.
Dr Oz: Breast Cancer Results
Dr Laura Berman had reconstruction after her mastectomy. Then she thought this chapter of her life would be over. But she was in for a shock during a routine follow-up. That is when she learned something even more devastating.
According to her doctors, the cancer was still in her body. A genetic form of aggressive breast cancer was still growing inside her. The medical team called this interesting, saying it was unusual for someone her age.
Dr Berman said she likes being called interesting, but not for this type of reason. She would need even more family support to get through this unusual twist.
Dr Oz: Laura Berman HER2 Breast Cancer & Herceptin
Her rare genetic form of breast cancer is called HER2, and it used to be a death sentence. But Dr Oz and Laura agreed that the drug Herceptin, in combination with chemotherapy, is a revolutionary and promising treatment that worked for her.
Dr Oz: Laura Berman Chemotherapy
Dr Laura Berman said she had to go through chemotherapy to treat this new round of cancer. Since she would be losing her hair, her husband agreed to shave his head in support of her.
They agreed that this would make it easier for their three kids. They might be less afraid seeing both of their parents with shaved heads. The children surprised Laura by asking if they could shave their heads too!
In the end, the whole family shaved their heads to show support for Laura Berman during her chemotherapy.
Dr Oz: Chemotherapy Hair Loss
There was something liberating for Laura about losing her hair during breast cancer chemo. She said that her hair had become a huge part of her identity, and she now felt more confident without it.
She said that it was a lot easier to get ready in the morning, because all she had to do was rub oil on her scalp, instead of washing and drying her hair. She chose to go bald instead of wearing a scarf or wig.
Dr Oz: Laura Berman Breast Cancer Treatment Advice
Dr Berman had some advice for other spouses or families dealing with breast cancer. She said the best thing you can do is be an ally for the patient. Don’t try to fix the cancer or be super strong. Just be there, and be ready to help when you are asked.