ASK THE EXPERT
Each month, we ask a breast cancer expert to respond to your questions on a specific topic during an ask-the-expert residency. Answers to select questions will be posted to our website on an ongoing basis throughout the month.
The topic for the month of June is:
Managing Stress and Anxiety
If you want to know how to manage the stress of breast cancer treatment, how treatment side effects may impact your emotions, how to tell the difference between common feelings of sadness or loss and clinical depression or how to ask for or find support, ask our experts, Kauser Ahmed, PhD, and Ruth H. Steinman, MD, your question using the form below.
While we make an effort to answer as many questions as we can, we are unable to answer all questions that are submitted. Our experts will answer questions on an ongoing basis throughout June; check back for updates.
If you have an urgent question or would like to speak to someone in person, please call our Survivors’ Helpline at (888) 753-LBBC (5222).
About Our Experts
Kauser Ahmed, PhD,is a clinical psychologist at the Simms/Mann UCLA Center of Integrative Oncology in Los Angeles, Calif. She provides individual, couples and family counseling to patients and families coping with the impact of cancer in their lives as well as consultation to medical teams who treat individuals with cancer. She works closely with women undergoing treatment for breast cancer through the UCLA Revlon Breast Center and as co-facilitator of a weekly support group for women undergoing treatment for early diagnosis breast cancer.
Ruth H. Steinman, MD, is a psychiatrist with a private practice in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. She is a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she completed a residency in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry. She has been practicing since 1991 and specializes in treating individuals with medical illness. From 2005 to 2013 Dr. Steinman was a psychiatrist at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, where she treated people affected by cancer experiencing psychological and psychiatric difficulties with a combination of individual psychotherapy and medicines that affect the mind.
Please do not submit any highly personal or identifying information (name, address, etc.) in your question. And remember: we cannot provide diagnoses, medical consultations or specific treatment recommendations. This service is designed for educational and informational purposes only. The information is general in nature. For specific healthcare questions or concerns, consult your healthcare provider because treatment varies with individual circumstances. The content is not intended in any way to substitute for professional counseling or medical advice.