Episode 60: Empowering Breast and Bone Health: Insights with Dr. Tasha Gandamihardja

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[2:40] Intro to Dr. Tasha and her work
[4:00 ] Misinformation and why she started using social media to impart knowledge about breast cancer
[8:55] Minimizing risks of breast cancer
[9:44] The biggest myths about breast cancer
[12:42] Exercise 
[16:44] Yoga and cancer
[18:07] Breast cancer and bone health
[23:44] Foods
[29:28] Being overwhelmed by all the noise online
[30:26] The differences between healthy and non healthy tissue (from a surgeons perspective)
[34:27] Looking after your breasts

Empowering Bone and Breast Health: Insights with Dr. Tasha

In Episode 60 of the Stronger Bones Lifestyle Podcast, host Debi Robinson is joined by Dr. Tasha Gandamihardja, a distinguished breast cancer surgeon and passionate advocate for comprehensive breast health education. 

Dr. Tasha is an Oncoplastic Breast Cancer and Reconstructive Surgeon based at the Holly Private Hospital. With over a decade of experience, Dr. Tasha brings a kind, compassionate and highly-professional approach to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the podcast today sharing her experiences treating patients, fighting misinformation, and promoting holistic approaches to health.

Throughout their discussion, Debi and Dr. Tasha delve into the crucial link between breast cancer treatment and bone health, emphasizing the effects of medications and lifestyle choices on bone density. They also tackle common myths about breast cancer, the importance of diet, and the role of exercise in prevention and recovery. Dr. Tasha passionately shares her insights on using complementary therapies like yoga to aid both physical and mental well-being during cancer treatment.

Listen today to gain an understanding of the importance of self-examinations, plus  the benefits of a varied diet, and enjoy this enlightening conversation filled with actionable advice for anyone looking to support their bone and overall health.

"Growing old is a privilege and is something we should embrace." [12:03]

"Exercise in and of itself is so valuable to health that the next thing we can do from a lifestyle perspective is so far away from that that it really is that movement. Things in motion stay in motion. [13:42]

"I think for anybody who's had a cancer diagnosis, whether that's breast cancer or any other cancer, really not only looking after your physical health, but also your mental health is so vital." [17:11]

"It's not just about eating right; it's about living right to keep your body strong." [38:20]

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Dr. Tasha emphasizes that exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence and improves outcomes by helping to maintain a healthy weight, reducing inflammation, and balancing hormone levels.

Dr. Tasha debunks this myth, explaining that there is no scientific evidence linking underwired bras to an increased risk of breast cancer.

Dr. Tasha discusses the importance of bone-strengthening medications, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and incorporating regular exercise to counteract the effects of medications like letrozole, which can impact estrogen levels and bone health.

Dr. Tasha recommends yoga as an effective complementary therapy for its physical and mental health benefits, helping to improve well-being during and after cancer treatment.

Dr. Tasha emphasizes the importance of looking for any new lumps, changes in breast texture, dimpling of the skin, and changes in the nipple. Regular self-examination helps in early detection, which can be crucial for treatment success.

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