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Dr Juliana has more than 10 years of experience in Family Medicine, Aesthetic Medicine and Women’s Health. Being a strong advocate of disease prevention and healthy lifestyle, she did belly dancing on a weekly basis, maintained a healthy diet and had no family history of cancer amongst her immediate family. Yet, at the young age of 38 when she was new to motherhood, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The damage to the skin is mainly a result of the side effects of the chemotherapy drugs and the radiation energy.
Since my diagnosis, I have met some wonderful cancer survivors who consulted me for advice on aesthetic treatment. Some of them developed severe acne along with extreme dryness which can be quite challenging both physically and mentally. However, having been through it myself, I do believe it is important to not rush into any treatment but focus on giving our bodies and skin a chance to recover through sufficient rest, healthy dieting and regular exercise.
At the end of the day, I feel that keeping positive helps to speed up the healing process. To contribute to this feeling of positivity, it is my belief to address both the physical and the emotional stage – you feel good, you look good.
Choosing to go back to work one week after my radiotherapy had ended gave me the regularity I needed in my new life. I feel that spending time listening to my new friends about their unique journeys and skin changes as a result of their treatment helped me too in my emotional recovery from cancer. In a way they were also my saviours.
My brush with cancer has taught me to live everyday to the fullest and be a better version of myself. My relationship with my husband has grown from strength to strength and I have learnt to focus on the important things in life. I plan to heal well so that I can move on to family planning which is another challenge for young cancer patients like myself. Although we already feel very blessed with our son, another child would definitely be something amazing for us to look forward to.
It is still early for me as I am fresh off my active treatment with uncertainty ahead. But I know that even years after this ordeal has passed, my dedication to contribute to other cancer survivors like myself will continue to be a part of who I am. Life after treatment has brought me new friends who are fellow cancer survivors and it’s an amazing sisterhood that will bind us for life.
Cancer treatment plans may differ from person to person as it depends on the staging and type of cancer they have. My breast cancer was hormone receptor negative and HER 2 receptor positive for which I was advised to undergo chemotherapy, radiotherapy and Herceptin treatment. While my cancer diagnosis essentially put my baby number 2 plans on the backburner, I was determined to fight my cancer as my priority.
I researched a lot into the body changes I was likely to experience during chemo and prepared the best I could for it. I anticipated dry and itchy skin, dry mouth and ulcers, nail changes, hair loss, nausea and tiredness.
I found that regular hydration was an important step to control the side effects to my skin and was a strong believer in prevention. Despite the gruelling side effects of chemotherapy I would still religiously apply my skin, nail and oral care products on a daily basis to minimize side effects.
Hair loss was inevitable for the type of chemotherapy drug that was selected for me and despite the use of a cold cap I still lost about 70% of my hair. I had cut my usually long hair to a short bob prior to starting treatment but eventually had my head shaved after my second cycle as the hair loss was too emotionally challenging. I learned to embrace my new shaven look and took to wearing headscarves when out of the house. It was such a relief and an immense feeling of emancipation when 4-5 months after ending chemo I finally grew enough hair to leave the house without a head cover!
Nausea and tiredness were very emotionally draining on me and despite my usual positive disposition it did manage to push me into a period of sadness during my chemo cycles. I tried to overcome this by taking daily walks and planning little things to look forward to. As challenging as chemotherapy was, I persevered through it as best I could. My body and mind slowly but surely recovered leaps and bounds after the treatment had ended.
As a trained family physician and an aesthetic doctor, I was in control of both my environment and treatment regime. For my skin, I was able to alter treatment regimes to suit the dryness and increased sensitivity of my skin. I chose to do hydrafacial to help with my dry and dull skin during my “good weeks” of chemotherapy in a regularly sanitised room dedicated for my treatment to address my low immunity.
Once my chemotherapy sessions had ended, I waited a few weeks before embarking on laser and injectable skin treatments. I chose the product Rejuran Healer to help with the healing of my skin. It did wonders to breathe life into my otherwise dull and damaged skin.
About 6 to 8 weeks post treatment, I noticed that my skin became less dry and my skin colour tone was finally turning healthy-looking.
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After graduating from Guys’, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine in the United Kingdom, Dr Juliana went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Family medicine at the National University of Singapore. She is currently pursuing her diploma in Occupational Medicine.
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