Sheryl Crow's Emotional Battle During Breast Cancer
- In a revealing new documentary, Sheryl Crow recalls what it was like to be followed by the paparazzi while she was battling cancer.
- Sheryl was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) – also known as stage zero breast cancer – in 2006 at age 44 after a routine mammogram she almost skipped.
- After getting diagnosed with cancer, some people experience grief and depression; your mental health can impact your cancer treatment – seek help if you need it.
The Missouri native says in the documentary, “I felt like I didn’t deserve it,” of the media attention she received while going through cancer and dealing with her breakup from Lance Armstrong in the public eye.Read More
Sheryl Crow’s Breast Cancer Battle
Sheryl was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) – also known as stage zero breast cancer – in 2006 at age 44 after a routine mammogram she almost skipped. When a person has DCIS, stage zero cancer, it means abnormal cells can be found in the breast milk duct and have become cancerous but have not yet metastasized – or spread – to other parts of the body.
Crow credits her gut instinct with not putting off her mammogram. After the screening, received a diagnosis of breast cancer. “It never occurred to me that the mammogram would find anything because I have no family history and I had no signs of it, no lumps or anything like that,” Crow once told People magazine of the diagnosis. “And I was extremely, and still am, very healthy, very athletic and fit. I just didn’t think I would be a candidate at all.”
Crow’s lumpectomy, a minimally invasive surgery, was followed by 33 radiation treatments over 7 weeks. After these treatments, her cancer went into remission. Today, she’s a staunch advocate for urging women to get their mammograms and screen for breast cancer.
Women aged 45 to 54 with an average risk of breast cancer should get mammograms annually. Speak with your doctor to schedule one if you’re overdue for this year’s mammogram.
Sheryl Crow’s Emotional Battle During Cancer
Sheryl Crow gives a voice to the complex emotions that many feel during a cancer battle. In an earlier interview, Dr. Scott Irwin, the director of Supportive Care Services at Cedars-Sinai, says, “Grief comes in waves. It often gets better over time, but at certain days, it can look like depression. And other days, people look perfectly normal and can function.”
“They’re grieving the change in their life, the future they had imagined is now different,” explains Dr. Irwin. “In cancer care, sometimes, we’re actually forcing some body changes that are beyond what would be normal aging, and that can be even harder for people to deal with where they don’t feel like themselves.”
Dr. Irwin says in another interview how clinical depression may impact cancer treatment. He says, “there’s data that [show] if you have extra stress or depression that you may not recover or you have a higher risk of recurrence so that in treating the depression, we’re actually impacting the cancer care outcomes.”
It’s important to care for your mental health, alongside your physical health, while going through cancer. Reach out for support from a psychologist or therapist if you’re struggling after your diagnosis. Trained professionals can help make the journey much less overwhelming.