Moments of reflection are important for everyone. But for cancer survivors like actress Cynthia Nixon, 56, they could mean even more.
Nixon is thriving in life and career. She has been married to his beloved wife, activist Christine Marinoni, 55, since 2012, and the couple have one child, Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni. Together, the three live in a four-story townhouse in Kips Bay on East 32nd St. that they bought for $4.4 million last year. She also has two other children – Samuel Joseph and Charles Ezekiel Mozes – with former longtime partner Danny Mozes.
She is also a tube star sex and the city to restart And just like that… where she plays Miranda Hobbes – an iconic character whose story recently took on an arc that Nixon gave her own stamp of approval for.
“I was like, ‘Sure, why not!'” Nixon remembers saying when series showrunner Michael Patrick King, 67, asked him about the possibility of his character, Miranda Hobbes, being queer. . “If we’re trying to do different things, show different worlds, and show different sides of these characters, why not do that?”
And now the hit star has taken a moment to reflect on her past. In a recent Instagram post, Nixon shared a beautiful photo of herself likely near the start of her career.
“#ThrowbackThursday headshot edition,” she wrote in her caption.
Fans and friends were loving the throwback and showing their support.
“So pretty! Love the head tilt to show off the earring,” wrote one follower (@sandy.k.peck). Another follower (@soniaserrario) added an endearing comment: “The same beautiful look.”
Same Orange is the new black actress Uzo Aduba, 41, took the time to comment.
“Well yeah. To all of that. ❤️😍❤️,” she wrote.
Cynthia Nixon’s battle with cancer
Although Nixon appears to be in a good place, there’s no denying that she’s been through many ups and downs, including her battle with breast cancer.
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Nixon found a lump in her breast in 2006. Fortunately, her cancer was discovered at stage 1. And although breast cancer is always a serious diagnosis, Nixon has remained calm throughout her cancer journey.
“When I was diagnosed, my wife – who wasn’t my wife at the time because there was no gay marriage in New York yet – was shocked,” she said. . Parade. “She was really scared. I was a lot less scared because I understood that they had caught it very early. It hadn’t metastasized at all. And it was in this very local little place.
She went on to say that her mother was a big reason she took the news so well.
“My mother had breast cancer when I was 13 and she survived,” she said. “Due not only to my mother’s experience, but also my mother’s attitude, I considered it with caution.”
For treatment, Nixon underwent a lumpectomy and six and a half weeks of radiation therapy followed by hormone therapy Tamoxifen for five years.
“I did everything I was advised to do, but I did my best to keep my fear to a minimum,” Nixon said.
Nixon’s cancer was detected during a routine mammogram. She started her mammograms at age 35 because of her mother’s breast cancer.
Understanding breast cancer
Breast cancer is a common cancer that has been the subject of much research. Many women develop breast cancer each year, but men can also develop this cancer – although it is rarer, in part due to the simple fact that they have less breast tissue.
There are many treatment options for people with this condition, but treatment depends greatly on the specifics of each case. Identifying these specificities means investigating whether cancer cells have certain receptors. These receptors – the estrogen receptor, the progesterone receptor and the HER2 receptor – can help identify unique characteristics of cancer and help personalize treatment.
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“These receptors, I like to think of them as little hands on the outside of the cell, they can grab what we call ligands, and those ligands are basically the hormones that can flow through the bloodstream and then can be sucked into this cancer cell and used as a fertilizer, as a growth medium for the cells,” Dr. Elizabeth Comen, a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, previously told SurvivorNet.
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An example of a type of ligand that can stimulate a cancer cell is the hormone estrogen, hence why an estrogen receptor positive breast cancer will grow when stimulated by estrogen. In these cases, your doctor may suggest treatment that specifically targets the estrogen receptor. But for HER2-positive breast cancers, therapies that target only the HER2 receptor may be most beneficial.
The importance of screening
Breast cancer screening is usually done by mammography, which looks for lumps in the breast tissue and signs of cancer. The American Cancer Society (ACS) advises that women should begin annual mammography screening for breast cancer at age 45 if they are at average risk for breast cancer. The ACS also says that people between the ages of 40 and 44 have the option of starting screening with a mammogram every year, and women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every two years, or they can choose to continue annual mammograms.
For screening purposes, a woman is considered to be at average risk if she has no personal history of breast cancer, a significant family history of breast cancer, a genetic mutation known to increase cancer risk breast cancer, such as a BRCA gene mutation or medical history including radiation therapy to the chest before the age of 30. Beyond genetics, family history, and radiation therapy experience, having your period at an early age (before age 12) or having dense breasts can also put you in a high-risk category. If you are at higher risk of developing breast cancer, you should start screening earlier.
In a previous interview with SurvivorNet, Dr. Connie Lehman, chief of the division of breast imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, said people who have not yet reached menopause should prioritize annual mammograms.
When should I have a mammogram?
“We know that cancers grow faster in our younger patients, and having that annual mammogram can save lives,” Dr. Lehman said. “After menopause, it may be perfectly acceptable to reduce this frequency to every two years. But what worries me the most are the women who have not had a mammogram for two, three or four years, these women who have never had a mammogram. We all agree that regular screening mammograms save lives.
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It is also important to be aware of breast self-examination. If you ever feel a lump in your breast, you should be vigilant and discuss it with your doctor immediately. Expressing your concerns as soon as you have them can lead to early detection of cancer which, in turn, can lead to better outcomes.
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