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Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Meds and Movement: My Breast Cancer Treatment Plan

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 05.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

While my decades of physical activity did not prevent my breast cancer, it did impart the enormous benefit of stamina throughout my treatment.

Mother's Day and Birthdays: A Wish for Young Women

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

I am concerned that, when it comes to sharing what we know with our daughters, we face a challenge we did not anticipate.

Staggering Disparity in Breast Cancer Diagnosis: How 100 Miles Make the Difference

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

Too many women who are faithful with their yearly mammographic screening have been denied equal access to an early diagnosis, which convey less treatment options and worse survival outcomes.

Unforgiveable: Missed Opportunity to Save a Life

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

It will take a diverse population's full participation in well-designed studies to provide women with a better answer to the question, "What should I do?" Until then, we should err on the side of early detection and early treatment.

How Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge And More Celebs Found Out They Had Breast Cancer

Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living

Breast Cancer Awareness Month might be coming to an end, but it's a diagnosis that affects women all year long. According to BreastCancer.org, more th...

Rethink Pink: From Awareness to Knowledge

Catheryn Yashar, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Catheryn Yashar, M.D.

Too often, I encounter a newly-diagnosed, frightened woman who doesn't know that the choice for treatment is hers to make. Her surgeon, medical oncologist, and the radiation oncologist are all there to help guide her, but ultimately the decision should be -- must be -- hers.

'Cancer Explodes Old Relationships And Seals Others'

Babette Hughes | Posted 09.11.2013 | Fifty
Babette Hughes

I was told in the support group that if cancer didn't kill you, it changed you forever. I didn't believe it. It was too mythic, too sentimental, a TV illness of the week. You've seen the movie. To my surprise I discover that the myth reflects truth.

Coming Out of The Cancer Closet

Nikki Weiss-Goldstein | Posted 09.09.2013 | Women
Nikki Weiss-Goldstein

Work was the only space in which I felt normal, the only place where I could retreat and not think about my diagnosis.

The Exclusive Club That No One Wants To Get Into

Babette Hughes | Posted 08.18.2013 | Fifty
Babette Hughes

My father was murdered in a bootlegging turf war with the mafia. Although it wasn't cancer that killed him, my family felt the same secrecy, disgrace, and guilt. Like cancer, it was the death that had no name. Like cancer, my mother never acknowledged my father's death. Not once. Not in her entire life. He was our cancer.

How My Cancer Diagnosis Changed Me Forever

Babette Hughes | Posted 08.03.2013 | Fifty
Babette Hughes

No one knows exactly if your cancer will kill you sooner, or later, or not at all. There is the often broken five-year test of time, there are statistics and prognoses and studies, there are oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, and social workers; there are articles in the New York Times and the New England Journal of Medicine that often contradict each other.

Playing Reverse Dodge Ball After a Cancer Diagnosis

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

We have two choices about how we handle painful life experiences: from a place of fear or optimism. When I was sick I chose (and it was a very active, decisive choice) optimism in the form of Silver Linings.

The Family Secret My Cancer Diagnosis Resurfaced

Babette Hughes | Posted 07.20.2013 | Fifty
Babette Hughes

Denial was too late for me. Cancer doesn't lie. Cancer, unlike murder, doesn't kill in seconds. It's always there, on standby. And as I sat waiting for the doctor, my bare breasts covered in a paper jacket, I envied my mother's lifelong delusion.

The Irresponsibility of the NYT, Peggy Orenstein and Why You Must Mammogram

Tara L. Meltzer | Posted 07.10.2013 | Women
Tara L. Meltzer

Breast cancer was never a part of the language of my life. It didn't lurk in the corners of my childhood or adolescence. And when stories cropped up in my adult years, they belonged to someone else; friends of friends or the mother, aunt or sister of so-and-so.

The Fight of a Lifetime

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 05.06.2013 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

Every time someone we love hears the words, "You have cancer," we know their world and ours will never be the same. Gayle Brostowski, VFCC alum from the class of 1985, had no idea that 26 years later she would be diagnosed with third stage breast cancer.

PTSD Twice As Likely For...

Posted 03.04.2013 | Black Voices

Though it's been largely associated with traumatic events, such as war, terrorist attacks and even natural disasters, post-traumatic stress disorder (...

Extreme Breast Cancer Prevention: Should At-Risk Women Have Both Breasts Removed?

Barron H. Lerner | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Barron H. Lerner

The news that 24-year-old Allyn Rose, Miss District of Columbia in this year's Miss America competition, is planning to have both of her breasts removed in the near future is the latest case of what we might call "extreme breast cancer prevention."

Maximize Every Possibility

Marin Alsop | Posted 03.11.2013 | Fifty
Marin Alsop

There are some moments in life that I can replay in slow motion: the moment my mother told me she had breast cancer is one of those moments.

Can You Hear Me? Women and Their Doctors Talking About Surgery to Prevent Breast Cancer

Mark E. Robson, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark E. Robson, M.D.

Women with breast cancer should be helped to clearly understand what can and cannot be achieved by prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and the potentially significant risks of the procedure. Doctors, in turn, should accept that a reduction in fear is a worthwhile goal in cancer treatment.

Diagnosing Breast Cancer: The Quest for a 'Single Bullet'

Elisa Port, M.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Elisa Port, M.D.

In the last decades we have made much progress toward identifying and characterizing the pathways that lead to cancer development, but we also know that we have only just skimmed the surface of potential targeted therapy.

How to Know Your Breast Cancer Risk

Mache Seibel, MD | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Mache Seibel, MD

Talk with your doctor about the Gail Model and find out what your level of risk for breast cancer is. And get a mammogram.

Has Breast Cancer Activism Gone Too Far?

Barron H. Lerner | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Barron H. Lerner

Ms. Cappello's story is compelling. She is one of a long history of breast cancer activists who have challenged the status quo. But in my opinion, using individual cases to dictate health policy is a dangerous precedent.

What Having Breast Cancer Has Taught Me

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

When I was diagnosed with cancer two years ago this month, I never asked "Why?" Instead, I wondered, "What am I supposed to learn from this experience?" As it turns out, one of the Silver Linings of my experience with breast cancer was learning some valuable life lessons.

Finding Silver Linings During Breast Cancer

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 12.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

Pain and sadness are important and valuable feelings that need to be processed during and after any rotten experience. The beauty of Silver Linings is that they don't take away the rain. Rather, they provide an umbrella.

Two Bad Weeks for My Patients

Steven Teitelbaum | Posted 12.22.2012 | Style
Steven Teitelbaum

Your doctor won't force you to return to their office for a follow-up. Don't wait for your insurance company to send a town car to take you for a scan. You are responsible.

Why A Mastectomy Was The Best Choice For Me

Amy Curran Baker | Posted 12.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Curran Baker

I decided that I would undergo a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. I remember the frustration I felt at not having the mastectomy sooner. I wanted to fast track the whole thing. I wanted those things off yesterday.