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Metastatic Breast Cancer

Dancing through Stage 4 Cancer, Spreading Hope

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Deborah J. Cornwall

Robyn's life gyrates between extremes. One day she is in the courtroom relentlessly pressing a client's case, and the next she may be receiving chemotherapy and be so sick in the aftermath that she can barely stand. Robyn has simply outrun challenges that would flatten most normal people.

What I Wish I'd Known When I Was First Diagnosed With Metastatic Breast Cancer

Jennifer Campisano | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Campisano

A few months ago, after being asked for the umpteenth time what advice I'd give to someone newly diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, I reached out ...

Photography Exhibit Chronicles the Lives of Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer

Karim Orange | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact
Karim Orange

Breast Cancer: A Story Half Told addresses the many misconceptions of MBC through photography. Five prominent photographers chronicled the lives of five women living with the disease. These five women are phenomenal!

Making the Most of Your Dialogue When Dealing With Breast Cancer

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

One of the most difficult aspects for anyone in dealing with breast cancer is handling the medical aspects that one faces. I clearly remember the fi...

Take Down the Bras and Really Work for a Cancer Cure

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 10.14.2015 | Women
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Every October when Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes hold, I see a massive disconnect from what breast cancer can do to a life, and the public campaigns of everything hot pink from scarves to cars, along with the new trend of stringing bras across large expanses.

The Next Promising Frontier of Precision Medicine: Metastatic Breast Cancer

Marc Hurlbert, PhD | Posted 10.14.2015 | Science
Marc Hurlbert, PhD

When President Obama announced his Precision Medicine Initiative, it was a new concept to many, but not to those of us involved in metastatic breast cancer research. To us, the call was a signal of a new commitment with the potential to advance the progress that has been made.

Seeing Breast Cancer With 20/20 Vision

Darryle Pollack | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women
Darryle Pollack

We all like winners. We all like happy endings. And pink ribbons have presented breast cancer as a feel-good story. Well, it isn't. And it especially isn't for women with stage IV who resent feeling like unwelcome guests at the pretty pink party.

The Well-Meaning Friend

Carol A Miele | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Carol A Miele

Is the term "well-meaning friend" an expression to signify one who does unintentional harm while providing acts of kindness and sincere concern? Or......

Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients Need Help

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

If you ever meet a woman dealing with metastatic breast cancer, you will know what real courage is.

Fighting Breast Cancer By Embracing Our Sexuality

Pamela Madsen | Posted 05.03.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

When I heard that my sister, Tracey's breast cancer had returned to us 10 years later as stage Four Metastatic Cancer and was taking a roller coaster ride through her spinal column, the first thing that I did was stop breathing.

Breast Cancer Therapy Failed Me

Los Angeles Times | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living

I am dying, literally, at my home in Hollywood, of metastatic breast cancer, the only kind of breast cancer that kills. For six years I've known I was...

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Take My Life, Please

Seporah Raizer | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

In January I had my regular scans. Scanathon, as I've come to call it, as it's an all-day process. Scanathon consists of a CT and bone scan that I usu...

Quantity and Quality of Life: Addressing Gaps in Services for Those Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer

Marc S. Hurlbert, PhD | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Marc S. Hurlbert, PhD

Living with metastatic breast cancer is a daily challenge. Each day you wake up, you don't know what side effects you're going to face. You wonder if you're going to have enough energy to make it out of bed, let alone through the day.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Gone Girl

Seporah Raizer | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

My heart will come back a little stronger every day, but it will never be the same. There will always be the spot that Annie carved out, in my heart, and in my life. But she'll never be truly gone. Someone as special as Annie can never truly be gone for good. I will always have a place for Annie. Until we meet again.

What Are We Doing About Metastatic Breast Cancer?

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

Of course we don't have all of the answers yet, but every single day I am finding more and more information about new drugs, new therapies, new treatments and the promise of so much more on the horizon. So if you think that nothing is being done to help those who are Stage IV breast cancer survivors, I challenge you to take another look at all that is going on around us.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Show Me the Money

Seporah Raizer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

It's shrinking the cancer, but it's also shrinking my sense of who I am and definitely who I used to be. I was very active before cancer, and now I need to rest after going to the grocery store.

From Survivor to Metastatic Survivor

Lisa Masters | Posted 01.04.2015 | Women
Lisa Masters

I forgot what chemotherapy does to the body other than killing cancer cells.The memories, along with the side effects, have returned. The changes to my digestive system and my thinning hair have spoken loudly that "the cancer's back."

3 Breast Cancer Survivors: Stories on Faith, Hope and Purpose

Vanessa Cunningham | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Vanessa Cunningham

I was moved to showcase these women in hopes that women would draw strength, courage, and hope from these stories.

Metastatic Breast Cancer As Seen Through A Daughter's Eyes

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 12.28.2014 | Impact
Barbara Jacoby

Although Cate and her mom had always been very close, their bond grew stronger after the diagnosis.

No Time For Complacency: Advanced Breast Cancer Calls For Advanced Research

Myra J. Biblowit | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Myra J. Biblowit

While there has been significant progress in early detection and treatment for primary breast cancer, advances in treatment and prevention of metastasis are lagging behind. It's a wily disease that works in mysterious ways.

When TODAY Said I Was 'Not Bald Enough'

Jennifer Campisano | Posted 12.02.2014 | Women
Jennifer Campisano

Fueled by our fury over the responses we were getting because we weren't BALD, a lot of us wrote TODAY back to explain how gutted we by the fact that a lot of women are getting left out of the conversation, by the media perpetuation that you must LOOK sick in order to BE sick.

We Have Stage Four Cancer: Does That Make Us Terminal?

Jennifer Campisano | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Campisano

The average life span for someone with my illness is still 26 months. I've never thought of myself as terminal, but many people will describe this disease with that word. I began to wonder if I was just being wishful in my thinking.

Ring Sisters

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 10.04.2014 | Women
Sarah O'Leary

Several years ago I purchased a ring from a high-end jewelry store, but it could have been from anywhere. I loved the design of the Trinity ring from ...

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Conversation

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

They deal with friends who don't quite know what to say, anxious family members and even with those who suggest that maybe these patients aren't "fighting hard enough" or didn't do something to prevent their disease.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Hey, Hey, We're the Metsters

Seporah Raizer | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

A lot of people out there hear the words breast cancer and think that's it. That the breast cancer you have, is the same one I have, and the same one your mom had, and the same one your fish had, etc. But that couldn't be farther from the truth.