PJ Hamel

PJ Hamel, Patient Expert

PJ Hamel is senior digital content editor and food writer at King Arthur Flour, and a James Beard award-winning author. A 16-year breast cancer survivor, her passion is helping women through this devastating disease. She manages a large and active online survivor support network based at her local hospital and shares her wisdom and experience with the greater community via HealthCentral.com.

How to Create a Great Relationship with Your Medical Team

Credit: Thinkstock Cancer is a very engaging experience. Obviously, those words don’t carry their usual positive sense when applied to this seriously devastating disease. But going through cancer — particularly through the active treatment phase — me...
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It's Not Black and White: Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer

Credit: Thinkstock Breast cancer is a kick in the gut to any of us who’ve been through it. The devastation when you learn you have the disease; the onerous treatment; the loss of a breast or breasts, all can make moving forward both bleak and dishear...
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10 Winter Tips for Cancer Survivors

Cancer survivors have more than icy roads to worry about, from snow shoveling to that vacation in the Tropics. Here are 10 things cancer survivors should watch out for during colder weather — and ways to cope. 1. Be good to your eyes Some types of ch...
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The Lineup: Who's Who on Your Cancer Team

Credit: Thinkstock You had a mammogram, and got a call back: They see something “suspicious.” Your second mammogram fails to clarify the issue, and your doctor schedules a biopsy. You’re asked to report to radiology; you mistakenly show up at the rad...
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The Year in Review: 2016's Top Breast Cancer Stories

Cancer research is a long, slow grind. Scientists and doctors have spent centuries examining the disease — and it remains a killer. But each year builds on the ones before to bring us closer to that ever-elusive cure, as well as developing huge strid...
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10 Simple Gifts for Cancer Patients

Your elderly aunt, a long-time work colleague — your best friend. Someone very dear to you is going through breast cancer. Whether newly diagnosed or actively surviving, a special gift that bears witness to the cancer experience (and helps soften the ...
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Tips For Successful Gluten-Free Baking

Credit: Thinkstock Certain holidays will always be associated with specific dishes: turkey at Thanksgiving, for instance, or hot cross buns at Easter. And many of us make the same foods, using the same recipes, over and over again, each year. Because ...
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10 Ways to Deal with Holiday Unhappiness

Credit: Thinkstock No one wants to rain on the holiday parade. But it can be hard to join the fun when cancer’s made you sick, scared, financially challenged — or all three. Here are some suggestions for taking the sting out of illness-induced misery ...
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