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Lene  Andersen

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Writer, Advocate, Photographer

Spring Allergies and the Pollen Vortex

Stock up on tissues and antihistamines! If you thought the polar vortex was bad, prepare for the pollen vortex. The 50 million Americans who live with seasonal allergies may be in for a very intense spring pollen season.   We are just coming out of a winter that seemed to never end. The mid-Atlantic region of North America was held captive... Read moreChevron
posted 04/16/2014, comments (0)|
Eileen Bailey

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Do’s and Don’ts to Managing the Skin Reactions to Topical Chemotherapy

Topical chemotherapy is a targeted treatment. It is applied directly to the affected area and side effects are much less severe than traditional chemotherapy. As the topical chemotherapy kills cancer cells, it can also damage surrounding cells, which causes the side effects, such as redness, rash, itching or pain. If you experience side... Read moreChevron
posted 04/15/2014, comments (0)|
PJ Hamel

PJ Hamel, Health Guide

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Author, breast cancer survivor

Breast Reconstruction: Choosing What Type

Once you decide to have breast reconstruction surgery, you need to choose which type: saline/ silicone implants, or surgery using your own body tissue (autologous reconstruction). Here are the details on each that’ll help you make your best decision.   Q. I’ve heard there are lots of different choices for reconstruction. Can you... Read moreChevron
posted 04/15/2014, comments (0)|
Phyllis Johnson

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Inflammatory Breast Cancer Survivor

Will Taking Fertility Drugs Increase My Risk for Breast Cancer?

When Elizabeth Edwards was diagnosed with breast cancer, many speculated that taking fertility drugs might have been a factor in causing her cancer.  Some studies seemed to support that taking fertility drugs raises a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer, but so does being childless.   A woman who desperately wants a baby tries... Read moreChevron
Laura Zigman

Laura Zigman, Health Guide

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Author of Piece of Work

"You Should Apologize For Saying You Had Cancer (Because The NYTs Says It Probably Wasn't Cancer)"

  There was a piece recently in the New York Times about cancer. This, in and of itself, isn't unusual, since there are many pieces in the New York Times about cancer. What was unusual was what the piece suggested: Cancer should be renamed. Some cancers aren't really cancer, even though they're still called... Read moreChevron