Lara DeSanto


Lara is a digital editor for HealthCentral. She acts as a staff writer; the Sexual Health, Digestive Health, Head and Neck Cancer, and Gynecologic Cancer editor; and email newsletter chief. Previously, she worked as the patient education editor at the American College of OB-GYNs and as a news writer/editor at Connect with her on Twitter @laradesanto.

Latest by Lara DeSanto

Metastatic Breast Cancer: Moving Forward

Get tips for facing the future with metastatic breast cancer, including self-compassion, education, advocacy, and connection with your family and support network.

How Well Are You Managing Life With Metastatic Breast Cancer?

Take this test to learn about areas in your life — like nutrition, stress and side-effect management, and more — where you may need extra support.

What Are the Different Types of Head and Neck Cancer?

Head and neck cancer is a group of different cancers in the mouth, nose, and throat. Learn about the main types here.

10 Famous People Who Fought Head and Neck Cancer

Fact: Two U.S. presidents and one member of the Beatles dealt with head and neck cancer diagnoses.

Common Symptoms of Head and Neck Cancer

Worried about head and neck cancer? Here are the things you should watch for.

Living With ALS: One Man's Journey

HealthCentral speaks with an ALS patient about living with the condition — and the hope for a cure.

How Medically Accurate is Your Favorite Hospital Show?

From “Grey’s” to “Scrubs,” learn about how closely your favorite doctor TV shows mimic real-life medicine.

Can This App Replace Your Birth Control Method?

You’ve heard of apps that can track your period. But what about an app that you can use as birth control?

Which IUD Is Right for You? Benefits, Side Effects, and More

There are five different IUDs to choose from, so how do you know which one is best for you? Here’s a look at the pros and cons.

10 Myths About Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is quite common, but a great deal of stigma still exists surrounding the virus. Know the facts from the falsehoods.