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.

Latest Articles by PJ Hamel

Woman experiencing breast pain.
Breast Cancer

Do You Know These Breast Cancer Symptoms?

It’s natural to feel worried if you notice a change in your breast. This guide can help you know when to seek a doctor’s attention.

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Breast Cancer

Less-Common Breast Cancers You Should Know About

Expert Patient PJ Hamel takes you through the basics of Inflammatory Breast Cancer and Paget’s disease. Q. I’ve been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. What can you tell me about it, and what my treatment might be like? A. Inflammatory breast ...

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Breast Cancer

Common Questions About Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer

Q. I’ve been on tamoxifen for a couple of years, and now my doctor is switching me to an aromatase inhibitor. I understand how tamoxifen works, but this AI is a whole new thing… how does it work? A. Aromatase inhibitors (pronounced aroma-tase: just l...

Woman getting a mammogram.
Breast Cancer

How to Get Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment on a Budget

If you find a lump in your breast and don't have insurance, you might be eligible for breast cancer screening and treatment through this government program.

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Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Symptoms: When to Worry, When to Wait

Worried about breast cancer? This guide will help you find all the information you need about potential symptoms and when to see a doctor.

Two senior ladies having afternoon tea.
Breast Cancer

What's the Best Treatment for Breast Cancer After Age 7O?

The vast majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer are older, fully one-third of all breast cancers are diagnosed in women 70 or older.

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Breast Cancer

10 Things to Know About Metastatic Breast Cancer

The more you know about the recurring forms of breast cancer, the better prepared you will be to continue your fight against it.

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Osteoporosis

Dealing with Osteoporosis Pain: Five Coping Strategies

If you’ve ever broken a bone, especially a major one - your arm, your leg - you know how painful it can be. Now imagine living with osteoporosis, and the daily threat of bone fractures. Simply walking can cause hip and/or spinal fractures and their a...