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

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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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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...

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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 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.

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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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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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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...

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Can Hormone Therapy Prevent Breast Cancer Recurrence?

What is tamoxifen? Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) is one of the most common drugs – perhaps THE most common drug – used as a part of the hormone therapy used to prevent breast cancer (either an initial diagnosis, or recurrence). Appropriate for women whose bre...

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Handling Fear of Death When You Have Breast Cancer

Here’s an overview of the information a patient needs to determine the severity of their diagnosis and a general prognosis.

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Shannen Doherty's Breast Cancer Death Prediction

If you’ve watched TV at all during the past couple of decades, you probably recognize the name Shannen Doherty.