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 by PJ Hamel

How to Help Someone with Cancer

Many of us know a woman with breast cancer, but do you know the best things you can do or say to help her through it?

How to Give Your Metastatic Breast Cancer Caregivers Help

Caregivers are human, too; they need a regular “battery recharge” in order to best keep caring for you. Here are some tips on how to keep your metastatic breast caregiver team in top-notch shape.

How to Tell Your Metastatic Breast Cancer Story

What’s the best way to tell your story about being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer? PJ gives her advice.

Best Ways to Organize Your Medical Files When You Have Metastatic Breast Cancer

After a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, you’ll want to make the most of your time. And while paperwork is probably the last thing you want to deal with, keeping your life organized can help.

How to Say Goodbye When Someone Has Metastatic Breast Cancer

The time has come when it’s apparent that all the good medical care in the world hasn’t taken away this person’s illness and, barring a miracle (medical or spiritual), they’re going to die. What do you say?

Beating Breast Cancer Meant Being Able to See My Son to Adulthood

A candid and heart-wrenching story of a mom who was faced with this harsh reality — and how she pushed through.

Sleep Issues With Metastatic Breast Cancer: How to Cope

Learn the common sleep problems caused by this late-stage cancer, like insomnia, why they occur, and how to treat them.

How Cold Caps Prevent Hair Loss During Chemo

Learn about how to use cold caps during chemotherapy for breast cancer to reduce the risk of hair loss.

Should You Test for Breast Cancer Risk at Home?

The FDA approved the at-home genetic tests for three specific BRCA mutations. But are they worth it?

Metastatic Breast Cancer: How to Deal With Stress

Your body needs treatment, but so do your heart and mind. Here are some ways to regain (and maintain) emotional equilibrium.