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.

Conditions Covered:Breast Cancer, Stomach Cancer, Lung Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Brain Cancer, Cancer, Kidney Disease

Latest by PJ Hamel

Breast Cancer Recurrence: Where Do You Stand?

Some breast cancer survivors can put fears of recurrence out of their minds, while others think about it every day. Which kind are you?

Health Problems in Breast Cancer Survivors

You should feel great about making it through your breast cancer treatments, but as a survivor you'll also have to stay on guard for these other conditions.

10 Ways to Lower Bone Fracture Risk

Many fractures in older people are related to osteoporosis. Here are some simple things you can do to reduce your risk.

All About AC + T for Breast Cancer

If your doctor has recommended the chemo regime AC + T for breast cancer, here's what you should know about how it works and the potential side effects.

All About Taxol/Taxotere and Cytoxan (TC)

If your doctor has recomended Taxol/Taxotere and Cytoxan (TC) therapy for early-stage breast cancer, here’s what you can expect during treatment.

Should You Get a Lumpectomy or Mastectomy?

It's one of the hardest choices a woman with breast cancer has to make. Here's how to weigh your options to make the right decision for you.

The Simple Pleasures of Surviving Cancer

The phrase "stop and smell the roses" takes on new meaning after a cancer diagnosis. Here's how breast cancer taught me to live life in the moment.

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?

Caring for the Caregivers

Caregivers are human, too, and they need a little help once in while to make sure they don't get burned out. Here's how to lighten their load.

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.