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

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.

Just the Facts About Breast Cancer Chemo Regime AC + T

How AC + T works, how to prep for treatment, and then what to expect once you have it (including side effects).

What Should You Know About Taxol/Taxotere and Cytoxan (TC) Therapy?

Taxol/Taxotere and Cytoxan (TC) therapy is one of the most common types of chemotherapy given to women with early-stage breast cancer. Here’s duration information and possible side effects, including chemo brain and fatigue.

Which Should You Have -- Lumpectomy or a Mastectomy?

"Take the time to look deep into yourself for the treatment option that feels right. If you need help, ask your doctor if there's a service at the hospital that deals with medical decision-making; and if there is, use it."

The Simple Pleasures of Survivorship

“Cancer forces you to stop. Everything is put on hold as you go through weeks or months of treatment. It’s impossible to work at the same pace, with the same intensity, that you did before your diagnosis.”

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?