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

Pleasure Without Guilt: Banana Bliss Soft-Serve

Everyone – including those following non-dairy, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and/or no added sugar diets – will enjoy this smooth, unbelievably creamy ice cream clone.

3 Healthy Recipes Every Woman Should Try

We all want to eat healthier — but who has the time? Enjoy these fast, easy, and delicious recipes.

5 Fabulous Fiber-Rich Fall Foods

Fiber helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar, and is key to good digestion. Yet most Americans get far from the recomended daily amount.

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.