Sheila M. Eldred

Health Writer

Sheila Mulrooney Eldred is a graduate of Columbia’s School of Journalism and a former newspaper reporter. As a freelance health journalist, she writes about everything from deadly diseases to elite athletes, including superbugs, opioids, ticks, and laughter yoga. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Nature, FiveThirtyEight, Pacific Standard, STAT News, and other publications. In her spare time, she and her family love running, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking in Minneapolis.

Conditions Covered:Cancer, Uterine Cancer, Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Stomach Cancer, Head & Neck Cancer, Multiple Myeloma

Latest by Sheila M. Eldred

We Need to Talk About Suicide Among Head and Neck Cancer Survivors

With potential disfigurement and other difficult treatment side effects, survivors of these cancers need support, says one cancer researcher.

Do You Need MSI Analysis for Your Endometrial Cancer?

Could your endometrial cancer be caused by microsatellite instability, the cause of at least 20 percent of endometrial cancers? Here’s how to find out.

How to Manage Endometrial Cancer Treatment Side Effects

Whether you've had chemo, radiation, immunotherapy, or a hysterectomy, learn how to manage potential side effects.

A Cancer Doc Explains Microsatellite Instability and Endometrial Cancer

Gynecologic oncologist Mian Shahzad, M.D., answers our top questions on how MSI impacts endometrial cancer.

What Your GYN Wants You to Know About Endometrial Cancer

Get the facts about the most common gynecological cancer, including risk factors, diagnosis, treatments, and more, straight from a doctor.

Eat Smart For Colon Cancer Treatment Recovery

Colon cancer and treatment side effects make it hard to take in essential nutrients. Here are some ways to nourish your body and help prevent cancer recurrence.

Metastatic Breast Cancer and Depression

It is normal for a cancer patient to feel sad. But depression is not normal — and it's treatable.

Immunotherapy: A Cure for Some Lung Cancers?

With immunotherapy, some patients with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer can skip chemotherapy altogether and are living for years with their disease in check.

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: The Big Picture

Explore these long-term considerations, from fertility preservation to how to develop a survivorship care plan.

Which Celebrities Have Had Ovarian Cancer?

Learn about these famous women who have had ovarian cancer, including actresses, civil rights heroes, Olympic gymnasts, and more.