Your Medical Team: How to Deal With Negative Relationships

Credit: Thinkstock There’s nothing that casts a pall over an already tough experience — cancer treatment — like having challenging relationships with the members of your medical team. If you find yourself anxious about seeing your radiation oncologis...
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World Cancer Day: 10 Surprising Facts About Breast Cancer

Credit: Thinkstock February 4 is World Cancer Day, observed globally since 2000. The focus of this day is raising awareness around cancer and cancer prevention. While breast cancer awareness in America has increased significantly since the 1970s, her...
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How to Create a Great Relationship with Your Medical Team

Credit: Thinkstock Cancer is a very engaging experience. Obviously, those words don’t carry their usual positive sense when applied to this seriously devastating disease. But going through cancer — particularly through the active treatment phase — me...
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It's Not Black and White: Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer

Credit: Thinkstock Breast cancer is a kick in the gut to any of us who’ve been through it. The devastation when you learn you have the disease; the onerous treatment; the loss of a breast or breasts, all can make moving forward both bleak and dishear...
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10 Winter Tips for Cancer Survivors

Credit: Thinkstock Cancer survivors have more than icy roads to worry about, from snow shoveling to that vacation in the Tropics. Here are 10 things cancer survivors should watch out for during colder weather — and ways to cope. 1. Be good to your ey...
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The Lineup: Who's Who on Your Cancer Team

Credit: Thinkstock You had a mammogram, and got a call back: They see something “suspicious.” Your second mammogram fails to clarify the issue, and your doctor schedules a biopsy. You’re asked to report to radiology; you mistakenly show up at the rad...
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The Year in Review: 2016's Top Breast Cancer Stories

Cancer research is a long, slow grind. Scientists and doctors have spent centuries examining the disease — and it remains a killer. But each year builds on the ones before to bring us closer to that ever-elusive cure, as well as developing huge strid...
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10 Simple Gifts for Cancer Patients

Credit: Thinkstock Your elderly aunt, a long-time work colleague — your best friend. Someone very dear to you is going through breast cancer. Whether newly diagnosed or actively surviving, a special gift that bears witness to the cancer experience (a...
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