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  • Medical Mistakes

    Posted 10/31/2014 by hhill
      Mistakes happen. We all know; we all make them. Medical mistakes, big medical mistakes, however, are the stuff of nightmares. Many of us remember the death of Betsy Lehman, a 39 year old mother of two girls and Boston Globe health reporter, who died in 1994 after an overdose of chemotherapy drugs given during a bone marrow transplant (a treatment then in use for women with very aggressive or metastatic breast cancers). Betsy was my friend, so I especially remember this fiasco. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Cancer Related Fatigue

    Posted 10/30/2014 by hhill
      Fatigue is a common companion of cancer treatment. It seems rather sophomoric to say that virtually everyone being treated for cancer is tired--as in, no kidding, of course they are. The drugs make us tired. The stress makes us tired. The frequent trips to the hospital and multiple appointments and too much time in waiting rooms make us tired. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Science Decade Reviews

    Posted 10/29/2014 by hhill
      It may or may not be obvious to my readers, but I am still working towards finding the right rhythm or balance for this expanded blog. When I was expected to write only about breast cancer, it came more naturally. For better or worse, I live and breathe breast cancer, and my instincts are pretty good about what is important and what will likely be of interest. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Managing Anxiety

    Posted 10/28/2014 by hhill
      Anxiety inevitably accompanies cancer. It is predictably intense right after diagnosis, when preparing for surgery or chemotherapy or radiation, when treatment ends, and if cancer recurs or progresses. Anxiety usually accompanies planned scans, MRIs, or other procedures and tests. We worry mostly about the results, but we may worry about the procedure itself, too. Anxiety is a normal response to these difficult circumstances, and can usually be managed without medical interventions. Read more... Comments (0)
  • The Mayor Stops Treatment

    Posted 10/27/2014 by hhill
      Of course I know that Tom Menino is no longer the mayor of Boston, but, for many of us, he remains "The Mayor". The news a few days ago that he had elected to stop treatment (preumably that means chemotherapy), transition to palliative care, and spend more time with his family and friends was shocking although not surprising. From the moment he was diagnosed with cancer of unknown origin that had already spread to his liver, we knew the news could not be good. Read more... Comments (0)
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