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  • Managing Hair Loss

    Posted 9/19/2014 by hhill

      First, thank you to all who responded to yesterday's post about National BRA day. FYI: I was in touch with the wonderful Chief of Plastic Surgery at BIDMC, and he was equally upset and said he would respond to his organization about it.

      Today's entry is a repeat about managing hair loss.  I have had three requests this week from blog readers who asked for this information, so there may be others out there who would like to have it, too.

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  • Pink October Gets Earlier and Uglier

    Posted 9/18/2014 by hhill
      First, many thanks to Casey for bringing this particularly heinous piece of pink to my attention. If you have read this blog during the fall of other years, you are aware of my intense dislike of the whole PInk October campaign. What was once, 20 or so years ago, a legitimate effort to bring breast cancer into the public conversation has become a marketing tool for anyone who wants to grab a piece of the cancer action. Read more... Comments (1)
  • You and Your Team

    Posted 9/17/2014 by hhill
      It matters a lot who your caregivers are, how they interact with one another and with you, and how you feel about those relationships. For women with breast cancer, the team will include a surgeon and a medical oncologist, and may also include a radiation oncologist, a plastic surgeon, a nurse practitioner (or more than one), a chemotherapy nurse, a social worker, and, perhaps, a physical therapist and a nutritionist. That's a lot of people! Read more... Comments (0)
  • Sea Buckthorn Oil and Sex

    Posted 9/16/2014 by hhill

      I just love it when I have a catchy title for the day's entry. Hope you enjoyed this one.

      As many of us know, there are inevitable sexual changes post menopause, and that experience frequently comes sooner to women who have had breast cancer treatment. Chemotherapy and hormonal/endorcrine therapies can throw younger women into premature menopause and keep them there. Therefore, the normal issues around diminished libido and response, vaginal dryness, and vaginal atrophy may make an early appearance.

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  • Lumpectomy may be Better than Mastectomy

    Posted 9/15/2014 by hhill
      If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I have written often about the dubious benefit of bilateral vs. single mastectomies for most women. This is a new and nice twist on that topic: a study suggesting that wide excision/lumpectomy may actually provide a small survival benefit over mastectomy for women with early stage ER positive breast cancer. Read more... Comments (0)
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