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  • Controlling Cancer

    Posted 10/1/2014 by hhill

      Happy October first. This is a marker for several reasons: New Englanders generally love the fall; we are treated to spectacular crisp, blue sky days. We like apple picking and fields of pumpkins and the glorious starts at night--especially as we are acutely aware that winter is approaching. In Breast Cancer World, October has been horribly contaminated by Pink, and I am sure I will not be able to refrain from a few posts this month about this deplorable movement.

      The importance of today for this blog, however, is that it officially becomes Living with Cancer rather than Living with Breast Cancer. It likely will take a little while for the online title to change, but the reasons are related to intent and funding. With a broader vision, we are hopeful that more readers will find this useful. Welcome.

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  • Cardiac Risks after Cancer Treatment

    Posted 9/30/2014 by hhill
      This is scary business. We have known, if we dared to think about it, that some cancer treatments bring a potential cardiac risk. The culprits have been radiation (if the field includes proximity to the heart) and anthrycycline drugs (like Adriamycin). The development of many effective targeted therapies, however, has grown that list. Herceptin, an absolute triumph and life saver for many women with her2 positive breast cancers, can cause damage to cardiac function. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Fatter Waist and Breast Cancer Risk

    Posted 9/29/2014 by hhill
      I think I hate this story and this study. All of us "women of a certain age" (meaning post-menopausal) are already very aware that we will never again have the wasp-like waists of our youth. Remember Scarlett O'Hara being laced into a tight corset? I suspect that wouldn't even work. As we age, no matter how much or little weight we gain, everything shifts, and all of us are thicker around the middle and hips than we once were. I look at lovely young women with tiny waists and sigh..and remind myself that I had my time like that and didn't even appreciate it. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Physical Therapists and Cancer Care

    Posted 9/28/2014 by hhill
      In an ideal world, every woman having breast cancer surgery would have at least a consultation with a physical therapist. In a totally ideal world, the opportunity for that introduction, especially for women having a mastectomy with or without reconstruction, would happen before surgery. My dear friend and colleague, Nancy Roberge, DPT from Chestnut Hill Physical Therapy Associates made a huge difference in my recovery from a mastectomy by showing me some exercises to do before surgery. There were others, of course, for afterwards, but those stretches and lifts made a difference and made a psychological difference, too, as they gave me something positive to do for myself. Read more... Comments (0)
  • An Excellent Genetics Resource

    Posted 9/27/2014 by hhill
      I am so appreciative when you send me ideas for this blog--especially when those suggestions introduce me to someone or something new. In this case, thanks to Claire for  telling me about Ricki Lewis and her most recent blog about Genetic Testing for All: Is it Eugenics? Read more... Comments (0)
  • An Open Letter and Joan Lunden and Met Breast Cancer

    Posted 9/26/2014 by hhill
     How is that for a run on title? SInce our system rejects titles that contain any numbers or punctuation, I am forced to be creative and rather awkward. Thanks to Sharon for sending this on to me. Many of you are aware that Joan Lunden, the long-time co-host of Good Morning, America has breast cancer and has been refreshingly honest and public about her situation. We all wish her well. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Buckle Up for October

    Posted 9/25/2014 by hhill
      After yesterday's more geeky entry, I am back with my negative obsession re Pink October. Like stores that start to decorate for Christmas in October or Valentine's Day in January, propaganda about Pink Breast Cancer Awareness gets earlier and earlier. I promise that I will find other things to think and write about, especially since the focus of this blog is supposed to broaden in October. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Angiogenesis and Angiogenesis Inhibitors

    Posted 9/24/2014 by hhill
      Although it may not be obvious to you, I do try to diversify and cover a lot of territory in this blog. Starting October 1st (see yesterday's entry for more details), that will be even more true as the title changes to Living with Cancer. Now I try to move among research and science and psychosocial and policy topics. This keeps me interested, hopefully does the same for you, and is a little of trying to find something for everyone. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Everything You Want to Know about Chemobrain

    Posted 9/23/2014 by hhill
      Perhaps this should be titled More than Everything You Want to Know about Chemobrain. I know that I have written before about this problem that troubles many of us, but this is the most complete article I have seen. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Late Recurrences

    Posted 9/22/2014 by hhill
      The good news about breast cancer is that there are effective treatments and many women go on to live long and healthy lives about diagnosis and treatment. The bad news about breast cancer is that it can, especially certain subtypes, recur years or even decades later. The "five years and you are cured" scenerio does not apply to us. Read more... Comments (0)
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