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Vaginal Dryness 911: An Emergency Can Start the Conversation

By on May 6th, 2015 Categories: Sex Matters

“I’m really suffering here. How do I have that awkward conversation… you know… about dryness… with my doctor about getting help?”

I often hear this complaint from many of my brave patients who have sought help from numerous healthcare providers. Vaginal dryness in the midst of breast cancer treatment is a serious emergency, often made worse when no one is talking about it in the …

Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One Before: What a Long, Strange Trip It’s—…

By on April 29th, 2015 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

This whole breast cancer “thing” is turning into the crazy detour I never meant to take. Like most unexpected veerings, it’s had its moments — and, if I’m honest — both good and bad.

I was diagnosed in 2010 with stage I, ER+ breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy and radiation and I thought that would be the end of it. In the Bay Area, …

What My Patients Are Asking: Should I Avoid Fish Oil While I’m Getting Chemotherapy?

By on April 27th, 2015 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

Several news stories, including one in Time magazine, are saying that people diagnosed with cancer should avoid fish oil supplements, as well as eating mackerel and herring, while being treated with chemotherapy.

The study these news stories are based on, “Increased Plasma Levels of Chemoresistance-Inducing Fatty Acid 16:4(n-3) After Consumption of Fish and Fish Oil,” was published online on April 2, 2015 by the …

An Interview With Poet and Survivor Amy Small-McKinney

By on April 22nd, 2015 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

It’s National Poetry Month, and we’re pleased to bring you an interview with poet Amy Small-McKinney. Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. In celebration of National Poetry Month, Amy will be reading at the KGB Bar in New York City at 7 p.m. on April 29.

At what point did you first know you wanted to write poetry?

Well, I started writing in …

Our Friends Answer: What Helped You Get Calm?

By on April 8th, 2015 Categories: Community Knowledge

Finding calm when waiting for diagnosis details and making treatment decisions can be a challenge – no surprise there. But even a few minutes of peace can help your well-being. We recently asked our Facebook friends:

When you were in the throes of diagnosis and figuring out your treatment plan, was there anything that helped you get calm, even for a few minutes?

Answers ranged …

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