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The Mammography Debate

By on February 19th, 2013 Categories: News

Confused by all the fighting over the value of mammography? There’s been an active — even fierce — debate about the value of mammography, especially since the November 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations to change screening guidelines to every other year starting at age 50. Breastcancer.org has been a strong proponent of the current guidelines of annual mammography starting at age 40 for …

The Places You’ll Go (After a Diagnosis)

By on February 15th, 2013 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I’m sorry to say so

but, sadly, it’s true

that Bang-ups

and Hang-ups

can happen to you

from Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go

I love traveling to new places, beaches, mountains, cities, historic sites — they’re all enchanting to me. But the journey I navigated this last year was a far cry from any other I have ever taken.

I was diagnosed …

What My Patients Are Asking: How Bad Is the Flu This Year?

By on January 30th, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, News

The rumor going around the hospital right now is that this flu* season is unusually bad. My colleagues and I have definitely seen some pretty sick  patients. When Burt Reynolds ended up in a Florida ICU with the flu, my patients started to take notice.

So how bad is the flu this year?

First of all, we don’t really know yet because flu season typically …

Welcoming a New Era

By on January 18th, 2013 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I am writing this after the world ended. Pretty cool, huh?

The market research company Ipsos Global Public Affairs concluded in May that 12 percent of Americans zealously believed that the end of the Mayan calendar — which spans about 5,125 years — would mark a major shift for humanity… bluntly speaking: the end of the world. It happened on December 21, 2012. That’s also …

A Hair Loss Checklist: The Steps You Need to Take Before You Undergo Treatment

By on December 21st, 2012 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Treatment & Side Effects

As women we tend to think about how others react to a diagnosis, sometimes putting aside our own emotions because we want to soothe others. We want to make sure they are all o.k.

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, when you finally sit down and absorb everything, you know you need a plan. After all the medical decisions are made, and if chemotherapy …

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