“Hello, Beautiful People!” A Tribute to Pam Notaro

By on October 16th, 2015 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Pam Notaro had just taken over as office manager at Medical Broadcasting Company, a digital health agency in Philadelphia where I worked, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her energy was immediate and different. I didn’t get to know her well until after I’d completed treatment a year later. She was pure Italian vital force from South Philly — beautiful, salty, radiant, hilariously blunt …

What Does Metastatic Breast Cancer Mean to Your Sexuality?

By on October 9th, 2015 Categories: Sex Matters

As an educator, sexual medicine gynecologist, and counselor, I knew what I wanted to say, but words couldn’t translate into pen and paper. As I pondered the concept of breast cancer sexuality in the face of metastatic disease, it was apparent that this blog would be dedicated to women who were personally close to me — my grandmothers Rose, Tutu, and great aunt Oldie — …

Our Friends Answer: Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2015

By on October 2nd, 2015 Categories: Community Knowledge

We reached out to our Facebook community with this question:  It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Are there issues you feel are not getting enough attention?

Our Facebook users had a lot to say about breast cancer, screening, treatment, and much more. Here’s a sampling:


“More attention to highlight the illnesses that can increase the risk of breast cancer, i.e., polycystic ovaries!”

 Screening and diagnosis

Book Giveaway Contest: Writing About Feelings Through Story

By on September 23rd, 2015 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Editor’s note: is hosting a writing contest! Author and four-time breast cancer survivor Pamela Post-Ferrante is generously giving away three copies of her book Writing & Healing: A Mindful Guide for Cancer Survivors to three contest participants. No writing experience is necessary to enter. Pamela will review all submissions; winners will be announced in November.

Simply complete the writing exercise below, and send your …

Reader Q&A: No Libido Treatment Studies on Breast Cancer Patients?

By on September 18th, 2015 Categories: Sex Matters

For this month’s column we wanted to address some important questions from readers. With the approval of flibanserin (brand name: Addyi), many questions have arisen concerning sexuality research, sexual desire, and cancer treatment. In addition, some women are asking about sexual desire after breast cancer treatment and possible time to resolution of symptoms.

Why have there not been studies done on breast cancer patients to

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