New online medical resource

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Just five years ago if you were diagnosed with an illness, you would have a consultation with a doctor and maybe a nurse, probably be given some leaflets and a phone number, and… Continue reading

Seasons of survival

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Happily as happens time and again, as soon as I start thinking about a certain post for this blog or come across an interesting study, I find another link or article which expands… Continue reading

Laura’s Story

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I first encountered Laura Morefield online through a comment she had left on another blog. On it Laura spoke of something she calls “cancer face”. I was so taken with her comment, and… Continue reading

ER star undergoes surgery for breast tumor

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A real life medical drama has hit actress Maura Tierney, best know for her long-running role as Abby Lockhart,  in TV medical drama ER. Tierney, who is of Irish descent,  says she’s having surgery… Continue reading

What not to say to someone with cancer

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Breast cancer survivor and freelance author, Diane Rivers shares a reflection with readers on what to say, or even more so, not to say to someone newly diagnosed with cancer. Here’s a few of the… Continue reading

Targeted therapy – hope or hype?

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With all the excitement surrounding targeted cancer drugs, what’s the reality of these “magic bullets”? This is the question posed by Laura Beil at Cure Today. Around a decade ago, targeted therapy rose… Continue reading

Lessons from Pippi Longstocking

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When I was a little girl, I identified strongly with Pippi Longstocking, a fictional character in a series of children’s books by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. Like Pippi, I was a lively, gangly child… Continue reading

Self help by the book

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 Self-help books have reached their 150th anniversary and while some say they are no use, certain doctors recommend them, writes Charlie Taylor in today’s Irish Times, Health Supplement. AS THE 150th anniversary of… Continue reading

Meat-Free Mondays

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Q. What has a former Beatle, a breast cancer survivor and a Coldplay singer got in common? A. They all support the Meat-Free Monday initiative. Backed by celebrities ranging from Chris Martin to… Continue reading

When cancer is a lone journey

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I was very lucky to have great support from family during my cancer treatment. That support was vital to my recovery on both a practical and emotional level. So, I felt quite sad and humbled… Continue reading