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Breast reconstruction options

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I wrote a piece last month on reconstructive breast surgery and specifically the lack of options presented to women by their surgeons. This piece was prompted by an article which appeared last December in the New… Continue reading

Mindfulness for pain and illness

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Regular readers of this blog will know of my commitment to the practice of mindfulness, not just for dealing with illness, but also for dealing with everyday life. Oscailt, an integrative healing centre… Continue reading

“Pink Out” for Amy Mickelson

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Phil Mickelson plans to return to the PGA Tour for next week’s St. Jude Classic and compete in the US Open that follows. The US world No. 2 suspended his 2009 campaign indefinitely… Continue reading

Cancer warning – cut down on chips and crisps

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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) published new guidelines on the health hazard posed by the cancer-causing chemical acrylamide — which occurs naturally during the frying, roasting or baking of starchy foods… Continue reading

Reclaiming intimacy after cancer

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A few days ago I wrote a piece on dating after cancer, which touched on the issues of body image and intimacy. Now experts at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer… Continue reading

“Chemo brain” better with letrozole

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That fuzzy headed, forgetfulness we call “chemo brain”, which occurs after chemotherapy, or while on hormonal treatment can be quite distressing as you try to pick up the pieces of your life and move… Continue reading

Conflicting evidence on Tamoxifen and anti-depressants

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Women who take anti-depressants, while on tamoxifen, may or may not be at risk of recurrence. According to ABC News, conflicting evidence has emerged at the annual meeting of the American Society for… Continue reading

Dating after breast cancer

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Ever since Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City first pondered the perils and pitfalls of dating in the modern world, acres of column inches have been given to the subject. But what if… Continue reading

Does cancer thrive on sugar?

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Pam Stephan writes a well-blanced article on about.com exploring the truth of the cancer loves sugar adage. This familiar saying, “cancer loves sugar” has been around since the 1924 publication of Dr. Otto Warburg’s paper, “On… Continue reading

Online care plan for cancer survivors

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I have written before about OncoLink, the first online cancer survivorship care plan tool developed by physicians and nurses from Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center.Now today the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) and Penn Medicine… Continue reading