Defining cancer survivorship

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When does someone with cancer start to become a survivor? Some believe it begins at the moment of a diagnosis of cancer; for others the notion dawns on them more gradually as they progress through their treatment.… Continue reading

‘Genetic link’ to breast cancer

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Researchers say they have identified a series of gene variations which together may play a role in the development of a common breast cancer.  A study of women in Finland and Sweden found… Continue reading

Marcia Cross has “great hope” for Michael Douglas

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Marcia Cross pictured with her husband Tom Mahoney The actress, Marcia Cross, best known for her role as Bree Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives, was understandably devastated last year when her husband,… Continue reading

Poetry Friday

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Continuing to find resonance and comfort in the poetry of Mary Oliver.   Morning Poem Every morning the world is created. Under the orange sticks of the sun the heaped ashes of the… Continue reading

24-hour test predicts breast cancer’s likely response to chemotherapy

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A new test has been developed which can predict whether a breast cancer patient will respond to chemotherapy within 24-hours of starting treatment, thus sparing her unnecessary treatment and side effects, according to… Continue reading

Meat Free Monday

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Today’s recipe is a repost from a few months ago. It features watercress, one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by human beings. It contains significant amounts of iron, calcium and folic acid,… Continue reading

Top eight cancer signs pinpointed

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The eight unexplained symptoms most closely linked to cancer have been highlighted by researchers at Keele University. The team also points to the age at which patients should be most concerned by the… Continue reading

Poetry Friday

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When Death Comes When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn; when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut; when… Continue reading

Reflections on living and dying

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Christine Murphy-Whyte Yesterday I attended the funeral of Christine Murphy-Whyte. It was understandably a sad occasion, but also a celebration of her life and the legacy she leaves behind. Her influence extended beyond… Continue reading

Christine Murphy Whyte

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  It is with the deepest sadness that I write of the passing of Christine Murphy Whyte, chairperson of Europa Donna Ireland, the Irish Breast Cancer Campaign.  Christine was a tireless campaigner for evidence-based, best practice… Continue reading