Fit and fabulous survivor

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Today’s Daily Mail newspaper features a story on Diana Moran, the ‘Green Goddess’ who has just turned 70 and looks fabulous and fit. Diana was a regular feature on British TV throughout most… Continue reading

Stem-cell breast repair

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I recently wrote about a reconstruction technique which is being trialled by British surgeons, who are harvesting stem-cell-enriched fat from women’s bodies to plug the dip often left by breast cancer operations. The… Continue reading

Supporting women with breast cancer conference

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A day-long free national conference entitled ‘Supporting women with breast cancer’ will take place this coming Saturday, 25th April in Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin 1, for women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis… Continue reading

First online cancer survivorship tool

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OncoLife, the first online cancer survivorship care plan tool developed by physicians and nurses from Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center has resulted in high user satisfaction rates according to research which was presented at the American… Continue reading

Specialist units reduce sugery stays

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THE SETTING up of specialised breast cancer units will result in shorter stays in hospital for many patients who need to undergo a mastectomy, according to new research published yesterday. The study at… Continue reading

Interview with youngest British girl to undergo preventative mastectomy

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Today’s Daily Mail newspaper carries a story on 19-year-old Hannah Fitzpatrick,  who has become the youngest woman in Britain to have a double preventative mastectomy. Genetic screening had revealed that she carried the faulty BRCA… Continue reading

Cancer and mindfulness

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I will be attending the Compassion and Presence: Spiritual Care for the Living and Dying conference in Killarney at the end of the month. I took part in a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course at the… Continue reading

Breast cancer survey of women with high-density breasts

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Breast cancer is more frequent but mortality is reduced in women with high- than low-density breasts, a Danish study shows. Breast density affects the sensitivity of mammography; however, to date the effect of… Continue reading

Breast reconstruction options

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For many cancer patients undergoing mastectomies, reconstructive breast surgery can seem like a first step to reclaiming their bodies. An article which appeared last December in the New York Times states that “Even as… Continue reading

Ireland’s first psycho-oncology degree

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Good news for those  of us hoping to see an improvement in the holistic care of cancer patients in Ireland. DCU’s School of Nursing have launched Ireland’s first degree in psycho-oncology, Graduate Diploma/MSc in Psycho-oncology.… Continue reading