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  • Acupuncture in Cancer Care

    Posted 12/2/2016 by hhill

      Acupuncture is generally included in the long list of CAM (complementary/alternative therapies) that are utilized by many people going through and following cancer treatment. It has a much longer history than some other things and, as we know, is utilized and respected throughout the world. A few insurance policies will cover at least some acupuncture, but it is not always a natural fit for coverage. Sadly.

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  • Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

    Posted 12/1/2016 by knguyen5
      This is a very rare side effect/result of longterm IV bone-strengthening drugs. Since these medications are frequently used in the care of women with advanced/metastatic breast cancer and sometimes in the care of women with early breast cancer, this is something you should know about. To put it in some context, I have known "only" two women to whom this happened, and I surely know hundreds who have taken these drugs. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Breast Reconstruction Options

    Posted 12/1/2016 by knguyen5
       Although I know I have been sharing links to some good stuff this week, I also know that I have been including almost daily apologies for the typos and absence of more materials before the links. I was horrified, after posting yesterday's entry, to spot several more typos, and then spent a good half hour trying to get back into the system to correct them. As you may have seen, I was not successful, so they stand there to remind me of my many errors and imperfections. I am grateful to be able to work remotely, but it obviously has its problems. Read more... Comments (0)
  • TDM1 Trials

    Posted 12/1/2016 by knguyen5

    Back to sciene today. Many of you read something in the paper or heard a report on the news about the "magic bullet" for breast cancer, otherwise known as TDM1, that was reported at the ASCO meetings. This indeed is a major scientific breakthrough as it pairs a powerful toxic agent that kills malignant cells with with othe hybrids that enable the death of cancer cells without harming normal ones. Presto: cancer control without horrible side effects. Less good news: this particular agent is on Read more... Comments (0)

  • Memorial Day

    Posted 12/1/2016 by knguyen5

      It is now the evening of Memorial Day, and the dusk's golden light is falling across the garden and through the windows. Such a gorgeous time of day, and especially so when it is the first sun we have seen in days. It was a disappointment to have pouring rain all over the Northeast through this long first of the summer weekend, but we do all know that having picnics is not the real meaning of Memorial Day. I come from a many-generationed miltary family; both my grandfathers and a few earlier ancestors and my father and brother and first husband were all West Pointers. It is in my blood, and I grew up knowing that Memorial Day was almost sacred.

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Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, OSW-C is the Manager of Oncology Social Work at BIDMC. For more than thirty years, her daily work at BIDMC has been primarily focused on supporting women with breast cancer. A nationally known writer and speaker, she was the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's first Hatcher Survivorship Professor. In 1993, and again in 2005, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through the standard treatments of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy. These experiences have given her great credibility with her patients and transformed her life's work to her life. Ms. Schnipper lives gratefully with her husband in an ancient farmhouse outside of Boston and spends as much time as possible in a water front cottage on Mt Desert Island. Between them, they have five adult children and seven grandchildren; she claims biological responsibility for two and three of them.