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  • Managing Hair Loss

    Posted 2/27/2015 by hhill
      This is a repeated entry, with some updates, but a recurring topic of interest. Since I suspect that people new to cancer find this blog, I hope that these tips will be of value to women facing chemotherapy and hair loss for the first time. Just this week, I met with five women in this situation. They are all worried about chemo in general, but losing their hair looms largest and hardest. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Two Wonderful Essays

    Posted 2/26/2015 by hhill
      It feels a little bit lazy when my day's entry is really just sharing something wonderful that I have read. When the "something" is a medically important article, I can at least write an introduction that fleshes it out a bit and maybe adds interest. Today, I just want to share two pieces that I have found incredibly moving. Especially for the second one, you may want a tissue in hand. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Cancer Survival Rates Improving

    Posted 2/26/2015 by hhill
      This is all excellent news: a new study reported in JAMA Oncology indicates that five year survival rates for (almost) all types of cancer are improving. That is the good news. The less good news is that the incidence of cancer is not declining, and the survival rates are not good enough. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Vocabulary

    Posted 2/25/2015 by hhill
      Think of today's entry as something that is good for you, perhaps the blog equivalent of a mountain of leafy green vegetables. As I write that, I think I need a different metaphor as I am actually a big fan of all kinds of green vegetables. As a total aside, even if you think you don't like brussel sprouts, consider making the Kung Pao Brussel Sprouts from last month's Bon Appetit: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/kung-pao-brussels-sprouts. That reipe may be the very best thing you will ever get from this blog. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Scanxiety

    Posted 2/23/2015 by hhill
      "Scanxiety" is a wonderful word/non-word coined by cancer patients. We all know what it means. For some of us, the worry begins weeks before an annual mammogram or a staging CT scan. For others, it is possible to stay mostly calm until the night before. If there is any kind of prep involved for the test, those difficulties are added to the test itself and, worst of all, the waiting for results. Read more... Comments (0)
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