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  • Coping with Treatment SIde Effects

    Posted 7/21/2014 by hhill
      As we all know all too well, cancer treatment inevitably brings side effects. Those side effects are variable treatment to treatment, drug to drug, and are also somewhat different for each person. A drug that causes one person extreme fatigue may not make much of a dent in another's energy level. The lists of possible side effects are always daunting, and, although it is helpful to know what is possible, it is also distressing. Some women prefer not to know more than what they clearly are needing to deal with. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Death and Faith and Truth

    Posted 7/20/2014 by hhill
      The title of today's entry is probably grandiose and surely misleading. I sat here and stared at the screen for a long time as I tried to think of how to headline this entry. Here are the components: a wonderful article from The New Yorker about how a physician share this terrible news and my early morning. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Wonderful Essay about Living with Cancer

    Posted 7/19/2014 by hhill
      Many of you may have heard or read about Stuart Scott's aceptance speech at the ESPY Awards a few days ago. It was wonderful indeed, but this essay by Eliza Berman in Slate is even better. Eliza's mother, Harriet Berman, was a dear friend of mine and probably known to many of you as the Program Director at the Wellness Community in Boston. She died of ovarian cancer in April 2012. Read more... Comments (0)
  • After Treatment

    Posted 7/18/2014 by hhill
      This is one of my favorite topics. What happens when treatment concludes? As much as we don't like chemotherapy or daily radiation, we feel protected. In addition to the reassurance of those circulating drugs or powerful beams, we see a lot of our caregivers. Especially during radiation therapy, it is a daily routine. If there are questions, there can be an immediate answer. There is always ready comfort. Do you remember that iconic poster of the kitten hanging off the end of a tree branch? That is how most of us feel when the active treatment is done. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Why Women Choose Bilateral Mastectomies

    Posted 7/17/2014 by hhill
      If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that this is a recurring topic. Increasing numbers of women are opting for bilateral mastectomies when that choice is not medically necessary. This is a worry for surgeons (who never like to remove a healthy organ) and for others who think about the trend. Read more... Comments (0)
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