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  • Giving up Control

    Posted 7/27/2014 by hhill
      For many, if not most, of us the loss of control that always accompanies cancer is one of the hardest challenges. The biggest out of control is prognosis, but there are all sorts of smaller challenges: scheduling appointments, not being sure when we won't feel well, hair loss, periods of intense anxiety. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Dance to Fight Fatigue

    Posted 7/26/2014 by hhill
      I have been thinking about the pleasures of dancing over the last couple of days because of my visiting 5 year old granddaughter. She is figuratively and often literally dancing her way through life: pirouetting across the kitchen, leaping with semi-pointed toes in the garden, swaying rather than standing still. The visuals are even better when she is dressed in various dress up combinations of sparkles and scarves and bright colors. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Clinical Trials

    Posted 7/25/2014 by hhill

      A few basic facts about clinical trials to remember:

    1. They are designed to test new drugs or procedures or, sometimes, equipment in all areas of medicine; they are not reserved for oncology care.

    2. Everything we know about what is effective has been learned from carefully designed and executed trials. We all stand on the shoulders of women (and men) who agreed to participate.

    3. They are not only for very sick people. In breast cancer care, there are plenty of trials for women with early stage cancer. Examples would include the one that I participated in long ago that compared concurrent radiation and chemotherapy with the more usual first one/then the other schedule or the current trial that is comparing the benefit of tamoxifen to that of an AI plus a monthly shot to close down ovarian function for ER positive pre-menopausal women.

    4. Most clinical trials do not result in final FDA approval of new medicines.. The success rate is rather small, generally quoted as under 20% for oncology drugs.

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  • What If

    Posted 7/24/2014 by hhill
      For most of us, this is the central issue about living with breast cancer. What if it comes back? Certainly the early months after diagnosis are often dominated by this fear, but it never completely goes away. Slowly, over time, most women find ways to compartmentalize the anxiety, but it pops up in ways both anticipated and surprising. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Link Between Diet and Fatigue

    Posted 7/23/2014 by hhill
      This study mostly falls into the category of "what your mother always told you" and "yes, that's common sense." However, a real attempt to look at the association between post treatment diet and fatigue, with and without the consideration of the impact of regular exercise, is valuable. You are what you eat, as they always saw, and the right foods do help us feel better. Read more... Comments (0)
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