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  • Be Bold Be Bald Campaign

    Posted 9/20/2014 by hhill
      Perhaps I am just old and bitter and cynical, but here is another campaign that is jaw-dropping in its insensitivity. Be Bold, Be Bald invites everyone to wear a cute little flesh cap on October 17th, of course letting a few tendrils of lovely hair escape, in order to show solidarity and support with people undergoing cancer treatment? HUH? Read more... Comments (0)
  • Managing Hair Loss

    Posted 9/19/2014 by hhill

      First, thank you to all who responded to yesterday's post about National BRA day. FYI: I was in touch with the wonderful Chief of Plastic Surgery at BIDMC, and he was equally upset and said he would respond to his organization about it.

      Today's entry is a repeat about managing hair loss.  I have had three requests this week from blog readers who asked for this information, so there may be others out there who would like to have it, too.

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  • Pink October Gets Earlier and Uglier

    Posted 9/18/2014 by hhill
      First, many thanks to Casey for bringing this particularly heinous piece of pink to my attention. If you have read this blog during the fall of other years, you are aware of my intense dislike of the whole PInk October campaign. What was once, 20 or so years ago, a legitimate effort to bring breast cancer into the public conversation has become a marketing tool for anyone who wants to grab a piece of the cancer action. Read more... Comments (1)
  • You and Your Team

    Posted 9/17/2014 by hhill
      It matters a lot who your caregivers are, how they interact with one another and with you, and how you feel about those relationships. For women with breast cancer, the team will include a surgeon and a medical oncologist, and may also include a radiation oncologist, a plastic surgeon, a nurse practitioner (or more than one), a chemotherapy nurse, a social worker, and, perhaps, a physical therapist and a nutritionist. That's a lot of people! Read more... Comments (0)
  • Sea Buckthorn Oil and Sex

    Posted 9/16/2014 by hhill

      I just love it when I have a catchy title for the day's entry. Hope you enjoyed this one.

      As many of us know, there are inevitable sexual changes post menopause, and that experience frequently comes sooner to women who have had breast cancer treatment. Chemotherapy and hormonal/endorcrine therapies can throw younger women into premature menopause and keep them there. Therefore, the normal issues around diminished libido and response, vaginal dryness, and vaginal atrophy may make an early appearance.

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