Now That You’ve Finished Treatment, Take the Lead and…Follow(-Up)!

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One of my favorite patients is a lovely Bostonian transplant to New York, a woman who has been cured of her early stage breast cancer but who worries about her health—from her lipid levels to her not-so perfect bladder suspension …

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What To Expect When You’re Having a Mastectomy

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Are you, or is someone close to you, having a mastectomy in the near future? We developed The BFFL Co Guide to Mastectomy to help women and their families through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. It remains one of the most …

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Cravings: Not Just for Expectant Moms

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We get mail on a variety of topics from our loyal Best Friends For Life community. Particularly fascinating, however, have been your reports about cravings. Though cravings are most often associated with pregnant women (the old “pickles and ice cream” …

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Cancer Clouds Forming? Look for the Silver Lining

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I have always been fascinated by the symbol of a Masthead—a strong female figure, head held high, chest thrust forward, perched at the bow of a ship to guide her fellow sailors through an unfamiliar and stormy sea as they …

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Will Colonoscopy Soon Be Obsolete?

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The mere mention of the world “colonoscopy” sends me into a cold sweat. I have had only one of these screening tests used to find abnormalities inside the colon, and it’s going to take an awful lot to get me …

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Breast Cancer: A Family Affair

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Should women under 40 worry about breast cancer? The National Cancer Institute puts the risk of developing breast cancer earlier than age 40 at less than 2 percent. For certain women with genetic predispositions, however, like those who test positive for …

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3D Mammography Allows Earlier Detection of Smaller Breast Tumors

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Over the past couple of years there have been some significant developments in the area of breast cancer screening. One of the new terms we hear quite frequently is “3D Mammography.” Many women are wondering what it is, and whether …

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Why is this Cancer Patient Smiling?

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Over the past year I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with the Massachusetts General Hospital BOTSOGO program, a collaboration with the government of Botswana to launch a cancer treatment center in the southern African nation. Dr Memory Bvochora, who …

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Is Excessive Texting Bad For Your Health?

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My husband’s elegant and dignified grandmother always sat and stood ram-rod straight. Nana never suffered a broken bone or missed a conversation.  Her posture was often envied for its beauty, but now there is even more evidence that good posture …

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Think Twice – No, Thrice – Before Getting that Tattoo

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One of the most difficult aspects of the preparation and planning of new patients for radiation treatments is giving them their “tattoos.” I tell them that we have to make a few tiny permanent markings on their skin with India …

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Tanning and Skin Cancer

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Now that the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are finally upon us, it’s a good time to think about a topic on which there has been a lot of recent news and information lately: skin cancer prevention. Now, I …

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Chewing Tobacco is NOT a Healthy Alternative to Smoking

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Ah, the sounds of summer: the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd…the “pffft” of the tobacco juice? The passing last week of major league baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn reminds us that even a seemingly innocuous ritual—one …

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