Why is this Cancer Patient Smiling?


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?


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


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

Teen girl seating at a beach under umbrella

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


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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The Importance of Exercise During Breast Cancer Treatment

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Women receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer have a lot to do. They must arrange doctor visits, eat a healthy diet, take vitamins, drink enough water, and arrange time off from work. One activity that is often overlooked, however, is …

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Tips for Receiving an Effective Mammogram

Nurse Assisting Patient About To Have A Mammogram

For most women, making the appointment for a yearly mammogram is about as fun as scheduling a root canal or septic system cleaning. The yearly diagnostic test, which should begin at age 40 (or earlier, depending on your history and …

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Lucky Seven: Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer


This year, almost 240,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and close to 40,000 will die of the disease. One out of every eight women will develop the disease in her lifetime. Pretty scary statistics, but it also means that …

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My Mom, My Muse


As the daughter of a medical oncologist, I grew up in a household where breast cancer was discussed at the dinner table, especially when my great grandmother, grandmother, and mother – all breast cancer survivors – were together. My dad …

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Healthy at Every Age


We have all heard the message that early detection saves lives. Research shows that getting screened regularly for conditions like breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancer significantly reduces deaths from that cancer. Finding an early cancer or pre-cancerous lesion in …

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Heat, Crowds and Helping One Another

Before the race with Jen

Last Monday, I ran the Boston Marathon. Despite having run the race many times, the anticipation I feel at the starting line – of the supporters who will be cheering from the sidelines, the camaraderie of the other runners, and …

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Be Smart and Check Yourself


April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, so we are thrilled to share with you a guest blog from Brian Harrington. Brian was a newly married, 30-year-old physical education teacher and fitness professional living in the New York City area with …

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