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A selection of CR stories related to breast cancer


Life With Cancer — Subscription Required
Survivors Reach Out
By Stephen Ornes
Many cancer survivors find they help themselves when they reach out to help others.

Cancer in America
Homeless With Cancer
By Cynthia Ryan
Over the last year, as a breast cancer survivor set out to learn about the needs of homeless cancer patients, she found an unexpected bond in their shared experiences.

Health Care Policy — Subscription Required
Cost vs. Effectiveness
By Sue Rochman
Should a cancer drug’s (often high) cost be part of the equation when experts calculate whether it’s an effective treatment?

Cancer Update
Keeping Up With Oral Meds
By Mitzi Baker
Sticking with an at-home treatment regimen can be challenging for many patients.

Cancer Update — Subscription Required
News Briefs
By Yvonne Lee
A new generation of chronic myelogenous leukemia drugs; immunotherapy for prostate cancer; cardiovascular risks for pediatric cancer survivors; questions about Avastin for breast cancer treatment; personalized lung cancer therapy.

Life With Cancer
Cancer Screening Conundrum
By Regina Nuzzo
Controversy surrounds new cancer screening guidelines.

First Person
Too Scared to Not Get a Mammogram?
By Jenny Song
A young woman weighs the pros and cons of mammography.

First Person — Subscription Required
Cancer and Community
By Bob Riter
A male breast cancer survivor gains support and strength from an unexpectedly wide community of survivors.

Cancer Update
Soy Safety
By Ibby Caputo
Soy may be a healthy addition to the diets of women who have breast cancer.

Life With Cancer
Cancerblog
By Alanna Kennedy
A young breast cancer survivor reflects on how her diagnosis changed her life.

Profile
The Scientist and the Yew Tree
By Kyla Dunn
Molecular pharmacologist Susan Band Horwitz realized there was something special about a small molecule found in a tree’s bark. Her work helped bring the drug Taxol to millions of cancer patients.

Cancer Update
A Pound of Good
By Ibby Caputo
A new study finds weight training can benefit women with lymphedema.

Life With Cancer
Facing the Financial Realities of Cancer
By Lisa Seachrist Chiu
Cancer treatment can be shockingly expensive even for families with insurance. Learn how to prepare for the costs.

Challenges
Heart of the Matter
By Charlotte Huff
Some therapies that help patients survive cancer can have damaging effects on their hearts, but doctors are learning to identify and treat them.

Answers
Cracking Cancer’s Code
By Stephen Ornes
Researchers are looking to genetics for help in unlocking the secrets to better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Perspectives
Dancing With Grace
By Damaris Christensen
For caregivers, coping with a loved one’s cancer diagnosis can require a delicate step.

Perspectives
Lines of Communication
By Cynthia Ryan
New technology allows for easier and instant communication, but be careful how you share bad news.

 Life With Cancer
Advocate Q&A: Advocacy in Ireland
By Alanna Kennedy
An Irish breast cancer survivor talks to CR about patient advocacy in the Emerald Isle.

Katia Fuso's Special Tumor
By Kevin Begos
A tumor removed from an Italian woman’s breast has helped researchers identify a gene that may help other cancer patients.

Life With Cancer
Advocacy Action — Building a successful collaboration
By Courtney Bugler
Collaborating with groups that share your goals is a great way to connect with a larger audience.

Current Issues
Life After Preventive Mastectomy
By Kyla Dunn
For women considering a prophylactic mastectomy, new information is available about the physical and emotional effects of the surgery.

First Person — Subscription Required
A Difficult Choice
By René Syler
At high risk of breast cancer, René Syler, an author and former co-anchor of CBS's The Early Show, decided to have a prophylactic mastectomy.

First Person
A Humbling Journey
By Heather Alberts
Shortly after treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ, an outgoing, happy woman found herself spiraling into clinical depression.

Global Report
Lessons From Africa
Two patient advocates explore cancer research, care and advocacy in Africa on recent trips to the continent.

Global Report
A Universal Struggle
By Kevin Begos
Cancer survivors in the Middle East face a culturally distinct network of challenges and support. But visits with patients and doctors quickly reveal that much of the pain—and the compassion—associated with cancer is universal.

Life With Cancer
Cancerblog
By Alanna Kennedy
Law student Kim Klein reflects on the aftereffects of having breast cancer.

Cancer Update — Subscription Required
A Race-Tailored Risk Calculator 
By Erik Ness
Scientists have developed a new way to calculate breast cancer risk in black women.

Cancer Update — Subscription Required
Fat Chance?
By Sarah Webb
Does obesity play a role in breast cancer recurrence?

First Person — Subscription Required
Beating Breast Cancer in the Bronx
By Sydney McCalla as told to Jenny Song
In a neighborhood where breast cancer is too often diagnosed too late, a breast surgeon is spreading the word about screening and treatment.

New Directions
Signs of Stress
By Alexandra Goho
Do poverty, isolation and a lack of social support contribute to cancer?

Cancer Update
Control Freaks
By Hannah Hoag
The spread of breast cancer may be linked to short stretches of genetic material called microRNAs.

Life With Cancer — Subscription Required
In It Together
By Erik Ness
Couples facing cancer have each other to help cope.

Life With Cancer
Advocacy Action—Volunteering as a Telephone Counselor
Here are some tips to remember if you are interested in volunteering as a telephone counselor.

Cancer Update — Subscription Required
New Clues to Hereditary Breast Cancer
By Regina Nuzzo
New technology is helping scientists find genes linked to breast cancer.

Perspectives — Subscription Required
A Survivor's Guide to Time Travel
By Cynthia Ryan
After a cancer diagnosis, survivors can fall into a time warp.

First Person — Subscription Required
Getting a Second (or Third, or Fourth) Opinion
By Jamie Talan
A patient shares her experience navigating the maze of second opinions.

Answers
Chemobrain-Busters
By Rabiya S. Tuma
Researchers are beginning to understand chemotherapy's impact on the brains of patients who experience the constellation of symptoms known as chemobrain.

Yesterday and Today
Ingrid Bergman's Toughest Act
By Alexandra Goho
Since Ingrid Bergman's death from breast cancer, significant advances have changed the treatment and support of women with the disease.

Life With Cancer
Exercise Your Mind and Body
By Hannah Hoag
Research has shown that staying active can improve cancer survivors' quality of life.

Global Report — Subscription Required
Hot Springs Plunge
By Moeko Tawara
Finding strength in numbers, a group of breast cancer survivors came together to visit Japan's renowned hot springs.

Cancer Update — Subscription Required
Guilt by Association
By Damaris Christensen
A decline in breast cancer rates may be due to a drop in the use of hormone replacement therapy.

First Person — Subscription Required
My Mother's Challenge
By Kristi Norgaard
When a woman's breast cancer stops her from riding her bike to raise money for cancer research, her daughter takes over the job.

Health Disparities — Subscription Required
Left in the Lurch
By Alanna Kennedy
A new study of breast cancer patients with disabilities reveals that an overlooked patient group is not receiving the care it needs.

Challenges
The Pain Puzzle
By Ingfei Chen
Thanks to recent medical advances, cancer patients are living longer than ever-but sometimes with significant pain. Can we get better pain control?

Current Issues
Reality Check
By Sue Rochman
Most of us want tests that can identify cancer at its earliest stages. But determining whether a screening method actually saves lives is not a straightforward task.

Cancer Update — Subscription Required
A Menu of Mutations
By Ben Harder
Researchers begin to demystify the genomes of two cancers.

Challenges — Subscription Required
Rethinking Race
By Sue Rochman
Race may be a social construct, but researchers are discovering that it could offer new insights in cancer research.

Essay — Subscription Required
The Sisterhood of Survivorship
By Cynthia Ryan
A breast cancer survivor analyzes her own identity as a survivor after her mother-in-law dies of the same kind of cancer.

Cancer Update — Subscription Required
Tired But Overactive?
By Damaris Christensen
Researchers have linked cancer fatigue to immune system activity.

Cancer Update — Subscription Required
Where's the Follow-Up?
By Sarah L. Zielinski
Many breast cancer survivors are not getting recommended mammograms.

Global Report
Letter from Uganda
By Gertrude Nakigudde as told to Sue Rochman
A breast cancer survivor describes the difficulties of being a patient advocate in Uganda, where there are few resources for cancer patients.

New Directions — Subscription Required
The Perfect Prescription
By Jessica Gorman
New research is pushing medicine to become more personal every day. Can scientists and drug developers create the best cancer treatments for each of us?

Profile — Subscription Required
Ahead of Her Time
By Dan Ferber
Barbara Boyd brought breast cancer discussions into Indiana's living rooms three decades ago-and people are still talking about it.

Life With Cancer
Chew on This
By Nancy Volkers
Researchers weigh recent results about diet and supplements from the Women's Health Initiative study.

Cancer Update — Subscription Required
Mammography Under the Microscope
By Damaris Christensen
New research adds to the discussion about the efficacy of mammography screenings.

Cancerblog — Subscription Required
Virtual Space
By Alanna Kennedy
Weblogs are changing the way people communicate about cancer. Breast cancer survivor Nani Satterlee shares her blog.

Policy
Banking on Tissues
By Charlie Schmidt
A lack of high-quality tissue samples-and collection standards-is holding back cancer research.

Clinical Trials
The Pathway to Better Care
By Jessica Gorman
Throughout the last half-century, clinical trials have helped turn laboratory hypotheses into cancer treatment.

Survivor Self-Portrait — Subscription Required
Cancer Diary
By Deborah Willis
A cancer survivor shares her thoughts upon being diagnosed with breast cancer at 53.