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What Kinds of Stressors Does A Cancer Patient Face and How Can A Social Worker Help To Ease The Burden?

An interview with Leah Hellerstein, licensed clinical social worker, Part One

Leah Hellerstein, LCSW has worked at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center for about three years as an outpatient oncology social worker. She can work with any cancer patient that comes through the hospital’s doors. She will soon … Continue reading

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“The Cancer Journals,” by Audre Lorde

The poet's experiences with breast cancer, mastectomy sugery and coming to terms with her diagnosis

“The Cancer Journals” by Audre Lorde is an extremely personal account of one woman’s experience with breast cancer and the plethora of emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis. The book weaves her personal journal entries together with a more traditional … Continue reading

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New Report Shows Benefits of Integrative Therapies For Breast Cancer Patients

Meditation and yoga received the highest grades for improving wellness

The Society for Integrative Oncology has released new guidelines regarding effective and safe integrative treatments for people with breast cancer. The new review adds to the growing body of evidence that supports the use of integrative therapies for breast cancer … Continue reading

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Do Mammograms Do More Harm than Good?

Breast cancer screening is not very effective, study shows

If you’re a middle-aged woman and you live in the United States, you’ve had one mantra drummed into your head for as long as you can recall: “Get a mammogram once a year.” First introduced in 1976, mammograms have been … Continue reading

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Should You Get a Second Opinion?

Why second opinions are essential

I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians~ Alexander the Great When a doctor tells you you have cancer (or any life-threatening illness) your natural reaction is to ask him or her, “What should I do?” You’ve just … Continue reading

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New Breast Cancer Study Announced

Study to examine whether weight loss prevents breast cancer recurrence in overweight women

The Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the wearable-tech giant Fitbit are teaming up on a study to learn if weight loss can reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence in women who are overweight. Dubbed the Breast Cancer Weight Loss … Continue reading

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