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Want to Get Healthy? Volunteer!

When we talk about getting healthy, we’ll bring up topics like dietary habits or exercise. What we don’t usually talk about is volunteering. Building up your health and volunteering might seem like apples and oranges, but what we’ve learned through studies – and through experience – is that helping others really can make you healthier! […]

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When Cancer Meets Community

Life is a series of journeys up one hill (sometimes, a mountain) and down the other side. Some roads you choose, and some are chosen for you. One of the greatest things you have going for you in this life is that each one of the 7.4 billion people alive on this earth in 2016 […]

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Understanding Hair Changes During Chemotherapy

Hair loss is one of the most emotionally painful parts of the cancer treatment experience for many. Nothing screams “I have cancer!” louder than a bald head and a face without brows and lashes. As a chemotherapy patient, I went through the horror of hair changes during chemotherapy first hand. As a dermatologist, I knew […]

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Lemonade from Breast Cancer: Is It Really Possible?

People that I meet today have no idea of my recent breast cancer journey. I just don’t “look” like someone who has freshly been through what I’ve been through. In case you’re new to this site, I had months of “scorched earth” chemo followed by a series of big and painful surgeries and over 15 […]

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A Doctor’s Personal Experience with Cold Caps during Chemotherapy

I was terribly traumatized when my doctors said I needed chemotherapy to treat really aggressive breast cancer. I didn’t want drugs that are poisons in my body and I didn’t want to lose my hair. There were, of course, other anxieties swirling in my head, but I had to quickly decide whether I would use […]

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The BRCA Genes and Breast Cancer: Facts to Help Save Lives

There’s a lot of buzz around the BRCA genes. If you follow what happened with Angelina Jolie-Pitt, you know she helped bring these genes and their mutation to the forefront of cancer conversations. When Dr. Bailey was diagnosed with breast cancer, her gene test revealed she had a mutated BRCA1 gene, which is inherited. Some […]

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