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Koszegi Works to Increase Knowledge of Hereditary Cancer Risk

Rachel Koszegi, a 33-year-old mother who has tested positive for the BRCA2 cancer gene,  is one of 12 people in her family over three generations linked to the gene or diagnosed with cancer. Now, she’s on a mission to educate to others and advance our understanding of hereditary cancer risk. With her family’s support, Rachel Koszegi […]

Cancer Vaccines May Prolong Patient Survival Rates

Therapeutic anti-cancer vaccines developed to treat metastatic disease such as advanced prostate cancer or melanoma rarely have a noticeable effect on the tumor but have been associated with a statistically significant increase in patient survival. Show More Summary

Seniors Face Higher Risk of Emergency Cancer Diagnosis

Early diagnosis is crucial to cancer care, but people over 60 are at higher risk of being diagnosed with lung or bowel cancer as an emergency in hospital than younger people, according to a Cancer Research UK-supported report, recently published by BMJ Open. The researchers also found that women and less affluent people are at […]

Our Family is Broken

©Brenda Coffee. All rights reserved. This has been another difficult week, as all of them have been since James died. His autopsy report came back. In summary, his death was caused by an electrical wiring problem he’s had for some time—he had a pacemaker—along with the gradual death of multiple areas of his heart due to smoking. Show More Summary

Cancer Diagnosis and Diet Changes

©Brenda Coffee. All rights reserved. This week I’ve been attending Expo West, the world’s largest trade show, featuring all things green, natural and organic. After two long days of walking up and down aisles full of organic food and...Show More Summary

Talking to Kids About Your Cancer

©Brenda Coffee. All rights reserved. Part of being a good parent is setting good examples about decision-making, problem solving and handling the difficult curves life throws at us. Talking to your kids about your cancer diagnosis is one of those curves. Show More Summary

TED and Surviving Life

©Brenda Coffee. All rights reserved. You many not be able to cure cancer, write a bestseller, or solve the problems in the Middle East, but there are many things you can do RIGHT NOW to make a positive, healthy change in your own personal world. Show More Summary

Finishing Cancer Treatment

©Brenda Coffee. All rights reserved. At church this morning I sat with a friend who’s also a breast cancer survivor. Her oncologist is “setting her free,” taking her off of her post chemotherapy drug, Femara. As he explained to her, more than likely, the Femara has already done all it will ever do to prevent recurrence. Show More Summary

Bubble Wrap, Stress and Recurrence

©Brenda Coffee. All rights reserved. I think it would be an understatement to say that most of the country has been inconvenienced by last week’s wicked cold spell. While I didn’t have rolling blackouts, my rural electric company was struggling to keep the power grid on that services our middle-of-nowhere residence. Show More Summary

Where the Sky is Born

©Brenda Coffee. All rights reserved. This week I went to a therapist to help me deal with James’ death. When I told him I’d practiced self-hypnosis for almost 25 years, he asked me “where I went” during hypnosis, what mental image I used and why I chose it. Show More Summary

Who Will Catch You When You Fall?

©Brenda Coffee. All rights reserved. Most of my adult life has been spent as an adrenaline junkie, searching for experiences that pushed me to the edge of my ability to cope and survive. Today, adventure travel is commonplace, but many of my trips were well before Indiana Jones became a household name. Show More Summary

Who's in Your Aquarium?

©Brenda Coffee. All rights reserved. One of the books I’m currently reading is “Life,” by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Keith grew up listening to everything from Mozart and Bach to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. When he...Show More Summary

Life Beyond Cancer Retreat

©Survivorship Media Network, LLC. All rights reserved. I just returned from four amazing days at the Life Beyond Cancer Retreat. Held at Lakeway Resort in Austin, Texas, 130 women with all types of cancer, as well as oncologists, nurse...Show More Summary

The Pink Dozen

During the past six weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of being one of Eggland’s Best Eggs’s “Pink Dozen,” 12 special bloggers interested in great food, healthy lifestyles and helping Komen find the Cure®. Chosen by Eggland’s Best, and stamped...Show More Summary

Husbands Who Leave During Breast Cancer

©Survivorship Media Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. We’ve all heard stories about husbands who leave their wives after they've been diagnosed with breast cancer. I heard one this week, and it’s broken the heart of every member of that family. Show More Summary

Wellness Centers Treat More Than Cancer

©Brenda Coffee. All rights reserved. I didn’t think there could be anything more terrifying than hearing the words, “You have cancer,” but I was wrong. Two weeks ago I was the target of a sinister, high speed chase down a dark, deserted, dead end country road. Show More Summary

Eggs and Nutrition During Breast Cancer

Simply Recipes How many of your kids were finicky eaters? I doubt if their acceptable range of foods were as narrow as mine when I was a kid. My limited diet was the cause of many loud, continuous arguments between my parents. At one...Show More Summary

A “Culture Shift” Is Needed for Better Palliative Care

End of life care is receiving more attention than ever before, as growing numbers of people become concerned about how the elderly and terminally ill spend their last days. Two papers recently published by University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing researchers in the Journal of Clinical Oncology highlight the need for a “culture shift” by clinicians and […]

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