Category Archives: Tit Bits

Help Wanted: Medical Planning Project

The days and weeks just after diagnosis can be some of the most confusing and terrifying. There’s so much to learn, so many feelings, so many reactions, so many appointments! You don’t have to spend much time on cancer websites … Continue reading

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No “discrete” way to say this: Rub-on Nipples

I have a neighbor whom I’ve known for decades. I grew up with her daughters. Until I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had no idea that she had had a mastectomy, a radical one, in the 1970s. She was … Continue reading

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Why is everyone surprised?

There’s quite a kerfuffle going on in the blogosphere about the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to defund their grants to Planned Parenthood. Apparently most of the grants, totaling hundreds of thousands, would have gone for breast exams. Komen’s defense … Continue reading

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About those chemo prices…

A couple days ago, I get a call from a friend of a friend. I know the mutual friend from student days in Beijing in the mid-80s. The guy who’s calling runs a film company with his wife, who was … Continue reading

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Inked

I am an old fogey when it comes to tattoos. I can’t imagine having one. I can’t think of any word or image that I would want to have on my body forever. I know they can be beautiful. I … Continue reading

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Huh?

While searching for a link to “Dignitana,” the company that make the cold cap I’m using to keep my hair, I got lost in a queue of stories piggy-backing on last month’s MSNBC piece: The New York Post, Chatelaine, the … Continue reading

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Liquid biopsy? Someday, perhaps

In 2007, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital developed a “microfluidic chip” called CellSearch that made it possible to count stray cancer cells that had detached from the main tumor, becoming “circulating tumor cells.” (CTCs, sounds like cancer cells going clubbing.) … Continue reading

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