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Combating breast cancer health disparities with education, support

'Knowledge, empowerment — that's what we do': Breast cancer patient Bridgette Hempstead shares her inspiring Cierra Sisters story

Oct. 17, 2017 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Breast cancer patients Sandra Evans and Bridgette Hempstead tell the story of the African-American cancer support group Cierra Sisters, which has gone on to help hundreds of Seattle men and women since Hempstead founded it shortly after her diagnosis.

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'Pinktober': What Breast Cancer Awareness Month means to patients, care providers and others

Some see it as invaluable for education and advocacy while others, including male breast cancer patients, may feel left out

Oct. 12, 2017 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Breast Cancer Awareness Month definitely means different things to different people. For some, it’s about celebrating strength and survival. For others, it's about advocacy and a push to educate people about the realities of the disease. Read on for a few thoughts about BCAM from breast cancer patients, researchers and caregivers.

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Cancer communication breakdown

Say what?! Confusing medical jargon and topsy-turvy language can leave a lot of patients feeling lost in translation

Sept. 22, 2016 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center

Whether its topsy-turvy language or murky medical jargon, most cancer patients run up against a "lost--in-translation" moment with their doctors. Writer Diane Mapes and Fred Hutch experts weigh in on the importance of good patient-doctor communication.

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Taking steps to cure cancer

Scaling mountains to fund research is just another way to rescue lives for this intrepid 'Climb to Fight Cancer' team

Aug. 25, 2016 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Since 1997, more than a thousand participants have signed up to "climb a mountain, save a life" through Climb to Fight Cancer, which directly funds Fred Hutch research. Meet the intrepid Montrose Search and Rescue team out of Los Angeles, which has been climbing for the Hutch since 2007.

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‘I feel like this is the year’

New strides in metastatic breast cancer research and advocacy give patients, scientists hope

April 27, 2016 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Metastatic breast cancer kills around 40,000 women (and men) a year, but a handful of MBC patients who visited Fred Hutch recently say they're more encouraged than ever. Find out why.

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Collaborating to boost value-based care

HICOR hammers out solutions, addresses hard questions on cost and cancer care at third annual summit

April 6, 2016 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Patients, providers and health economists joined forces last Friday in Seattle to improve patient outcomes during HICOR's third annual Value in Cancer Care Summit. Read our coverage.

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