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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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The ‘cancer Olympics’: Why envy, rivalry exist among some patients

Survivors often compare their cancers — a normal yet potentially unhealthy exercise, experts say

Dec. 15, 2016 | By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service

It's natural for cancer patients to compare their diseases and outcomes, but some comparisons become competitive, creating envy, hard feelings and divisions.

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‘Good cancer’? Views vary on a sunny phrase

Many patients and doctors refuse to apply the ‘g’ word to highly curable cancers, but some survivors draw hope from the ‘good’

Nov. 10, 2016 | By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service

Derided by some survivors and embraced by others, the phrase “good cancer” surged in use as cure rates rose for some malignancies, pushing that upbeat description into the fervent world of cancer language.

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The cost of survival

Treatment complications can impact lives for years after cure but some cancers survivors are reluctant to reveal their pain

Nov. 4, 2016 | By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service

Some survivors say it’s hard for those untouched by cancer to understand the scales of life don’t always balance with survival on one side and a jumble of complications heaped on the other.

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What you should — and shouldn't — say to a breast cancer patient

Tips from the trenches on how to be supportive to a loved one in treatment

Oct. 4, 2016 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Many people are at a loss for words when a friend or family member is diagnosed with breast cancer, which may explain tone-deaf comments like "Hey, at least you get a free boob job." Wondering what you should or shouldn't say to someone who's been diagnosed? We've got some great tips from the trenches.

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Finding their calling: Why cancer caregivers join cause

Some family caregivers devote their lives to that larger work, shifting the health care landscape

Sept. 13, 2016 | By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service

Inspired by months or years spent helping loved ones during cancer, many former family caregivers are devoting their lives to the larger caregiving mission.

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