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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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