Memoir of a Debulked Woman by Susan Gubar

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  A 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book “Staggering, searing…Ms. Gubar deserves the highest admiration for her bravery and honesty.” ―New York Times Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008, Susan Gubar underwent radical debulking surgery, an attempt to excise the cancer by removing part or all of many […]

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Bald is Better with Earrings

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The breast cancer guide every woman needs for herself, her best friend, and her sister—a warm, practical, relatable handbook, that dispels the terror, taking you step-by-step through the process, from diagnosis to post-treatment. When Andrea Hutton was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to know everything. She voraciously read books, […]

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Coffee and Cancer?

You might have been surprised by the news coming out last week, announcing that the World Health Organization (WHO) found that coffee isn’t carcinogenic after all. If I were in the coffee business I’d want this news item to get as little publicity as possible, as I doubt anyone was […]

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The Awesome Way This Woman With Stage IV Cancer Is Taking On Chemo

Karen Walsh, you are brave as hell. Several weeks after Karen Walsh turned 40, she saw a doctor for what felt like a stomach cramp. It turned out to be stage IV colon cancer. Walsh, an accomplished Broadway actress and mother of two, had eight tumors in her liver and three […]

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Not All Bad Comes to Harm You

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                  Thousands of people have cancer. Thousands more are fighting it. Thousands more are living with it. Author Janice Mock is just one of those thousands. But as a survivor of stage four ovarian cancer, she shares her story to help others […]

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44 Ways to Make the Day of Someone With Cancer

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              On December 17, 2013 I went to the ER for what I presumed was walking pneumonia (as a physician, I’m good at misdiagnosing myself) only to find out I had a giant tumor in my chest that could have killed me within weeks. […]

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Pricing a Year of Life

A radio producer investigating cancer costs once asked me, “What is another year of your life worth?” During my flummoxed silence, she informed me that experts mention the figure $50,000. Can patients like me — older people with recurrent disease — estimate the expense of a future year of cancer […]

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Bad News Delivered Badly

My friend Dana had become alarmed at a canker sore under her tongue: “a white patch, the size of my pinkie fingernail.” Canker might be cancer, she immediately suspected, possibly signaling a recurrence of her endometrial disease. She called an ear, nose and throat practice and made an appointment for […]

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