Winter 2012

This issue includes valuable, in-depth information about colon cancer screening, breast reconstruction and triple-negative breast cancer, as well as articles devoted to arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, recipes from two new plant-based cookbooks, and inspiring stories about friendships that stand the test of time.


Colorectal Cancer Screening
When it comes to colorectal cancer, screening is prevention.
By Laurie Wertich
Reconstructing Hope – Breast cancer survivors share their reconstruction stories.
Intimacy after Breast Cancer: Dealing With Your Body, Your Relationships and Sex
By Gina M. Maisano
The Friendship Factor
Why you can’t live without your female friends.
By Laurie Wertich
Autoimmune Disease: A Women’s Health Issue
The majority of Americans affected by autoimmune disease are women—approximately 75 percent—making these disorders an essential part of any women’s health discussion.
By Mia James

Body Wise

Nutrition and Exercise

Eat Well, Be Well: Carbohydrates: Good or Bad?
When it comes to making healthy nutritional choices, not all carbohydrates are created equal.
By Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE
Better Together – Some nutrients go hand-in-hand.
There are some foods that work better together because they help unlock each other’s full nutrient potential.
By Ann Bloom
Plant Power in the Kitchen
Two new cookbooks describe the healing power of delicious, plant-based foods..
By Diana Price

The War Room

Living and Thriving with Cancer

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
In 2006 the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation (TNBCF) was created with a mission to support the work of scientists dedicated to understanding the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of triple-negative breast cancer.
By Diana Price
Answering Your Questions About Triple-Negative Breast CancerWhat are the defining characteristics of triple-negative breast cancer?By Bhuvaneswari Ramaswamy MD, MRCP,Asst Professor of Internal Medicine, Div of Medical Oncology, Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, The Ohio State University
The Toughest Assignment: Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Perhaps it was the call from my high school friend’s neighbor, whose friend, a young mother of three, was just diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, or maybe it was the unexpected post on my Facebook page the other day: By Jennifer Griffin, National Security Correspondent, Fox News Channel
Singing for Survivors
Jewel lends her voice to raise awareness about reconstruction options.
Know the facts: Breast Reconstruction Q&A
Q: If a woman has been diagnosed with breast cancer, what questions should she ask her physician to be sure she has the necessary information about reconstruction options at the outset of treatment? By Malcolm Z. Roth, MD, President, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Ask the Dr?
What is the purpose of lymph node biopsy and dissection?
By Benjamin O. Anderson, MD
The Art of Stylish Head Coverings
Hats, scarves, turbans, and hairpieces can help you create an individual style.
By Eivind Bjerke
Hereditary Colon Cancer Q&A
The good news is that colon cancer is very preventable, unlike many other cancers, through appropriate screening.
By Jonathan Terdiman, MD, co-director of the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the Colorectal Cancer Prevention Program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center
Conversation Starter – Lynch syndrome
A new social networking site for patients and families with Lynch syndrome gets people talking.
Patients diagnosed with Lynch syndrome often face a difficult challenge: sharing news of the complex diagnosis with family members.
Facing Chemotherapy? Knowledge Is Power.
Learn the facts about cancer treatment.
By Diana Price
Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care
An ongoing series highlighting complementary therapies, adapted from The Complete Guide to Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care
By Barrie R. Cassileth, MS, PhD
Meet Our Friends! Laura Eiger
Most survivors will tell you that a cancer diagnosis can impose a sense of isolation. No matter the level of support from family, friends and faith, the words You have cancer have the power to build a wall between you and the wider world.
By Diana Price

Spirit House

Tending to the Soul

Life Coach – How to Thrive in a Crisis
We all experience them. From life-changing to momentarily disruptive, crises come in all shapes and sizes and are seen as unwelcome visitors because they generally force us out of our routine as we cope with their impact.
By Denise King Gillingham, MSW, CPCC
Finding Peace and Quiet in a Noisy World
ay no to noise pollution.
By Ann Bloom
Instant Happy
Hit the refresh button on a bad day with a new book that offers inspiration with each flip of the page.
By Diana Price

Every Woman’s Health

Health Issues Facing Women at Home and around the World

Living and Thriving with RA – Patients share their stories.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.3 million people in the United States, striking women three times more often than men.
RA Tips: Know Before You Go
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, these tips can make all the difference in ensuring you get what you need from the time spent with your physician.
By Seth Ginsberg, Co-Founder, CreakyJoints
A Voice for Patients
An RA Warrior creates an advocacy and support organization for patients.
Diana Price
Understanding Headaches
Learning more about this common health concern can lead to more-effective prevention and treatment.
By Mia James
Heart Health: What All Women Should Know
For many of us, heart health is an after-thoughtod care.
American Heart Association
Managing Skin-Related Side Effects during Cancer Treatment
Q&A with Mario E. Lacouture, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Mario E. Lacouture, MD