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Breast Cancer

FILE - A radiologist uses a magnifying glass to check mammograms for breast cancer in Los Angeles, May 6, 2010. U.S. women getting mammograms will soon receive information about their breast density, which can sometimes make cancer harder to spot, under government rules finalized Thursday, March 9, 2023.

U.S. requires new info on breast density with all mammograms

FILE - A radiologist uses a magnifying glass to check mammograms for breast cancer in Los Angeles, May 6, 2010. U.S. women getting mammograms will soon receive information about their breast density, which can sometimes make cancer harder to spot, under government rules finalized Thursday, March 9, 2023.

March 9, 2023, 9:46am Breast Cancer

All U.S. women getting mammograms will soon receive information about their breast density, which can sometimes make cancer harder to spot. Read story

Nurse practitioner Rachel Roberts examines Stephanie Walker of Tarboro, N.C., during an appointment Feb. 2 at the Duke Cancer Clinic in Durham, N.C. For the last six years, Walker has endured painful monthly injections to help treat her cancer.

FDA approves pill to help combat breast cancer

Nurse practitioner Rachel Roberts examines Stephanie Walker of Tarboro, N.C., during an appointment Feb. 2 at the Duke Cancer Clinic in Durham, N.C. For the last six years, Walker has endured painful monthly injections to help treat her cancer.

February 14, 2023, 6:02am Breast Cancer

After six years of painful injections, Stephanie Walker has had enough. Read story

Vancouver resident Heather James, right, discovered a lump in her breast in 2020. She received treatment but the cancer returned in the same spot. She has relied on her friend Christina Stewart, also of Vancouver, for support. Stewart accompanied her to appointments to take notes.

Vancouver breast cancer patient: Be your own advocate

Vancouver resident Heather James, right, discovered a lump in her breast in 2020. She received treatment but the cancer returned in the same spot. She has relied on her friend Christina Stewart, also of Vancouver, for support. Stewart accompanied her to appointments to take notes.

October 25, 2022, 6:02am Breast Cancer

Heather James first discovered a lump in her breast in the spring of 2020 while swiping away conditioner that had dripped down from her hair in the shower. Read story

Cancer screening trails for Hispanic women

October 18, 2022, 5:55am Breast Cancer

Breast cancer can affect all people, regardless of race or gender. It’s the second-leading cause of cancer death for women overall. And for Hispanic women in the U.S., it’s the leading cause of cancer death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read story

Pink Lemonade Project CEO Susan Stearns, right, talks with Portland resident Nicole Bell on Sept. 8 at The Standard Volunteer Expo at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland. The nonprofit is trying to recruit more volunteers and raise its profile.

Vancouver-based Pink Lemonade Project emerges from pandemic bigger, stronger

Pink Lemonade Project CEO Susan Stearns, right, talks with Portland resident Nicole Bell on Sept. 8 at The Standard Volunteer Expo at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland. The nonprofit is trying to recruit more volunteers and raise its profile.

October 9, 2022, 6:05am Breast Cancer

The Vancouver-based Pink Lemonade Project is growing exponentially. Read story

From left: Lucy Beltran, Esthela Cazarez, Susan Stearns and Margarita Jimenez Pacheco stand by the bright pink car sponsored by Vancouver Toyota for Pink Lemonade Project. The women met for the first time in August after participating in a Latina support group for Spanish speaking patients that met virtually during the pandemic.

Latina support community forms for breast cancer patients in Oregon, Southwest Washington

From left: Lucy Beltran, Esthela Cazarez, Susan Stearns and Margarita Jimenez Pacheco stand by the bright pink car sponsored by Vancouver Toyota for Pink Lemonade Project. The women met for the first time in August after participating in a Latina support group for Spanish speaking patients that met virtually during the pandemic.

October 9, 2022, 5:41am Breast Cancer

When Lucy Beltran found out she had breast cancer in 2019, she scoured the internet searching for an Oregon or Washington support group in Spanish, her native language. After not finding any Latina support groups, she settled on the Pink Lemonade Project’s English support group, figuring it was “better than… Read story

High End Market Place store manager Jeffrey Hickok said he often recommends cannabis flower to help counteract chemotherapy side effects such as nausea and pain.

Is cannabis a solution for breast cancer patients’ chemo side effects?

High End Market Place store manager Jeffrey Hickok said he often recommends cannabis flower to help counteract chemotherapy side effects such as nausea and pain.

October 9, 2022, 5:39am Breast Cancer

The months after a breast cancer diagnosis can be frightening as patients weigh the pros and cons of treatment approaches. Patients may discuss radiation, chemotherapy, mastectomies and reconstruction with their oncologists. These days, there’s another thing that patients might add to that list: cannabis. Read story

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 LIKELY COVER Sonja Trytko (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

Looking ahead in the face of metastatic breast cancer diagnosis

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 LIKELY COVER Sonja Trytko (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

October 9, 2022, 5:37am Breast Cancer

Sonja Trytko sought help at an urgent care clinic when she felt intense pain in her chest. The doctor sent her for a CT scan to rule out a blood clot. The diagnosis was a surprise: Trytko, then only 38, learned she had metastatic breast cancer. Read story

Breast cancer survivors Jaron Farley, right, and Brenda Fletcher Gaston chose different paths after mastectomy. Farley had implants that had to be removed nine years later; then she underwent DIEP flap reconstruction. Gaston decided to go flat.

Breast cancer patients face major decision post-mastectomy

Breast cancer survivors Jaron Farley, right, and Brenda Fletcher Gaston chose different paths after mastectomy. Farley had implants that had to be removed nine years later; then she underwent DIEP flap reconstruction. Gaston decided to go flat.

October 9, 2022, 5:35am Breast Cancer

After going to the doctor for a pulmonary angiogram in the summer of 2020, Jaron Farley heard news she hadn’t expected: Her breast implant had ruptured, and there was a chance she’d need it replaced. Read story

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Level with doctor on drinking whether or not you have a cancer diagnosis

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October 9, 2022, 5:30am Breast Cancer

Stir together the unexpected stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic and the easy comfort that alcohol brings stressed-out people. Read story