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Breast Cancer

Just a few small things can make a big difference: snacks, warm socks, lip balm, lotion and a deck of cards can make the hours pass more easily.

Creating a chemotherapy comfort kit

Just a few small things can make a big difference: snacks, warm socks, lip balm, lotion and a deck of cards can make the hours pass more easily.

October 11, 2020, 5:19am Breast Cancer

Chemotherapy treatments can be singularly unnerving, even though cancer clinics are designed with patients’ comfort in mind. Read story

Della Frazier and Zsaneen Kennedy, mother and daughter, both survivors of breast cancer, have a twice-monthly dinner with family members at the Kennedy home last year. Kennedy told her family about her breast cancer diagnosis at a family dinner like this in 2018.

Vancouver family needed connection to navigate grief during a time of increased isolation

Della Frazier and Zsaneen Kennedy, mother and daughter, both survivors of breast cancer, have a twice-monthly dinner with family members at the Kennedy home last year. Kennedy told her family about her breast cancer diagnosis at a family dinner like this in 2018.

October 11, 2020, 5:14am Breast Cancer

As a pandemic plays out around the globe, one Vancouver family has been navigating an intimate grief that’s required closeness during this time of increased isolation. Read story

Elizabeth Koch of Vancouver, who is a cancer survivor, points out some of her favorite areas in Jorgenson Woods Neighborhood Park. Koch believes in the therapeutic power of nature and forests.
Radiological technologist Jenni Barr, left, assists Amy Libby while she gets her first mammogram at Kaiser Permanente's Cascade Park office in August.

First mammogram an easy rite of passage

Radiological technologist Jenni Barr, left, assists Amy Libby while she gets her first mammogram at Kaiser Permanente's Cascade Park office in August.

October 11, 2020, 5:13am Breast Cancer

Like a lot of women, I put off my first mammogram. Kaiser Permanente started pestering me to make an appointment approximately 13 seconds after I turned 40. That was in 2018. Read story

Leslie Girard recently celebrated one year since her breast cancer diagnosis. Every morning, she takes her dog, Bella, for a quick walk before heading out for a half hour on her own. She also strives to eat a plant-based diet in hopes of staving off cancer recurrence.

Program helps survivors rebuild health after breast cancer diagnosis

Leslie Girard recently celebrated one year since her breast cancer diagnosis. Every morning, she takes her dog, Bella, for a quick walk before heading out for a half hour on her own. She also strives to eat a plant-based diet in hopes of staving off cancer recurrence.

October 11, 2020, 5:12am Breast Cancer

Leslie Girard recently celebrated the first year after her breast cancer diagnosis, if “celebrate” is the word for it. Read story

Pink Lemonade Project's new CEO Susan Stearns took the helm just as the coronavirus pandemic began.

Stearns ‘right person at right time’ to lead Pink Lemonade Project in pandemic

Pink Lemonade Project's new CEO Susan Stearns took the helm just as the coronavirus pandemic began.

October 6, 2020, 6:03am Breast Cancer

Susan Stearns took the helm at Pink Lemonade Project on March 2, just as the world was starting to fall apart. For the past six months, she’s navigated the Vancouver-based nonprofit through a pandemic and found new ways of connecting with people affected by breast cancer. Read story

Honeybee venom kills breast cancer

September 8, 2020, 6:00am Breast Cancer

The venom from European honeybees has been found to be “remarkably effective” at killing hard-to-treat aggressive breast cancer cells, according to researchers in Western Australia. Read story

A new study suggests that adding MRIs to mammograms to screen women with very dense breasts may find more cancers but also gives a lot of false alarms.

MRIs of dense breasts prove to be mixed bag

A new study suggests that adding MRIs to mammograms to screen women with very dense breasts may find more cancers but also gives a lot of false alarms.

December 2, 2019, 6:00am Breast Cancer

Giving women with very dense breasts an MRI scan in addition to a mammogram led to fewer missed cancers but also to a lot of false alarms and treatments that might not have been needed, a large study found. Read story

Mammography Technologist Aimee Lehartel, center, and Dr. Michael Morich explain how their new breast cancer biopsy machine works at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. PeaceHealth purchased the machine in March, and Lehartel calls it "the newest, latest and greatest" technology available.

New biopsy table aids technicians and patients

Mammography Technologist Aimee Lehartel, center, and Dr. Michael Morich explain how their new breast cancer biopsy machine works at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. PeaceHealth purchased the machine in March, and Lehartel calls it "the newest, latest and greatest" technology available.

October 28, 2019, 6:05am Breast Cancer

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center has a new way to better detect cancer and serve its patients. Read story

Paula Zellers, left, and Laura Thornquist row at the front of their team's dragon boat on Vancouver Lake. Their team, Catch-22, which is coed and has about 75 members, features close to a dozen people diagnosed with breast cancer. Zellers and Thornquist are two of those people.

Breast Cancer Survivor Paddler Day teaches benefits of dragon boating

Paula Zellers, left, and Laura Thornquist row at the front of their team's dragon boat on Vancouver Lake. Their team, Catch-22, which is coed and has about 75 members, features close to a dozen people diagnosed with breast cancer. Zellers and Thornquist are two of those people.

October 17, 2019, 9:31pm Breast Cancer

When Laura Thornquist was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, it was a shock because of how fit she was. Read story