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Breast Cancer

Former Washington governor Gregoire shares breast cancer fight

November 1, 2020, 6:02am Breast Cancer

When Christine Gregoire got her diagnosis back in 2003, she called up two women who could definitely relate: Janet Napolitano and Heidi Heitkamp. Read story

Tattoo artist from Vancouver uses ink to help clients camouflage scars

October 15, 2020, 6:05am Clark County Health

Gwen McClellan didn’t think the marks would ever blend in. Read story

Sherry Cianni, left, and Heather James have had to do cancer treatment without friends or family accompanying them because of COVID-19 precautions in place at clinics and hospitals.

In pandemic, breast cancer treatment a sometimes solo flight for Vancouver women

Sherry Cianni, left, and Heather James have had to do cancer treatment without friends or family accompanying them because of COVID-19 precautions in place at clinics and hospitals.

October 11, 2020, 6:05am Breast Cancer

Heather James, 50, dropped a dollop of conditioner on her chest while showering. When she wiped it off, she felt a lump. Read story

Laura Thornquist, left, demonstrates how she has been coaching teammates while the coronavirus pandemic has kept them off the lake. She corrects teammate Britten Witherspoon's form as she paddles in a water trough in Thornquist's Woodland backyard.

Members of Catch-22 dragon boat team build fitness, community after breast cancer diagnosis

Laura Thornquist, left, demonstrates how she has been coaching teammates while the coronavirus pandemic has kept them off the lake. She corrects teammate Britten Witherspoon's form as she paddles in a water trough in Thornquist's Woodland backyard.

October 11, 2020, 6:00am Breast Cancer

“You should try dragon boating.” That’s what Britten Witherspoon, 43, kept hearing from other members of her support group for young breast cancer survivors. Read story

"Mommy Found A Lump" is a children's picture book about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment by Portland surgeon Nathalie Johnson.

How to talk to children about cancer

"Mommy Found A Lump" is a children's picture book about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment by Portland surgeon Nathalie Johnson.

October 11, 2020, 5:21am Breast Cancer

Figuring out what’s really up with your parents is child’s play. Just check their text messages or eavesdrop on a phone call. That’s what one child whispered during a support group hosted by oncology social worker Krista Nelson at Portland’s Providence Cancer Institute. Read story

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Breast cancer survivors share wisdom: Get support. Accept help. Stay strong. Never give up

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October 11, 2020, 5:19am Breast Cancer

Facing a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment — especially during a pandemic — can be a frightening prospect. Read story

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