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Breast Cancer

Vancouver breast cancer patient: Be your own advocate

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

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

October 9, 2022, 6:05am Breast Cancer

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

Cowlitz Tribal Foundation Clark County Fund aids Pink Lemonade Project

November 18, 2022, 6:03am Clark County Health

Pink Lemonade Project received a $245,500 grant, the largest grant the organization has ever seen, from the Cowlitz Tribal Foundation Clark County Fund. 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

Doctor says women with dense breasts require closer ‘surveillance’ for cancer

October 9, 2022, 5:30am Breast Cancer

Do you know if your breasts are fatty or dense? Read story

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Young women who suspect breast cancer face challenges

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October 9, 2022, 5:30am Breast Cancer

According to Yale Medicine, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women ages 15-39. Every year, more than 1,000 women under age 40 die from breast cancer. But screenings aren’t recommended or typically offered until over the age of 40, leaving younger people like Sonja Trytko to… Read story