The Trauma of Being Alive

“The Trauma of Being Alive.” By Mark Epstein, The New York Times.

Trauma is not just the result of major disasters. It does not happen to only some people. An undercurrent of trauma runs through ordinary life, shot through as it is with the poignancy of impermanence. I like to say that if we are . . . → Read More: The Trauma of Being Alive

Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer

“Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer.” By Peggy Orenstein, The New York Times Magazine.

I used to believe that a mammogram saved my life. I even wrote that in the pages of this magazine. It was 1996, and I had just turned 35 when my doctor sent me for an initial screening — a . . . → Read More: Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer

The Making of a Peaceful Death

“What a peaceful death.” This is what the head nurse in the isolation unit remarked upon entering my father’s hospital room shortly after he died. The room was quiet, to be sure, but it had not been a peaceful departure. I know this for a fact. I was there. Still, throughout the early morning, as . . . → Read More: The Making of a Peaceful Death

Living With Stage IV Breast Cancer

“Living With Stage IV Breast Cancer.” By Algerina Perna, The Darkroom, a photography and video blog of The Baltimore Sun

In September 2012, I photographed a group of women diagnosed with terminal stage IV breast cancer: Kay Campbell, Gretchen Carlquist, Dian “CJ” Corneliussen-James, Cecilia “Cece” Curry , and Sally Ring. As I photographed these women, . . . → Read More: Living With Stage IV Breast Cancer

When Prolonging Death Seems Worse Than Death

“When Prolonging Death Seems Worse Than Death.” By Terry Gross, Fresh Air from WHYY

“We’re going to discuss a subject that’s difficult to talk about: end-of-life decisions for the terminally ill. My guest, Judith Schwarz, works with the group Compassion & Choices, serving as the regional clinical coordinator for the East Coast. Compassion & Choices . . . → Read More: When Prolonging Death Seems Worse Than Death

A Conversation with Dr. Patricia Steeg on Redesigning Clinical Trials to Test Therapies that Could Prevent Cancer Metastasis

“A Conversation with Dr. Patricia Steeg on Redesigning Clinical Trials to Test Therapies that Could Prevent Cancer Metastasis” National Cancer Institute Cancer Bulletin

In a perspective published May 30 in Nature, Dr. Patricia Steeg argues that the current system for clinical trials must be redesigned if there is to be a decline in breast cancer . . . → Read More: A Conversation with Dr. Patricia Steeg on Redesigning Clinical Trials to Test Therapies that Could Prevent Cancer Metastasis