Need a Holiday Gift for a Breast Cancer Patient?


Do you need the perfect holiday gift for a friend or loved one facing cancer surgery? You want to show caring for your friend and sensitivity toward the challenge she faces. A BFFLBag® is a thoughtful, helpful, uplifting and comforting gift! Watch this …

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Spinach: The True Superfood


Kale may be getting all the attention lately, but in my opinion spinach is the tried and true superfood. Ranked as one of the healthiest vegetables, and for good reason, this bright leafy green, which is one of my favorites, …

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Cancer and the Holidays


Caring for a loved one with cancer is particularly challenging during the holidays. Here are some common-sense tips to help you navigate the next six weeks with grace, joy and peace. (We first published this two years ago, and it was so …

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Ebola Is in the News, but the Flu is Just around the Corner


Ebola has been the lead story in the news lately, and our hearts go out both to those who are bravely battling the virus and to the heroic health care workers who are putting themselves in harm’s way to care for …

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Did You Know? 31 Facts About Breasts


Last year during Breast Cancer Awareness month, our list of 31 Facts About Breasts was a big hit. Here it is again, with some updates for 2014. Enjoy!

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Now That You’ve Finished Treatment, Take the Lead and…Follow(-Up)!

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One of my favorite patients is a lovely Bostonian transplant to New York, a woman who has been cured of her early stage breast cancer but who worries about her health—from her lipid levels to her not-so perfect bladder suspension …

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What To Expect When You’re Having a Mastectomy


Are you, or is someone close to you, having a mastectomy in the near future? We developed The BFFL Co Guide to Mastectomy to help women and their families through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. It remains one of the most …

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Cravings: Not Just for Expectant Moms


We get mail on a variety of topics from our loyal Best Friends For Life community. Particularly fascinating, however, have been your reports about cravings. Though cravings are most often associated with pregnant women (the old “pickles and ice cream” …

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Cancer Clouds Forming? Look for the Silver Lining

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I have always been fascinated by the symbol of a Masthead—a strong female figure, head held high, chest thrust forward, perched at the bow of a ship to guide her fellow sailors through an unfamiliar and stormy sea as they …

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Will Colonoscopy Soon Be Obsolete?


The mere mention of the world “colonoscopy” sends me into a cold sweat. I have had only one of these screening tests used to find abnormalities inside the colon, and it’s going to take an awful lot to get me …

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Breast Cancer: A Family Affair


Should women under 40 worry about breast cancer? The National Cancer Institute puts the risk of developing breast cancer earlier than age 40 at less than 2 percent. For certain women with genetic predispositions, however, like those who test positive for …

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3D Mammography Allows Earlier Detection of Smaller Breast Tumors


Over the past couple of years there have been some significant developments in the area of breast cancer screening. One of the new terms we hear quite frequently is “3D Mammography.” Many women are wondering what it is, and whether …

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