I'm Not The Perfect Cancer Survivor. But I've Learned To Live With That

by Adam Bessie, Marc Parenteau, and Gayle Sulik, Narratively, February 16, 2017.

Years after successfully surviving a malignant brain tumor, I still feel guilty for not being the hyper-athletic, diet-conscious superhero we’re told every survivor should be.

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Adam Bessie is a San Francisco Bay Area based writer, whose comics on living with cancer have been featured in . . . → Read More: I’m Not The Perfect Cancer Survivor. But I’ve Learned To Live With That

Book Review: Hospital Land USA

Death is certain. Time of death is not. But in Hospital Land USA, the other S&M (Science and Medicine) as Wendy Simonds calls it, death is a failure, something to be suspended and avoided at whatever cost. And there is no safe word. The surreal ordinariness of it all – from appointments and forms to waiting rooms, scripts, and winning . . . → Read More: Book Review: Hospital Land USA

Breast Cancer Consortium Quarterly (Issue 3)

Dear Friends,

Here is the latest issue of the BCC Quarterly, a little later than usual, but full of insightful commentary.

We review recent books and share initiatives to change health care for the better.

We deconstruct yet another screening mammography campaign and point out the conflicts of interest that continue to create confusion instead of clarity around the updated . . . → Read More: Breast Cancer Consortium Quarterly (Issue 3)

A few words about Jody Schoger

Our friend and colleague Jody Schoger died on May 18th at age 61 from metastatic breast cancer. She learned of her recurrence in April of 2013, following a 15-year remission. The news was shocking and devastating. But Jody, ever the rational and reflective patient advocate, shared her thoughts on the only ‘good’ way to cope with this new reality, one . . . → Read More: A few words about Jody Schoger

BCC Quarterly (Issue 2) Is Out!

Dear Friends,

In the latest issue of the Breast Cancer Consortium Quarterly, we highlight So Much To Be Done, a must-read collection of writings from breast cancer activist, Barbara Brenner; a new edited collection The Invisible Scars (translated into Catalan), which features the feminist writings of several BCC partners; an important new documentary called The Good Breast, premiering at the . . . → Read More: BCC Quarterly (Issue 2) Is Out!

We Love You, Jody

In the spring of 2013, our friend and colleague Jody Schoger was diagnosed with a breast cancer recurrence. After 15 years of remission, she was thrown back into breast cancer treatment. Only this time, it was a metastatic lobular breast cancer and life changed forever.

Living with an incurable cancer meant coming to terms with being in active treatment for . . . → Read More: We Love You, Jody

The Good Breast, A Documentary

THE GOOD BREAST directed by Bernadette Wegenstein will be at the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) on Wednesday, May 4th at 5pm.

BFF’s announcement of the 2016 lineup:

“Among the debuts are Running Wild, a Sharon Stone-led horse drama in which a young widow seeks to save her floundering business and heal her broken heart by launching a convict . . . → Read More: The Good Breast, A Documentary

So Much To Be Done:The Writings of Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner

The power behind the national organization Breast Cancer Action, Barbara Brenner brought an abundance of wit, courage, and clarity to the cause and forever changed the conversation. Brenner’s columns and blog posts, collected in So Much to Be Done, form a chronicle of breast cancer research and health care activism that is as inspiring as it is informative. Edited by . . . → Read More: So Much To Be Done:The Writings of Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner

If You Really Want to Help Cancer Research, Don't Give Money to the NFL

Published on Broadly, a channel on VICE, on January 29th, 2016.

Despite the National Football League’s contributions to the American Cancer Society through its official “Crucial Catch” campaign, the league is not really a breast cancer philanthropist. Sure, players wear pink cleats, halftime shows feature pink ribbons and breast cancer survivors, and clubs host events or reach out to . . . → Read More: If You Really Want to Help Cancer Research, Don’t Give Money to the NFL

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“Pink Ribbon Blues”

Paperback includes a new Introduction on fundraising controversies and a color insert with images of, and reactions to, the pinking of breast cancer (2012).

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*Sad face*: Being happy does not help you live longer" New Scientist

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Komen Charity Under Microscope for Funding, Science Reuters

The Fight Against Cancer - And Abortion? Salon.com

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The Big Business of Breast Cancer
Marie Claire

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Get Your Pink Off Ottawa Citizen

Komen Pink Ribbons Raise Green and Questions USA Today