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Five Tips for Managing Stress During Cancer Treatment

Everyone faces stress from time to time, but a cancer diagnosis can be particularly challenging for both the patient and the family members.
“For many of our patients and survivors, they experience a great deal of stress related to
Eric Zhou
their diagnosis, treatment, or fears of recurrence,” says Eric Zhou, PhD, clinical psychology fellow at Dana-Farber’s Perini Family Survivors’ Center. “But they also have general life stresses on top of that, like family, finances, and work, that don’t go away just because they’re battling cancer.”
Zhou, who leads Dana-Farber’s Survivor Stress Management and Relaxation Training (SMART) workshops, provides some tips on how to …

 

Our First Grant

It is with sincere gratitude that we thank Harvard  Pilgrim  Health Care Foundation for the grant we received to help our organization Bakes for Breast Cancer raise money for breast cancer.
Our nonprofit breast cancer organization, Bakes for Breast Cancer has big dreams and plans and needs to rely on the support of our community and sponsors to help us achieve our goals and visions for the future.  As the saying goes it takes a village to raise a child, well it takes a village to run a fundraising organization that raises money for breast cancer where anyone and everyone can …

 

A Great Corn Salad for Summer

It is summer and corn is in season across the country. Therefore it is a wonderful time to try corn in a new way! This wonderful corn salad from Ina Garten is my go to recipe for bbq, picnics during the summer and anytime of the year.
It can be made with fresh corn or if in a hurry with frozen corn thawed. I have done it both ways and if using frozen corn, I use two bags.  I also have cooked the corn in the microwave instead of on the stove in boiling water.
Its refreshing flavors make it a perfect …

 

Young, Poorer Breast Cancer Patients More Likely to Have Delays in Care

Young women with fewer financial resources are more likely to experience long delays between the time they detect a breast abnormality and the time they get a diagnosis, a recent study shows. Initially launched to help researchers better understand why breast cancers are more deadly in young women, the study was led by Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, a breast oncologist in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber, and Kathryn Ruddy, MD, MPH, formerly of Dana-Farber and now at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
The study involved 585 women under age 40 who had recently been diagnosed …

 

Spicy Cocktails in San Francisco

 
While in San Francisco recently, a friend took me to a restaurant she loves, Pacific Catch. The restaurant is a San Francisco only chain, with six locations around the city. The drink she ordered was called a Spicy Pacific and was made using hot chilies. I wasn’t sure if a spicy cocktail sounded particularly appealing, but I trusted her judgement and ordered one for myself as well. The drink turned out to be awesome! Spicy and vodka are two words you normally wouldn’t use in a sentence together, but give this drink a try the next time you want to …

 

Adventures in Portland Ice Cream

 
This past week I returned from the West Coast, where I spent some time in Portland, Oregon. Portland has a reputation for being a weird city, and it certainly lives up to it. From people being obsessed with the pattern on the airport carpet (They sell it on t-shirts, stickers, and water bottles) to the graffiti that constantly appears on walls saying “Keep Portland Weird”, there’s no shortage of character to this city. With a city like this, the food is bound to be equally as unique. Salt and Straw is the perfect example of this. It’s a small ice …

 

Happy Independence Day!

For many Independence Day is the start of the very short summer season but it is the birth of American independence in which we celebrate in grand style with parades, fireworks, concerts and of course barbecues!
The American flag waves proudly and our desserts are red, white and blue! We gather with friends and family and celebrate in American style.
We thank those who fought for our independence and those who serve our country to keep us safe and protected. The sacrifices that were and are made are appreciated by all that enjoy not only Independence Day but also everyday.
We at Bakes …

 

Time to get caught up with Peter

Lets start off by saying it has been a difficult and challenging year with cancer. We have had 4 rounds of radiation in a four month period. I received a Leptomeningeal diagnosis (which means the cancer is in the fluid of my spine and brain). I received whole brain radiation, which brought me some relief. Due to the Leptomeningeal disease I was having trouble with my speech, swallow and balance. The radiation helped everything.
I am currently at home with open hospice. Right now they only have to be here once a week, I am currently I am on steroids and …

 

A Father’s Day Treat!

A quick and easy treat to make in honor of all the dad’s this Father’s Day is the Lemon Bar! Easy to make and quite addictive these sweet and tart treats disappear quickly. It is that combination of tart and sweet that makes a perfect combination that keeps us craving more!
I happen to love the recipes of Ina Garten and Smitten Kitchen! When a lemon bar recipe is adapted by Smitten Kitchen watch out is all that I can say!
I share with you the adapted recipe from Smitten Kitchen where you are offered two variations a thicker or thinner layer …

 

Peanut Butter & Co.

 
As a kid, I put a slight variation on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich by eating mine with only the peanut butter. My love of peanut butter is most likely inherited from my dad, who could probably live off peanut butter if he had to. Last year I went grocery shopping with a friend and saw her pick up a brand of peanut butter I had never noticed.  I decided to grab a jar for myself because the flavors sounded amazing, and the packaging was unbelievably cute with a little monkey on the front. From then on, I …