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This support group meets weekly via Zoom and focuses on topics relevant to women who have been diagnosed with non-metastatic breast cancer. Meet peers who can relate to the physical and mental aspects along this journey. Breast cancer survivors lead this group with support each month from providers in the Diagnostic Breast Clinic and the Division of Medical Oncology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Sponsored by Join the Journey.

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Is there a Zoom for women with Metastatic Breast Cancer? Seems as if the would need support as well. Perhaps there are other support sources for women with Metastatic Breast Cancer.

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Navigating the Breast Cancer Patient Journey Together

In 2020, there were 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer. 1

Closer to home, over 27,000 women were diagnosed with the disease; according to the statistics, breast cancer topped the list of most number of new cancer cases in the country. 2

These women need the hand of their loved ones to hold during the cancer patient journey they’ve unwillingly found themselves on. Their families, meanwhile, are making way for a new challenge in their lives — to become carers in the cancer journey, as the eyes, the mind, and the hands of the patients when crucial decisions are afoot.

In navigating the cancer patient journey, neither patient nor caregiver should go through it alone. Caregivers, particularly family members and friends, play a vital role in helping patients accept the diagnosis as the first step to winning the fight against breast cancer.

Proper information about the disease, coupled with a personalized caregiver approach for each step of the patient journey, are important keys in winning the battle against breast cancer.

The Diagnosis

When the first telling signs and symptoms of breast cancer have reared their heads, or when you simply suspect it in you or a loved one, consult a doctor immediately. Getting diagnosed in the early stages of the disease can contribute to better survivorship. However, hearing that one has cancer, whatever the stage, remains a hard pill to swallow.

A confirmed cancer diagnosis may bring emotional distress, from anxiety, to sadness, to fear of the unknown. In one study, it was found that ‘high levels of distress’ affects 35-45% of Canada and US cancer patients from time of diagnosis, through treatment, recurrent disease, palliative care, and survivorship. This stress has been found to affect patient experience, their overall quality of life, and their treatment of cancer. 3

Thus, caregivers play a role in the patient journey. They are also on board with learning about the disease to help understand their loved one’s condition better, and with navigating the rest of the breast cancer patient [2]   journey map .

‘The sixth vital sign’ in cancer care. 3

After the 4 common vital signs and the introduction of a 5th (pain), the 6th is emotional distress, particularly emphasized by medical practitioners because of the high prevalence rate of distress in cancer patients. 3

So as with the other vital signs, this must be paid close attention to. In objectively monitoring this,  patients and caregivers gain another ally in the fight against breast cancer: the multidisciplinary team.

More aptly ‘allies’, a multidisciplinary [3]   team (MDT) of doctors come on board for the journey. This team can include a medical, surgical, and radiation oncologist, a pathologist, a radiologist, a breast surgeon, a psychologist, and more depending on the cancer condition. In multidisciplinary care, instead of benefitting from only one expert’s medical judgment, a team of specialists will convene to discuss the most optimal treatment for the patient depending on their prognosis. Based on a study, patients with an organized MDT even saw an increase in 5-year survival rate. 4

Caregivers should be involved in every briefing, assessment, and decision-making process in order to properly collaborate with the entire MDT and determine the best course of treatment for the patient.

The Treatment Options

After knowing who’s on your team to help root for your loved ones to win against the disease, the team of doctors should also openly discuss with you the treatment options based on your loved ones’ condition. There are several treatment options available for breast cancer which may include surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or a combination of these treatments. Ask your doctor about the most appropriate treatment plan for the existing breast cancer condition.

The Prevention & Control

Life after a cancer diagnosis can drastically change not just for patients, but for the people around them as well. On top of ensuring that the cancer patient is better cared for physically, mentally, and emotionally, family members and loved ones may be spurred into action to raise awareness about the disease for other relatives.

Caregivers can take the reins and help encourage healthy lifestyle changes like eating healthier, exercising more, and reducing/eliminating alcohol consumption. 5 They can also help remind loved ones of the importance of preventive measures such as a monthly self-breast examination [4]   .

After a self-breast exam, clinical breast exams and mammograms are recommended screening methods to detect the earliest signs of breast cancer. In general,  women aged 50 to 74 years old with potentially average risk should get a mammogram every 2 years, and women between 40 to 49 years old should ask their doctor about how often a mammogram would be recommended for them. 6 The earlier a cancer is detected, the higher the chances of survival!

Keeping the Hope From Within Alive

A thought worth repeating on the daily: cancer is not a death sentence, and one need not navigate the cancer patient journey alone.

Breast cancer patients have the power of a strong support system to help them keep the hope from within alive and carry on fighting for the win.

Be an emotional anchor [5]   for your loved ones,  #BCWeCan!

To learn more about the #BCWeCan campaign, as well as more initiatives by Hope From Within, follow https://www.facebook.com/hopefromwithinph .

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  • Global Cancer Observatory. “Fact Sheets: Philippines (2020).” https://gco.iarc.fr/today/data/factsheets/populations/608-philippines-fact-sheets.pdf . Accessed 29 May 2021.
  • Bultz, Barry. “Patient Care and Outcomes: Why Cancer Care Should Screen for Distress, the 6th Vital Sign.” National Center for Biotechnological Information, Jan. 2016, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5123537/ . Accessed 29 May 2021.
  • Jianlong Lu, Yan Jiang, Mengcen Qian, Lilang Lv, and Xiaohua Ying. “The Improved Effects of a Multidisciplinary Team on the Survival of Breast Cancer Patients: Experiences from China.”  National Center for Biotechnological Information, Jan. 2021, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6982185/ . Accessed 29 May 2021.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention USA. “What Can I Do To Reduce My Risk of Breast Cancer?” 14 Sept. 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/basic_info/prevention.htm . Accessed 29 May 2021.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention USA. “What is Breast Cancer Screening?”  14 Sept. 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/basic_info/screening.htm . Accessed 29 May 2021.

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How can we better manage the symptoms after breast cancer treatment together? Sage Bionetworks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization, invites you to volunteer in a new approach to monitor health in women using mobile apps. Share the Journey: Mind, Body and Wellness after breast cancer is a clinical study that aims to understand the symptoms after breast cancer treatment, why these symptoms vary over time, and what can be done to improve them.

New technologies allow people to record and track their health and symptoms in real time. Share the Journey will use surveys and phone sensor data to collect and track five common symptoms that can persist after breast cancer treatment: fatigue, mood and cognitive changes, sleep disturbances, and reduction in exercise. Some participants will be invited to keep a health diary. The app will allow you to track these symptoms and others of your choosing, review trends, and provide your insights to researchers and the breast cancer community about how your symptoms might change day to day. This study is unique in that it allows participants to step up as equal partners in both the surveillance and management of their symptoms as well as in the research process.

How this Study Works

The Share the Journey app will ask you to answer questions about yourself, your medical history, and current health. The app may ask you to perform specific tasks while using your mobile phone, such as to provide a journal about your week with symptoms. To better understand the way that your symptoms are affecting your life, we will ask you permission to collect data from your phone itself, such as how much you move in one day. Providing this information is optional.

Our goals are to understand the causes of the symptom variations after breast cancer treatment; to learn how mobile devices and sensors can help us to these symptoms and their progression; and to ultimately improve the quality of life for people after breast cancer treatment.

If you decide to join the study you will need to download the free study application on your mobile device, register an account and confirm your agreement to participate in this study. Then, periodically we will ask you to answer questions and/or perform activities on your mobile phone. These questions may be about your health, fatigue, mood, cognitive changes, sleep or exercise. We will send notices on your phone asking you to complete these tasks and surveys. You may choose to act at your convenience, (either then or later) and you may choose to participate in all or only in some parts of the study. These tasks should take you about 20 minutes each week. You have the right to refuse to answer particular questions or participate in particular aspects of the study. Your study data will include your responses to surveys, your journal entries about your week with symptoms and some measurements from the phone itself when you perform an activity. A unique random code will be associated with your study data instead of your name. Your data, without your name will be added to the data of other study participants and analyzed by the study team. Also, if you choose to, your study data (without your contact information) can be made available to other qualified researchers for this and future research. You will have a unique account that you can use to review your own data.

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Who is Eligible to Participate

If you are a woman aged 18 and 80 years with a history of breast cancer or without a history of any cancer, we invite you to join the study. You need to be a U.S. resident and have a personal iPhone to participate.

Who is Running this Study

This study is sponsored by Sage Bionetworks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It was developed with guidance from our advisory board (Drs. Patricia Ganz, Kathryn Schmitz and Ann Partridge).

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Join the Journey is dedicated to promoting breast cancer awareness and supporting individuals on their breast cancer journey.

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Join the Journey was founded in 2005. Effie Psimos and Patty Allen, breast cancer survivors, and close friend Margie Loprinzi, came together with the hope of raising awareness of breast cancer in Rochester, Minnesota.

Before long, Join the Journey had its first Ten-Mile Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. The community response was tremendous, and participation grows each year. In 2014, nearly 1,000 people participated!

Join the Journey has evolved into an established non-profit community organization, which supports programs and projects that uphold its mission of promoting breast cancer awareness and supporting individuals on their breast cancer journey.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, Join the Journey was created to help you. We will provide you with information, support and fellowship. You are not alone; we are here to help.

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Cancer nonprofit brings free, mobile mammograms to rural North Carolina

Pink flowers are in the foreground. Behind them is a street and parking lot with a bus parked in it. The bus is light blue and decorated with pink flowers. A large pink square on it reads "Driven to defeat breast cancer." A collapsible awning is opened on the bus's side where patients will step into the vehicle for a mammogram.

A bus that conducts breast cancer screenings is scheduled to make its way through Eastern North Carolina beginning this month.

It’s a new initiative called Mission in Motion — run by the Greenville-based nonprofit Cancer Services of Eastern North Carolina. The nonprofit’s executive director Lynn Pischke said that the program, largely funded by a $35,000 grant from the Camber Foundation , will use a state-of-the-art bus to provide 200 no-cost mammograms to patients in rural North Carolina.

“The patients will not pay a cent,” Pischke said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), rural counties in the U.S. had higher cancer death rates than urban and metropolitan counties in 2011 to 2015. That’s potentially due to what the report stated are “disparities in access to health care and timely diagnosis and treatment.”

Pischke said that lack of rural health care access was highlighted by a patient in Ahoskie who contacted the nonprofit last fall. She was in her 60s, had no form of transportation, and she wanted to get her first mammogram. Upon learning of the lack of mobile mammogram machines east of I-95, the nonprofit applied for the grant that would come to fund the free mammograms conducted in mobile screening units throughout the year.

A mammogram shows an x-ray image of a breast. An arrow points at a bright white spot in the bottom right. The spot is a type of cancer.

“We're very strategically placing them in areas of Eastern North Carolina that are considered medically deserted,” Pischke said. “There's no doctor in town. There's no dentist in town. What's happened is, thousands of people have just not gotten preventative screenings. And, with breast cancer specifically, it's highly, highly successfully curable if you get it early.”

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among U.S. women, according to the CDC, with 8,911 new cases reported in North Carolina in 2020.

Nash County's Country Doctor Museum will be the first site to host the mobile breast cancer screening unit, currently scheduled for April 29, according to museum director Annie Anderson.

“It's just really important to make those annual screenings,” Anderson said. “If at some point — God forbid — in the future, there's an area of concern, your doctors will look at your previous mammograms to compare them. And, if you find it earlier rather than later, you have more options in terms of treatments, in terms of how you want to go about your treatment journey.”

Anderson said museum staff look forward to welcoming patients who have registered for the event, aiming to make it a positive experience.

“Mammograms — any sort of imaging exams — can be very stressful,” Anderson said. “Even if you don't expect anything to be wrong, there's just a buildup of stress with that kind of unknown quality. Many of the women that we're working with from Cancer Services of Eastern North Carolina are breast cancer survivors. I'm a breast cancer survivor. So, it's just very near and dear to our hearts to be able to help women get an early diagnosis if they need to.”

To be eligible for a screening with the Mission in Motion program, Cancer Services of Eastern North Carolina lists the following requirements:

  • Patients 35 years and older with or without an active insurance plan
  • Must be 1 year since previous mammogram
  • Cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Must report a PCP or OB-GYN to receive results
  • Must not have a lump you can feel or dimpling of the breasts, or nipple changes

Patients who have known breast concerns are not eligible, Anderson said, because they would require more of a diagnostic mammogram, not the screening mammograms provided by Mission in Motion. Nonprofit executive director Lynn Pischke said that after Nash County, the breast cancer screening bus is scheduled to visit Conetoe in Edgecombe County on May 29, Aurora in Beaufort County on Aug. 18, and a yet-to-be-determined location in Pamlico County on Sept. 19.

The mobile units can perform 30 mammograms a day. Prospective patients will need to register online .

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Boston Marathon Run is Mother-Daughter Moment for Breast and Uterine Cancer Survivor 

Runners call it Heartbreak Hill, but for Michelle O’Brien the long, rising stretch of pavement that crosses the 20-mile point of the Boston Marathon ® route represents the top of the mountain.  

Just over three years after being diagnosed in back-to-back months with two unrelated cancers — invasive breast cancer in December 2020, and then stage III uterine/endometrial cancer in January 2021 — O’Brien, 53, will aim to reach this peak ​​on Monday as she competes in the 2024 Boston Marathon. By her side for the 26.2-mile journey will be her daughter, Kate, 21, who has been returning home from the University of Vermont to Needham, Mass, most weekends to join Michelle on training runs. 

The O’Briens are part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) team, a charity squad made up of more than 500 runners who are fundraising for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. And even though neither Michelle nor Kate has run the race before, it feels like a full-circle moment for them both. 

For decades, the O’Brien family has watched the Boston Marathon at the home of close family right at the top of Heartbreak Hill. It was there the clan cheered on Michelle’s brother-in-law, Emmett, as he ran Boston with the DFMC team 16 times to honor his wife Carolyn — a leukemia survivor also treated at Dana-Farber. Two of their children also took turns running the famed Hopkinton-to-Copley Square route while supporting cancer research. 

“I feel like my life is going to flash before my eyes, because this race and this cause has been such an important thing to me for so long,” says Michelle. “Since I was in college at Boston University, and then all those years watching family and friends run. Now, after being treated myself, to be running it with Kate? I get emotional just thinking about it.” 

Kate (left) and mom Michelle O’Brien are all smiles as they ready for Monday’s Boston Marathon.

Struck by lightning 

When she received her breast cancer diagnosis in December 2020, Michelle recalls, she was surprised — but not completely shocked. Her mother and sister were breast cancer survivors, so she always had a feeling she might face it too. 

“Because of my family history, I was diligent about getting my mammograms and having that peace of mind,” says Michelle. “When I learned I had breast cancer I thought, ‘I got this. My mom and my sister did great. It’s going to be OK.’”

Michelle knew she wanted to be treated at Dana-Farber Brigham, and in January 2021 was going through routine tests in preparation for a mastectomy when she received news that did shock her: she also had uterine/endometrial cancer. 

“That totally came out of left field,” says Michelle. “I didn’t fit the profile of someone who would typically get endometrial cancer, and when I asked the doctors if there was any connection between my two cancers, they said, ‘No, you were just struck by lightning twice at the same time.’” 

Married, and the mother of three daughters, Michelle would have to undergo much of her treatment for both cancers without loved ones by her side at the hospital due to COVID-19 restrictions. She says the professionalism and compassion of her Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center teams was crucial during this initial period.  

“This huge team of specialists on both sides came together with me and my husband, Tom, figuring out the best way to proceed,” says Michelle. “It was incredible how they took care of everything and gave me so much confidence.” 

In the end, it was decided the best course of action was to address Michelle’s uterine cancer first. She had a hysterectomy in February 2021, and then 18 weeks of chemotherapy and three radiation treatments under the care of surgical oncologist Michelle Davis, MD , and medical oncologist Carolyn Krasner, MD , in Dana-Farber Brigham’s Gynecologic Oncology Program.  

Michelle and Kate O’Brien have long been walking/running buddies.

Once that was completed, it was time to address her breast cancer. A team in the Breast Oncology Program led by surgical oncologist Laura Dominici, MD, FACS , plastic surgeon Jessica Erdmann-Sager, MD , FACS, and medical oncologist Erica Mayer, MD, MPH , led this treatment, which included a mastectomy, five weeks of daily radiation, a year-and-a-half of chemotherapy, and reconstruction.  

​​​The majority of Michelle’s care came at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – Chestnut Hill , just a 10-minute drive from her home.  

“When I started treatment the Chestnut Hill campus had just opened, and it was so beautiful,” says Michelle. “I couldn’t have anybody with me for my treatments due to restrictions, but everyone at Dana-Farber went out of their way to make me feel like I was not alone.” 

By mid-2023 Michelle was cancer-free, nearing her 25th anniversary with Tom, and looking for a new challenge — on her terms.  

Side-by-side 

Kate remembers that from early in her mother’s cancer journey, Michelle began suggesting that she might want to run the Boston Marathon after finishing treatment. Ironically, Kate had been preparing to run a marathon herself in 2020 before COVID canceled the race, and a spark began to form during her phone calls home to mom: perhaps they could run Boston together.  

In 2020, Michelle and Kate O’Brien got inspired at the Boston Marathon finish line.

“It’s really cold and snowy in Vermont, so that makes training in the winter hard,” says Kate. “But I remember coming home freshman year and saying to my mom, “We’re going to do this when you get your strength back.’” 

Now, with both Michelle’s cancers in remission, that time has come.  

“I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for Dana-Farber Brigham, so joining the DFMC team for our run was a no-brainer,” says Michelle. “There are so many ways to give back — it doesn’t have to be a marathon. But this feels right.” 

From their training together, Michelle knows that Kate is the stronger, faster runner. So, while they will toe the starting line side-by-side, Michelle hopes Kate will be far in front by the time each passes the family’s traditional Newton viewing spot.  

Kate has other plans. 

“I hopefully have many more marathons to run, and plenty of time to try and get a personal best finish,” says Kate. “But this is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I really want to be with my mom the whole way.” 

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Join hundreds of walkers at UH to support Black breast cancer patients and survivors

We know breast cancer doesn't discriminate, but it is having an oversized impact on our Black community.

Black women under 35 are two times more likely to be diagnosed, and three times more likely to die of breast cancer, according to data from Sisters Network Inc. , the nation's leading voice on Black breast cancer survivorship.

Even more concerning, Black women of all ages are now 42% more likely to die of breast cancer than women of other backgrounds.

"The statistics are staggering," said Caleen Allen, Sisters Network's vice president. "We, as an organization, believe there is a Black breast cancer crisis."

RELATED: Breast cancer trend among younger Black women alarms health advocates

While disparities in health care access contribute to some of these issues, researchers have yet to determine a cause for increased risk to Black women.

Allen said the only certainty is that early detection is needed to save lives, with baseline screenings now recommended at age 35.

"We are getting it younger, we are getting it more aggressive, and we're dying more frequently," Allen said. "Being proactive and being your own patient advocate is critical to your own health care."

It's through this urgent lens that Sisters Network is preparing for its 14th annual Stop the Silence National African Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Run at University of Houston.

This historic walk, set for Sat., April 20, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., will take participants through Lynn Eusan Park as they raise funds to support breast cancer survivors.

Proceeds will also pay for mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women, and those early detection screenings Allen said are so vital to survival.

"Let's face it: breast cancer is in no one's budget," Allen said. "The need is great, and it's vast... and so we try to lift that."

To date, the Houston-based nonprofit has provided nearly $1.4 million in support nationally through its Karen E. Jackson Breast Cancer Assistance Program.

"Our Stop the Silence 5K Walk/Run is more than just a race. It's a movement," said Jackson, who serves as Sisters Network's founder and CEO. "Each step taken symbolizes the journey and courage of breast cancer survivors, honors the memory of those we lost... and amplifies the importance of early detection in the Black community."

Walkers and runners can register now at StoptheSilenceWalk.org .

Lynn Eusan Park is located at 4400 Calhoun Rd., in Houston.

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Hello Ambition-Driven Listeners, Our latest episode is incredible and trust us, you won't want to miss this one. Join us as we welcome the incredible Martha Kyler, who not only shares her harrowing and inspirational journey through breast cancer but also how this experience fueled her creation of the Pink Ribbon Playbook. Martha bravely opens up about her diagnosis, the mental turmoil of considering breast removal and reconstruction, and the profound impact on her family. She also sheds light on a topic often overlooked: the emotional weight shouldered by the supportive partners of those battling cancer. Martha's husband and mother-in-law played pivotal roles during her fight, showing us the strength found in a united front. This episode is a heartfelt testament to the beautiful yet complex nature of relationships during times of crisis. From navigating communication barriers to the power of asking (and accepting) help, Martha's insights are sure to evoke both reflection and empowerment. Featured in this episode: - The emotional journey of Martha and her family through her breast cancer treatment - The creation and impact of the Pink Ribbon Playbook - The importance of self-care and prioritizing personal needs - Real-life tips on how to communicate your support needs effectively Katie brings her vibrant energy, engaging in deep and meaningful conversations with Martha. Their dynamic is both touching and educational, as they explore personal growth, vulnerability, and the necessity of intentional connection. We also delve into the social dynamics we face when struggling with health issues—the retreat and advance of friends, the offerings of support, the surprising spaces where we find community, and the ongoing self-discovery journey that shapes us. Don't forget, the Pink Ribbon Playbook isn't just a story; it's a community lifeline available through an app, offering a seven-day free trial and a wealth of resources for those touched by breast cancer.  If this conversation touches your heart, don't keep it to yourself. Share it with those who may be navigating cancer or facing life's storms in need of a beacon of hope. Martha's message is one of courage, self-compassion, and proactive healing—not just for cancer warriors but for anyone on a path to self-betterment. We're so grateful for the chance to platform stories that matter, conversations that inspire, and individuals like Martha Kyler who turn their pain into purpose with grace and determination. If you would like to follow Martha here is her  IG @pinkribbonplaybook To Join here Pink Ribbon Playbook App: https://thepinkribbonplaybook.mn.co/landing?space_id=12137411    Here's to being Ambitchious in our support for each other.   Stay Ambitchious, The Ambitchious Podcast Team

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Shannen Doherty's cancer battle: From initial diagnosis to heartbreaking funeral plans

The charmed alum was first diagnosed in 2015.

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Shannen Doherty has been putting on a brave face for nine years after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. 

The Charmed  alum has been open about her health battle, revealing she is now living with Stage 4 breast cancer. 

In November 2023, she shared the heartbreaking update that the cancer had spread to her bones – five months after she revealed it had spread to her brain. 

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Following Shannen's initial diagnosis, she decided in 2016 to shave her head after treatment made "huge clumps" of her hair fall out. 

"After my second treatment, my hair was really matted, like in dreadlocks. And I went to try and brush it out, and it just fell out," she told ET . "It was just shedding, and it was driving me crazy."

She continued. "It was just clumps. [My mom] grabbed the kitchen scissors and put it in a ponytail and she just chopped it off. And it was this cute little bob, but it wasn't enough, you know, it was falling out." 

Actress Shannen Doherty arrives at American Cancer Society's Giants of Science Los Angeles Gala on November 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California

In August 2016, the Beverly Hills, 90210 revealed that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and as a result, she had a mastectomy and underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. 

In 2017, she went into remission and in May 2018, Shannen had reconstructive surgery for her earlier mastectomy. 

Sadly, sometime in 2019, the cancer returned as metastatic Stage 4 breast cancer, meaning it had spread to other parts of her body beyond the original source of the tumor. 

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"I don't think that I've processed it. It's a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways,"  she said on  Good Morning America at the time. 

In January 2023, Shannen underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor, and by November of that year, the cancer had spread to her bones. 

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In 2021, the actress marked Breast Cancer Awareness month by sharing her "own personal journey from my first diagnosis to my second". 

In an Instagram post, she detailed the side effects of chemotherapy while sharing a photo of her with a bloody nose and shaved head. "I had many nose bleeds from the chemo. Not sure if any of you experienced this," she wrote. 

"I also was beyond tired. I cheered myself up by putting on [Cookie Monster] funny pajamas that my friend Kristy gave me. Did they actually cheer me up? Yes!! Lol. I looked ridiculous and in that ridiculousness, I was able to laugh at myself." 

Shannen added: "Finding humor helped get me thru what seemed impossible. I hope we all find humor in the impossible." 

Funeral plans 

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During an episode of her Let's Be Clear podcast in January 2024, Shannen made a heartbreaking admission about what she hopes for her funeral. 

Speaking to her best friend and guest, Chris Cortazzo – who is also the executor of her will – she expressed her desire to keep her funeral free of people she feels don't genuinely care for her.

"There's a lot of people that I think would show up that I don't want there,” she admitted. "I don’t want people to be crying or people to privately be like, ‘Thank God that [expletive] is dead now.'" 

'Miracle' treatment

In her latest podcast, Shannen talked about how she is preparing for death

Shannen finally received some good news in January 2024 after a new infusion treatment plan she is on yielded some "miracle" results. 

Speaking to her radiation oncologist, Dr. Amin Mirhadi, on her podcast, Shannen revealed that despite a lackluster start, "after the sixth or seventh treatment, we really saw it breaking down the blood-brain barrier". 

"Do I call that a miracle? Yeah. For me, that happens to be a miracle right now," she said. "That I sort of rolled the dice and said, 'Let's keep going.'" 

Screenshot form a video shared by Shannen Doherty on Instagram in June which captures her in the process of her radiation treatment for her breast cancer

She continued: "And that it's actually breaking down that blood-brain barrier is actually a miracle of that drug, a miracle of maybe God intervening and saying, 'I'm gonna give her a break. 

"Sometimes you're looking for miracles in all the wrong places and they're right in front of your face." 

Positive outlook 

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Thanks to the progress in Shannen's treatment, she remains hopeful as she continues her cancer battle. 

"Every day is a gift and there are so many new things in the works that I think hope is always there. I think it's so important,"  she said on her podcast. 

"Listen, I can die today, I can die in 20 years, I don't know. I can die walking outside of my house and a tree falling on me or a bus hitting me, whatever. Or I can die of cancer. 

Shannen Doherty attends the 9th Annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 05, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California

"But all I can do is live each day in as much as a positive manner with hope as I can and embrace it and feel like, 'Wow, I get to wake up again today, what can I do?'" 

She added: "I believe that positivity that you bring into your life, I think it helps with your whole body. I think that it helps you fight the cancer. Mind over matter a little bit."

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Sunday, September 16, 2018 Mayo High School – 1420 11th Avenue SE

NEW: Shorter walk length (5 miles round trip)

Included with your registration donation: entry to pre-walk education booths, 2018 walk t-shirt, kids scavenger hunt, post-walk entertainment and lunch. Raffle tickets are also available for purchase. 

Each walker has the option to create a team, join a team or set up an individual fundraising page.

Help us reach our fundraising goal by donating to a walk team or individual walker.  Invite friends, relatives and co-workers to join your walking team or donate on your fundraising page.

NOTE: Online Registration will close on Friday, September 14th at 5 PM!

No running, skateboarding or rollerblading. Pets are not permitted on Mayo High School property, inside or outside.

Children age 5 and under (on event date) can participate at no charge with registered adult. Children in this age group do not need to register, but parent/guardian must sign waiver on their behalf.

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For security reasons, credit card payments are only available with registrations submitted by you on this site. We cannot take credit card payments over the phone. Cash and check payments will be accepted with our paper registration forms available in May.

Fundraising Awards and Incentives

Fundraising Awards: Top Individual fundraiser will receive a special sash to wear on walk day and their name will be posted on the Join the Journey website. Top Fundraising Team leader will receive a special sash to wear on walk day and their team name will be posted on the Join the Journey website.

Fundraising Incentives: Individuals who raise $250 - 1 entry into drawing for a walk t-shirt quilt Individuals who raise $500 - 2 entries into drawing for a walk t-shirt quilt

Teams who raise $500 - each member - 1 entry into drawing for a walk t-shirt quilt Teams who raise $1000 - each member - 2 entries into drawing for a walk t-shirt quilt

To be considered for fundraising awards and incentives, your funds must be received by 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 15th.

Cancellation Policy

The Join The Journey Breast Cancer Awareness Walk takes place "rain or shine". Because your registration is a donation to Join The Journey, we cannot provide refunds for any reason. All registrations are final.

Event Schedule

Schedule of Events (subject to slight changes)

Saturday, September 15th from 8am-11am:

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  • Fundraising will continue through the walk, but to be considered for fundraising awards and incentives , your funds must be received by 11:00 am TODAY!

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  • Mural signing, memoriums, education stations, and raffle tickets for sale

8:45am Opening Ceremony and survivor photo

9:00am Walk

  • Walk as much as you feel comfortable. Shuttle buses available.
  • Take a short ride in our Making Waves Dragon Boat
  • Refresh at the half way point

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11:30 am - 12:30 pm Entertainment and Lunch

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