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Shannen Doherty, Actress, Gets Open About Breast Cancer




You may have seen Shannen Doherty’s recent posts about breast cancer. Doherty has never been afraid to tell it like it is. Doherty was taken during her 6-year journey with breast cancer. She is shown in bed, bald and bleeding.
“Is it beautiful? “No, it’s not pretty. But it’s true. My hope in sharing this is that we all become better educated and more familiar with the reality of cancer,” she wrote on Instagram.
Doherty, now 50 years old, has stage IV breast carcinoma. She has been open and honest about her cancer for 6 years, since her 2015 diagnosis. Despite the fact that her photos are stark, they tell a powerful story.
“It’s an illustration that shows us that breast cancer patients… may have good and bad days,” Erin Roesch MD, a Cleveland Clinic breast medical oncologist, said. Roesch was not involved with Doherty’s treatment.
It might be more blunt than what we are used to seeing from a celebrity. Doherty shows both the good and bad sides of the pink ribbons, which is a refreshing view. Breast cancer treatment has advanced significantly. You may live longer than the women who were diagnosed with breast cancer before you. It’s still very difficult.
Cancer Reveal
Doherty was first diagnosed in 2015. It was invasive breast carcinoma, which means that it had advanced beyond its initial stage. It hadn’t spread far. It had reached one lymph node.
She had a single mastectomy to remove the breast.
Roesch states that surgery is an important part of breast cancer treatment. Sometimes, a lumpectomy is an option. This involves removing the tumor and keeping the breasts. She says that if breast cancer is more severe, or a woman desires to have smaller breasts, a mastectomy may be an option.
Doherty continued treatment with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Radiation reduces the chance of cancer returning to the breast or lymph nodes. Roesch states that chemotherapy kills microscopic cancer cells so they don’t spread and establish shop elsewhere.

Falling out in Clumps
Doherty admitted that she had tried cold capping to prevent her hair loss during her 2016 chemotherapy treatment.
Roesch explains that “when the cap is in place the blood vessels in scalp constrict and this reduces blood flow to hair-follicles.”
The blood vessels can be narrowed to reduce the amount of chemotherapy drugs that can enter and damage hair follicle cells. Roesch states that cold capping works well with certain chemotherapy drugs more than others.
Doherty was not helped by the treatment.
“My hair was falling out in clumps every time I washed it. I also had bald spots that made it more difficult to cover up. She wrote that she finally decided to shave the remaining hair.
She was devastated by the loss of her dark locks. “I loved my hair. It had defined me to some extent and provided me with a safety blanket.”
Doherty completed her treatments in February 2017. Doherty posted two months later that she was in remission.
She shared the following Instagram message: “I heard that word, and don’t know how to react.” “Good news? “Good news? Are you overwhelmed? Yes. She was also open about the possibility of it returning. “The next five year is [sic] critical. Reoccurrences occur all the time.
She also mentioned that “taking a pill for five years is a difficult decision, with all the side effects and problems that come with it.”
Doherty likely meant anti-estrogen drugs such as tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors that doctors often prescribe to women with hormone-positive breast carcinoma. These hormone-blocking drugs have been linked to a “substantial decrease in breast cancer recurrences and deaths,” says Vered Stewart, MD, a Johns Hopkins professor of oncology. She was not involved in Doherty’s care.
“At the exact same time, many women, particularly young women, who have had chemotherapy, experience frequent side effects like hot flashes. Stearns states that we offer interventions to lessen the side effects in these cases.
It is not known if Doherty ever used one of these drugs.

“A Bitter Pill to Take”
Doherty declared in February 2020 that her cancer had returned. It was stage IV, the most advanced stage of cancer.
“I don’t believe I’ve processed it.” It’s a hard pill to swallow in many ways,” she said to ABC News’s Amy Robach. Robach is a breast cancer survivor.
Stage IV is when the cancer has spread beyond breast and nearby lymph nodes into other parts of the body.
“In such cases, breast cancer cannot be curable.” Roesch states that breast cancer is still treatable and that she advises her patients.
Women with metastatic breast carcinoma can live longer thanks to new treatments. Roesch states that they can continue treatment for many years and have a “very good quality of life.”
Get checked
Doherty said that humor has helped her get through “what seemed impossible”. Doherty has used her social media platform (which has almost 2 million followers) in order to encourage others to be more vigilant about breast health.
She wrote, “I hope to encourage people to have mammograms, get regular checksups, and to cut through the fear and face what might be in front of them.”
Roesch said, “I love this message.” “Mammography has been proven to reduce mortality in rigorous studies. It’s an effective screening tool.” Many of these cancers can be detected early and treated for cure.
Doherty’s key message is that she has kept working and staying active despite her diagnosis. In September, Doherty posted the message “Heading somewhere for something” along with a photo of Rosa and herself in a car.
Roesch states that women can live full and happy lives with this diagnosis. You might be receiving treatment, but you can still enjoy the rest of your life.

WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Brunilda Nazor, MD on October 20, 2021


ABC News: “Inside Shannen Doherty’s Breast Cancer Lawsuit.” “More women are living with metastatic breast cancer and living longer.”
Erin Roesch MD, breast medical oncologist at Cleveland Clinic
Mayo Clinic: Hormone therapy for breast carcinoma
MedPageToday: “Shannen Doherty’s Stage IV Breast Cancer.”
Vered Stearns MD, Johns Hopkins professor of oncology

USA Today: “A battle on its Own”: Shannen Doherty discusses hair loss and her treatment.

US Weekly: “Shannen Donherty Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis In Insurance Lawsuit Against Ex Manager.”

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New GR Pharmacy to Serve Spanish-speaking Patients




GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — By the end of the year, Grand Rapids’ Roosevelt Park neighborhood will have a new pharmacy.

Trinity Health Clinica Santa Maria began construction Monday morning on the $1.5 million project. The new pharmacy will include both walk-up and drive-thru services.

Trinity Health Clinica Santa Maria practice leader Kameron Selleck it will offer convenience in a neighborhood that doesn’t have a pharmacy close in proximity, making it challenging for patients to get their prescriptions in a timely manner.

“A lot of our patients do encounter a lot of social barriers in their lives,” Selleck said.

He added that a language barrier can make it difficult patients to get their prescriptions. He said nearly every employee at Clinica Santa Maria is bilingual in Spanish and the plan is for that trend to carry over to new pharmacy and pharmacy tech hires.

“I think this project was announced almost five years ago, so it’s here,” Selleck said. “I just really encourage the community to be as excited as we are.

The pharmacy is at 730 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. SW (formerly Grandville Avenue) at Martin Luther King Jr. Street (formerly Franklin Street) in Grand Rapids. It will be the seventh Trinity Health pharmacy in the Grand Rapids area, with the other locations being Cathedral Square, the Wege Building at Trinity Heath Saint Mary’s, Hudsonville, Rockford, Byron Center and Southeast Grand Rapids.

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Tulip Time Crowds Encouraging for Returning Festivals




HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Tulip Time saw big crowds this year as it returned to a more regular schedule.

The event was cancelled in 2020 and scaled back last year because of the pandemic.

Hot temperatures caused damage to some of Holland’s tulips, Tulip Time organizers say.

The heat caused challenges for the 2022 festival. The Tulip Immersion Garden, a new attraction, had to close early because the hot temperatures caused too much damage to the flowers, Tulip Time Executive Director Gwen Auwerda said.

“They don’t like 80 degree, 90 degree weather. Tulips prefer it to be about 40 at night, 60 to 70, maybe 80 during the day,” Auwerda said.

Heat closes down Tulip Time Immersion Garden early

The organization is working on final numbers but saw attendance return to pre-pandemic levels.

“I do know that the carnival exceeded 2019 by 25 to 30%, so that was fabulous for them and it was packed everywhere in town,” Auwerda said.

Kevin Knight, the owner of Market Zero, said the festival definitely provided a boost as they worked to keep up with demand. 

“It’s a huge kick off to your summer season,” Knight said. “Our fridges were completely full and got completely empty and completely full and completely empty, so it was about everything we could handle.”

Market Zero in downtown Holland on May 16, 2022. Inside Market Zero in downtown Holland on May 16, 2022.

The return of crowds could be good sign for other events coming back this summer, like the Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids. Mark Azkoul, an organizer for the event that began in 1970, sees the success of Tulip Time as encouraging.

Tulip Time has record-breaking opening weekend

“We’ve been out for two years so this is a big thing for us and for the city to get Festival back up and going,” Azkoul said.

Organizers created the Plein Air event for 2021, which combined outdoor art and music.

The 2022 event runs June 3 through June 5. After taking a break because of the pandemic the festival needs extra help.    

“A lot of people still don’t know yet festival is coming back, so we really want to get the word out. We need more volunteers,” Azkoul said.

People interested in volunteering can sign up on the Festival of the Arts website.


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Mom Does ‘small Part’ to Help Parents Who Need Formula




HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Though there appears to an end of the baby formula shortage in sight, it’s still causing problems for parents, so a mother in Holland did what she could to help.

Abbott Nutrition has announced its entered into an agreement with the federal Food and Drug Administration to restart its Sturgis plant within two weeks. The closure of that plant has been a huge contributing factor to the shortage. The company expects its products to ship to stores eight weeks after production resumes.

But for now, many parents can’t find the formula they need. The low supply has some stores limiting the number of formulas customers can purchase, adding that they are in “extraordinary high” demand.

The baby formula shelves at a Meijer in Holland.

So Caitlin Dampier, a mother of two whose youngest is a 3-month-old girl, stepped up to help where she could.

“I really wish I could help out more, but this is just my small part,” Dampier said.

She got a box of Enfamil formulas that she’s not using because she’s breastfeeding.

“When you’re pregnant, you get free samples and so I thought I would just offer mine for free for mothers who need them,” Dampier said. “I kept it around in case I wasn’t able to breastfeed.”

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Dampier made a post on Facebook this week directed at parents who can’t find formula. The box she received included three cans of Enfamil formulas and two ready-made formulas.

Two mothers reached out to her, including Kourtney Hann, another Holland resident. She’s one of thousands of mothers across the country who have had to go to great lengths to find food for their baby.

“I have had to go to stores maybe 45 minutes away just to even try to get formula,” she said. “It’s very hard to find them where I’m at right now. I went to Walmart yesterday and all they had was Similac and my daughter has a really bad reaction to Similac.”

Hann was able to connect with Dampier and picked up a can of Enfamil. Dampier left the box on her front porch with the message, “Please take only the formula you chose and tear out some coupons for yourself. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.”

The box of Enfamil products Caitlin Dampier left at her door for mothers to pick up.

Hann said she was down to her last can of baby formula which lasts her about five days. Now that she has received another can from Dampier, she’ll be able to feed her 9-month-old for the next two weeks.

“Being a mom is hard enough as it is. You have so many other struggles and to be afraid to know if you’re going to be able to feed your baby or not is a struggle,” Dampier said. “You want to do everything for your kids so when you’re not able to it’s hard. It’s just the worst feeling in the world.”


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