- Has been a contributor to LBBC since 2008
- Writes on medicine, health, and social issues for nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, publications, and foundations
She specializes in writing on medicine, health, and social issues for nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, publications, and foundations.
Robin has won national journalism and public service awards. Her nonfiction book on acquaintance rape and date rape was named to several “Best Books” lists. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of Health Care Journalists, and Authors Guild.
From her experience to real-life help for others: Rosemary Carrera
After seeing first-hand the disparities in care and resources for Hispanic and Latino women with breast cancer in the Miami-Dade area, Rosemary Carrera founded a local organization to provide free direct support services, in Spanish and English, with no financial status requirement.
Decision-making for treatment and thriving: Gillian Lichota
After three years of enduring infertility therapies and a second-trimester miscarriage, Gillian Lichota sat in her OB-GYN’s office and heard the news she had been hoping for – she was nine weeks pregnant. On the same day, an ultrasound of a mass in one breast showed she also had breast cancer. A biopsy later confirmed that finding.
Acupuncture to relieve treatment side effects: Sarah Wald
“The notion that acupuncture is complementary to traditional care is really important,” says Sarah. “Sometimes when I tell people I’m going to see an acupuncturist for breast cancer side effects, they think I’m not doing traditional therapies. I’m doing everything.”
Managing breast cancer as a single parent: Amber Tisi
In September 2018, Amber Tisi was raising three young children, working full-time, and contending with legal and personal conflicts related to separation and divorce. Then she found a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer.
Using Medical Marijuana for Pain Relief: Abigail M. Johnston
Abigail M. Johnston spoke to LBBC about how using medical marijuana helped her manage side effects from metastatic breast cancer and its treatment without the difficulties she felt with more powerful pain medicines.
Finding treatment and support as a young Asian American: Jeannie Aejin Choi Karwowski
Jeannie Aejin Choi Karwowski was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30, and faced the unique challenges of dealing with the cultural expectations of her Korean parents and the bias of the U.S. healthcare system.
Complementary Therapies Ease Side Effects: Marie Farrell
Marie Farrell was looking for ways to ease the side effects of treatment when her cancer center connected her with some complementary therapies. She spoke to LBBC about what she found and how complementary therapies helped her manage effects during and after treatment.
Helping Children Understand a Breast Cancer Diagnosis: Emily Sippola
“I really wanted us to talk about it with them as soon as we had enough information to have a plan. I felt like they needed to know,” Emily Sippola on talking to her children about her breast cancer diagnosis.
Repeat surgery common after lumpectomy, especially for young women
Nearly 1 in 4 women who have lumpectomy, also called breast conservation surgery, has additional surgery within 90 days, a recent study in JAMA Surgery shows. Women younger than age 50 have the highest rates of reoperation, or added surgery.
Some women report worse side effects after ovarian suppression
In this sub-study of the SOFT clinical trial, premenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer who took tamoxifen and ovarian suppression had more menopausal symptoms over 2 years than women who took tamoxifen alone.
Mistaken Signs Really Paget Disease: Christina Ihfe
Christina Ihfe’s rash wouldn’t go away, despite a variety of creams and treatments. She speaks to LBBC about being diagnosed with Paget disease of the breast, a rare form of breast cancer often mistaken for common skin problems.
Reasons young women stop taking tamoxifen vary over time
Looking at a little understood yet common phenomenon—women discontinuing tamoxifen therapy early—French researchers found several factors caused women to interrupt treatment. These factors varied, depending upon when the women stopped therapy.
Infants exposed to chemotherapy during pregnancy develop normally
A recent study of the long-term outcomes, or effects, for children exposed to chemotherapy during pregnancy has shown that most have normal heart, brain and cognitive functions despite exposure to treatment.