Women and Cancer  

Women and Cancer
Spring/Summer 2010
Volume 28, Numbers 2,3


Table of Contents

Editorial/Éditorial by Brenda L. Blondeau and Eva C. Karpinski 3,5

Challenging Existing Paradigms
A New Understanding of Breast Cancer and Alternatives to Mammography by Rosalie Bertell 10
Feminist Perspectives on Breast Cancer, Environmental Health and Primary Prevention:
The Case for the Precautionary Principle by Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg 19
The Imperative of Happiness for Women Living with Breast Cancer by Agnes Vitry 30
Reading My Mother's Care: On the Fringes of a Compassionate and Empathetic Ethic by Anna Natoli 34
Pyschosocial Impacts of Radiation Tattooing for Breast Cancer Patients: A Critical
Review by Barbara Clow and Janet Allen 46
Imagerie médicale, corps des femmes et regard occidental: une analyse de l'incertitude
médicale autour du cancer du sein par Monique Benoit 53

Intersectionalities and the Biopolitics of Cancer Care
"I Just Didn't Tell Anybody What I Was Doing": Aboriginal Women Cancer Survivors
Visualize Social Support by Carolyn Brooks 63
Caring for the Self, Caring for Others: The Politics and Ethics of Genetic Risk for Breast Cancer by Jessica Polzer 71
"It's Your Body But…": Young Women's Narratives of Refusing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination by Francesca Mancuso and Jessica Polzer 77
"One of My Better Operations": Older Women and Cancer by Christine Sinding and Jennifer Wiernikowski 82
She Re-membered (A Story of Care) by Laura Mae Lindo 87
Aiming for Better Than "Nobody Flinched": Notes on Oppression in Cancer Care
by Christine Sinding, Lisa Barnoff, Patti McGillicuddy, Pam Grassau, and Fran Odette 89

Cultural Politics of Cancer
The Sense of an Illness and Breast Cancer Culture by Rita Bode 95
(Dis)Regarding Pain? Resituating a Feminist "Cyborg" Praxis by Pam Patterson 99
Bearing Cancer in Graphic Memoir by Dina Georgis 105
Cancer Publics: The Private/Public Split in Breast Cancer Memoir by Eva C. Karpinski 110
Feeling Angry: Breast Cancer Narratives, Cancer Prevention and Public Affects by Emilia Neilsen 117
Infertility in Women After Cancer: A Dangerous Metaphor, An Important Dialogue by Laura Duralija Rocca 123

Witnessing: Personal Narratives of Illness, Agency and Care
The Club You Don't Want to Join by Marlene Mills 130
Seven Reflections on Breast Cancer by Seven Women Who Worked Together by Sharon Angel, Teresa Healy, Sandi Howell, Laurie Kingston, Catherine Louli, Doreen Meyer and Cathy Remus 134
Fremdschläfer / D'ailleurs par Verena Stefan 139
Cancer Comedy: Would You Like Hormones With That? by Meg Torwl 143
Ovarian Cancer at Twenty-Two: A Survivor's Story by Insheera Lachmann 145
Cancer de l'ovaire: deux témoignages par Cancer d'ovaire Canada 149
Mole by Leslie Malchy 153
Il canto della rosa e dell'angelo (The Song of the Rose and the Angel) by Angela Marchionni, excerpts trans. by Elena Basile 157
Jouer, Rêver, Guérir: Un témoignage by Viva Iny 163
Unravelling the Ribbon: Learning About Breast Cancer Through Poetic Transcription by Roanne Thomas-MacLean 166

Welcome to Cancerland by Mary Trafford 17
Empathy by Shirley Adelman 29
Red Taffeta by Ilona Martonfi 33
Poems from Self-portrait without Breasts by Clare Best 41
Whimsy by Malca Litovitz 52
Radiation by Diane Driedger 62
What I'd Like to Hear by Malca Litovitz 70
The Black Box by Ilona Martonfi 70
Cheap Top by Malca Litovitz 93
The Breeze, Resting by Kay R. Eginton 98
Rosie's Eyes by Farideh de Bosset 109
Skin Deep by M. E. Csamer 109
Oncologist by Diane Driedger 116
and round the meadows let the winds rotate (after Rilke's Autumn Day) by M. E. Csamer 122
Recurrence by Mary Trafford 128
Cancer Treatment by Diane Driedger 129
Sweet Reminder by Sandra Woolfrey 133
Hummingbird by Sandra Woolfrey 133
Speaking of Isak Dineson, Beryl Markham and Georgia O'Keefe by Sandra Woolfrey 133
Chronic Fatigue by Joan Bond 138
Keep Childhood by Joanna M. Weston 144
Flaming Booze by Farideh de Bosset 152
The Accent by Farideh de Bosset 162
And There Were Many Birds by Kay R. Eginton 165
Classified by Sandra Woolfrey 171

Book Reviews
Fractured Borders: Reading Women's Cancer Literature reviewed by Eva C. Karpinski 172
Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America reviewed by Brenda L. Blondeau
Hearing the Stream: A Survivor's Journey into the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer reviewed by Allan Burns
Caregiving on the Periphery: Historical Perspectives on Nursing and Midwifery in Canada reviewed by Karen M. Andres
Pathways, Bridges and Havens: The Psychosocial Determinants of Women's Health reviewed by Nanci White
First Day and Slow Dancing: Creativity and Illness: Duologue and Rengas reviewed by Anna Natoli
Singing Me Home reviewed by Miriam N. Kotzin
Women Between Construction of Self in the Work of Sharon Butala, Aganetha Dyck, Mary Meigs
and Mary Pratt reviewed by Janice Andreae
Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father and Margaret Fuller: An
American Romantic Life reviewed by Gisela Argyle
Ile D'Or reviewed by Anne Gagné
1 Way 2 C the World: Writings 1984-2006 reviewed by Malgosia Halliop
Strangers in Our Midst: Sexual Deviancy in Postwar Ontario reviewed by Zoë Newman
Transforming Labour: Women and Work in Post-War Canada reviewed by Dominique Clément

Front Cover
Diane Driedger, "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Breast (After Van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear," 2010, watercolour,
18.25" x 21.5".

Back Cover
Diane Driedger, "Me and Frida Kahlo," 2006, watercolour on paper, 19" x 20".

Diane Driedger is a Winnipeg poet and visual artist who has been involved in the disability rights movement for 30 years. Her collection of poetry, The Mennonite Madonna (Gynergy Books), was published in 1999. Her latest book is an edited collection: Living the Edges: A Disabled Women's Reader (Inanna, 2010).