Brenda Denzler

Brenda Denzler is a writer and editor living in North Carolina. She received her doctorate from Duke University and worked as an editor at UNC-Chapel Hill before she was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in 2009. Since then, she has devoted a great deal of her time and energy to understanding and writing about cancer, cancer treatment and the impact of pre-existing PTSD on the ability of doctors to give and patients to receive medical treatment.


Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop is Haunting

August 03, 2020

An 11-year survivor of inflammatory breast cancer details how even though she considers herself one of the lucky ones, the awareness that “as far as we know” could change in one blinding moment still haunts her.

Calling Cancer a 'Chronic Condition' is Damaging to Patient Care

July 27, 2020

One cancer survivor emphatically disagrees with the notion that cancer is now a “chronic” condition.

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You

March 31, 2020

One survivor on "New Normals" and living through "apocalyptic" times that reveal who we really are.

The Day the Doctor Cried

April 17, 2019

Sometimes even a brief encounter with an empathetic medical student can have a powerful effect on a patient.

Clinical Trials: What's Good for the Goslings

March 22, 2019

Many children with cancer participate in clinical trials. Perhaps little children should be leading us more often in health care?

The Ritual of the Kleenex

September 25, 2018

"Hugs" come in all kinds of forms.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer and Alternative Cancer Treatments

June 25, 2018

An IBC patient reflects on her search for an alternative to conventional treatment.