Heather Millar

San Francisco-based Heather Millar is a breast cancer survivor. A journalist for more than 25 years, she has covered health care and science for many national magazines and websites.


Tired of the Cancer Conversation

September 24, 2018

I haven’t written about cancer for about three months. That’s a long time for me.

Power in the Words: Discussing Palliative Cancer Care

July 31, 2018

The approach used in discussing palliative care can play a role in whether a patient seeks help.

Turning the Tide in Glioblastoma

July 27, 2018

Innovations in drug development, surgery, radiation and clinical trials have investigators hard at work in glioblastoma.

Get Moving: The Benefits of Exercising for Cancer Survivors

July 03, 2018

While there has been no hard evidence that exercise can improve survival in patients with cancer, it can boost patients' mood and how they feel.

A Time for Action

June 06, 2018

Researchers are considering whether some smoldering myelomas warrant treatment and which regimens are best.

Closer to a Cure for Myeloma

May 10, 2018

In pretreated multiple myeloma, experimental CAR-T cell immunotherapy offers the potential for long-term — and possibly even permanent — remission.

What if Your Doctor Makes a Mistake?

March 27, 2018

What happens if your doctor makes a medical mistake, and when is it appropriate to sue?

How Are Your Emotions Today? Honoring a Pioneer in Cancer Care

March 23, 2018

If an oncologist, infusion center nurse or any member of your medical team has asked you a question like that recently, you can thank Dr. Jimmie Holland, a pioneering psychiatrist who died Dec. 24 at the age of 89.

Mt. Everest in the Day to Day

March 21, 2018

We want to accomplish something. We want to love and be loved. We want to explore, achieve, stand out. Yet we will all die someday.

Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind

March 19, 2018

If following a particular diet makes sense to you, and you can tolerate it, then by all means do so. But I beg you to remember that even unhealthy things won't kill you in moderation.