In observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Carroll County Times is publishing a collection of stories with an annual focus on survivors and efforts to fight the illness.

Nipple reconstruction by Hampstead tattoo shop made all the difference

Manchester resident Jason Lynn, 38, owner of House of Madness Tattoo Emporium & Odditorium in Hampstead has encountered all kinds of requests during his career. But it was only this past Labor Day weekend when he decided to try something new — a three-dimensional nipple reconstruction tattoo...

Breast cancer survivors come from far and wide to Finksburg shop for nipple tattoos

Oct. 4 was just another day at Little Vinnie’s Tattoos in Finksburg, but for those who traveled from other parts of the country for their appointments that day, it was life-changing.

Carroll patients complement cancer treatment with acupuncture

Some cancer patients seek acupuncture to deal with the symptoms of radiation and chemotherapy for cancer treatments.

What is glioblastoma? Cancer that killed John McCain aggressive, difficult to treat

In July, 2017 Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, aggressive form of brain cancer. A little over a year later, on Aug. 25, McCain passed away from the disease. That is, according to Dr. Roberto Martinez, fairly common.

You've been diagnosed with cancer. Now what?

So you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Now what? First things first, take a deep breath and understand that the treatment of cancer has been rapidly evolving, according to Marcia McMullin, coordinator at the Center for Breast Health at Carroll Hospital.

While epidemic rages, opioids remain key component in treating cancer pain

As the national opioid overdose crisis and policies to combat it evolve, the drugs remain a crucial tool in treating cancer-related pain. Doctors use opioids, paired with other techniques, to improve patients quality of life. Cancer advocates work to negate unintended consequences of opioid policy.

Cancer costs can pile up, but there is help available to those who ask

There’s no sugar coating it, cancer treatment can be rough. Testing chemo, radiation and surgery all take a toll on a person, as do the the associated bills: A recent report from the American Cancer Society, “The Costs of Cancer,” pegs the out of pocket costs spent by cancer patients in 2014 alone.

Editorial: Early detection best bet to beat cancer

Some cancers are more treatable than others, and in most cases, the earlier the cancer is found before it is metastasizes, the higher rate of survival.

Women's Basketball: Martin plans on 'winning a lot of battles' despite stage 4 cancer

Becky Martin is taking an indefinite leave as McDaniel College women's basketball coach after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier in the year.

Carroll Hospital 'family' support nurse battling breast cancer

Carroll Hospital nurse Allyson Leonard credits the support of her coworkers and hospital staff for helping her battle breast cancer.

LifeBridge 'Mammothon' event credited with saving lives scheduled for Nov. 1

LifeBridge Health’s third Mammothon is scheduled for Nov. 1, offering extended hours to make sure that local women do not forget their annual screening.

Carroll auto shop joins national fundraiser to put brakes on breast cancer

Finksburg's Revolution Motor Works has joined a national campaign called Brakes for Breasts, for which it will donate 10 percent of each brake job to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.

Carroll Hospital to hold annual Pink Fling, include Pink Couch for 'intimate' conversations

This month, Carroll Hospital will continue to support the Center for Breast Health and breast cancer patients from diagnosis to battle and beyond with its annual Pink Fling event.