Review: Circus of Cancer

Breast Cancer, Cancer Websites — By on December 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

Circus of Cancer was created by Kelly Corrigan and Nan Davenport, friends and colleagues of many years, while Kelly was in treatment for Stage III Breast Cancer.

Circus of Cancer currently has 11 essays and 1 poem that help the visitor empathize with the breast cancer experience. The site accepts submissions and hopes to post new essays from new writers over time.

Circus of Cancer has over 70 photographs which represent every phase of treatment, including chemo, surgery, and radiation. Taken by Kelly Corrigan, her husband, her sister-in-law and a few friends, these photographs capture the breast cancer experience in photographs the way that only Circus of Cancer does.

The site has 7 sections on How To Help Your Friend, listing over 50 specific ways to support a friend with breast cancer. You will also find links to shopping sites where visitors can buy hats, scarves, jewelry, movies and gifts for a friend with breast cancer.

Circus of Cancer has about 4,000 unique visitors a month and has been acclaimed by Jane Gross, New York Times health writer, Sheila Warnock, President of Chare the Care Giving, and Marissa Weiss, founder of

Circus of Cancer was launched on April 15, 2005 the day Kelly completed her initial treatment of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation.

Kelly Corrigan is the mother of two girls and wife of Edward Lichty. She is a also a newspaper columnist in Northern California. You can see her writing at

Kelly is a 37 year-old native of Villanova, PA, where her parents still live. Her father is currently in treatment for invasive bladder cancer and at 75, is defying the odds and amazing his doctors.

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  • Pam Brett says:

    Where do I go for direction on counseling for 13 and 16 year old children who have been living with a mom’s breast cancer for 10 years but have not have any counseling on dealing with it. The parents are just now realizing that their choice to be in denial (the dad) and the mom’s desire for positive attitude to combat it has not done their children any favors. Both children are shutting down. They are ready to address and as their friend have asked me for advise.

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