Welcome to CONQUER: the patient voice magazine! This magazine is designed for patients going through active treatment for cancer; survivors who have recently, or even long ago, finished their treatment; as well as their loved ones who are often functioning as caregivers. During a time of uncertainty, which happens when facing a life-threatening situation such as a cancer diagnosis, there is a need for direction, a compass to keep the patient and the family on course.

Today, there can be many barriers to cancer care, even barriers to getting the right treatment in the right setting at the right time. Cancer care can be fragmented, some occurring in a hospital, some in a doctor’s office, and other care at a freestanding radiation facility. The financial impact that a cancer treatment can have today is daunting as well.

Having a navigator for education and support, a person who is skilled at addressing barriers, including financial barriers, is really important. Many cancer centers are hiring nurse navigators and patient navigators to help guide and support their patients with newly diagnosed cancer across the continuum of care and get them on a road to survivorship. You can learn more about their role and how they function on your behalf inside of CONQUER.

You will also find patient stories, survivor stories, and medical information that we hope gives you new foresight that you could apply to yourself. There is also a candid discussion about the importance of good planning, especially for individuals with advanced cancer who will eventually be forced to succumb to their disease.

We are pleased to provide you this educational material, and we hope that, in some small way (or bigger), you gain new knowledge that will help you along your journey. Be well.

About Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS


  • Program Director, Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators
  • 23-year cancer survivor
  • University Distinguished Service Assoc Prof of Breast Cancer, Depts of Surgery and Oncology
  • Admin Director, Johns Hopkins Breast Center; Director, Cancer Survivorship Programs at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
  • Assoc Prof, JHU School of Medicine, Depts of Surgery, Oncology, and Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Assoc Prof, JHU School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD