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April 2015 Vol 1 No 2

Empowering Your Cancer Journey
Issue Introductions
This issue of CONQUER is packed full of information to empower you and your family with new knowledge that can be applied to the cancer journey you are experiencing.
Interview with Heather
Breast CancerPatient StoriesSurvivorship
The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) is pleased to sponsor a series of interviews with patients to provide a source of support to readers. Recently CONQUER had the pleasure of speaking with Heather, a breast cancer survivor.
Dealing with Cancer Therapy Side Effects
ChemotherapySide-Effects ManagementSurvivorship
Dr. Evan C. Naylor offers a rundown of some of the most common side effects of cancer therapy and how to deal with them.
Understanding Colorectal Cancer Screening and Treatment
Cancer ScreeningColorectal Cancer
Have you been screened for colorectal cancer? As a patient with cancer or a cancer survivor, you need to pay attention to your regular cancer screenings, because getting a second cancer is a possibility. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be.
Chemo Wrap-Up
ChemotherapyPoetrySurvivorship
Gail Mahar, RN, MSN, OCN, APRN-BC, from Knoxville, TN, shares a poem of empathy.
African Americans Are at Higher Risk for Multiple Myeloma, a Rare Blood Cancer
Multiple Myeloma
Studies indicate that African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with multiple myeloma compared with Caucasians or other ethnic groups.
Keep Calm and Drink Green Tea...and Coffee!
Nutrition & CancerWellness Corner
Did you know that what you drink may be as powerful as what you eat in the fight against cancer? Both tea and coffee contain compounds that are currently being studied for their cancer-fighting properties.
Hope for the Uninsured: Financial Assistance from the American Cancer Society
Financial Support
Financial assistance is available from programs such as the American Cancer Society’s Health Insurance Assistance Service (HIAS) that can connect patients with cancer with health insurance specialists.
Acupuncture as Adjuvant Therapy for Cancer Pain
Side-Effects ManagementSurvivorship
“My nurse navigator recommended acupuncture to treat the pain. The key is to find an acupuncturist who is skilled and trained in treating patients with cancer,” says Ginger Modiri, wife, mother, and grandmother.
Shoulder Pain and Breast Cancer
Breast CancerCancer RehabilitationSide-Effects Management
“Up to 68% of patients with breast cancer experience shoulder pain and/or restricted motion of the shoulder during or after treatment,” says Dr. Eric Wisotzky.
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