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June 2016 Vol 2 No 3

Are You a Cancer Survivor?
Issue Introductions
Welcome to the June issue of CONQUER! Get ready to sit down, prop your feet up, and begin reading! This issue is packed with inspiration, wisdom, new knowledge, and good advice for patients undergoing cancer treatment, those who have completed treatment, and those with advanced cancer.
Reframing Hope Palliative Care, Hospice Care, and End-of-Life Decisions
Palliative Care
As a nurse who works in a major cancer center, my primary goal is to diagnose, treat, and cure patients with cancer. We all hope for a cure, and for the best possible outcome. However, there may be a time when curing the patient’s cancer is no longer possible, and the goal then shifts to treating symptoms and controlling the cancer.
What You Need to Know About Melanoma
Melanoma
Melanoma is among the 3 most common types of skin cancers; 1 in 50 Americans will have melanoma in their lifetime. Brush up on the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options.
Dental Health & Cancer Treatment
Dental Care & Cancer
A cancer diagnosis brings a flood of concerns from several unexpected areas. Would you believe one of those areas could be your mouth?
Paying for Healthcare
Financial SupportThe Engaged Patient
Few people are prepared for the financial burdens that can be associated with chronic illness, which is particularly true of cancer. The financial burden of cancer treatment in the United States is approximately $20,000 to $30,000 annually in out-of-pocket costs to the patient.
African Americans Are at Increased Risk for Multiple Myeloma
Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma is a rare blood cancer that causes white blood cells to over produce, preventing healthy blood cells to grow in the bone marrow. The abnormal cells develop into cancerous cells that affect the kidneys and other organs, and lead to bone problems and infections.
Survivorship: Finding Your
Survivorship
April 10, 2008 was the day Luann Keyes became a survivor, a date she refers to as her "Cancerversary."
Tips to Managing Hair, Skin, & Nail Changes Resulting From Cancer Therapies
From Your Navigator
Many cancer treatments are associated with side effects that affect the physical appearance of hair, nails, and skin. However, not all cancer-fighting drugs cause complete hair loss (called alopecia).
Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me: Survivorship Begins at Diagnosis
Survivorship
In 2002, Diane Heditsian was 48 years old, raising 2 children, running a life science communications firm with her husband of 23 years, and planning a walking tour of Tuscany, when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer.
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