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October 2016 Vol 2 No 5

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness, Ice Skating, Humor, and Much More
Issue Introductions
Hello everyone, and welcome to the October issue of CONQUER! Once again, we have a wealth of information in these pages. September was National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we dedicate a large portion of this issue to these 2 cancer types.
The Gift of Art
Art Therapy
5-time lung cancer survivor Kathy Hanley paints, donates paintings to hospitals, and raises money for Lung Force in Orlando, Florida.
Coping with Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy
ChemotherapySide-Effects Management
Some chemotherapies can cause problems with sensory and motor skills; these disorders are called “neuropathies.” Most neuropathy problems improve after chemotherapy is finished.
Strategies for Managing Cancer-Related Distress
Survivorship
When dealing with a cancer diagnosis, discussion of a cancer treatment plan is vital to help guide decisions about lifestyle and treatment. Equally important is a consideration of the individual who is experiencing cancer.
Paying for Your Cancer Care
Financial Support
Cancer treatment is getting even more expensive than before, and paying for it is yet another serious issue that many patients with cancer face. Even for patients who have private insurance through their employer or through an individual plan, many patients today are expected to pay an increasing share of their care from their own pocket.
Immunotherapies for Patients with Lung Cancer
ImmunotherapyLung Cancer
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 224,390 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016, and more than 158,000 patients will die from this disease. Smoking is the major risk factor for lung cancer–80% of lung cancer deaths are related to smoking.
Doctor Appointments? Always Take an Extra Pair of  Ears Along
Survivorship
Once the statement “you have cancer” passed through my ears and hit my brain, I experienced a temporary form of hearing loss. I could see the radiologist’s lips moving, but I didn’t hear a word he was saying.
Patient Advocacy in Support of James Bond's Fight to Conquer Multiple Myeloma
Multiple MyelomaPatient Advocacy
The death-defying feats of James Bond were explored on an episode of the Lifetime network’s The Balancing Act. No, not that James Bond. Our James Bond didn’t hail from the UK’s Secret Service, but is an American who has been besieged by a foe as lethal as Dr. No or SMERSH–the rare blood cancer multiple myeloma.
Spreading Hope and Inspiration Through Our Personal Stories
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Just 3 weeks after her 43rd birthday, and after discovering a lump on her left breast, Megan Knight learned that she had breast cancer.
Understanding Your Breast Health
Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women. In 2016, more than 245,000 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and an additional 2,600 new cases will be diagnosed in men.
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