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June 2017 Vol 3 No 3

Empowerment in Survivorship
Issue Introductions
Welcome to the June 2017 issue of CONQUER: the patient voice. Your oncology navigator has provided you a copy of this patient journal so that you become empowered with even more information. Let me give you a quick overview of what this issue contains. It certainly provides some information for everyone!
The Voice Within
Esophageal CancerPatient Stories
George Ford, who was 7 years old during WWII, offers his personal perspective brimming with insight as he recounts his journey with esophageal cancer.
Power to the Butterfly: Thriving After a Neuroendocrine Tumor Diagnosis
Neuroendocrine TumorsPatient StoriesSurvivorship
Read about Greta Stifel’s battle with a NET diagnosis and her mission to spread awareness of NETs and empower others dealing with this rare, often misdiagnosed cancer type.
Surviving, and Thriving, in the Face of Prostate Cancer
Patient StoriesProstate CancerSurvivorship
Faced with a late-in-life diagnosis of prostate cancer, Bill Sneddon describes his positive experience with Proton therapy, the emerging alternative treatment to standard x-ray radiation.
Lung Cancer Survivor: I Won’t Let Cancer Define Me
Lung CancerPatient Stories
Read Melissa Crouse’s resilient story of survival, as she deals with the surprising diagnosis of lung cancer as a nonsmoker.
Multigene Test May Help Prevent Second Cancers in Breast Cancer Survivors
Breast CancerSurvivorship
“It’s important for survivors to talk to their providers about this, even if they’ve had genetic testing a long time ago. The technology has rapidly changed in the past 3 to 10 years,” said Dr. Kapoor of the Encino Breast Care Center.
Advances in the Treatment of Cervical Cancer
Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer is among the 3 most common types of gynecologic cancers, along with ovarian and endometrial cancers. There are currently 3 approved vaccines that differ in the HPV types that they target for the prevention of HPV infection and cervical cancer.
Recognizing Caregiver Fatigue
Caregivers
While it is clearly important for caregivers to care for their loved ones with cancer, it is also vital that they don’t neglect themselves. Caregivers get a rare spotlight in this article.
Recognizing and Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Cancer Survivors
The Engaged Patient
LGBTQ cancer survivors face unique challenges in receiving proper healthcare. This article spotlights these challenges and offers valuable resources available to LGBTQ cancer survivors.
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