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October 2017 Vol 3 No 5

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Issue Introductions
You probably received this issue of CONQUER from your oncology navigator. Here is a rundown of what is in this issue.
I Have What?
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Lisa D’Ottavio, who has no family history of breast cancer, recounts her journey with breast cancer, which began with a phone call from her breast surgeon.
Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate: Breast Cancer in Young Women
Breast Cancer
Laura Farrington, DO, offers a look at what to expect with a breast cancer diagnosis as a young woman, including the risk factors and challenges that may arise during treatment.
Stand Up Straight and “Whistle a Happy Tune”
Esophageal CancerPatient Stories
Donna Avery describes her stage III esophageal cancer diagnosis and the path that led her to regain her ability to do something that brings her joy: whistling.
Out of Reach
Art Therapy
This piece by Alisa Lehman reflects her feelings about the ubiquitous pink ribbon campaign, from the perspective of someone with a metastatic disease.
Hero of Hope Finalists
Hero of Hope
These 4 finalists were selected from your nominations for the Third Annual Hero of Hope™ Patient Award.
Becoming a Patient Advocate After a Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis
Cancer ResearchMultiple MyelomaPatient Advocacy
Jack Aiello, multiple myeloma survivor, looks at the importance of patient advocacy and breaks down the different areas of advocacy.
Navigating Work After Your Cancer Diagnosis
The Engaged PatientWork and Cancer
Fighting cancer is a full-time job in itself, so what about your other job? Here are some pointers to help you juggle the workplace and cancer.
The Many Wonders of Transplant
Poetry
This creative poem by Amir Steinberg, MD, is inspired by the Broadway show "Hamilton," and explores the virtues of stem-cell transplantation.
What Is Personalized Medicine, and Why Is It Important for Cancer Treatment? Interview with Dr. Ross Maclean
ImmunotherapyPersonalized Medicine
An interview with Ross Maclean, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President, Head of Medical at Precision Health Economics, Princeton, NJ, about the importance of personalized medicine in the treatment of cancer.
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