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April 2019 Vol 5 No 2

There’s No Place Like Home: How a Visit to the United States Saved My Life
Financial SupportLeukemiaPatient Stories
Martin Miralda was fresh out of college when a short visit to the United States helped to save his life after he was diagnosed with leukemia. Despite his lacking health insurance as a non-resident, he received superior medical care through “Charity Care,” a service that covers necessary hospitalization for uninsured people in the country and is available in several states.
What Should People with Cancer Eat?
Nutrition & CancerWellness Corner
Nutrition plays a very important role during and after cancer treatment. Cancer dietitian Julie Lanford provides practical tips on what may be the best choices for you during treatment, and how to maintain a healthy diet when treatment is over.
A Young Survivor of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Breast CancerPatient Stories
With an infant son and a difficult-to-treat breast cancer, Sal Gregory decided she had to gather strength through her faith and positive attitude.
First Immunotherapy Approved for Patients with Advanced or Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Expressing PD-L1
Breast CancerFDA Approvals, News & UpdatesImmunotherapy
In March 2019, the FDA approved Tecentriq (atezolizumab), a PD-L1 inhibitor, in combination with Abraxane (paclitaxel protein-bound), for use in adults with locally advanced or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer whose tumors cannot be removed by surgery and express PD-L1, as identified by an FDA-approved test. This is the first FDA-approved immunotherapy for patients with advanced or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer.
Where Hope Grows, Miracles Blossom
Art Therapy
For artist Celeste Baldwin, whose work is featured on the cover of the April issue of CONQUER, flowers represent life. She painted this art after completing treatment for breast cancer.
The Link between Obesity and Cancer
Cancer ResearchSurvivorship
Obesity is associated with about 40% of cancers in the United States. This link is strongest in several types of cancer, including kidney, gastric, pancreatic, endometrial, and esophageal cancer. Significant weight reduction may help to reduce the risk for cancer.
When Losing Is Winning
Patient AdvocacySurvivorship
Lisa Lurie went from “bald, breastless, and bewildered” to all-glammed-up as a cancer survivor and founder of Cancer Be Glammed, a nonprofit organization that empowers women to recover with dignity and positive self-esteem. Last fall, Lisa was a finalist for CONQUER’s Hero of Hope Patient Award, and although she didn’t win, this experience was a milestone in her cancer story.
A Taboo Cancer: Anal Cancer Was Easy to Treat, but Tough to Talk About
Humor & CancerPatient Stories
When Page Leggett found out that HPV infection, a common sexually transmitted disease, had caused her anal cancer, she relied on her incredible sense of humor to get through that experience and start a conversation about this taboo topic.
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