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August 2019 Vol 5 No 4

You Don’t Have to Apologize for Your Feelings: It’s Okay to Have  a Meltdown
Oral CancerPatient Stories
Rebecca Blomgren felt betrayed and angry when the “bump” she had told her dentists about for years was dismissed as nothing but was finally diagnosed as advanced oral cancer. This experience has taught her to accept her fears and anxieties without apology.
Complementary Therapies for Young Adults with Cancer Can Overcome Isolation, Control Pain, and Promote Healing
Complementary TherapiesSurvivorship
Complementary therapies such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and massage can improve quality of life. Introducing adolescent and young adult patients with cancer to these and other creative healing methods helps to lessen the isolation and stress associated with a cancer diagnosis.
Why Is Pancreatic Cancer So Deadly? Looking for New Answers
Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer may become the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States by 2020. Because there are no clear warning signs for this cancer, it is often diagnosed late, when cure is no longer possible. Dr. Frank discusses the challenges of pancreatic cancer and describes new treatments that have shown promise.
Nobody Fights Alone: Coast 2 Coast 4 Cancer Annual Bike Ride in Support of Cancer Research
Cancer Research
After an operation to remove a rare bone cancer on his spine, Dana Vaughns never thought he would be cycling across America to raise funds for cancer research. Dana says, “Crossing the finish line with the Coast 2 Coast 4 Cancer team will be symbolic of my victory over cancer for the past 10 years.”
Recovering from Survivor Guilt After Surviving Hurricane Katrina and Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal CancerPatient Stories
As a psychologist dedicated to helping people cope with disasters, Jamie D. Aten knew the damage “survivor’s guilt” can do. As a stage IV colon cancer survivor, he says, “I wasn’t prepared for it to hit me personally.”
Patients as Innovators: The Future of Medical Device Development
Survivorship
Reading Cinde Dolphin’s description of how she and other patients with cancer are inventing simple, but very useful, solutions to improve their cancer treatment needs may inspire you to become an inventor, to help yourself or other people with cancer.
How Life Came Together After It Fell Apart with a Cancer Diagnosis
Follicular LymphomaPatient Stories
For Erika Brooks, it took some time to adjust to what it means to have an incurable cancer. She says, “at first, I kept thinking it was a death sentence.” Eventually, she came to see her cancer in a different light.
Polivy a New Targeted Immunotherapy Approved for Patients with B-Cell Lymphoma
FDA Approvals, News & UpdatesLymphomaNewsworthy
In June 2019, the FDA approved a new type of immunotherapy called Polivy, for use in combination with other drugs, in patients with previously treated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), offering new options for patients whose cancer has returned.
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