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October 2019 Vol 5 No 5

Pink Ribbons in October
Breast Cancer
Welcome to our newest issue of CONQUER. We know the value of hearing the experiences of cancer survivors and family caregivers. It helps people to relate, feel a sense of connection, and provides food for thought. We have many stories, with several focusing on breast cancer, including male breast cancer. Pink ribbons are not just for women.
Laughing Through Male Breast Cancer
Humor & Cancer
There’s nothing funny about cancer. But as a man with breast cancer—the very notion that a male can contract a “woman’s disease” to me seems like a good example of the incongruous and unpredictable nature of humor. Comedy, it has been shown, relies on elements of surprise and absurdity to be funny.
“You Will Live”
Patient Stories
Samantha Anderson refused to give up when her triple-negative breast cancer returned. Trusting her oncologist, she enrolled in the clinical trial with Tecentriq (atezolizumab) that led to the approval of the first immunotherapy for this type of breast cancer.
Is Cancer Rehabilitation a Good Option for You? It’s Never Too  Late to Ask for a Referral
Cancer Rehabilitation
Many patients with cancer and cancer survivors suffer from pain and impaired functioning as a result of cancer treatment, even years after the treatment is over. Nevertheless, only a few people receive proper care to address these issues through cancer rehabilitation.
Listening to Our Instincts
Breast CancerSurvivorship
Cancer was the furthest thing from my mind, for many reasons. There was absolutely no family history of cancer. I was an avid fitness enthusiast. I tried to eat healthy, and the list goes on. And perhaps the most important reason for my peace of mind, a few months before my diagnosis, a mammogram and a follow-up appointment with my gynecologist gave me the “all clear” reassurance. Despite continued pain in my left breast, and sensitivity in the nipple, I was grateful that nothing was found.
How Women Can Rediscover Enjoyable Sex After Cancer
Sexuality and Cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, about 891,500 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in 2019. Many of these women receive chemotherapy or hormonal therapy to treat the cancer.
The Good, the Bad, and the Funny: Making the Most of a Life Shaped by Breast Cancer
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Enjoy Lillie Shockney’s sense of humor as you read her personal story of how working as a nurse and facing her own breast cancer diagnosis shaped her life and her lifelong work as a breast cancer educator and advocate.
How Faith, Family, and Friends Are Getting Me Through Peritoneal Cancer
Patient Stories
When the emergency department (better known as ER) doctor and the clinical nurse specialist came in and asked, “Is there anyone with you?” I knew what was to follow wasn’t good. Like many other women, had made excuses for the discomfort, bloating, and weight gain I was experiencing in October 2016, thinking it was just something I had eaten, or maybe my metabolism, menopause, or inactivity.
Remembering Aldo Del Col
In Memoriam
Aldo established Myeloma Canada many years ago, when he was first diagnosed with this disease. He was committed to ensuring that patients had access to medicines, and was continually engaging regulatory agencies, industry, global advocacy partners, and anyone else who could help him achieve his goals of advocating for patients with multiple myeloma, according to Fatima Scipione, Senior Director of Patient Advocacy at Takeda Oncology, who worked with Aldo for many years.
Ovarian Cancer: Progress Occurs, but Far Too Slowly
Ovarian Cancer
July 2018 marked a huge celebration for me: my 10-year “cancerversary” of being in remission from advanced ovarian cancer. It also was the 10th anniversary of FDA approval of Avastin (bevacizumab) for first-line treatment of advanced ovarian cancer. Here are my reasons for celebrating then and now, 1 year later.
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