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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 the benefits of laughter are great even during cancer. Khevin Barnes uses his breast cancer diagnosis to bring the healing power of humor to others.
“You Will Live”
Patient StoriesBreast Cancer
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
Teresa Todt could not shake the nagging feeling that the pain in her breast was something serious, but repeated visits to her gynecologist and a mammogram didn’t lead anywhere. It was only after she found blood in her bra that additional tests showed she had invasive breast cancer.
How Women Can Rediscover Enjoyable Sex After Cancer
Sexuality & Cancer
Among women who receive chemotherapy and/or hormonal therapy, many are left with unexpected changes in their sex life long after treatment is over. Many women suffer in silence, but having enjoyable sexual relations, even after cancer treatment, is quite possible.
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 StoriesGynecologic Cancers
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
As a retired college professor, Dr. McElhiney uses her personal experience with ovarian cancer to advocate for other patients, urging faster development of new treatment options.
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