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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.
A Breakthrough in the Treatment of Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Breast CancerImmunotherapy
Recently, Tecentriq became the first immunotherapy to be approved for the treatment of patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer, a particularly difficult type of breast cancer.
Addressing the Cost of Cancer Care with Your Doctor
Financial Support
Cancer treatments today come with a steep price tag. Many patients are not aware of the financial support options available from many drug companies and nonprofit organizations. Don’t hesitate to ask your care team for help if cost is an issue for you.
My Granddaughter’s Gift
Art Therapy
Melinda Garcia treasures the pen and ink drawing her granddaughter made for her while she was receiving chemotherapy for triple-negative breast cancer.
Caring for Caregivers: Legal Tips to Help Those Who Care for Someone with Cancer
CaregiversLegal Corner
Learn about your caregiver’s rights that can protect you from legal problems while caring for someone with cancer and in the future.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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