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December 2019 Vol 5 No 6

Cancer Changed My Perspective
Art Therapy
Since her diagnosis and treatment for triple-negative breast cancer, Anne Weathersby has turned her photographer’s eye to elements in nature as a way to heal.
Using My Lung Cancer Story to Advocate for Change in Minority Communities
Genetics & CancerLung CancerPatient Stories
After getting tested for genetic abnormalities, Brandi Bryant learned she had the ALK genetic mutation, which increases the risk for lung cancer. This information resulted in important changes in her treatment and led her to become an advocate for genetic testing, especially among minority communities.
A Positive Approach to New Year’s Intentions
Nutrition & Cancer
Cancer Dietitian Julie Langford suggests starting the new year with a positive approach by avoiding the usual negative resolutions about food and focusing on what you enjoy eating.
Giving Back After a Cancer Diagnosis
Survivorship
After her successful treatment for stage IV triple-negative breast cancer, Beverly Bradley wanted to give back. With her physician’s help, she began mentoring other women with cancer, creating a sisterhood of survivors.
The CDH1 Gene Mutation:  My Family’s Story of  Hereditary Cancer
Genetics & CancerPatient Stories
Jon Grossman shares his powerful story of learning he inherited the genetic mutation that caused his mother’s stomach cancer, and the drastic steps he took to ensure he will not have that cancer.
Eating to Live: Critical Tips for Patients with Head & Neck Cancer
Head & Neck Cancer
If you have cancer in the head or neck, you may have difficulty chewing, swallowing, or other treatment-related issues that can lead to malnutrition. Although eating may not be pleasurable now, it’s your lifeline during treatment and beyond.
Life’s a Great Balancing Act
Survivorship
Leukemia survivor Alan Spector highlights the importance of maintaining balance and keeping hope during cancer by developing a “life plan” in addition to a “cancer plan.”
The Aftermath
Family Members
Writing about his struggle as a husband, father, and caregiver during his wife’s agonizing battle with metastatic cancer helped Miguel Barron begin to heal, finally, only after he accepted how his life had changed forever.
New Study Shows Racial Disparities Still Common in the Treatment of  Patients with Multiple Myeloma
Multiple Myeloma
Among Americans diagnosed with multiple myeloma, black and Hispanic patients receive their first treatment about 3 months later than white patients. Delays in treatment means unnecessary complications. Closing this racial gap is therefore paramount.
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