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June 2020 Vol 6 No 3

“Your Journey Is Your Journey”
Issue Introductions

This new issue includes information that will give you knowledge, peace of mind (confirming that what you are thinking and feeling is normal), and words of wisdom that I hope you will apply to your own life. Here are just a few of the highlights.

Learning I Had Lynch Syndrome Helped Save My Life
Colorectal CancerGenetics & CancerPatient Stories
Lynch syndrome is a hereditary genetic abnormality that can cause several types of cancer. Wenora Johnson discovered that it ran in her family after she had treatment for colon cancer. Knowing that she was at a high risk for certain cancers, and having 2 children already, she had her ovaries and uterus removed, as prevention.
Spreading Fun and Games
Humor & CancerPatient Stories
Once you have been handed a cancer diagnosis, everything else in­evitably changes. In a very real sense, your entire life gets a complete overhaul, whether you want it or not. Some changes are for the better, others are less favorable, but life simply won’t be the same again.
Celebrate What You’re Grateful For: Lessons from My 20 Years of Survivorship
Patient AdvocacySurvivorship

My 2014 TED talk began with words from my 1999 college diploma: “May all your hopes and high aspirations be as richly rewarding as this achievement.”

Surviving Pregnancy and Breast Cancer
Breast CancerSurvivorship

Many cancer doctors will tell you not to have coffee or sushi when you are pregnant, but what about cancer treatment? When Jamie Ledezma was wrapping up the first trimester of her first (and only) pregnancy, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Trodelvy New Therapy Approved for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Breast CancerFDA Approvals, News & Updates
In April, 2020, the FDA approved Trodelvy for the treatment of adults with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer after 2 or more previous therapies.
Dealing with Stress and Anxiety as a Cancer Survivor
Survivorship

A cancer diagnosis is an all-consuming and stressful event that drastically takes over a patient with cancer’s life.

Art as a Source for Emotional Healing
Art Therapy
Gabriela Hogue discovered that painting and drawing aid in her mental and emotional healing after her treatment for breast cancer.
Telehealth Can Help Patients with Cancer During COVID-19 but Does Not Replace In-Person Treatments
COVID-19Survivorship

When the COVID-19 pandemic began to affect the ability to deliver cancer care to patients, the use of telehealth helped to bridge the appointment gap and continues to play a key role.

Tabrecta Approved for NSCLC with MET Biomarker
BiomarkersFDA Approvals, News & Updates

On May 6, 2020, the FDA approved Tabrecta (capmatinib; from Novartis), an oral kinase inhibitor, for adults with metastatic (spreading) non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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