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October 2020 Vol 6 No 5

Life Is Interrupted, but Cancer Cannot Push Its Pause Button
Breast CancerIssue Introductions
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in her introduction to the October issue, Lillie Shockney explores the fear of cancer recurrence, the value of exercise, and other breast cancer-related articles featured in the issue.
Cancer: Awful and Amazing
Breast CancerMetastatic Breast CancerPatient Stories
Gina Stratton was inspired by her granddad, who had advanced-stage lung cancer. She talks about her dealing with her breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 40 while having a full-time job.
From a Breast Cancer Nurse to a Patient with Metastatic Breast Cancer
Breast CancerMetastatic Breast CancerPatient Stories
Idalina Colburn, BSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG, recounts her transition from helping people with cancer as an oncology nurse to being a patient herself and learning to appreciate every moment of her life.
My Journey from Diagnosis to Survival
Breast CancerPatient StoriesSurvivorship
When Sandra Lewis found out she was a carrier of the BRCA2 gene mutation, she was determined to get informed. She learned to embrace the moment, focused on the facets of her life that she could control, and remembered to smile as part of healing.
The Power of Hope: Thriving with Metastatic Breast Cancer
Breast CancerMetastatic Breast CancerPatient Stories
At age 24, Nalie Agustin was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. After about 3 years of remission and gaining a large online following through her inspirational writing, videos, and podcasts, she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She explains to doctors that their words are as powerful as the treatments they prescribe.
FDA Approves Monjuvi for Relapsed or Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma
FDA Approvals, News & UpdatesLymphoma
In July 2020, the FDA approved Monjuvi as a new treatment option for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma whose disease progressed after receiving other therapies.
Physical Fitness and Cancer
Exercise & CancerPatient StoriesSurvivorship
As a part-time personal trainer and a veteran strength athlete with 16 years of competition, Patrick McNamee was shocked to hear that he had stage III rectal cancer, and joked with his oncologist that he was the healthiest guy with cancer around.
Blenrep, First BCMA Antibody, Receives FDA Approval for Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma
FDA Approvals, News & UpdatesMultiple Myeloma
In August 2020, the FDA approved the first BCMA-directed antibody, Blenrep, for the treatment of adults with multiple myeloma that progressed after 4 or more previous therapies. This drug represents a new approach to the treatment of multiple myeloma.
Is It Breast or Skin Cancer? How a Misdiagnosis Shaped My Cancer Journey
ImmunotherapyPatient StoriesSkin Cancer
Chris Andersen learned the value of trusting one’s instincts and asking for a second opinion after receiving a misdiagnosis of breast cancer that was later diagnosed as metastatic skin cancer and she was told she had 1 to 2 years to live. Thanks to a new treatment for skin cancer, she now has no signs of cancer.
Life Interrupted: Telling Stories, Sharing Scars
Breast CancerFilm Reviews
Filmmaker and breast cancer survivor Paula Mozen made a personal and moving documentary called “Life Interrupted,” which chronicles her and 2 other women’s emotional bouts with breast cancer.
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