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April 2021 Vol 7 No 2

Spring Forward and Onward
Issue Introductions
In her introduction to the April 2021 issue, Lillie Shockney discusses several themes featured in this issue, including the link between climate change and skin cancer and the need to tackle infertility in young adults with cancer, as addressed by an advocacy group.
No Pair, I Don’t Care!
Breast CancerCOVID-19 & CancerPatient Stories
In May 2019, Kiana Wooten went for a routine check-up. Read about how that routine visit turned into a breast cancer diagnosis for the 34-year-old Kiana, who had to be hospitalized during COVID-19.
Life as Scary Monsters, or Big C & Lil’ c
Art TherapyCOVID-19 & Cancer
Zack Luchetti, who has been teaching art remotely in the past year, initially thought he had COVID-19, then appendicitis, only to be told he had colon cancer. His 2 paintings represent a self-portrait of encouragement and the tie between cancer and coronavirus.
Cancer Took My Breasts and Gave Me Self-Acceptance
SurvivorshipBreast Cancer
Bethany Sell takes us through her thought process after learning she would have to lose her breasts to cancer, as she grapples with wishing to look “normal” but learning to embrace her new look.
Climate Change Plays Havoc on Weather Patterns, and on Skin Cancer Rates
Skin CancerPatient Stories
Mark Ryan, RN, is not worried about the impact of climate change on the weather, but on skin cancer, which he knows first-hand. A decrease in stratospheric ozone requires stringent environmental regulations to prevent cancer, he says.
Despite No Sex, We Were Never So Married
LymphomaPatient Stories
After putting off her neck pain for months, Susan Keller found that she had lymphoma, describing how her loving husband helped her change her attitude and persist through it all.
Fertility Preservation in Young Adults with Cancer
Fertility PreservationFrom Your Navigator
Find out what is involved in fertility preservation, and why young adults with cancer may need to consider it before beginning their cancer treatment.
FDA Approved Breyanzi, Novel Gene Therapy, for Large B-Cell Lymphoma
FDA Approvals, News & UpdatesLymphoma
“Today’s approval represents another milestone in the rapidly progressing field of gene therapy,” said Peter Marks, MD, PhD, Director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
FDA Approved Ukoniq, New Targeted Therapy, for Marginal-Zone and Follicular Lymphoma
FDA Approvals, News & UpdatesLymphomaFollicular Lymphoma
Ukoniq is the first dual inhibitor of PI3K-delta and CK1-epsilon to be approved by the FDA, and is the first targeted, once-daily oral therapy option for marginal-zone or follicular lymphoma.
Yescarta First Gene Therapy Approved for Follicular Lymphoma
FDA Approvals, News & UpdatesFollicular Lymphoma
Yescarta is the first CAR T-cell therapy approved by the FDA for patients with follicular lymphoma. It uses the patient’s own genetically modified T-cells to fight the cancer.
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