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August 2021 Vol 7 No 4

The Other Side of Cancer
Issue Introductions
Lillie Shockney gives a rundown of the inspiring articles and features included in the August 2021 issue, including stories of patients’ experience during the COVID-19 pandemic or “Covid cancer,” mental health, brain cancer, and a close look at caregivers.
“You’re 29 Years Old, There Is No Way You Have Cancer”
Patient StoriesPediatric CancerFrom Your Navigator
In 2015, Amanda Bruffy, RN, BSN, CNRN, OCN, was about to turn 30, newly single, and had a great job as an oncology nurse navigator when she couldn’t get over a nagging abdominal pain. “My role as an oncology nurse navigator has forever been changed after being on the receiving end of a cancer diagnosis,” she says.
For Cancer Survivors in the COVID-19 Recovery Phase, We’ve Heard “It’s Time to Move On” Before
SurvivorshipCOVID-19 & CancerBreast Cancer
Amy Wu, breast cancer survivor and advocate, relates her experience of living with cancer through the pandemic, noting the parallels between coming out the other side of cancer and COVID-19, and how important keeping realistic expectations and finding joyful distractions can be.
The Jessica Morris Story: Founding the OurBrainBank Movement to Help People with Glioblastoma
Brain CancerPatient StoriesPatient Advocacy
Jessica Morris was blindsided by her brain cancer diagnosis after hiking with friends and having a full-blown seizure. Frustrated by the lack of treatment options for and the short life expectancy associated with glioblastoma, she created the nonprofit organization OurBrainBank.
Both Sides of the Coin: From a Caregiver to a Patient with Advanced Brain Cancer
CaregiversPatient Stories
Kelly Rodenberg, author of There’s Something Going on Upstairs, offers her insights from being a caregiver to her husband Bob to dealing with her own glioblastoma diagnosis.
A Week of Spiritual Muscle Builders
SurvivorshipStress ManagementWellness Corner
Building spiritual health may be just as important as building physical health, but often goes ignored. Petra Sprik, MDIV, MPH, BCC, provides a plan for a week of spiritual muscle builders to help you nurture your soul and maintain a sense of balance.
Don’t Let Cancer Get Under Your Skin
Art Therapy
Victoria Ramdass experienced strong emotions after being diagnosed with stage I triple-negative breast cancer. She expressed these emotions by attending a Paint and Sip event and painting this scene by the sea.
Supporting the Mental Health of Young Adults with Cancer
Family MembersMental HealthPatient Stories
When she was 34 with a 6-year-old daughter, Sara Olsher was told she had breast cancer. What followed was a year and a half of treatment and connecting with her daughter in unique ways.
FDA Approved Rylaze as Part of a Treatment Regimen for Young Patients with Leukemia or Lymphoma
FDA Approvals, News & UpdatesLeukemiaLymphoma
In June 2021, the FDA approved Rylaze (asparaginase erwinia chrysanthemi [recombinant]-rywn), an asparagine-specific enzyme, to be used as part of a multi-drug chemotherapy regimen for patients older than 1 month with acute lymphoblastic leukemia or lymphoblastic lymphoma who are hypersensitive to asparaginase caused by E. coli infection.
Nutrition Tips for Young Patients Facing Cancer
Nutrition & CancerPediatric Cancer
Maintaining good nutrition is especially important for children and young people who are still growing and developing. These recommendations will help them stay healthy and maintain good appetite while fighting cancer.
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