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August 2021 Vol 7 No 4

Cancer Treatment Made More Difficult by the Pandemic
COVID-19 & Cancer
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a source of constant stress for many people, especially for patients with cancer, who have had to deal with the added burdens, delays, and disruptions caused by this worldwide phenomenon affecting all facets of our lives.
No One Told Me
Esophageal CancerPatient Stories
Nobody told Donna Avery that esophageal cancer is often fatal when diagnosed at a late stage. Now 7 years after her diagnosis, she chronicles her experience with radiation and dealing with this rare cancer, which accounts for only 1% of all new cancer diagnoses in the United States.
Darzalex Faspro Receives New FDA Indication, in Combination with Pomalyst and Dexamethasone, for the Treatment of Patients with Multiple Myeloma
FDA Approvals, News & UpdatesMultiple Myeloma
In July 2021, the FDA approved a new indication for Darzalex Faspro (daratumumab and hyaluronidase-fihj), for use in combination with Pomalyst (pomalidomide) and dexamethasone, for adults with multiple myeloma who have received at least 1 previous line of therapy.
The Human Element Amid COVID-19 and Cancer
Breast CancerCOVID-19 & CancerPatient Stories
Sheryl Gundersen, who worked as a software sales professional for 35 years, became an expert in interpreting her customers’ body language. In this article, she describes how she used these skills in her personal journey with breast cancer while facing people wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Truseltiq Second Targeted Therapy Approved by the FDA for Patients with Advanced or Metastatic Cholangiocarcinoma and the FGFR2 Biomarker
CholangiocarcinomaFDA Approvals, News & Updates
In late May 2021, the FDA approved Truseltiq (infigratinib), a new targeted therapy, for adults with previously treated, unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic cholangiocarcinoma and FGFR2 fusion or other rearrangement, as detected by an FDA-approved test.
Saying I Love You, and Having No Regrets
Palliative CareCOVID-19 & Cancer
As a palliative care nurse, Amy Velasquez knows what it means to take care of patients and their families dealing with real pain and suffering. Here, Amy unravels her experience caring for her mom, who tested positive for COVID-19 in October 2020.
Three Words Is All It Took for My Life to Change Drastically: The Chick Mission
Fertility PreservationPatient AdvocacyPatient Stories
Amanda Rice was 37 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. She describes her decision to freeze her eggs after her diagnosis, which led her to launch the nonprofit organization The Chick Mission to educate women on the impact of cancer treatment on becoming mothers.
Being a Bedside Advocate, Part 2: What the “White Coats” Want You to Know
Patient Advocacy
Kimberley Norris uses her experience as her husband’s bedside advocate to describe what it means to be a bedside advocate, providing physicians’ practical tips for people who are in a similar situation.
Biomarker Testing Is Driving the Development of New Therapies
BiomarkersGenomic Testing
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor Dan Dean spoke with several experts about the advances in genomic testing, which have enabled oncologists to treat patients with new “targeted therapies” that fight cancer based on the specific features of a tumor.
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