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December 2021 Vol 7 No 6

Set New Life Goals
Issue Introductions
The December 2021 issue of CONQUER magazine is focused on prostate cancer and men’s attitude toward health. In her introduction, Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG, highlights men’s reluctance to open up to others and their tendency to hide any sign of vulnerability, hindering discussions about their health and preventing emotional healing.
How I Learned to Be Vulnerable: Sharing My Prostate Cancer Story Helped My Healing
Patient StoriesProstate CancerSurvivorship
A decade after his son passed away from a rare form of bone cancer at age 16, Mark DeLong was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He learned, among other things, the healing power of being vulnerable and sharing personal stories.
Superstitions Mountains Allegorical Painting
Art Therapy
Douglas Herman, who has been diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer, describes his beautiful painting of the Superstitions Mountains east of Phoenix, Arizona, which symbolizes the link between man and nature and paying tribute to his mom, who passed away from melanoma, and whose ashes were scattered there.
Delayed Cancer Screening Because of COVID-19 Fears Could Cost Lives
COVID-19 & CancerSurvivorship
Dr. Maurie Markman explains that missing multiple doctors’ appointments because of the COVID-19 pandemic could have a profound impact on people’s health, because of delayed diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
What It Really Means to “Man Up”
Colorectal CancerMen's HealthSurvivorship
Six months before he was diagnosed with stage IIIB colorectal cancer, both of Joe Bullock’s parents passed away. Chemotherapy hit him hard and stirred a mixture of depression and feelings of inadequacy as a husband and father. Then he discovered the power of opening up.
Verzenio First CDK4/6 Approved with Endocrine Therapy for Adjuvant Treatment of Early Breast Cancer
FDA Approvals, News & UpdatesBreast Cancer
In October 2021, the FDA approved the combination of Verzenio (abemaciclib), a CDK 4/6 inhibitor, plus endocrine therapy for adjuvant treatment (after surgery) of adults with HR-positive, HER2-negative, node-positive, early breast cancer that is at high risk of recurrence.
A Learning Experience
Colon CancerPatient StoriesCancer Symptoms
Losing weight and her appetite made Lydia Virgo go to the doctor to get a blood test, which showed a low iron count. Although exhibiting no pain, Lydia’s CT scan and colonoscopy revealed a tumor in her colon.
The Love of Others Keeps Us All Alive
CaregiversFamily Members
Douglas Herman, who lives with stage IV prostate cancer, highlights the strength that love provides, noting that giving and receiving love are both powerful in their own way.
Your Prostate Gland, Your Responsibility: Understanding the Risks, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer
Prostate CancerMen's Health
Dr. Daniel Vorobiof provides an overview of prostate cancer, including prevention tips and risk factors, diagnosis, treatment options, and specific questions to consider asking your doctor.
Racial Disparities in Prostate Cancer Outcomes Not Caused by Biological Differences
Racial DisparitiesProstate CancerDiagnosis
A breakdown of recent studies that shed light on racial disparities in the treatment of black and white men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer.
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