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August 2022 Vol 8 No 4

We All Want NED: No Evidence of Disease
Issue Introductions
In her introduction to the August issue of CONQUER magazine, Lillie Shockney highlights the benefits of the HPV vaccine, a young patient’s frustrations with her care team, dealing with stage IV cancer, and achieving the desired NED: no evidence of disease.
Silver Lining to My Anal Cancer: Sharing My Story to Save Lives
Anal CancerPatient StoriesHPV Infection & Cancer
Susie Sanchez remained calm on the outside after receiving her anal cancer diagnosis, but inside she was terrified, dealing with radiation therapy plus chemotherapy. She is now on a mission to tell people about the benefits of the HPV vaccine, which prevents anal cancer but wasn’t available to her when she was growing up.
No Evidence of Disease, or NED: How Is It Going for You?
SurvivorshipColorectal Cancer
Joe Bullock finally heard the 3 little letters he’d been waiting to hear since his colorectal cancer diagnosis: NED. But he wasn’t expecting the uncertainty that shortly followed, feeling stuck in the in-between phase “after cancer.”
Our Future: “Good Girls” with Advanced Breast Cancer
Patient StoriesBreast Cancer
After being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer at age 30, Elizabeth McSpadden was shocked by the lack of appropriate norms to address fertility and other relevant issues in young women with cancer.
I Got Screened
PoetryCancer Screening
Vianela Ramery’s poem celebrates her 12-year experience as a patient navigator helping to coordinate cancer screenings for patients and acting as their support system.
The Benefits of Moving Through Cancer: Why Exercise Is So Important for Survival
Book ReviewsExercise & Cancer
In her book Moving Through Cancer: An Exercise and Strength-Training Program for the Fight of Your Life, Dr. Kathryn Schmitz explains the importance of exercise during and after cancer, offering a step-by-step plan of action to help survivors heal their bodies and souls.
How My Metastatic Lung Cancer Diagnosis Struck a New Chord in Me
Patient StoriesLung CancerMen's Health
When singer-songwriter Josh Colow started losing weight, feeling nauseous, and had a fever that wouldn’t go away, the last thing on his mind was lung cancer. Find out how his devastating diagnosis changed his attitude and perspective.
Masking Your Emotions
COVID-19 & CancerFrom Your Navigator
Nurse navigator Amy Velasquez examines the difficulties oncology nurses face when assessing their patients’ emotions and non-verbal cues in the age of COVID-19 and mask wearing.
Yesterday, Over My Shoulder
Family Members
While writing about her experience grieving for her husband, Joyce Karney notes the lasting impact of memories, quoting the poet Robert Frost: “In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”
Precision Medicine Might Have Made a Difference for My Mom: It Could Help Patients with Cancer Today
Personalized MedicineGenetics & Cancer
After losing her mom to stage IV squamous-cell carcinoma, Kerry Cooke is now focusing on helping other patients with cancer, explaining the benefits of CureMatch, a new artificial intelligence technology that can determine the best treatment for individual patients with cancer.
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