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Survivorship

Defying the Odds: How I’ve Survived a Male-Dominated Terminal Cancer for 7 Years
MesotheliomaSurvivorship
Emily Ward was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a type of cancer usually associated with men who are exposed to asbestos. After working as a nurse for more than 40 years, her surprising diagnosis led to a search for the best care possible.
Difficult Conversations:  What to Expect When You Share the News of Your Diagnosis
Survivorship
You just found out that you have cancer. You’re trying to wrap your brain around the devastating news you have just received.
Giving Back After a Cancer Diagnosis
Survivorship
After her successful treatment for stage IV triple-negative breast cancer, Beverly Bradley wanted to give back. With her physician’s help, she began mentoring other women with cancer, creating a sisterhood of survivors.
Life’s a Great Balancing Act
Survivorship
Leukemia survivor Alan Spector highlights the importance of maintaining balance and keeping hope during cancer by developing a “life plan” in addition to a “cancer plan.”
Navigating the “Cancer Forest”: An Empowered Patient Perspective
SurvivorshipThe Engaged Patient
Cancer survivor Kristen Yukness uses her personal experience to chart a roadmap to navigate the complex world of cancer treatment and self-advocacy.
Listening to Our Instincts
Breast CancerSurvivorship
Teresa Todt could not shake the nagging feeling that the pain in her breast was something serious, but repeated visits to her gynecologist and a mammogram didn’t lead anywhere. It was only after she found blood in her bra that additional tests showed she had invasive breast cancer.
Complementary Therapies for Young Adults with Cancer Can Overcome Isolation, Control Pain, and Promote Healing
Complementary TherapiesSurvivorship
Complementary therapies such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and massage can improve quality of life. Introducing adolescent and young adult patients with cancer to these and other creative healing methods helps to lessen the isolation and stress associated with a cancer diagnosis.
Patients as Innovators: The Future of Medical Device Development
Survivorship
Reading Cinde Dolphin’s description of how she and other patients with cancer are inventing simple, but very useful, solutions to improve their cancer treatment needs may inspire you to become an inventor, to help yourself or other people with cancer.
FDA Calls Attention to Risk Associated with Breast Implants: Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma
Breast CancerLymphomaSurvivorship
In February 2019, the FDA issued a letter to raise awareness of the risk for a rare type of lymphoma, BIA-ALCL, that is linked to all types of breast implants. Although this is an uncommon reaction to implants, all women who have or intend to get an implant after breast cancer should be aware of this risk. Learn more about this risk here.
11 Common Myths About Cancer: Consider the Evidence
Survivorship
Many false notions about cancer circulate online and among patients and their family members and friends. These myths often are not based on scientific evidence and may prevent people from receiving best treatments or add misplaced anxiety. Dr. Pankaj Vashi debunks some of these common myths.
New Program Helps Patients with Advanced Cancer Access Experimental Drugs
Survivorship
In June 2019, the FDA announced a new program called “Project Facilitate” that is designed exclusively for patients with advanced cancer who have exhausted all available treatment options and are unable to participate in clinical trials. Through this program, the FDA will assist doctors and patients to overcome barriers to accessing experimental cancer drugs.
Why Patients with Cancer Need to Gain Control Over Their Fundamental Health Data
Patient StoriesSurvivorship
After being diagnosed with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the esophagus in 2017, Stephen C. Aldrich realized his treatment options were limited to improving his quality of life but not extending his life. Determined to find a better option, he embarked on a mission to get his data to help design a new vaccine that resulted in his cancer remission. Read his story to find out why all patients with cancer should gain direct control over their data to identify the best treatment options for them.
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