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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.
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.
Your Feedback Matters: Patients' Complaints Can Improve Cancer Care
Survivorship
Patient complaints are often seen as inappropriate or pointless, since no one will pay attention. So, you may be surprised to learn that patients today are being encouraged to voice their complaints, to help providers improve their care and their patients’ satisfaction. Patients’ concerns are becoming providers’ concerns.
My Family's Love is the Reason I Fight
Breast CancerSurvivorshipWeb Exclusives
Melody recounts her story of being a 34-year-old new mother diagnosed with breast cancer.
Demonstrating Mental Toughness and Emotional Maturity During a Harrowing Brain Tumor Scare
Brain CancerSurvivorshipWeb Exclusives
Nate Loch’s attitude and demeanor shaped his approach to a life-threatening brain tumor, subsequent complications, and the prospects of a long recovery while serving as a reminder about the fragility of life.
The Link between Obesity and Cancer
Cancer ResearchSurvivorship
Obesity is associated with about 40% of cancers in the United States. This link is strongest in several types of cancer, including kidney, gastric, pancreatic, endometrial, and esophageal cancer. Significant weight reduction may help to reduce the risk for cancer.
When Losing Is Winning
Patient AdvocacySurvivorship
Lisa Lurie went from “bald, breastless, and bewildered” to all-glammed-up as a cancer survivor and founder of Cancer Be Glammed, a nonprofit organization that empowers women to recover with dignity and positive self-esteem. Last fall, Lisa was a finalist for CONQUER’s Hero of Hope Patient Award, and although she didn’t win, this experience was a milestone in her cancer story.
Cancer Walks to Join in Spring 2019
Cancer FundraisingExercise & CancerSurvivorshipWeb Exclusives
Spring is a great time to get involved and participate in cancer fundraising activities. Here are several cancer walks you may want to join this season!
How My Battle Against Cancer Made Me a Better Entrepreneur
Patient StoriesSurvivorshipWork and Cancer
“I think most entrepreneurs believe they are superhuman,” says Jonathan Passley, a business owner, husband, and new father, whose world was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with cancer at age 29.
To Disclose at Work or Not to Disclose?
SurvivorshipWork and Cancer
Cancer survivor Dan Dean weighs the many factors involved when deciding what to tell, or not tell, an employer about a cancer diagnosis and the job-related potential implications.
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