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Kevin Lankes
Kevin Lankes is the author of Metastatic Memories, a memoir detailing his journey through cancer at the age of 25, as well as the short story collection "Astral Imperium And Other Stories." He's been featured by the American Academy of Dermatology, and the Cancer Research Institute, attending their 60th annual awards gala as a showcased survivor last fall. A Pennsylvania native, he is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where he received a degree in East Asian Studies, and the ability to almost speak Japanese. These days, he lives in New York City, where he works as a freelance writer and blogger. You can find him spending time with his family in the quiet, rural landscape of central Pennsylvania, or walking the streets of NYC's most adventurous hideaways. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and at Follow his blog at

Entries by Kevin Lankes

The Strange Way My Dad Helped Me Learn About Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 11:18 AM

When I was in high school, my dad made me touch his "balls." It took a week to convince me. Here's how it all went down:

It was a cold, dreary November morning. Frost was beginning to settle on the windows, the dew covering the yard was turning to ice,...

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My Cancer Brings All the Crazies to the Yard

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 2:01 PM

In today's day and age, it's important for the patient to be his or her own advocate. It's an unfortunate reality, but as soon as something happens to you, you've unwittingly opened yourself to an entirely new world that you may not be prepared to successfully navigate. And, while doing...

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Godzilla's Secret History

(16) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 6:19 PM

Godzilla is a multicultural icon. If there was a Coca-Cola commercial featuring monsters that sung the national anthem, he'd be singing his part in a mixture of English and Japanese. He's been terrorizing Tokyo for longer than Disneyland has been around. Over the span of 60 years, he's battled Earthlings,...

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I Can't Even Die of Cancer Right

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 4:58 PM

Young adults across the nation are being diagnosed with cancer. This is a fact. I'm sorry if we've disturbed you, but we really can't do much about it. Some of us survive this terrible ordeal and go on to other things. These other things involve stuff, like trying to re-become...

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Young Adult Cancer and the Law

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:32 PM

If you're thinking of putting your own last wishes into writing, or even leaving a crummy bag of sand behind for your loved ones to sift through, there are a few things you should know. First off, I didn't have a legal bone in my body back then,...

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I Wrote My Will at 26

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 8:56 PM

"And my collection of geographically accurate boogers goes to..."

I wrote my will at the age of 26. It's infused with comedic zingers and is in no way legal, but hey, it's a will nonetheless.

During the period leading up to my second surgery,...

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Graduation Day: Dying From Cancer to Clean Scans in Six-Month Intervals

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 3:08 PM


I had my check up at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Hillman Cancer Center recently. It's been my regular haunt ever since being diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma in the fall of 2011. In the days leading up to the appointment, I was,...

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The Truth About Heroes and Cancer

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Cancer is not a fight. It's an illness. Some people don't get better. Period.

Cancer doesn't operate on our terms, and that makes people very uncomfortable. And so there are those who have the propensity to create a mythology to cover up the realities of the disease, in order to...

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