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Cancer Treatment

Why You Should Watch the Film Cancer: the Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Our understanding of cancer and how to successfully treat it and the symptoms it produces is evolving and improving; and our ability to cope with cancer is also evolving with more confidence and hope in the future.

Gratitude Boot Camp

Robbi Rucker | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Robbi Rucker

I wouldn't have picked getting a cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2013 but I'm allowing this ongoing challenge to be an opportunity for personal growth; working on healing my body, mind and spirit.

The Upside Of Cancer

Donna Highfill | Posted 04.21.2015 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

I started the morning of my husband's cancer treatment reading about race issues. I read about the women who hate feminists, and the men who hate women. I watched videos about church-goers picketing gay marriage and young people writing off church because it's too political.

Why Mapping Your Tumor's Genes Isn't Enough To Guide Cancer Treatment

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — More cancer patients are getting the genes in their tumors mapped to help guide their treatment. New research suggests that isn't ...

What Changed When I Returned To High School After Cancer Treatment

Sabrina Dominguez | Posted 04.14.2015 | Teen
Sabrina Dominguez

I've learned that it's okay to be different. It's okay to not blend in. I'm that person you can pick out of a crowd whether it's because I'm the loudest person in the room or because I've barely grown my hair back.

Save Lives: Restore Cancer Research Funding Now

Phillip A. Sharp | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Phillip A. Sharp

The current stream of progress against cancer can be turned into a tidal wave if we as a nation devote the right level of funding, intensity, and collaboration to the cause.

Remiss About Remission

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Stoller

Greater cross-cultural awareness of the relationship of illness to well-being may compel us to pay more attention of the important life-changing quandaries of remission in addition to the physical and emotional dimensions of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Collaboration Creates Health-Focused, Healing Menu Options for Oncology Patients

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Coming together to start the discussion is the first step. Hospitals, doctors, registered dietitians, chefs, patients, and family members all need to be involved. Progress will follow and hopefully programs like these will become the new normal.

Young Man Bares All (Colostomy Bag Included) for Colon Cancer Awareness

Will Lanier | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
Will Lanier

In December of 2014, I went into the hospital for my final surgery. When I woke up, my colostomy bag was gone, and I was on the road to recovery. It's funny -- the little things. The little things sometimes teach us the biggest lessons in life.

Dethroning 'The Emperor of All Maladies'

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 03.27.2015 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

We are standing at an extraordinary moment. For nearly 4,000 years of recorded history, cancer in all its forms was an implacable foe. Doctors, patients, and researchers won incremental victories, but for millennia, the word "cancer" was too dreadful to speak aloud.

547 Days

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Nina Polvanich Louie

I had a new identity now, marked by this journey that I had traveled, and I could not be ashamed of it. This was the new me: short hair, a little confused, trying to love myself. In that moment, as my hair dropped to the floor, I accepted this new identity.

Breast Cancer Therapy Failed Me

Los Angeles Times | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living

I am dying, literally, at my home in Hollywood, of metastatic breast cancer, the only kind of breast cancer that kills. For six years I've known I was...

Delayed Authorizations for Cancer Treatments

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

I was recently directed to a website titled The Alliance for Patient Access and, in particular, a YouTube video, "Protecting Cancer Care." The allia...

The Danger in Consolidating Cancer Care

Ted Okon | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Ted Okon

The sad reality is that the 340B drug discount program, which provides a very valuable safety net for helping to ensure that patients receive needed medical treatment, is being unfairly used by some hospitals to acquire physician-owned community cancer clinics.

How Jerking Off Got Me Through Chemo

H. Alan Scott | Posted 04.05.2015 | Comedy
H. Alan Scott

The reality that the cancer could come back -- or might not. The reality that I'm mortal. The reality that, as masturbation so wonderfully illustrates, it's essential to live every moment fully, even if it gives you carpal tunnel syndrome.

A Problem With How We Treat Cancer -- and How to Fix It

Cindy Finch, LICSW | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, LICSW

What's missing, and what is so needed during this time, is a fifth phase of cancer, or the social, emotional, spiritual and psychological support for life after you are sent home to recover.

The Ethical Dilemma of Forced Chemotherapy on a Teen

Ruth Macklin | Posted 03.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

The philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote that "whoever wills the end, wills the means." However, even those who initially support a plan to force treatment on a young patient are morally bound to question the means required to do so.

Live, Laugh, Love

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition On a gorgeous spring day 17 years ago, ...

4 Rays of Hope for 'Precision' Cancer Therapies

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

When they arrive, precision therapies may guide each individual's cancer treatments for improved survival and quality of life. Yet today we can generate more information than can be integrated and analyzed.

Cancer Patients Growing Their Own Tumors In Mice In Hopes Of A Cure

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living

Scientists often test drugs in mice. Now some cancer patients are doing the same - with the hope of curing their own disease. They are paying a pri...

'She Can Have Some Of My Hair': After Seeing Girl Without Hair, Toddler Moved To Donate Hers

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 12.03.2014 | Good News

This young girl is truly benevolent beyond her years. Three-year-old Ariana Smith from Winterport, Maine watched a video from Extra Life, a charity...

Be Your Own Advocate

Kayla Redig | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Kayla Redig

Cancer was the first time in my life where I had to be an advocate for myself. Maybe it's pathetic that it took a threat to my life to learn to speak up, but regardless it's a lesson I will never forget.

5 Ways to Reduce Costs When Traveling for Cancer Treatments

Robyn Stoller | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact
Robyn Stoller

To get the best care possible, many cancer patients need to travel out-of-state for treatments, surgeries and even second opinions. Being away from...

Chemo Wasn't Good Enough

Kayla Redig | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Kayla Redig

Once I finished chemo, I shared my experience with every patient I met and urged them to do the same. After talking to other patients I know that not everyone wants a party. I know that not every patient needs 500 people standing by their side to get them through. Not every patient is Kayla.

Overcoming Cancer Consent

Christopher Gazarian | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Gazarian

When day zero comes around, I take one last moment to think about my fear. The fears of what I will definitely experience, the fears of what I might experience and the fears of what I might not experience. And then, finally I do have a choice to make.