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Cancer Treatment

The Process, Part 9: Eating Just Isn't Any Fun

Stan Collender | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

It's Christmas Eve and it's very difficult for me to eat. I don't mean that it's hard to ingest food. Thankfully, I'm still having no problem swallow...

I'm Playing Cancer Before It Plays Me

Sabrina Dominguez | Posted 05.13.2014 | Teen
Sabrina Dominguez

I've been preparing myself for battle since I was a 5th grader fighting it out on the basketball court. I've been slowly building my armor from the day I was born. And although I might still be young in your eyes, I can guarantee you a war in which I will be victorious.

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

Kevin Lankes | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

As a young adult cancer survivor, I will never stop worrying about dying before I've lived long enough to leave my mark, to positively affect the world, and do whatever other things my mother would no doubt disapprove of.

The Process, Part 8: I Get a License to Nosh

Stan Collender | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

My desire to eat has been so strongly tempered by losing my sense of taste that I have no desire to use the license I've just been granted. The food I otherwise would have looked at longingly as a guilty pleasure is simply no longer appetizing or appealing in any way.

Better Out Than In

Alex Niles | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Alex Niles

My life lately has been that bottle, with each bubble of carbonation representing something in my life that I let fester, but would better serve me out than in. On September 10th, 2013, at age 30, I was diagnosed with Stage IV gastric cancer.

The Process, Part 7

Stan Collender | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

It's Dec. 13, and week three is now over: I'm 38 percent (37.8 percent if you want to be precise) through The Process. At this point I'm still feeli...

The Process, Part 6

Stan Collender | Posted 05.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

It's Dec. 3, 2013, the Tuesday of my second week of treatments, and I'm having a hard time not thinking that every hangnail isn't the result of my now...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 16 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (Post-Chemo)

James Stack | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Drivin down the wrong side of the road..." Ricky Riddle Going through chemotherapy isn't easy -- at least it hasn't been for me. I began this journe...

The Process, Part 5

Stan Collender | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

I vowed to The Beautiful and Talented Wife when we were married that I would be there for her through sickness and health, and after seven very healthy years the sickness part was now presenting itself.

These People Could've Let Cancer Get The Best Of Them. Instead, They Showed Cancer Their Best

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.25.2014 | Good News

Cancer can be one of the most devastating diagnoses, and it takes a special kind of courage to channel grief into something meaningful. And that's...

Light Verse. Tough Topic.

Roz Warren | Posted 04.26.2014 | Books
Roz Warren

Micki Myers is a poet, blogger, teacher and mom, born in London but currently living and teaching in Pittsburgh. "Having survived a particularly vicious bout of breast cancer," she writes, "I emerged with new fake boobs and a determination to find it all amusing." Why?

The Process, Part 4

Stan Collender | Posted 04.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

I have doctors. Lots of them. I should really say "health care professionals," because not everyone whose is helping me deal with this is an M.D. All of them, however, are what I've decided to call "Team Stan."

The Process, Part 3

Stan Collender | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

Nov. 18, 2013 This all started in August 2012, when I wanted my dermatologist to remove a red spot on my face I thought was marring my appearance. T...

The Process, Part 2

Stan Collender | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

One of my most basic philosophies is that my health is my doctor's concern but my responsibility. I want all the expert advice I can get, but what I ultimately decide to do is my call.

Survival of the Fittest

Advita Fund | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Advita Fund

Sochi Olympic Games had opened last Friday with a beautifully designed ceremony that included impressive technical solutions and excluded any mention ...

The Process

Stan Collender | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Collender

Oprah and I were both running in our first marathon and were focused on finishing rather than winning. But there were substantial differences between the two of us.

Immunotherapy: The New Promise for Cancer

Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Science
Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D.

The time for optimism in the field of cancer research is now -- a time that Science magazine named "cancer immunology" as the breakthrough of the year. Today we have the hope that the cure for cancer is inside ourselves -- in our immune system.

A Gift of Grief: One Important Way of Loving for Valentine's Day

Carol Smaldino | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

So I'm sharing the sentiment that allowing for grief, sadness, space, dignity -- is part of loving. What's more, if we opt for this definition, many more of us will have a Valentine -- ourselves.

The Importance Of Mentors, From Scott Hamilton (VIDEO)

Posted 02.03.2014 | MarloThomas

When it comes to the importance of mentors, Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton lucked out with some great role models to follow. “For me, it w...

Your Cancer Is Not My Cancer: The Danger of Comparison

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

The truth is that every single person's cancer is different -- even those diagnosed as the same type and stage -- because that cancer exists in a unique human body unlike no other, with a unique life history and genealogy.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 15 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (Cycle 6)

James Stack | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"The trip begins with a kiss..." (Roam, lyrics by Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland) Taking a ride down a split tar, potholed, soft-to-n...

Lung Leavin' Day

Renee Fisher | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Renee Fisher

One of the gifts I've received from blogging is that, while I am writing about the world, the world will occasionally pop its face into mine. Each time this happens, I am humbled and honored to be able to look into the very private places in people's lives.

Safety During Cancer Treatment

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

The truth of the matter is that cancer doesn't just happen to you. It happens to your family, your friends and your community as well. So many people are looking for opportunities to help you, but often do not know how. Here is a perfect opportunity.

New Year! New Normal?

Bret Hoekema | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

After I was diagnosed, I can't remember who first suggested that I find my new normal or the first time I saw it written in quotes -- "new normal" -- but it wasn't long before I developed what is presumably an abnormal distaste for the idea. Since then, I've thought often on why it bothers me.

Five Things I've Learned From a Pioneering Cancer Geneticist

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 03.10.2014 | Science
Katie Scarlett Brandt

Your passion itself might take immense effort, but doing it will energize you. Especially for people just starting out, Janet said, "You're going to need patience."