Fall 2020 Vol. 10 Issue 03
From the Editor-in-ChiefCancer in Minority Populations
Paying attention to the social determinants of health will promote greater equity in cancer outcomes for all.
by William G. Nelson, MD, PhD
Your Cancer GuideSetting Boundaries
Honor your own needs to establish a strong foundation for healing.
by Hester Hill Schnipper
Caregiving With ConfidenceFinding the Middle Ground
Not all patients follow doctors' orders, which can be frustrating for their caregivers.
by Karen J. Bannan
Policy MattersThe E-Cigarette Regulatory Landscape
The FDA is taking several steps to restrict and reduce e-cigarette use among youth.
by Carmine S. Leggett, PhD
Learning Medicare’s ABCDs
Medicare was established to help provide affordable health care coverage for older Americans. But Medicare beneficiaries with cancer can still face financial burdens related to their care.
by Kate Yandell
More Choices to Treat Lung Cancer
Advances in precision medicine and immunotherapy have led to better treatments for many patients with advanced lung cancer. But having a wider selection of therapies to choose from can make treatments more complex.
by Kendall K. Morgan
Worth the Wait
Neoadjuvant therapy—using treatments such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy or radiation to shrink a tumor or treat unseen metastases before surgery—can improve outcomes for some patients.
by Sharon Tregaskis
Survivor ProfileAn Unlikely Pivot
Medha Deoras-Sutliff's experience with breast cancer fueled her interest in advocacy for breast cancer patients and, more recently, her support for research on rare cancers.
by Lindsey Konkel
Q&AThe Lost Poetry of Patient Stories
Medical histories capture a vital snapshot of a patient's health status. In his new book, hematologist-oncologist Mikkael A. Sekeres provides a richer narrative.
by Marci A. Landsmann
Sound AdviceYour Questions, Our Answers
Experts offer advice on making caregiving work, the challenges of telemedicine, and absent friends.
Get InvolvedPatients With Pets
A helping hand for pet owners receiving cancer treatment.
by Jackie Oshiro
Facts and StatsA Brief History of Checkpoint Inhibitors
The advent of checkpoint inhibitors has broadened the range of cancer patients able to take advantage of immunotherapy.
by Bradley Jones
The FDA requires a warning with CAR T-cell therapies about an increased risk of cancer from the treatment. Should you be concerned?
by Sandra GordonOvercoming Lung Cancer Stigma With Understanding
Shirley Muñoz wants to use her experience as a younger lung cancer patient to break down barriers to care for her community through translation and advocacy.
by Cameron WalkerThe More You Know About Cancer Prevention
Studies found awareness gaps about cancer prevention strategies such as screening and vaccination may reduce benefits from these tactics.
by Cancer Research CatalystUsing Acupuncture and Massage to Manage Side Effects
New research finds acupuncture and massage are associated with pain reduction for patients with advanced cancer.
by Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore