Spring 2015 Vol. 05 Issue 01
From the Editor-in-Chief
The Promise of Precision Medicine
The impact of gene sequencing on the discovery and development of cancer treatments could be profound.
by William G. Nelson, MD, PhD
No Easy Decisions With Cancer
Patients must blend information from their doctors with their own values and beliefs.
by Kevin McLaughlin
Your Cancer Guide
Asking for Help
Allowing others to assist you during and after treatment is an essential skill and a wonderful gift.
by Hester Hill Schnipper
Caregiving With Confidence
Be Ready for Caregiving to Change You
Caring for a loved one with cancer can change your life–often for the good.
by Deborah J. Cornwall
A Dose of Precision
Stereotactic radiation therapy–heavily marketed to consumers–is gaining momentum as a more convenient treatment. But it's not for every patient.
by Sharon Reynolds
Genomic Testing: The Risk of Knowing Too Much
Sophisticated tests can generate a wealth of information about a patient's cancer or disease risk. But they also raise serious questions.
by Alexandra Goho
The Ways We Approach Death
Cancer often requires making difficult decisions in the face of uncertainty.
by Sue Rochman
An Unplanned Event
After a stage III cancer diagnosis, event planner Kim Hall Jackson gave up the illusion of control and started using her talents to promote screening among African-Americans.
by Leigh Labrie
Yesterday & Today
Susan Butcher won Alaska's grueling Iditarod dog-sled race four times. Her 2005 leukemia diagnosis marked the beginning of her greatest challenge.
by Jocelyn Selim
When Time Doesn’t Heal
Researcher and social worker Mary Ann Burg discusses the long-term challenges cancer survivors face and recent efforts to address these needs.
by Marci A. Landsmann
Your Questions, Our Answers
Staying on the job through treatments, getting organized to care for a loved one, and remaining financially solvent through cancer care
Strength and Style
Breast cancer survivor and hairstylist provides beauty expertise to breast cancer patients.
by Cynthia Ryan
In the Moment- Spring 2015
Catie Clinard, Denise Manley Fox, David Frangioni.
Results of a recent study support concerns that pandemic disruptions resulted in finding fewer cancers.
by Kyle BagenstoseLung Cancer Patients Face Worse Survival After Wildfire Exposure
Researchers find that lung cancer patients recovering from surgery are especially vulnerable to the health hazards of wildfires even up to a year later.
by Sandra GordonChoosing Between Lung Cancer Surgery and Radiation
Study suggests surgery leads to longer survival than radiation for non-small cell lung cancer, but radiation remains an important option.
by Jon KelveyUnderstanding Disparities in Melanoma Diagnosis
Black men with melanoma are more likely than other populations to die of the disease. Here’s why, and what to look for.
by Kyle Bagenstose