Spring 2020 Vol. 10 Issue 01
From the Editor-in-Chief
Cancer Epigenetics: Disorganization Drives Dysfunction
Emerging insights into epigenetic abnormalities in cancer cells may lead to better cancer outcomes.
by William G. Nelson, MD, PhD
Cryoablation May Be a Treatment Option for Some Patients | Getting Help to Avoid Financial Distress | Makers of E-Cigarettes Tout Role in Smoking Cessation | Managing Opioid-Related Constipation | More Options to Prevent Blood Clots in High-Risk Cancer Patients | New Guidelines for Radiation Therapy in Pancreatic Cancer | What’s Next
Your Cancer Guide
Weighing Treatment Options for Advanced Cancer
Patients with metastatic disease need to carefully consider risks and benefits of therapies within the context of their goals.
by Hester Hill Schnipper
Caregiving With Confidence
Strategies for Effective Communication
When families work together to provide care for a loved one, communicating can become a challenge.
by Ashley Jones
Taking Steps to Address Cancer Health Disparities
Cancer outcomes are changing for the better, but advances are not affecting all patients equally.
by Brian Rivers, PhD
Can CRISPR Deliver?
A gene-editing tool called CRISPR holds promise for treating cancer. What does the new technology mean for patients?
by Stephen Ornes
The Puzzle of Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer remains a difficult disease to treat and is expected to be the second leading cause of U.S. cancer-related deaths by 2030. Researchers hope clinical trials and insights into the genetics of the disease will reverse the trend.
by Kendall K. Morgan
A Driving Force
Mark Good uses every avenue to spread the news about prostate cancer.
by Lindsey Konkel
Advocacy in Action
Leaving a Legacy
Two mothers, each with a son who died of brain cancer, worked together to increase awareness and acceptance of tumor tissue donation.
by Esther Landhuis
A Different Mountaintop
Science writer Charles Graeber describes how a shift in researchers' understanding of immune function and cancer is leading to effective treatments.
by Marci A. Landsmann
Your Questions, Our Answers
Experts offer advice on getting involved with patient advocacy, expressing feelings to loved ones, and hospice care.
Filling a Void
A mother whose son was diagnosed with Burkitt leukemia works to improve access to mental health services for teenagers.
by Elizabeth Rosto Sitko
In the Moment
Readers share snapshots of their lives today.
AACR patient advocate forum explores how new clinical trial designs are accelerating drug testing.
by Thomas CelonaFinding Your Niche
Support groups offer community for people with cancer in a world that doesn’t understand their experience.
by Carly FlumerMaking Informed Consent Accessible
Confusing informed consent forms are a common barrier to clinical trial participation. Researchers ask how they can be better designed for patients.
by Sandra GordonKeep That Colonoscopy Appointment
Experts weigh in on a recent study appearing to show that colonoscopy had lower-than-expected efficacy for preventing colorectal cancer.
by Pamela Rafalow Grossman