Summer 2017 Vol. 07 Issue 02
From the Editor-in-Chief
Differences and Disparities in Cancer
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
by William G. Nelson, MD, PhD
Your Cancer Guide
Talking With Your Young Children
Follow these tips for discussing your diagnosis and treatment plan with your kids.
by Hester Hill Schnipper
Caregiving With Confidence
Ways to Get Organized
Develop a system to avoid being overwhelmed by health care bills and information.
by Aimee Swartz
A New Look for Clinical Trials
More focused efforts aim to increase the number and type of participants in research studies. One goal is for study participants to be more like the patients who will take the drug if it is approved.
by Sue Rochman
Physicians are legally permitted to prescribe drugs approved for one purpose to be used for another, a practice called off-label prescribing. The rise of targeted therapies and immunotherapies is creating new challenges for navigating off-label options.
by Kate Yandell
The Kindest Cut
Before undergoing surgery, cancer patients should look for experienced surgeons, get second opinions and ask about the risks and benefits.
by Stephen Ornes
The Gift of Music
A self-taught musician takes what he has learned from his experience with kidney cancer to entertain, teach and inspire.
by Jenny Song
Researcher Tom Marsilje is helping fellow colorectal cancer patients sort through clinical trials.
by Kate Yandell
Your Questions, Our Answers
Assisting a co-worker with cancer, what you should ask your doctor, and dating and cancer.
A Home Away From Home
Ann W. Calahan started Joe's House to help cancer patients and others find places to stay when they're being treated away from home.
by Cameron Walker
In The Moment
Karyn Marshall, James Gathright, Catherine Hargrove.
New studies find that electronic cigarettes trail other methods in helping people quit smoking, but they are growing in popularity among teens.
by Teresa BergenA Look at Disparities Across Cancer Care
A new AACR report tracks progress in addressing cancer health disparities and identifies work that still needs to be done.
by Eric FitzsimmonsCredit Agencies to Remove Some Medical Debt From Reports
Changes to what medical debt is included in credit reports could give patients more time to resolve outstanding bills.
by Karon WarrenThe Mental Toll of a Cancer Diagnosis
New studies shine a light on the effects of a cancer diagnosis on mental health and suicide risk.
by Pamela Rafalow Grossman