Winter 2019/2020 Vol. 09 Issue 04
From the Editor-in-Chief
Human Papillomavirus Vaccines: Bad News, Good News and Great News
Increased vaccination rates can help reduce cervical cancer as a worldwide health threat.
by William G. Nelson, MD, PhD
Clinical Trials Need Cancer Caregivers Too | Early Chemotherapy Dose Reductions May Affect Breast Cancer Outcomes | Investigating the Keto Diet’s Effects on Cancer | Medicare to Cover CAR-T Cell Therapy | Screening for Lung Cancer in Rural Areas | Targeted Treatments for Tots | What’s Next?
Your Cancer Guide
Do You Need to Talk?
Follow these steps to find a therapist who can meet your needs.
by Hester Hill Schnipper
Caregiving With Confidence
Take Financial Inventory
Treatment-related expenses can increase stress on both caregivers and patients. Learning to talk about these concerns may help ease the burden.
by Aimee Swartz
Keep Up Momentum for Medical Research Funding
Advocating for federal funds for medical research pays off when the effort is constant and compelling.
by Brandon L. Leonard, MA, and J. Tod Guidry, PhD
BRCA: Who Should Be Tested?
Genetic testing for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes creates opportunities for cancer risk reduction. But 25 years after the mutations were discovered, some who could benefit from testing are still left out.
by Sue Rochman
Patients find each other online and get support they say is unparalleled, but with openness comes concern about privacy.
by Kate Yandell
Turning Up the Heat on Cancer
Researchers are working to expand the benefits of immunotherapy by making “cold” tumors “hot” so they can respond better to treatments.
by Kendall K. Morgan
Handle With Care
Brain cancer survivor Lanette Veres sends cards and packages to others with the disease. She believes no one should face cancer alone.
by Lindsey Konkel
Coming of Age
Drawing on her own experiences as a teenager who learned her mother had pancreatic cancer, Marisa Bardach Ramel urges adolescents in similar situations to embrace all emotions—even the ugly ones.
by Marci A. Landsmann
Your Questions, Our Answers
Experts offer advice on parenting a child who has had cancer, what to look for in a primary care provider, and peripheral neuropathy.
Various kinds of artistic expression can play a role in processing the emotional effects of cancer.
by Bradley Jones
In the Moment
Readers share snapshots of their lives today.
Forum discusses next-generation technologies that will guide oncology research and patient care in the years to come.
by Thomas CelonaOn Wearing a Brave Face for Myself and Others
A woman living with lung cancer reflects on the contrast between how people see her and how she feels as someone living with metastatic disease.
by Suzanne Adriana RemingtonCervical Cancer Found at Later Stages After 65
A study found women in California were more likely to have cervical cancer diagnoses at a later stage after age 65.
by Jon KelveyA Life Cycle of Fear
Wrestling with fears of recurrence after cancer returns.
by Carly Flumer