Contributors


Amy Tootle, M.S., B.S.N., RN

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Combining Oncology Teaching With Compassion

Jessica Smith, B.S.N., RN, OCN, has been an oncology nurse for 27 years and continues to provide personalized, compassionate care to her patients as a direct care oncology nurse.


Janel Bush

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Cancer the Second Time Around

After my treatment ended for triple-negative breast cancer, I thought I was done with cancer — and then I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.


Sponsored by HandsFree Health

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Your Voice in Health Care: A Virtual Assistant Aids Patients, Addresses Gaps in Cancer Care

"WellBe was developed to provide meaningful health information on cancer while staying connected to loved ones with our calling and messaging capabilities.”


Christine Benjamin, LMSW

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A Helpline for Patients With Breast Cancer in Relentless Pursuit of Patient Support

After receiving a breast cancer diagnosis at age 43, one woman became involved in advocacy with SHARE Cancer Support, spending hours speaking to women on the phone about treatments, emotional impacts and personal issues related to their breast cancer.


Kiran Virdee, RN, BSN, CCRN

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Unmet Needs and Future Perspectives in the Treatment of RCC

Bryan Lewis, president of KidneyCAN, and Chung-Han Lee, MD, describe unmet needs and future perspectives in the treatment of renal cell carcinoma.


Karen Blum

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The Financial Toxicity of Cancer Treatment

Healing should be the primary focus of patients and survivors. But for many, the effects of high medical costs can become a burdensome challenge. Care providers, experts and family work to provide assistance.


Catherine Stier

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Helping Others With Cancer By The Book

Catherine Stier, a breast cancer survivor, discusses her new book "When A Kid Like Me Has Cancer" a story of how to talk about cancer with children.


Yasmina Rebani

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The Role of Willpower in Battling Cancer

My dad was always strong willed, and I think that helped him face aggressive, late-stage cancer.



Jessica Lough

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Laughing in the Face of Cancer and Death

Life can be ridiculous, one survivor writes.


Janie Winston, B.S.

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One Woman, Many Lakes: Swimming to Raise Awareness for Metastatic Breast Cancer

A retired teacher with breast cancer is recognized for her dedication to raising money and awareness for metastatic breast cancer by swimming across as many lakes as possible.


Thasia Anne

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'Oddly Specific' and Other Poems About Life With Cancer

Here are a series of poems written about our ordeal with cancer and kicking it to the curb.


Amber Pelletier, M.S.W

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Oncology Nurse Has a Passion for Advocacy

Ashley is a tremendous asset to the lung cancer community — she lives and breathes hope into her patients and providers day in and day out.


Amy Noe, B.S.N., RN

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The Oncology Nurse Who Radiates Positivity

Imagine you just received a diagnosis of leukemia; you have no idea what the next steps will be or what your future holds, but you’re greeted with a smile from a nurse who reassures you that “You are in the right place, and we will help you through everything.”


Chinedu Onugu

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Oncology Nurses Help Patients Endure Cancer Treatments During Tough Times

A patient wrote about his oncology nurse when receiving chemotherapy, whose personality helped him look forward to his sessions.


Patricia Benavidez

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Setting Intentions as a Cancer Roadmap

After being diagnosed with cancer, I set intentions — both spiritual and practical — that helped guide me through the experience.


Bryan Lewis

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Unmet Needs and Future Perspectives in the Treatment of RCC

Bryan Lewis, president of KidneyCAN, and Chung-Han Lee, MD, describe unmet needs and future perspectives in the treatment of renal cell carcinoma.


Denise Tallman

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I’ll Never Forget My Doctor’s Words After I Woke Up from My Colonoscopy

After her colonoscopy, Denise talks about what her doctor said that changed her life.


Caroline Perkinson, RDN, LDN

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6 Cancer-Friendly, Super Food Recipes for Super Bowl Parties

Patients with cancer, their friends and families can enjoy these guilt-free recipes when sitting down to watch the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals go toe-to-toe during Super Bowl 56 on Sunday.


Robert Bailey

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Laughter Is Sometimes The Best Medicine

For one cancer survivor, laughter might have been the best medicine.


Cheryl Scalese, RN, M.S.N.

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An ‘Exemplary Nurse and Healer’ Patients Need on Their Side

A colleague describes a nurse’s aim to not only provide the best care for her patients but also be a continuous student of health care.


Antra Boyd

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What Cancer Taught Me

I faced cancer thrice and chose life each time — not because of some flowery will to live, but because I’m stubborn and wanted to prove that cancer is not the boss of me.


Dr. Carolyn Bhakta

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Reframing the Discussion for Surgical Options after Breast Cancer — Women are Choosing to ‘Go Flat’

After undergoing a mastectomy, women can either proceed with reconstruction or "go flat," but one expert says that the correct decision is what’s best for the patient.


Maha H.A. Hussain, MD

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Leading Through Research, Education

An oncologist writes about the valuable contributions of another oncologist in the field.


Gina Mauro

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Novel Drug Has Survival Benefit in Stem Cell Transplant-Related GVHD

A novel cell therapy demonstrated early efficacy and an acceptable safety profile in patients with graft-versus-host disease undergoing haploidentical stem cell transplantation.



Lauren Pettis, RN

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A Blessing to Everyone She Helps

A manager describes how an oncology nurse helps patients with cancer including her own mother.



Lynn Kay Winters, MBA, CMPE, CPHQ

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Unmatched Energy and Passion for Cancer Care

Megan McCarthy, RN, is the very essence of a great nurse, one person said.


Ariana Pelosci

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Adding Opdivo to Frontline Chemo Boosts Survival in Advanced GI Cancers

Patients with advanced gastric cancers tended to have better survival outcomes when given Opdivo plus chemotherapy, compared to those who were given chemotherapy alone.