Contributors


Michelle Beck

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Taking My Life Back After Two Bouts of Breast Cancer

I experienced two separate breast cancer diagnoses, and the aromatase inhibitors I was prescribed drastically decreased my quality of life. Then, I found a way out.


Rosaleen Holmes

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My Mastectomy Results Were Not What I Expected

Choosing to get a mastectomy was a difficult decision to make, but then the pathology results came back indicating a second cancer.


Sue Hager

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Health Care Costs Should Not Compromise Cancer Care

The cost of cancer care is often an insurmountable challenge for many patients, in particular patients with lung cancer. Many of whom will die because they cannot afford treatment. Health care costs must not compromise care.


Krista Genevieve Farris

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Push Down, Turn: Phases of Treatment for Cancer

A woman writes about the feeling of ambivalence that comes with each milestone in the treatment journey for her breast cancer.


Shakay J. Kizirian , MSW, LCSW

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How an Oncology Social Worker Answers the Question, ‘Why Do You Do What You Do?’

An oncology social worker, who is also a cancer survivor, describes life lessons learned through work and personal experiences.


Bethany Webb

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Incredible Hero Without A Cape

"Although Carolyn loved her role as a navigator, she realized she could help patients with lung cancer with a screening program to help with earlier detection."


Diana Keen

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Beacons of Light, Hope and Community for Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer

A metastatic breast cancer survivor explains why it’s so important to find other cancer survivors to walk alongside.


Robert Trebor

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Reflection on Life 10 Years After Stem Cell Transplant

A decade ago, I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and underwent aggressive chemotherapy and an allogenic stem cell transplant. Though I still have complications related to my cancer, I’m thankful for what I still have.


Andy Robertson

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A Lung Cancer Survivor, Fighter and Advocate

Simply put, Jan Poulsen is an inspiration to those diagnosed with lung cancer, a friend writes.


Linda Dziobek, B.A., RN

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Extraordinary Oncology Nurse, Extraordinary Person

Donna MacDonald, B.S.N., RN, OCN, CCM, goes beyond her duties as a nurse to advocate and support her patients.


Berlinda James

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My Journey with Oral Cancer

I had what I thought was a canker sore that didn't heal. It ended up being cancer.


Janet Freeman-Daily, M.S., ENG

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Lung Cancer Research Advocacy Driven by Heart

A woman writes about the unique lung cancer advocate who leads his endeavors with his heart for change.


Leora Stewart

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Incorporating Empathy and Compassion During Cancer Treatment

A knowledgeable and compassionate oncology nurse can make a huge different in a patient’s cancer treatment.



Cheryl Reiswerg

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Effective Teamwork Shapes a New Oncology Practice

One patient credits two oncology nurses for being knowledgeable and compassionate towards all patients they cared for especially during the establishment of a new oncology practice.


Denise Sirchie

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A Tearful Farewell and Armored Welcome: My Cancer Story

I’m not usually the emotional type, but the first time I tried on a wig after losing my hair from chemotherapy, I wept.


Dr. Eli Avisar

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A Pioneer of Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Who Never Gives up on Patients

A surgical oncologist honors an admirable doctor in the field who refuses to falter in the face of challenges in order to do exhaust every opportunity possible to improve the lives of patients with metastatic breast cancer.


Tian Zhang, MD, MHS

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Future Outlook of Kidney Cancer Treatment

Expert oncologists offer closing thoughts on emerging therapeutic strategies, unmet needs, and the future of kidney cancer treatment.



Pam Wilson

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To My Loved Ones, ‘You’ve Held the Pause Button Long Enough’ During My Cancer Journey

After I was diagnosed with cancer, I started to feel like a burden to my loved ones. So, I wrote a letter urging them to continue on with other aspects of their lives.


Mary Hassler

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Oncology Nurses Have A Special Understanding Of Their Patients

Oncology nurses have a special understanding of their patients and their patients' needs. One patient shares their story on how that special understanding made a major difference in her cancer journey.


Lorelei Colbert

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Views on Breast Cancer Awareness Month from a TNBC Survivor

As a breast cancer survivor, I was intentional about spreading a certain messages this month: anyone can be diagnosed with breast cancer, and education about the disease could help save lives.


Phyllis Hill

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My Oncology Nurse Shows a Compassion Beyond What Most People Do

If I get nervous about a test result, she always takes time to talk with my husband and me about it and explain what the results mean.


Liz D'Imperio

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Working Behind the Scenes for Patients With Lung Cancer

A colleague nominates Jody Ruth Steinhardt for the Lung Cancer Heroes® award for her commitment to changing the world for patients with lung cancer.


Jennifer Sertl

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The Art of Engagement: From Cancer Survivor to Researcher

In an era of trauma, people whose buoyancy elevates both purpose and agency shine like a flashlight in the darkness. During the past year of uncertainty, Dave Bjork was that light for many.



Melissa Schwarzmeier 

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I Embraced My Cancer Diagnosis

While many parts of my cancer experience were extremely difficult, I tried to embrace it — and accept help when needed.


Mary Grigsby

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Chronic Conditions Can Increase the Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Several studies have identified an increased risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) among those suffering from a chronic condition such as Crohn’s disease, diabetes, or obesity. Interestingly, this association is particularly evident among millennials, meaning those who were in the 22-37 age group between 2014 and 2018.


Howard Campbell

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Oncology Teamwork With a Personal Touch

They work as a team always. In this way, they are always up-to-date on each and every patient’s condition and needs.


Sarah Sabin

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Stopping Myeloma at the Start

Even with all he has already done, Dr. Landgren continues to study the progression of multiple myeloma, with the goal of stopping progression and finding a cure.