Contributors


Cheryl Alston

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My Cancer Diagnosis Led Me to Discover a Family I Didn’t Know I Had

After being diagnosed with stage 2 colorectal cancer, I discovered that I had two sisters — and a family predisposition to cancer.


Kellie Moore

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An Oncology Nurse Who Is One of a Kind, Kind to Everyone

Among the extraordinary collection of givers are singular nurses who stand above the rest like a beacon guiding the profession toward its highest order. Anthony “Tony” Reynolds, RN, of ARH Cancer Center is one such nurse.


Marisol Del Sol

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My Cancer ‘Surviving Strategies’

I was in disbelief when I was diagnosed with cancer, but then I turned my attention to crafting my surviving strategies.


Yaron Butterfield

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Brain Cancer Interrupted My Life at the Peak of My Career

A long-term brain cancer survivor shares the story of his cancer journey and where it led his life.


Kimberly Holiday-Coleman

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How Naming My Lifesaving Ostomy Helped Me Gain Confidence and Find Body Positivity

After being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, my ostomy — which I named Toodles — opened up a world of body positivity for me.



Anne Dabbs, NCAN TN Chapter Leader, NET Patient

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Four Tips for NETs Spring Cleaning

Physicians and psychologists tell us that a cluttered mind and a cluttered life can be detrimental for those living with a chronic illness. On a daily basis, Neuroendocrine Cancer takes up so much mental and physical space that life can quickly become overwhelming. Let’s do all we can to streamline those actions and thoughts which can distract us from a good quality of life.


Sunandana Chandra, MD, MS

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Advice for Patients Living with Metastatic Uveal Melanoma

Sunandana Chandra, MD, MS, closes by sharing advice for patients with metastatic uveal melanoma.



Barbara Scott

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Shining Through Cancer and Fear

Even after surgery and chemotherapy, I make sure to shine through cancer and any fear that stares at me.


Nick Power

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Biomarker Testing Tool Empowers Patients With Lung Cancer

The Cancer Support Community's Biomarker Testing Tool can help identify which targeted therapy should be used for treatment in patients with lung cancer.


Karen Cohn

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Finding Cancer Cures at Any and All Costs

It was disconcerting to me when my oncologist was unsure about the treatment he was giving me and knew what the next would be without giving the first a chance.


Jeffrey Carlberg

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My Wife, My Myeloma Hero

My wife, Michelle, has used this diagnosis as a pillar of strength, doing all she can for her young boys and me and leading the best life she can, while along the way committing to raise funds and awareness to help improve and extend the lives of patients with myeloma


Maureen Rovas

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Hope in Strength

Deborah Pickworth, who is living with stage 4 lung cancer, was nominated for the Lung Cancer Heroes® award for her impact in supporting and advocating for others with the disease.


Paula Schneider

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A Letter to Myself: You Were Made for This Breast Cancer Journey

Paula Schneider, president and CEO of Susan G. Komen®, writes to her younger self on the lessons and challenges she faced as a patient with breast cancer.


Karen O'Sullivan

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The Oncology Nurse Who Helps Patients With Cancer Through Hurdles During Treatment

A patient with breast cancer details how her oncology nurse has helped her when experiencing side effects to the chemotherapy she’s receiving.



Dr. Christine Bestvina

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Driving Lung Cancer Research With Compassion

Livia Szeto, B.S.N., RN, OCN, has "unparalleled" patient relationships and research skills, allowing her to provide excellent care.


Darlene Dobkowski, MA

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Treating The Whole Patient: Navigating Kidney Cancer

In collaboration with the Kidney Cancer Association, CURE® recently hosted the “Educated Patient® Webinar: Treating the Whole Patient: Navigating Kidney Cancer,” hosted by Darlene Dobkowski, Associate Editorial Director for CURE®.


Francesca Perez

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I Wish I Advocated More When Doctors Told Me I Didn’t Have Cancer

On multiple occasions, doctors told me not to worry, but I ended up being diagnosed with a rare cancer called leiomyosarcoma.


Bryan McIver, MD

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Addressing Unmet Needs in Differentiated Thyroid Cancer

Before closing out their discussion on differentiated thyroid cancer, patients and health care professionals alike consider unmet needs in this space.


Steve Sendele

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Rock Solid Care

A cancer survivor writes about the oncologist who helped him conquer the fears and anxieties of cancer treatments.


Hayley Virgil

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Lynparza Plus Zytiga Boosts PFS, Response Rates in Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Lynparza, Zytiga and prednisone led to improved progression-free survival and response rates in patients with metastatic prostate cancer.


Wendy Reichental

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As Rare Disease Day Approaches, I’m Reflecting on My MPN Diagnosis

I was shocked when I was diagnosed with a myeloproliferative neoplasm, and have dedicated myself to learning about the disease since.


Mark A. Hicks

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Families Need to Be More Open About Cancer Risks, Because it Could Save the Life of Someone You Love

Last year, my wife died of triple-negative breast cancer that was caused by a genetic mutation. If her family risk was discussed more openly, she — and many others with an inherited predisposition to cancer — may still be here today.


Amy Hicks, D.N.P., RN, ACCNS-AG, NEA-BC

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Courage, Caring and Commitment to Cancer and Her Community

Courtney Huffstetler, M.S.N., RN, OCN, is dedicated to breaking down barriers to cancer care.



Erin Longstreth-Papsun, M.S.N., RN, OCN

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An Oncology Nurse With a Heart Like No Other

A nurse worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that her unit was running like a well-oiled machine.


Mary McCready Schulz

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A Letter to King Charles III After His Cancer Diagnosis

Here is what I would say to King Charles III after his recent cancer diagnosis.


Christian Williams

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My Mom, My Health Equity Hero

It came as no surprise that when my mother received a diagnosis of multiple myeloma, she became an advocate for health equity in myeloma.