Contributors


Mylin Torres, MD

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Physical and Mental Care of Patients is Meaningful During Cancer Treatment

A doctor from the department of radiation oncology at Emory’s Clifton Campus describes a nurse at her institution who goes “above and beyond” her call of duty by training her colleagues and making her patients feel comfortable.


Julie S. Brokaw

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Blessings in Disguise During Cancer

Sometimes difficult experiences like cancer can come with blessings in disguise.


Dr. Edward S. Kim

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Compassion for End of Life Is Key for an Oncology Nurse

That first exposure to caring for critically ill patients started an oncology nurse on a journey that created a legacy.


Jennifer Wall

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Passion Is Her Middle Name

"Jutta Becker does not wear a cape and she cannot fly, but she does soar," writes a colleague nominating Becker for the Lung Cancer Heroes® award.



Julia Laursen

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The 'Breast' Oncology Nurse

Tears flowed as I perfected the art of a quiet, polite breakdown, and then my amazing oncology case manager nurse, Stacey Patterson, B.S.N., RN, OCN, appeared.


Kathleen Depmsey

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What I Wish I Knew Before Cancer

My cancer diagnosis taught me to speak up and ask, “What do I need to know?” and “What can I be doing for myself?”


Terry Dalton

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We Don’t Need More Pink Ribbons for Breast Cancer — We Need Treatments and Hope

A mother writes about her daughter — a nurse with metastatic breast cancer who passionately cares for patients even while undergoing chemotherapy — and how more treatment options are desperately needed.



Rylan DeStefano

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Shannen Doherty Discusses IVF, ‘Chickadee’ Cardwell’s Cancer to Be Shown on New Show and More

From Shannen Doherty discussing in-vitro fertilization before breast cancer to "Chickadee" Cardwell's cancer experience to be featured on an upcoming TV series, here's what's happening in the oncology space this week.


Amy Alexander

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Oncology Nurses Make ‘the Most Difficult Situation … Much Easier’

A caregiver recognizes the oncology nurse that cared for her father when he received cancer treatment at the place he used to work.


Cartoon drawing of blogger Linda Cohen
Linda Cohen

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When the Oncologist Says, 'We Have to Talk'

When my doctor told me, "I want to talk to you about something," I suddenly felt worried — thankfully it was good news.


Donna Cata

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Changing the Norm of Providing Cancer Care

Dr. Cesar Rodriguez has been an outstanding model for championing awareness of health disparities and going the extra mile.


Jim Lesniak

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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.


Jessica Donington, MD, MSCR

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Future Perspectives in Adjuvant Therapy for Early Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Therapy

Two experts explain how early-stage non-small cell lung cancer treatment has changed in recent years, particularly in the adjuvant setting, and offer future perspectives in this space.


DW

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Cancer Helped Me Acknowledge and Appreciate My Dual Identity

As a doctor, I’m used to providing medical care, but once I was diagnosed with cancer, I became a patient — someone receiving medical care, too.


Sue McCarthy

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The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Outcomes

I've found that nutrition and healthy foods play an important role during cancer.


Elizabeth McSpadden

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Advocating for My Brain After Metastases from Breast Cancer

My metastatic breast cancer has caused metastases to my brain, so it's important I advocate for my brain when symptoms arise.


Sandra Southerland, B.S.N., RN, OCN

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An Angel Among Nurses for Patients With Lung Cancer

Lilian is a gentle soul who was placed on Earth for this purpose: to guide those with the most common cancer there is.


Stephern Allison, D.H.Sc., MBA, PA, FACHE

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Phenomenal Awareness and Community Perspective for Lung Cancer Screenings

A colleague explains how Jody Ruth Steinhardt helps guide patients through lung cancer screenings and offers them support.


Carter Caldwell

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‘A Gem and a Wonderful, Caring Nurse’

A patient details how an oncology nurse made him feel better in more ways than one while undergoing cancer treatment.


Francieska Boyko

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Navigating a Daunting Cancer Landscape With an Oncology Nurse

One patient describes her nurse navigator as one she could turn to at a time when she was receiving cancer treatment away from home.


Jamie Cesanek

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Photoimmunotherapy Trial Begins in Certain Patients With Head and Neck, and Skin Cancer

The goal of the phase 2 trial is to study the safety and efficacy of ASP-1929, a photoimmunotherapy with fluorescence imaging, in patients with head and neck or skin cancer.


Joan Darling, PhD

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You Are Not Alone: The Sarcoma Alliance as a Patient Advocate

A nonprofit organization aims to connect patients, caregivers and loved ones affected by sarcoma while educating those about the rare cancer.


Yuliya P.L Linhares, MD

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Diagnostic Tests in CLL

Dr Linhares gives a comprehensive overview of tests a patient might expect to undergo at the time of diagnosis and why they are important.


Dee Martinez

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Unsung Heroes Among Oncology Nurses

A woman describes a nurse that helped her mother during her cancer journey, a time that can be described as an ‘unwanted and unwelcomed horror in their life.’


Brian Sluga

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The Way Cancer Has Shaped Me

Looking back on my experience with testicular cancer at a young age, I realize that cancer didn't define me — it helped shape me.


Emily Bryant, B.S.N., RN, CMSRN

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Communication and Compassion in the Oncology Setting

Georgia Smith's, M.S.N., FNP-BC, impact both at the bedside and as a nurse practitioner is incredible.


Lynda Rice

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Finding Peace Amid the Fear of Cancer

Everything was hitting me all at once, and then it happened: Megha Shah, B.S.N., RN, OCN, walked into the room, and I found complete peace in her smile.


Stephanie Landon

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Something to Hold on to During Cancer

The night before my mastectomy, I had a dream about my grandmother who died of breast cancer, which gave me hope throughout the frightening process.