Glossary
January 16, 2009 – Jennifer M. Gangloff
Breaking News from ASCO
June 09, 2006 – Staff Reports
House Call
June 09, 2006 – Jay Thomas, MD, PhD
Breast Cancer & MDS
January 09, 2009 – Elizabeth Whittington
Bookshelf
June 09, 2006 – Kathy LaTour
Web Exclusive: Follow-Up Care for Skin Cancer
June 09, 2006 – The National Cancer Institute
Weighing Prevention Versus Cost
June 09, 2006 – Melissa Knopper
Diagnosing Skin Cancer
June 09, 2006 – Susan R. Peck, PhD
Sharing a Lifetime
June 09, 2006
Sunburn Reasons & Remedies
June 09, 2006 – Monica Zangwill, MD
Inherited Syndromes Link Cancers
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Future Risk for Survivors
June 09, 2006 – Rabiya S. Tuma, PhD
Nature's Spoils
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
The Discovery of Taxol
June 09, 2006 – Frank Stephenson
Melanoma: The Other Skin Cancer
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Picture Not Perfect
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Science of Suncreen
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Planning for Death
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Does Heaven Exist?
June 09, 2006 – Jo Cavallo
To Be or Not To Be: Is That the Right Question?
June 09, 2006 – Harvey Max Chochinov, MD PhD
Is It Time to Change the Design of Clinical Trials?
June 09, 2006 – Alice McCarthy
Drink Up
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
A Life Well-Lived
June 09, 2006 – Deborah Lang Hampton
Web Exclusive: Caregivers Often Neglect Their Mental Health
June 09, 2006 – The American Cancer Society
Letters from Our Readers
June 09, 2006
Message from the Editor-at-Large
June 09, 2006 – Kathy LaTour
Choosing a Counselor
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Tips for Preventing Infection
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Cancer as a Legacy
June 09, 2006 – Kathy LaTour
Fighting Cancer Together
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Running on Empty
June 09, 2006 – Melissa Knopper
The Blame Game
June 09, 2006 – Kathy LaTour
People & Places
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
A Beautiful Day: The Story of a Son's Loss
June 09, 2006 – Kevin Cropp
Surf & Turf
June 09, 2006 – Jennifer M. Gangloff
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Saving Your Skin
June 09, 2006 – Monica Zangwill, MD
Confronting Death
June 09, 2006 – Jo Cavallo
Glossary
January 16, 2009 – Jennifer M. Gangloff
Breaking News from ASCO
June 09, 2006 – Staff Reports
House Call
June 09, 2006 – Jay Thomas, MD, PhD
Breast Cancer & MDS
January 09, 2009 – Elizabeth Whittington
Bookshelf
June 09, 2006 – Kathy LaTour
Web Exclusive: Follow-Up Care for Skin Cancer
June 09, 2006 – The National Cancer Institute
Weighing Prevention Versus Cost
June 09, 2006 – Melissa Knopper
Diagnosing Skin Cancer
June 09, 2006 – Susan R. Peck, PhD
Sharing a Lifetime
June 09, 2006
Sunburn Reasons & Remedies
June 09, 2006 – Monica Zangwill, MD
Inherited Syndromes Link Cancers
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Future Risk for Survivors
June 09, 2006 – Rabiya S. Tuma, PhD
Nature's Spoils
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
The Discovery of Taxol
June 09, 2006 – Frank Stephenson
Melanoma: The Other Skin Cancer
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Picture Not Perfect
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Science of Suncreen
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Planning for Death
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Does Heaven Exist?
June 09, 2006 – Jo Cavallo
To Be or Not To Be: Is That the Right Question?
June 09, 2006 – Harvey Max Chochinov, MD PhD
Is It Time to Change the Design of Clinical Trials?
June 09, 2006 – Alice McCarthy
Drink Up
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
A Life Well-Lived
June 09, 2006 – Deborah Lang Hampton
Web Exclusive: Caregivers Often Neglect Their Mental Health
June 09, 2006 – The American Cancer Society
Currently Viewing
Letters from Our Readers
June 09, 2006
Choosing a Counselor
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Tips for Preventing Infection
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Cancer as a Legacy
June 09, 2006 – Kathy LaTour
Fighting Cancer Together
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
Running on Empty
June 09, 2006 – Melissa Knopper
The Blame Game
June 09, 2006 – Kathy LaTour
People & Places
June 09, 2006 – Elizabeth Whittington
A Beautiful Day: The Story of a Son's Loss
June 09, 2006 – Kevin Cropp
Surf & Turf
June 09, 2006 – Jennifer M. Gangloff
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Saving Your Skin
June 09, 2006 – Monica Zangwill, MD
Confronting Death
June 09, 2006 – Jo Cavallo

Letters from Our Readers

Readers respond to articles about chronic pain, positive thinking, and The Waiting Game. 

PUBLISHED June 09, 2006

. . . . .
Bless Andrea Cooper for sharing her story of chronic pain in the Spring issue's "Closer to Relief." I have been living with chronic pain since my treatments for breast cancer in 1998. This article was so validating and described the nature of my pain perfectly.

Kerry Tomaino
Tucson, Arizona 

. . . . .
In the Spring issue, an article on pain states, "Because Prialt is such a potent drugit is 1,000 times stronger than morphine." It is important when writing about such breakthroughs to ask: What does this really mean to the cancer patient? To the pharmacologist, "1,000 times stronger" generally means that one can get the same effect with 1,000 times less drug, not 1,000 times more effect. Patients are not likely to experience 1,000-fold less pain, which a cancer patient might tend to derive from such an article. A good deal of clarification should accompany such as statement. Sensationalism has no place in health care journalism. 

Lewis A. Kelly, PhD
Lexington, Kentucky

. . . . .
I read with understanding the Spring issue's article on positive thinking. I was devastated when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. When I gathered the courage to share my news, I learned valuable lessons in what not to do when someone comes to you with a cancer diagnosis. I was told "you'll be fine" by so many people. This doesn't mean I wasn't employing the positive thinking attitudeI most certainly was. But when someone somes to me with a cancer diagnosis, I hug them and tell them I'll do anything I can to make this journey easier.

Mallory Copeland
North Caldwell, New Jersey

. . . . .
Your article "Being Positive?" in the Spring issue was surprisingly negative for a publication that is supposed to be of assistance to cancer patients. There are certainly many opinions on the subject of mind-body interaction and its effect on disease. The fact that you did not publish an alternative positive view on the subject will lead some of your readers to conclude that positive thinking is overrated at best and useless at worst. That will do your readership no service, and I am now disappointed in your publication after having been a big supporter since the first issue.

David Stockwell
Katonah, New York 

. . . . .
I laughed and cried when I read, "The Waiting Room." Four years ago, I was doing my own 36-treatment gig for breast cancer. It only took a few minutes, but your life brushes up against a diverse group of others for those nine weeks. This article brought back memories that I'll never forget. There was so much anxiety laced with hope in that room; so many different kinds of cancers, so many different approaches. Thanks for a very poignant story. It brought back memories and was a great reminder to reach out and touch someone.

Terri Swain
Colleyville, Texas 


We love to hear what you think about CURE. Address comments to editor@curetoday.com. Letters may be edited for length, grammar, spelling, and clarity. If you prefer your letter not be published, please indicate.

And don’t forget we are always looking for good writing from our readers. Send your stories about cancer and its impact on your life to editor@curetoday.com. Keep it to 1,000 words please. 

 

Be the first to discuss this article on CURE's forum. >>
Talk about this article with other patients, caregivers, and advocates in the General Discussions CURE discussion group.

Related Articles

1
×

Sign In

Not a member? Sign up now!
×

Sign Up

Are you a member? Please Log In