Letters from CURE magazine readers about Winter 2013.
I wish someone had taken the time to discuss a survivorship care plan with me [“The Right Direction”]. Instead, I walked out of the office after a year of chemo without information about recurrence, when to have more blood work done and certainly no follow-up appointment. Four months later, a surgeon saw suspicious spots on my liver while doing an emergency gallbladder removal. When I returned to see [my oncologist], he shook his head and said, “I’m sorry; you have stage 4 breast cancer.” Launch the survivorship care plan. Launch it and make it fly for all patients.
M. Cheree Mascarenas
I loved this piece [about survivorship care plans]. Parents and caregivers [of pediatric cancer patients] are struggling, along with their survivors, and trying to navigate survival, development, late effects and transition to adult healthcare management. Today’s primary care physicians are not prepared for the upcoming influx of childhood cancer survivors.
I appreciate all you do to enhance quality cancer care. Two recent articles in particular—on tumor boards and survivorship care plans—have been shared at our cancer committee and tumor board. Keep up the great work.
Becky O’Shea, RN
I’m so glad that CURE provides information regarding diet and exercise; it is truly an important piece of the treatment and recovery plan.
I have received CURE magazine for almost a year now and I know that there are many different types of cancers out there; however, I would love to see an article about cervical and other gynecologic cancers. Also, [an article on] how others like me who are without health insurance and have cancer can get the help we need to fight this disease so that we may be able to celebrate more birthdays.
Rachelle A. Hayes
Managing Editor Jon Garinn responds: In every issue, we include at least one story based on an idea submitted by a reader, so we’ll add the first suggestion to our list. As for the second suggestion, see this issue’s Speaking Out.
Thanks for sharing Ann Pendley’s story [“Treating and Managing Metastatic Cancer”]. I was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in my left lung in 2007 at age 31, and it metastasized into my abdominal cavity in 2011. I now have fluid in my right lung. It’s hard to decide on further treatment. Glad she is doing so well!
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