One Man’s Journey

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Guest blogger: Jothy Rosenberg “You have zero chance of survival.” That is what my nineteen-year-old brain heard in 1976, as my doctor told me that the cancer that took my right leg three years previously had now spread to my lung, two-fifths of which had also just been removed. What I believe he really said was, “No one has ever … Read More

Hiring and Firing An Oncologist

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Op-Ed Guest Blogger: Beth L. Gainer Oncologist. The word itself sounds scary. So scary that 2001 found me terrified that I had to see one for my breast cancer treatments. A cancer doctor. Let’s face it: doctors can be terrifying to us patients. They are the ultimate authority figures. And the oncologist is the ultimate leader of the pack, so … Read More

Improvements to Navigating Cancer

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Creating a Treatment Record Summary has never been easier on Navigating Cancer! Keeping track of your treatments is an important part of your health record. Not only does it allow you to remember your care later on but also provides you a summary that can be shared with your primary care doctor and other health care professionals after your treatment ends. … Read More

Share Your Experience Contest

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Navigating Cancer is having a contest! We’ve received so much positive feedback about your Shared Experiences on the website and we’d love to hear more about your journey with cancer. From now until May 1st, we’re inviting you to share three experiences on Navigating Cancer. Each shared experience enters you into a drawing to win a $100 gift card from … Read More

Navigating Cancer Interviews Drew Olanoff

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Drew Olanoff’s cancer story began like many others:  he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, and his life was changed forever. Figuring out what to do right after diagnosis can be emotional, not to mention overwhelming; there are family members to talk with, appointments to make, professional logistics to work out, and your own feelings to examine. Drew – blogger, Director … Read More

Cancer-Linked Gene Patents Denied

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Guest blogger: Justin R. Jensen, Esq Patents on two genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer were struck down Monday by a Federal judge. If the 152-page decision is upheld, patents covering thousands of human genes may also be invalidated. Certain variations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes lead to an increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Women with … Read More

Support Made Easy

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There have been a number of blog posts this month about Cleaning For A Reason, a non-profit organization that sets up free housecleaning for women undergoing treatment for cancer. Despite its exclusion of men, this is a phenomenal service that is desperately needed. How it works: The application process opens at 12noon Central Time, Monday through Thursday, and they accept … Read More

How To Live A Life After Treatment?

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Guest Blogger: Kairol Rosenthal I was diagnosed with cancer at 27.  After treatment, I ditched my hospital gown and hit the road.  Traveling from the Big Apple to the Bible Belt, I recorded one-on-one conversations with 25 young adult cancer survivors who confessed to me experiences they had never shared with anyone else. I was surprised by how many patients … Read More

Patient Reported Outcomes

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I had an interesting conversation this week with Dr. Ethan Basch from Memorial Sloan Kettering.  He is a medical oncologist focused on prostate cancer and a leading researcher on the impact and value of patients reporting their treatment side effects and the impact that has on quality patient care. Recently he received a grant from the NCI to create patient … Read More