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August 21, 2014
· Jyoti Patel, MD

The Stigma of Lung Cancer

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Because lung cancer is associated with smoking, many people feel it is “self-inflicted.” This not only causes people to feel guilt and shame, but also leads to less research funding and fewer advances in treatment. In this guest post, Dr. Jyoti Patel talks about how the stigma of lung cancer affects the way patients are treated—both socially and medically.

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July 10, 2014
· Heather Von St. James

A Cause for Celebration

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Heather Von St. James and her family have turned the day she had surgery to treat mesothelioma into a huge celebration—Lung Leavin’ Day. In this guest post, she explains how adding a little humor to her cancer experience has taken away some of the fear.

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June 26, 2014
· Amber Bauer, ASCO staff

The Power of Writing

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Writing about your thoughts and feelings has a number of physical, emotional, and social benefits. Learn more about expressive writing and get some tips to help you get started.

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June 5, 2014
· Jane O. Smith

Body Image Matters

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Jane O. Smith offers insights about embracing and expressing the physical (and emotional) changes that happen after a mastectomy and other types of cancer treatment.

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May 1, 2014
· Georgia Hurst, MA

My Genetic Nemesis

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Georgia Hurst, a Lynch syndrome advocate, describes from her personal experience the emotional and physical toll being diagnosed with a genetic condition that increases cancer risk can take.

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April 3, 2014
· Samantha Rose

Great Expectations After Cancer

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Samantha Rose describes the pressure cancer survivors like her put on themselves to feel happy and optimistic after finishing treatment and how she has learned to be more patient with herself.

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