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November 18, 2014
· Amber Bauer, ASCO staff

Spotlight On: Medical Interpreters in Cancer Care

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Language can sometimes be a barrier to high-quality cancer care. In this interview, medical interpreters for the Inova Health System describe the important role language services play in the care of people with cancer who don’t speak English as their first language.

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October 30, 2014
· Cat Snyder, ASCO staff

CT Scans and Cancer Risk

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With most things in life, there are risks and benefits. It’s important to know these factors before you get any treatment or test. In this podcast, Rebecca Smith-Bindman, MD shares about the connection between computed tomography (CT) scans and cancer risk.

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October 23, 2014
· Amber Bauer, ASCO staff

Talking With Your Doctor About Pain Management

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Although up to 95% of cancer-related pain can be successfully managed, not all people with cancer benefit from pain-relief strategies because they don’t talk with their health care team. Dr. Robert Twillman, a pain management specialist, explains why discussing pain is so important and gives tips for making the most of these conversations.

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October 16, 2014
· Amber Bauer, ASCO staff

Spotlight On: Child Life Specialists in Oncology

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Child life specialists help children understand what will happen in the hospital and help families cope with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. In this interview, Carolyn Schneiders Fung, CCLS, and Molly Spragins, CCLS, describe the important role child life specialists play in the care of children with cancer.

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October 9, 2014
· Jyoti Patel, MD

10 Years of Progress, 26.2 Miles of Celebration

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This weekend, Dr. Jyoti Patel will be running the Chicago Marathon to celebrate all of those with advanced lung cancer who are here “10 years strong.” During her long training runs, Dr. Patel has been able to reflect on her patients and look forward to the next great advances in lung cancer prevention and treatment.

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September 23, 2014
· Amber Bauer, ASCO staff

Spotlight On: Physical Therapists in Oncology

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Physical therapists evaluate nerve, muscle, and fitness problems that make it difficult for a person to function well on a daily basis. Sharlynn Tuohy, PT, DPT, MBA, and Jean Kotkiewicz, PT, DPT, CLT, discuss the role physical therapists play in the care of people with cancer.

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September 11, 2014
· Amber Bauer, ASCO staff

Talking With Your Doctor About Breast Surgery Options

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For early-stage breast cancer, doctors generally recommend surgery to remove the tumor. But choosing between a lumpectomy and mastectomy can sometimes be difficult. Deanna Attai, MD, FACS, a breast cancer surgeon, provides information and advice to help women talk with their doctors about this decision.

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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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