When Randy Hillard was diagnosed with metastatic stomach cancer in 2010 he was treated with a drug that increased overall survival to an average of 13 months. Now, nearly 5 years later, his unexpected survival has led to some unexpected issues.
For people with metastatic cancer, some aspects of life may be forgotten or considered unimportant. According to Dr. Dizon, this is especially the case with sexuality. In this post, Dr. Dizon shares the story of his patient, Elaine, and how she has dealt with the sexual side effects of breast cancer treatment.
When Vinita Mathew was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she had to figure out what to tell her sons. They were 5 and 18 months old at the time. In this guest post, she discusses ways to help a child understand cancer based on what she learned from her own experiences, as well as from other survivors and health care professionals.
Many people hear the words “palliative care” and think “hospice.” However, palliative care is not the same thing as hospice care. Learn more about how palliative care provides support and relief to people with cancer from ASCO experts and a cancer survivor.
Intuition generally fails us when we think about the risk of getting cancer. The math often goes against the way we think things ought to be. Breast cancer survivor Kat Caverly talks statistics and why she has chosen not to live her life by the numbers.
When Josh Mailman was diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, he didn’t expect his life to be defined by two of Dr. Seuss’ books—Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? and Oh, The Places You’ll Go. Now as a patient advocate, his goal is to ensure that others diagnosed with rare cancers do not need to rely on luck and travel to get the best outcome.
People often say it's the simple things that make life worth living. Brain tumor survivor Andrew Langerman shares how the combination of books, games, and Dr. Who helped him cope with his diagnosis and treatment.
Although many women who have a mastectomy choose to have reconstructive surgery, wearing a breast prosthesis or breast form is another option. Breast cancer survivor Andrea Zinn talks about the process of choosing and being fitted for a breast prosthesis.
In January, Randy Hillard was part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration committee that considered the first application for a “biosimilar” medication. In this guest post, he describes patients’ role in the drug approval process and how the committee’s decision could influence cancer care in the future.
After treatment for breast cancer and a recurrence, Desirée Walker realized life would never be the same. In this guest post, she shares what her “new normal” has become.