patient perspective

September 29, 2015
· Randy Hillard, MD

The Strangeness of Being an Exceptional Responder


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.

September 15, 2015
· Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, and Elaine M. Doroff

Sex in the Face of Metastatic Disease


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.

September 10, 2015
· Vinita Mathew, MD, FAAPMR

How to Prepare Your Child When You Have Cancer


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.

July 23, 2015
· Amber Bauer, ASCO staff

What is Palliative Care?


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.

July 16, 2015
· Kat Caverly

Cancer by the Numbers


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.

July 7, 2015
· Josh Mailman

Living With a Rare Cancer—My Dr. Seuss World


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.

June 16, 2015
· Amber Bauer, ASCO staff

Choosing a Breast Prosthesis: A Survivor’s Perspective


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.



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