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The latest information about living with cancer

Talking to Children About Terminal Illness
March 18, 2019
By Perri Klass, MD / The New York Times
New guidelines call for speaking openly with children when they or their parents face life-threatening diseases.

The Financial Toxicity of Illness
February 21, 2019
By Susan Gubar / The New York Times
While medicine transforms cancer into a chronic disease with which patients can live for an extended period of time, financial toxicity threatens to turn chronic, too.

Tackling Cancer Anxiety
November 15, 2018
By Susan Gubar / The New York Times
No matter how long I deal with periodic blood tests, abdominal CTs and mammograms, they always trigger a huge wave of ‘scanxiety.’

Studies Warn Against Minimally Invasive Surgery for Cervical Cancer
October 31, 2018
By Denise Grady / The New York Times

A Dress Rehearsal for the End of Life
October 23, 2018
By Monona A. Yin / The New York Times
We had started down the path of honoring our mother’s wish to have a good death until a hospice nurse figured out that she wasn’t really dying.

Hiding My Cancer Under the Hijab
October 16, 2018
By Saema Khandakar, MD / The New York Times
After breast cancer treatment, I hid my bald head in front of my family to avoid painful conversations about my illness.

Adults Up to Age 45 Can Now Get the HPV Vaccine
October 5, 2018
By Jamie Ducharme / TIME

Daily Baby Aspirin May Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk
October 4, 2018
By Nicholas Bakalar / The New York Times
A standard aspirin did not lower ovarian cancer risk.

In Australia, Cervical Cancer Could Soon Be Eliminated
October 3, 2018
By Livia Albeck-Ripka / The New York Times

The Risk of Alternative Cancer Treatments
October 1, 2018
By Jane E. Brody / The New York Times
Avoiding evidence-based treatments in favor of untested ones can contribute to higher death rates, a Yale study found.

Study cracks open the secrets of the cancer-causing BRCA1 gene
September 12, 2018
By Sharon Begley / STAT

I’m Coping With Cancer by Reporting On It
August 19, 2018
By Alexandra Glorioso / Politico Magazine
This is what it’s like to go from journalist to patient.

Ask Well: Can You Screen for Early Pancreatic Cancer?
August 10, 2018
By Roni Caryn Rabin / The New York Times
Pancreatic cancer is best treated at the earliest stages, but it is hard to detect.

How to Minimize Pancreatic Cancer Risk
July 23, 2018
By Jane E. Brody / The New York Times
Obesity, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, all of which have risen to epidemic levels in recent years, are linked to pancreatic cancer.

One in Three Women Undergoing Breast Reconstruction Have Complications
June 20, 2018
By Roni Caryn Rabin / The New York Times
One in five requires more surgery, and in 5 percent of cases, reconstruction fails.

For Survivors of Childhood Cancer, Walk
June 20, 2018
By Gretchen Reynolds / The New York Times
Regular exercise, such as brisk walking for an hour, improved long-term survival in those who had childhood cancers.

Many women with common breast cancer can safely skip chemo, study says
June 3, 2018
By Sandee LaMotte / CNN

Love Your Cancer Doctor? Get a Second Opinion
May 2, 2018
By Elizabeth S. Bennett / The New York Times

How to Talk with Your Dying Loved One
April 16, 2018
By Elizabeth Bernstein / The Wall Street Journal
Conversations about death are among the most important, and difficult, we may ever have. Too often, we avoid them.

A personalized vaccine helps patients fight back against ovarian cancer
April 12, 2018
By Melissa Healy / The Los Angeles Times

Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.
February 19, 2018
By Gina Kolata / The New York Times

What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party
January 26, 2018
By Kate Bowler / The New York Times
After years of living with stage IV cancer, I have a few suggestions

Vaping popular among teens; opioid misuse at historic lows
December 14, 2017
By the National Institutes of Health
NIH’s 2017 Monitoring the Future survey shows both vaping and marijuana are more popular than traditional cigarettes or pain reliever misuse.

When a Sibling Dies, or Has a Serious Illness
December 12, 2017
By Abby Ellin / The New York Times

Cancer Doctors Cite Risks of Drinking Alcohol
November 7, 2017
By Roni Caryn Rabin / The New York Times

Labor of Love: Tailoring Cancer Treatment for Pregnant Women
November 1, 2017
By Dara Chadwick / CURE Today
Women diagnosed with cancer while pregnant can undergo treatment that is tailored to protect their babies’ safety.

We are failing black women with breast cancer
October 31, 2017
By Beti Thompson and Nancy E. Davidson / The Seattle Times

When the Doctor’s Mother Has Cancer
October 31, 2017
By Mikkael A Sekeres, MD / The New York Times

3 Lessons From An Alarming Case Of Mistaken Cancer Gene Test Results And Surgery
October 29, 2017
By Elaine Shattner / Forbes

The HPV Vaccine Gains Ground Among U.S. Teenagers
September 22, 2017
By Aneri Pattani / The New York Times

Increased Abdominal Fat Associated With Higher Cancer Risk
September 12, 2017
By Brielle Urciuoli / Cure Today
A higher percentage of body fat – specifically fat in the abdominal area – was associated with an increased risk of certain cancers for postmenopausal women, according to a recent study presented at the 2017 European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress in Madrid, Spain.

A Pill Might Control Pancreatic Cancer, Even If It Doesn't Cure It
September 11, 2017
By Elaine Schattner / Forbes