Fighting for You

January 10, 2018

A Caregiver and Oncologist Shares Her Story in a Moving Video

Patricia Rich, MD, always wanted to be a doctor. As a mother of four, she decided to pursue her dream at age 34. She became a hematologist oncologist, treating people with blood cancers. Years later, she diagnosed her son with leukemia and was by his side during his bone marrow transplants and other treatments. A […]

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November 12, 2017

The Time Has Come to Screen for Lung Cancer

November’s designation as National Lung Cancer Awareness Month offers a timely opportunity to continue a national conversation about the need for early detection and screening. Lung cancer is the second most common non-skin cancer among American men and women, after prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women. As with most cancers, when lung […]

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September 8, 2017

Conveying Care

After moving from Costa Rica to the U.S. in 1997, communication issues during a doctor’s visit prompted Mercedes Illescas to begin learning English at a local city college and apply to the medical translation program at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), to obtain her Certified Medical Interpreter certification. “It was frustrating. People [at the […]

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August 11, 2017

Passion to Care: Focus on Female Oncologists

Women oncologists often share a unique perspective and offer a different type of experience for patients—especially when treating fellow females. “Women are often accused of being too emotional—and the debate of this stereotype aside—I like this part of my job,” Marnee Spierer, MD, Chief of Staff, Chief of Radiation Oncology Clinical Operations & Medical Director […]

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July 7, 2017

Passion to Care

For some physicians, their chosen career in medicine seems engrained in their psyche from the moment they’re born. For others, a moment of sudden realization — an “aha” moment — grants the necessary clarity and allows them to start the journey toward their life’s work. For three oncologists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), […]

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March 13, 2017

Colon Cancer Survivor Finds ‘Rainbow at the End of the Storm’

In proof that life can change in an instant, Amy Barger was blindsided when she was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in May 2011, one week after her daughter’s wedding. She’d had no symptoms whatsoever and only learned she had cancer after a routine colonoscopy revealed a tumor in her colon. “I wanted to […]

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January 11, 2017

Fighting For You: Dr. Herbert Beck

Q: Why did you choose to specialize in gynecologic oncology? A: I came to the specialty of gynecologic oncology by the way of obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN). About one year into my studies, it became readily apparent to me that I wanted to become more involved in the surgical subspecialty. At that time, I was […]

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January 11, 2017

TAPUR Trial Targets Individual Cancers with Treatments Outside of FDA-approved Indication

Researchers have launched a new study designed to broaden access to drugs for some patients with advanced cancers and to collect and share data on individual responses to drugs that have not yet been approved for their specific cancer types. The Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) study is for patients who had genomic […]

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October 10, 2016

Pain Management: Alternative to Narcotics for Breast Surgery

Question: Why is managing pain such an important part of cancer treatment? Answer: According to the National Cancer Institute, pain is one of the most common symptoms cancer patients face. Studies have shown that reducing or controlling the level of pain patients experience may lead to better outcomes. Patients also have a tendency to heal […]

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August 4, 2016

Meet Clay Erickson

Growing up in his mom’s kitchen, Clay Erickson helped cut vegetables, stir soups and bake cakes. He made his first batch of lasagna when he was just 6 years old. When he wasn’t cooking with his mom, he was watching her take care of his father, a U.S. Army Air Corps paratrooper who was diagnosed […]

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