Cancer Treatment

April 3, 2018

Dealing With a Second Cancer Diagnosis

Fighting cancer once is difficult enough, but for patients faced with a second primary diagnosis, life can become even more complicated. That’s why the news of a second diagnosis hit Michael Hill, a 41-year-old Springfield, Missouri native, hard in 2017. A Shock to The System Michael had testicular cancer in 2013, but caught it early, […]

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March 13, 2018

From the Cubicle to CEO of Courage and a Cure

Four years ago, Jodie Murphy, age 54, reached what she thought was peak of her career. After 23 years of climbing the corporate ladder, the San Diego native living in Goodyear, Arizona landed the demanding role of Senior Manager of Global Investigations at Gap Inc. “It was a pretty stressful job,” Jodie Murphy explains. “I […]

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March 13, 2018

Why Sleep Should Be a Priority for Cancer Patients

Most people experience poor sleep from time to time. Maybe you went to bed too late, were too excited or stressed to fall asleep, took medication that kept you alert or had an alcoholic beverage before bed that interfered with your ability to fall asleep. There are many reasons that you might have a bad […]

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February 12, 2018

Fighting Fatigue with Determination

From time to time, everyone has experienced exhaustion: as a child, after a slumber party; as a teenager, after intense sports practices; in college, from studying all night for an exam; and throughout the first year of being a new parent, when you are rarely granted uninterrupted sleep. For cancer patients, exhaustion can be relentless, […]

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February 12, 2018

Treating Together: Challenges and Benefits of Experiencing Cancer as a Couple

When Deb and Mark Pattullo of Lewiston, Michigan, got married in 1985, they had big plans—to travel, raise a family and share in the joys and challenges of building a life together. They never counted on sharing another journey—the battle against two cancers, hitting both of them at the same time. Despite the difficulties, the […]

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January 10, 2018

Setting Effective Goals During Cancer Treatment

Next October, 57-year-old Gloria Gayle plans to run the Chicago Marathon. Completing a marathon is a feat in itself, but what makes Gloria’s goal even more impressive is that just two years ago, she underwent surgery for lung cancer. Hector Nunez (64) continues to pursue a passion for singing, despite surgery and treatment for tongue […]

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November 13, 2017

Never Smoked? You Can Still Get Lung Cancer

“People need to know it’s not just a smoker that gets diagnosed with lung cancer,” says stage IV lung cancer survivor Stacy Foltz. And what she says holds truth: many people associate lung cancer with smoking, but it’s possible to develop lung cancer even if you’ve never smoked. In fact, rates of lung cancer among […]

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November 12, 2017

Discover the Connection between Chemo and Hearing Loss

Patients may not associate hearing loss with cancer treatment, but for many, the side effect is all too real. Some common chemotherapy drugs, especially those used to treat ovarian, testicular, colon and rectal cancers, may damage nerves and other tissue in the ears, particularly in patients receiving the drugs in high doses and those with […]

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October 9, 2017

Husband and Wife, Each Facing Breast Cancer, Together

Steve and Marilyn Blethen met in 1969 in Michigan. They exchanged information, but Steve lost Marilyn’s number. Luckily, Steve had given Marilyn his address. She wrote him a letter, they reconnected and married a year later. After 47 years of marriage, Steve and Marilyn have experienced a full life together, but when they met as […]

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October 9, 2017

Know Your Options for Breast Reconstruction

If you’ve had, or are scheduled to have, surgery as part of your breast cancer treatment, breast reconstruction is an option to help restore the shape of your breast, improving quality of life and self-esteem for some women. It’s estimated that only 23 percent of women understand the many options for reconstruction, which vary depending […]

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