The War Room

Living and Thriving with Cancer
The latest developments in cancer prevention, treatment, and research play a central role in each issue of Women. We want our readers to know what therapies are available and what drugs may be an option in the future so that they can make informed, empowered decisions about their own health and the health of their loved ones.

Cancer Survivorship: Managing Pain

By Barrie Cassileth, MS, PhD Cancer patients almost always contend with pain in some form— whether from the tumor itself or as a side effect of treatment. Complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage therapy, mind-body techniques, and music therapy can help reduce this pain safely and without toxicity or side effects. These therapies can be […]

What Is a Liquid Biopsy?

Patients are benefiting from an innovative technique to test for the presence of cancer cells—at diagnosis and beyond. By Charles H. Weaver, MD, and Jennifer Murar-Maxon, RN, BSN The term liquid biopsy is being used with increased frequency within the context of cancer treatment. What, exactly, is a liquid biopsy, and how is it different […]

Ask the Doctor: Advances in Ovarian Cancer

Q&A with Dennis S. Chi, MD, FACOG, FACS Deputy Chief of the Gynecology Service and Head of the Ovarian Cancer Surgery Section, Gynecology Service, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Q: What role does a gynecologic oncologist play in the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer? The gynecologic oncologist is the only specialist/subspecialist […]

Lung Cancer Treatment Gets Personal

Recent advances highlight the power of precision medicine. By Charles H. Weaver, MD Recently, there have been more exciting new approaches to managing non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) than at any time in the past 40 years. NSCLC is the most common type of lung cancer, and it has become increasingly apparent that specific characteristics […]

Does a Prayer a Day Keep Illness at Bay?

Research into the impact of religious and spiritual beliefs on our health continues. By John Leifer When we are sick, we rely on our physicians to heal us. And for good reason: they possess the knowledge, tools, drugs, and procedures to conquer many maladies. But not all illnesses respond to the ministrations of modern medicine, […]

Proud Purpose: Q&A with Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden shares her personal perspective on how a cancer diagnosis has propelled her to become an advocate for cancer survivors and to recommit to health and wellness in her own life. As an award-winning journalist and best­selling author, Joan Lunden has shared her insight and energy with view­ers and readers for more than 30 […]

Voices of Value: Lisa Goldman

An all-too-common symptom of a delayed lung cancer diagnosis has spurred one patient to lend her voice to patient advocacy efforts. By Terry Wilcox In October 2013 Lisa Goldman went to the doctor because of a bad cough. A chest X-ray showed that her lungs were clear, and the doctor said that all she needed was […]

Personalized Medicine: Access Is Power

Personalized medicine has the potential to save women’s lives, but not if they can’t access it. By Stacey L. Worthy, Esq. One of the most exciting advances in health­care is the growing field of personal­ized medicine. Per­sonalized medicine involves identifying genetic and genomic information that helps predict a person’s susceptibility to developing a particular disease, […]

What Every Woman Should Know about Prostate Cancer

Become an empowered partner by learning about this common cancer type. By John Leifer If you are like most American women, chances are you serve as the key decision-maker when it comes to the health of your family— whether it’s selecting a physician, deciding on treatment options, or taking steps to prevent the onset of […]

It’s in the Genes: Genetic Testing Tutorial

Advances in genetic testing are offering women more information than ever before about their genetic makeup and are providing opportunities for empowered decision making related to a wide range of health issues. In this recurring column, experts provide vital information about how genetic testing suits one’s individual needs, potential risks and benefits, and the role […]