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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.

Trump Administration FDA Slated to Bring Novel Cancer Treatments to Market Quicker and More Efficiently

Dr. Gottlieb is shifting the agency’s focus in significant ways. The FDA said it would now update policies to help developers gain approval of treatments targeting specific gene mutations that can spur tumors. Makers of cancer drugs are increasingly using genomics to develop precision cancer medicines, compared to the traditional manner of identifying cancers by […]

What You Should Know About Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is the fourth most common new cancer in men and the tenth in women. About 70,000 individuals will be diagnosed with bladder cancer this year. What should you know about bladder cancer? It can happen to you. The most common sign is blood in the urine, but other urinary symptoms (frequency, urgency, and […]

Trump Administration FDA Slated to Bring Novel Cancer Treatments to Market Quicker and More Efficiently

The Trump administration’s first year offered some early hints and lasting intent about definitively pro-patient reforms designed to cut the red tape at the Food and Drug Administration and bring life-prolonging medications to patients faster than before. Echoing this objective, the President’s appointed head of the FDA Dr. Scott Gottlieb has called for an expedited […]

Ask The Expert – The Role of Immunotherapy in the Treatment of Advanced Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

Dr. David Jackman MD is the medical director of clinical pathways and an expert in thoracic oncology at the Harvard-Dana Farber Cancer Institute. What are the main treatment options for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)? I put treatment options for advanced NSCLC into 3 main categories… Targeted Therapy – we test lung cancer for […]

Surviving Cancer (Three Times!): How One Look Good Feel Better Participant Didn’t Let Her Disease Define Her

Jessica Melore is a Look Good Feel Better program graduate, award-winning speaker, writer, and patient advocate.  A beautiful, vibrant young woman in her mid-thirties, one would never suspect upon meeting her that she has endured numerous health crises in her young life, including three bouts of cancer, a heart attack and a limb amputation.  Through […]

Cancer Navigators Help Patients Through Their Cancer Journey

Anne McNerney was an insurance company executive and the mother of four children under the age of five, including two-year-old twins. One day she found herself racing between hospitals: her husband was in one with a broken neck from a work accident; her son was in another with a serious lung disease. “I said, ‘What […]

Cancers Associated with Overweight and Obesity Make up 40 percent of Cancers Diagnosed in the United States

13 Different Cancers are Associated with Being Overweight Affecting More Than 630,000 Individuals in the United States Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk of 13 types of cancer. These cancers account for about 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States in 2014, according to the latest report by the Centers […]

Navigating Cancer’s Financial Maze

There are more than 15 million cancer survivors in the United States. As cancer treatments have improved, increased attention is being paid to the field of cancer survivorship. What do survivors need? How can we support them and their families? A 2005 report by the Institute of Medicine, “From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost […]

AACR Cancer Progress Report: 2017 Sees Major Advances

The number of new individuals diagnosed with cancer in the United States is predicted to rise from 1.7 million in 2017 to 2.3 million in 2030. According to the seventh annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Cancer Progress Report significant advances in the treatment of cancer were made in 2017 and immunotherapy and precision […]

Recognizing Alzheimer’s Disease and the Need for Early Diagnosis and Treatment

Did you know that every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, and nearly half of them are already in the moderate-to-severe stage at the time of diagnosis?1 Despite being the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., Alzheimer’s disease has gained a reputation as an illness we can’t do anything […]