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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.

Do You Know Your Rights?

There are things you can do if your health plan won’t pay for your medical treatment or delays your care. By Stacey Worthy, Esq. Health insurance companies can take a number of steps to control their costs. This can mean your health plan won’t cover certain treatments prescribed by your healthcare provider or the plan […]

CAR T cell therapy: First gene therapy brings hope in blood cancers

2017 marks a breakthrough year for science and medicine alike, as it holds the distinction as the year in which the very first gene therapy was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The result of decades of research and clinical trials, the approved gene therapy, referred to as chimeric antigen receptor […]

Treatment of Colon Cancer: What Every Patient Should Know

The purpose of precision cancer medicine is not to categorize or classify cancers solely by site of origin, but to define the genomic alterations in the cancer’s DNA that are driving that specific cancer. Precision cancer medicine utilizes molecular diagnostic testing, including DNA sequencing, to identify cancer-driving abnormalities in a cancer’s genome. Once a genetic […]

Detecting Cancer That Can Fly Under the Radar

Symptoms That Are Commonly Linked to Other Conditions Make Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET) Difficult to Diagnose By Heather Stringer Giovanna Imbesi was 41 the first time she felt such extreme abdominal pain that she doubled over and found it difficult to breathe. She went to her local emergency room, where she received morphine and was kept […]

Advocacy Outlook: The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

Elizabeth Jewell, MD, MHSc Medical Scientific Advisory Board Member, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Medicine and Surgery Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition® has been supporting the women, families, and caregivers affected by ovarian cancer for more than 25 years. With 1 in 75 women being diagnosed with the […]

Orphan Drug Act: Rare Disease Patients Find Their “Voice,” Fight for Innovation

There Are More Patients Living with Rare Diseases Than the Combined Number of Patients Living With HIV, Heart Disease, Or Stroke. By Terry Wilcox A year before she was hitting the high notes on national television, Felicia Temple was feeling low. “I didn’t really know what was going on with me, but I knew I […]

Prophylactic Mastectomy: Tips for Women at High Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

By Constance M Chen, MD All women are at risk for breast cancer, particularly with advancing age. There are specific factors, however, that significantly increase the risk for women of all ages. As more women become aware of these factors, those at high risk can explore their options for reducing their risk. The most common […]

Outsmarting Lung Cancer

The Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation New precision cancer medicines are increasing survival rates for lung cancer patients By Heather Stringer Bekah Cunningham was concerned when she was diagnosed with bronchitis and pneumonia for the third time in 2015. She was 28 and had never suffered from illnesses before, and the antibiotics and allergy […]

Ask the Doctor: 10 Tips for Breast Cancer Screening

Connie Lehman, MD Director of Breast Imaging Medical Director of Radiology Seattle Cancer Care Alliance 1. Get Screened Regularly. Early detection offers the best chance for a cure. Screening guidelines vary; talk to your healthcare provider to determine what is right for you based on your individual risk factors. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance supports […]

What Should I Know About Robotic Surgery for Gynecologic Cancer?

By Jeffrey Fowler, MD Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology Co-director, Ohio State’s Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Professor, Ohio State University Q: What is robotic surgery and how does it work? A. Robotic surgery in gynecologic oncology is a major surgical procedure […]