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.

You’ve Been Diagnosed with Cancer, Now What?

Research your diagnosis and available treatment options to ensure that you get the best possible care. By Susan Kreimer At first Trish Randle wondered if she had a hernia. Then the swelling around her belly button became larger and larger. It was time to find out for sure. Diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in the […]

Insights into Rheumatoid Arthritis

What a diagnosis really means and how advances in treatment, research, and support are changing the outlook for RA for the better By Mia James and Charles Weaver, MD According to Kelly Young, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) advocate and founder of the website and the blog rawarrior.com, one of biggest challenges for individuals diagnosed with the […]

New Advances in Endometrial Cancer

By Roberta Codemo In November 2016, Mary Venvertloh of Quincy, Illinois thought she was suffering from a severe case of constipation. The Monday after Thanksgiving she called the nurse practitioner at her doctor’s office and was put on a regimen of stool softeners and laxatives. When her bowels still weren’t moving by Friday, she went […]

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 […]

Hereditary Illness

Understanding genetic legacy can help families manage risk or cope with inherited conditions. By Mia James Along with our height, build, eye and hair color, and other physical traits, the genes that were passed from our parents to us and that we may pass to our children can also determine aspects of our health. Genes […]

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 […]

Survivorship: The Next Big Thing

When cancer patients transition from active treatment to survivorship, many find that they are at a loss of how to manage ongoing physical and emotional challenges. Providers hope that increased resources and comprehensive survivorship programming will help these survivors thrive. By Diana Price Christy Stickney was 42 years old, newly married, and a busy mom […]

“It is an affirmation of life.”

An affirmation of life. There may be no better phrase to express the power of Look Good Feel Better to people living through cancer, the communities that love and support them and the volunteers and partners that make the program possible. As part of its “More Than Makeup” initiative, Look Good Feel Better gathered six […]

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 […]