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.

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 […]

Cancer Survivorship: Insomnia and Sleep Disturbance

By Barrie Cassileth, MS, PhD Many cancer patients face sleep problems, such as difficulty fall­ing asleep, frequent nighttime waking, rising too early in the morning, or excessive sleeping during the day. Such symptoms may occur in more than 70 percent of people with can­cer. Stress and anxiety about one’s diagnosis, side effects of treatment, and […]

Metastatic Breast Cancer: Progress and Hope

By Jennifer Murar-Maxon, RN, BSN As cancer treatment enters a new era of personalized medi­cine, progress and hope have become a new mantra for those diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). For many patients living with MBC, their focus is on living each day with quality, coupled with the under­standing that novel treatments are now […]

First Descents

A unique nonprofit organization pro­vides young adult cancer patients with opportunities for rewarding challenge in awe-inspiring settings that foster transformative personal growth. By Diana Price In 2012 when Amber Vance first heard about First Descents (FD), an organization provid­ing outdoor adventure experiences free of charge to young adult cancer fighters and survivors, her initial response […]