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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.

5 Things All Women Should Know About Lung Cancer

By Joan Schiller, MD Chief, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Deputy Director, Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center Andrea L. Simmons Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, President, National Lung Cancer Partnership Lung cancer is sometimes referred to as the “invisible” cancer. Its impact may not often be discussed; but it is […]

Ask the Doctor: Advances in the Treatment of Skin Actinic Keratoses

By Peter C. Friedman, MD Actinic keratoses, also known as AK, are the dreaded precancerous lesions that usually develop on sun exposed areas such as the face, bald scalp, lips, the back of the hands, and on the lower legs. They appear as little scaly red bumps that you can just scratch off like dry […]

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Today’s high-tech, high-touch support organization By Denise Portner In 1994, Valerie Kraus was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. Although it doesn’t seem that long ago, there were few resources available to women to address their concerns at the time. “All I wanted was information, and I had a horrible time finding it,” says Kraus, […]

Patients Rising the Value of Personalized Medicine

Candace Waddell has developed a sixth sense for helping fellow patients. When she heard an insurance company was refusing to provide a rare disease patient with access to a necessary treatment, Candace had a suspicion that other patients living with the same rare disease might be experiencing the same problem. So, she sprung into action, […]

Cognitive Dysfunction in Cancer Is More Than “Chemobrain”

An update on prevention and treatment By Marlon Saria and Santosh Kesari John Wayne Cancer Institute and Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, CA  The increasing number of individuals surviving a cancer diagnosis prompts a heightened interest in survivorship issues that include quality of life, performance status, and work reintegration […]

Single Parenting a Child with Cancer

Finding support during a child’s cancer treatment In January 2016, after Natalie Morley, age 4, was kicked in the face at daycare by another child, a lump appeared near her temple. Concerned because the lump wasn’t getting any smaller, Natalie’s mother, Ariel Riddick, took her for a series of doctor’s appointments. By mid-February, when the […]

Sunscreen 101: Answers to Your Burning Questions

By Henry W. Lim, MD , FAAD , CS Livingood Chair and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology Henry Ford Hospital Detroit, Michigan Like most over-the-counter products, not all sunscreens are created equal. Some sunscreens provide higher sun protection, whereas others contain ingredients that are better suited for children’s skin. The key is choosing a […]

Summer Sun Safety Tips

By Justin Piasecki, MD As summer arrives each year, I’m often asked about the balance between spending time outdoors enjoying all that summer has to offer and avoiding sun damage. My standard answer: know the rules to staying sun safe and then enjoy the season! The key to finding that balance is acknowledging a few […]

CRISPR: Taking Us to a New Frontier

What you need to know about this game-changing gene-editing technique By Jennifer Murar Maxon, RN The year 2016 was undoubtedly full of lessons and surprises, including a pivotal milestone involving a very controversial issue: gene editing in a living person. Researchers from China recently announced that they began treatment using gene editing on a patient […]

Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

Key questions and considerations for patients By Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA, FACS Professor of Surgery and Medicine, Duke University The incidence of thyroid cancer has tripled over the past three decades, with the vast majority of the increase accounted for by small, slow-growing papillary thyroid carcinomas.1 In the United States, thyroid cancer is increasing […]