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.

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 […]

Cancer Survivorship: Managing Nausea and Vomiting

By Barrie Cassileth, MS, PhD Most often associated with chemotherapy, nausea and vomiting are side effects that many cancer patients experience. This is an issue not only during treatment, as nausea can be anticipatory, meaning it can start in advance of chemotherapy. The sight of the hospital might trigger nausea because of its association with […]

Promise in the Pipeline

New treatment options for Stage IV melanoma offer hope to people with metastatic skin cancer. By Heather Stringer Britta Fortson was 18 years old when she was diagnosed with ocular melanoma (cancer of the eye), but she responded well to treatment and went to college a few months later as planned. During the following two […]

It’s in the Genes: Genetic Testing for Ovarian Cancer

What your DNA reveals and why it’s worth knowing By Shivani Nazareth, MS, CGC, and Kaylene Ready, MS, CGC Ovarian cancer is often dubbed as the “silent killer” of women. The symptoms are vague—including bloating, fatigue, irregular bleeding, frequent urination, and back pain1 —making it difficult to diagnose early. By way of comparison, detection and […]