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.

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 […]

Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Cancer Risk

Better screening and modern IBD treatments are improving the odds. By Sharon Reynolds A woman newly diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) will likely go home and immediately type those words into a search engine. Along with information on its causes and treatment, she may encounter what seems like a frightening fact: that the disease […]

Skin Cancer Myths

Test your skin cancer awareness. By Kari Bohlke, ScD Several facts about skin cancer are probably familiar: it’s very common, it’s often linked with sun exposure, the most common types are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, and the most deadly type is melanoma. Other facts are less well known, however, and may even […]

Cancer Survivorship: Managing Pain

By Barrie Cassileth, MS, PhD Cancer patients almost always contend with pain in some form— whether from the tumor itself or as a side effect of treatment. Complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage therapy, mind-body techniques, and music therapy can help reduce this pain safely and without toxicity or side effects. These therapies can be […]

What Is a Liquid Biopsy?

Patients are benefiting from an innovative technique to test for the presence of cancer cells—at diagnosis and beyond. By Charles H. Weaver, MD, and Jennifer Murar-Maxon, RN, BSN The term liquid biopsy is being used with increased frequency within the context of cancer treatment. What, exactly, is a liquid biopsy, and how is it different […]

Ask the Doctor: Advances in Ovarian Cancer

Q&A with Dennis S. Chi, MD, FACOG, FACS Deputy Chief of the Gynecology Service and Head of the Ovarian Cancer Surgery Section, Gynecology Service, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Q: What role does a gynecologic oncologist play in the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer? The gynecologic oncologist is the only specialist/subspecialist […]

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, […]