Tag Archives: Cancer Treatment

Book Review: “Making It Through Chemotherapy” by Jackie Schuld

A book that is a helpful token for someone beginning the scary process

“Making it Through Chemotherapy” is a thin, 33-page booklet, yet it’s worth reading for two reasons. First, it tackles the important topic of cancer chemotherapy. Second, it’s written from the perspective of a young woman who was present for her mother’s … Continue reading

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FDA Approves Keytruda Based on Cancer Genetics

The first-ever approval focuses on tumor genetics rather than tumor location

For decades, cancer treatments focused on where tumors originated to determine how to treat the disease. But now for the first time, the FDA has approved the immunotherapy drug Keytruda to treat cancers based on genetic biomarkers rather than the location of the … Continue reading

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Should You Get a Second Opinion?

Why second opinions are essential

I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians~ Alexander the Great When a doctor tells you you have cancer (or any life-threatening illness) your natural reaction is to ask him or her, “What should I do?” You’ve just … Continue reading

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Immunotherapy drug Keytruda Tops Chemo in Lung Cancer Study

FDA may offer the drug to more patients based on promising results

Researches have stopped a study of Keytruda (pembrolizumab) the immunotherapy drug that former president Jimmy Carter says helped stop the progression of his advanced melanoma, because the medication is so effective that they want to offer it to all the patients in … Continue reading

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Caravan Over Chemo: One Woman’s Cancer Diagnosis Leads to the Ultimate Road Trip

A 90-year-old woman embraces her love of travel at the end of life

When her doctor told her that she had uterine cancer, 90-year-old Norma responded, “I’m hitting the road.” Rather than choosing surgery or undergoing chemotherapy, she decided to take an extended road trip six months ago, and she hasn’t stopped since. … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to Be Terminally Ill?

A new perspective on terminal illness

Each month Kathleen Clohessy offers a new perspective on living with a terminal illness. With 25 years experience caring for families and children facing life-threatening illness, she uses her extensive personal knowledge and expertise to enlighten our readers regarding the challenges … Continue reading

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