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Surviving Cancer and Beyond


On June 2, the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins will host its annual Cancer Survivors celebration in collaboration with National Cancer Survivor Day. This special day, attended by cancer survivors, their families, and our staff, is filled with inspiration. One of the highlights of this day includes our motivating keynote speakers. Jason Cherish is(...)

A Day to Celebrate Survivors


June is the time for  a special day of celebration at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.  We hope you will join fellow cancer survivors, their families, and us on June 2 to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day.  This special day is filled with inspiration, including keynote speakers, a survivor fashion show, exhibits, and(...)

Cancer News Review


In this month’s Cancer News Review podcast, Dr. William Nelson, director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, discusses top stories in cancer research ranging from ovarian cancer screenings to a recent lung cancer study. First, Nelson broaches the topic of ovarian cancer screening recommendations issued by the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) (...)

Cancer News Review


This month, Kimmel Cancer Center director William Nelson reviewed top stories in cancer research ranging from a partnership between a pharmaceutical company and a major academic health center, to new ways to deliver the drug Herceptin. First, he discusses the recent partnership between pharmaceutical company, Novartis, and an academic health center, the University of Pennsylvania.(...)

The Data


The following post was written by Jason Cherish, a colorectal cancer patient on his CaringBridge Journal page regarding his treatment and involvement with Swim Across America Baltimore. "I am really going to miss my chemotherapy treatments," said nobody. Ever. Having said that, I am very fortunate to be undergoing these treatments for my diagnosis, colorectal(...)

A Special Camp for Kids


Right about now, parents are scrambling to enroll their kids in various area summer camps. The choices abound, and for many kids, it’s the highlight of their summer. Last year, I had the opportunity to visit our own Camp Sunrise, a week-long summer camp, hosted by Johns Hopkins, for children and young adults with cancer. (...)

The Healing Power of Music


I never thought I’d be exposed to such a wide variety of expert musicians and performers working as a communications coordinator in the Cancer Center.  Through the Cancer Center’s Art of Healing Performing Arts Series, I have the exciting opportunity to work with high caliber musicians from the Peabody Institute, local ballet dancers, and even a(...)

4 Tips for Donating Platelets


Consider taking two hours of your time to donate platelets, and you may save a patient’s life.  Platelets are components found in your blood that help it to clot. Cancer patients may need transfusions of platelets because their bone marrow has become too crowded with cancer cells, or their cells become damaged from chemo- and(...)

5 Ways to Beat Fatigue During Chemotherapy


Fatigue during cancer treatment can be tough to manage.  While ranging from mild to extreme, for some there’s no tired like “chemo tired.”  Many patients describe it as feeling weak, weary, worn out, heavy or slow and it can be difficult for friends, family or co-workers to understand. No one wants to drag through the(...)