Issues & Perspectives

Cancer Screening Tests Everyone Should Know

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Kimmel Cancer experts frequently say that “the best way to cure cancer is to prevent it from ever occurring.”  Most experts agree that currently-available cancer screening tests have lead to a decline in cancer deaths.  Moreover, they allow cancers to be detected early, making more treatment options available to patients. Let me say up front,(...)

Communicating Cancer Messages

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I'm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina this week attending the annual meeting of Cancer Center public affairs, marketing and development professionals.  There are more than 200 of us gathering to discuss best practices in our fields, including communicating cancer messages to the media and general public. I'm giving a talk to professionals who are new(...)

Twenty-One Years Ago Today

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I hate April 25.  It’s the day my mother died of breast cancer, 21 years ago.  I don’t think anyone is really ever prepared to lose a parent.  I certainly wasn’t. I often think of the many milestones in my life that she missed. Much has changed since then, particularly in the field of cancer(...)

Caring for the Caregiver

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Speaking at a breast cancer caregiver support group recently, I listened closely as they joked with one another about remaining in the “doghouse“ during the entirety of their wife or girlfriends’ oncology treatments and for several months once active care completed.  Although they were laughing and seemed to be taking it in stride, I could not(...)

Kimmel Quotables

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Who are the heroes in your life? The Daily Record chose Laurie Bryant, R.N. as their Health Care Hero.  Sharon Krumm, our director of nursing had the following to say about Laurie. “Laurie's passion for excellent nursing care includes psychological, social and spiritual aspects of care.  Her passion is manifested in a number of ways,(...)

Our Cancer blog finds a new home

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Patients, caregivers, friends, family, doctors, nurses and researchers...we're proud to introduce a new blog in the Johns Hopkins family.  The Our Cancer blog, authored by Laurie Singer Sievers and previously hosted by National Public Radio (NPR), has a new home here. Johns Hopkins is a natural landing spot for Our Cancer.  It was here that Laurie's(...)

A Prize, Promotion and Press Story

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About ten years ago, researcher Bert Vogelstein appeared with Katie Couric on the Today Show to announce new research on a stool test for colon cancer.  Since then, he's mapped scores of cancer genomes to boost knowledge about cancer-related genes, and the Brupbacher Foundation in Zurich has now awarded Vogelstein a prize for his research(...)