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Celebrating the End of Cancer Treatment

Celebrating the End of Cancer Treatment

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Stefanie Joho, 25, had been given a death sentence. Diagnosed with advanced colon cancer, she traveled to cancer centers around the U.S. in search of a therapy that could buy her time. She found it at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center -- the result of a combination of recent scientific advances in immunotherapy and(...)

Pay close attention to your overall health

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***Note: This is the final post of a four-part feature story, written by Elizabeth Huebeck. Read part one on Kristin's story, part two on cancer as a chronic disease and part three on Kristin's strategies for staying the course. Regardless of which treatment path cancer patients take, painful and uncomfortable side effects cannot be avoided. How(...)

Strategies for staying the course

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***Note: This is the third of a four-part feature story, written by Elizabeth Huebeck. Read part one on Kristin's story and part two on cancer as a chronic disease. Accepting primary control of your disease As a patient, Kristin Franceschi has learned that sometimes, after receiving the best standard practices of standard care, the cancer may return(...)

The model patient for cancer as chronic disease

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***Note: This is the second of a four-part feature story, written by Elizabeth Huebeck. Read part one on Kristin's story. Statistics show that the five-year survival rate for people diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer is just 11 percent. Kristin Franceschi is beating the odds and now considers herself to be living with a chronic disease. As treatment modalities(...)

Paying It Forward

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**This blog post was written by Kimmel Cancer Center development specialist Allison Rich. With August just around the corner, it is crucial that we pause and take stock of our progress towards the goals we hope to reach before the starting line on September 13th. For Michael Iati, the Senior Director of Architecture and Planning(...)

A toast to Ron Smith

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It is two years years ago today that legendary WBAL radio host Ron Smith died of pancreatic cancer. Ron's reach and impact as the "Voice of Reason" went far, but so do the efforts of his friends and family to fund research aimed at detecting pancreatic cancer at an earlier, treatable stage. On his blog, WBAL's Rob(...)