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Johns Hopkins communications student honors father’s cancer battle in 5-mile swim

Johns Hopkins communications student honors father’s cancer battle in 5-mile swim

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Master of Health Communications student Brian Boyle will participate in this weekend's Swim Across America Baltimore event, which benefits the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. His father recently celebrated 25 years free of cancer and will be kayaking alongside his son in Sunday's swim event.  "Cancer has impacted our family many times, as it has for(...)

Stronger Than Colon Cancer

Stronger Than Colon Cancer

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Trina Taylor (Isaac) has felt God’s guidance throughout her journey with colorectal cancer. She had been out of work for over a year before she was hired at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2008, an opportunity that was an answer to her prayers and more. Isaac remembers feeling sluggish. Already thin, she was losing more(...)

What Kids Say About Camp

What Kids Say About Camp

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***With the end of summer, this concludes our three-part series about Camp Sunrise, a place of summer fun for pediatric oncology patients at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Read parts one and two. We asked kids and staff from Camp Sunrise to describe what they love about camp and their dreams for the future. Here's(...)

Amanda’s Camp Story

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***With the end of summer, we bring you a three-part series about Camp Sunrise, a place of summer fun for pediatric oncology patients at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. This is the second part of the series; read part one.  Childhood is supposed to be marked by sweet and simple memories, like losing a(...)

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(...)