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(...)

7 Surprising Ways to Manage Chemo Side Effects

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Chemotherapy, designed to kill fast-growing cancer cells, can also affect healthy cells – in fact damaged healthy cells cause side effects during your chemo.  Here are 7 surprising ways to manage side effects during chemo treatment: 1. Rest doesn’t always help you fight fatigue.  Exercise has been shown to reduce fatigue, but you may need(...)

Lacrosse vs Childhood Cancer

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In my “other” life, outside of Johns Hopkins, I am a devoted lacrosse mom, spending most of my weekends at the lacrosse field supporting my son and his team. So, it is particularly enjoyable to see my two worlds combine—as the lacrosse community partners with us to raise important funds for pediatric cancer research.  I’m sure(...)

Caring for the Caregiver

Posted by  | caregiving, Issues & Perspectives, Survivorship

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(...)

Video Pick of the Week

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I recently visited Dr. Elias Zambidis' lab to discuss his research on turning blood cells into heart cells.  They pioneered a method that uses plasmids (tiny rings of DNA) rather than viruses to transfer genetic material into blood cells, which is the first among several steps on the path to becoming heart cells.  Their newly-developed recipe to(...)

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,(...)

CJ’s mission

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As an oncologist, I am fascinated by the ways cancer patients bring meaning and satisfaction into their lives. Several months ago, I met a woman named Dian (though she goes by “CJ”). She's a retired Air Force intelligence officer who is living with advanced breast cancer. Her experience with the disease has turned her into(...)

Cancer Research News – March

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Dr. Bill Nelson discusses environmental exposures, tailoring specific treatment and cancer risks among us. Listen to these topics discussed in the most recent Cancer News Podcast. First, Nelson reviews a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, on environmental sources that might contribute to cancer.  He stresses two of the biggest and most(...)

Report: Cancer Deaths Decline

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The National Cancer Institute's latest report says that cancer deaths between 2003 and 2007 declined, continuing a trend that started two decades ago.  The report also outlined encouraging news that lung cancer deaths decreased in women.  Death rates for men with lung cancer began dropping in the early 1990s.  Still, lung cancer remains the most(...)