Teachable Moments

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My role as a social worker in the cancer center can be very humbling at times to say the least. Complete strangers often share their intimate feelings during their darkest times, and they allow me to support them whether it be through a hug or an action-oriented task to solve a problem. It’s an honor(...)

What’s Your Colon Cancer IQ?

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March is colon cancer awareness month. How much do you know about protecting yourself against colon cancer? As Dr. Luis Diaz of the Kimmel Cancer Center says, “No one should die from this disease.” Yet, colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the US, and the 2nd leading(...)

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(...)

Seize the Days

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As an oncologist, I am privileged to care for people who are fighting cancer.  I'm also fortunate to see the interesting and meaningful ways my patients bring joy and satisfaction into their lives.   Some people strengthen relationships with loved ones, becoming ever closer with family and friends.  One man with lung cancer I spoke with is back in touch with his children(...)

Cancer Survivors…12 Million and Counting

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) issued a report today estimating the number of cancer survivors at nearly 12 million people. This is more than double the number of cancer survivors from 10 years ago. Cancer centers nationwide are leading efforts to understand the unique needs of survivors, including follow-up(...)

Top Cancer Research News: February

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Dr. Bill Nelson discusses recent breast cancer studies and new recommendations on end of life care from American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Listen to these topics discussed in the most recent Cancer News Podcast. First, Nelson reviews recent findings from the New England Journal of Medicine on lymphedema and exercise. Removing lymph nodes during(...)