2014 National Cancer Survivors Day®
Coping® magazine is proud to be an ongoing national sponsor of National Cancer Survivors Day® (NCSD). In cooperation with the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, Coping is pleased to provide you with exclusive coverage of NCSD 2014.
This 27th annual Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, June 1, in hundreds of communities throughout the world.
A Clinical Trial System for the Era of Precision Cancer Medicine
A Report from the National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute has the largest oncology clinical trials program in the world, supporting, fully or in part, 3,775 active clinical trials and enrolling more than 35,000 clinical trial participants annually. Yet, as a director of NCI-supported clinical trials, I know that behind every statistic is a person, each of whom brings his or her own motivations and hopes to the table when deciding whether to participate in a clinical trial.
Should You Consider Genetic Counseling and Testing?
Genetic counseling and testing have become integral tools in the fight against cancer. The results can provide important information to help guide appropriate surgical decisions, treatment, surveillance, and prevention strategies for an individual and his or her entire family. Awareness and availability of cancer genetic counseling and testing, criteria for insurance coverage of testing, and available testing options have expanded rapidly in the past decade. Therefore, even cancer survivors who did not previously have the chance to undergo genetic counseling and testing, or who tested negative in the past, may now be candidates for these services.
Let’s Talk about It
A cancer diagnosis can impose a great deal of uncertainty into your life. As you struggle to make sense of your experience, you may find it difficult to decipher your needs and feelings, let alone communicate them to the people in your life who want to help.Learning a few simple strategies for better communication can help keep you from feeling misunderstood, isolated, and overwhelmed.
Managing Nutrition-Related Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
Tips You Can Chew On
Many studies have found that good nutrition plays a role in improved cancer survival. However, treatment-related side effects, if left unmanaged, can complicate things. Side effects can compromise a person’s ability to get the nutrition they need and stay on course with their treatment. As a nutrition counselor, my job is to help you prevent and manage side effects that interfere with good nutrition during treatment.
Women, Cancer, & Sexual Health
Sexual dysfunction is a common side effect of cancer and its treatment, but this doesn’t mean you have to accept it as part of your “new normal.” You can reclaim your sexuality. Many women are even able to get back to the level of sexual functioning and intimacy they enjoyed before cancer.
Still Standing with Late-Stage Lung Cancer
by Joseph Liguori
If I’ve learned anything from my battle with cancer, it’s that cancer can find anyone; it doesn’t discriminate. But more importantly, I’ve learned that a frightening and bleak cancer diagnosis is not necessarily a death sentence.