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Multiple Myeloma

Your oncologist, nurses, and other members of your healthcare team work together to treat your multiple myeloma. Since medical ap­pointments are the main time you will interact with your team, being as pre­pared as possible for these visits is important.Here are some things you can do to pre­pare for your medical appointments.

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Your Guide to Understanding
Metastatic Breast Cancer

If this is your first cancer diagnosis, understanding the disease will help you talk with your health­care providers. Here, we’ll discuss the basics of breast cancer, how it metasta­sizes, and how metastatic breast cancer is different from early-stage disease. This information may be useful to you whether the cancer has returned or metastatic breast cancer is your pri­mary diagnosis – your first diagnosis of breast cancer.

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For Lung Cancer Survivors

When you are diagnosed with lung cancer and start receiv­ing treatments, you begin to realize the many changes that are hap­pening in your life. As your health status and treatment plans change, the care you receive will also change. Your healthcare team should help you move between phases by working with you to create a transitional care plan.

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New Developments in Cancer Research

Advances in cancer treatment presented at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting

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Making Progress Against Cancer

by Douglas R. Lowy, MD, acting director of the National Cancer Institute

Over the last few years, I’ve had the great privilege of visiting a variety of NCI-designated Cancer Centers and talking with various stakeholder groups across the country. While meeting with oncologists and researchers takes up most of my time, the highlight is always my interactions with patients. I am especially moved by the willingness of so many to take part in clinical trials – to become part­ners on our research journey – all in the hope that others won’t have to experi­ence what they are going through. Their courage is a humbling reminder of the experiences of all cancer survivors and the reason why we do what we do every day at the National Cancer Institute.

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Understanding Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment

Different types of treatments are available for people with non-small cell lung cancer. Some treatments are standard, or the currently used treatment, and some are being tested in clinical trials. Nine types of standard treatment are used: surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, laser therapy, photodynamic therapy, cryosurgery, electrocautery, and watch­ful waiting.

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What is Multiple Myeloma?
And How Is It Diagnosed?

Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that starts in the plasma cells of bone marrow. Myeloma is different from bone cancer because it begins in the white blood cells, not in the bone. Though the words sound sim­ilar, myeloma is also not melanoma, which is a cancer of the skin.

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The Latest in Cancer Research from the American Society of Clinical Oncology

ASCO represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Read the highlights from these Symposia.

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