Taking Steps toward Future Fertility
by Kara Goldman, MD, and James Grifo, MD, PhD
For many survivors, maintaining the potential for parenthood is essential to leading a complete and meaningful life. However, many treatments necessitate surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy that may impair fertility. Women who wish to have children after cancer treatment must work together with their doctors to plan for future fertility.
U.S. Cancer Mortality Rates Continue to Drop
The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975–2009, shows that overall cancer mortality rates continued to decline in the United States among both men and women, among all major racial and ethnic groups, and for all of the most common cancer sites, including lung, colon and rectum, female breast, and prostate. The special feature section on human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers shows that incidence rates are increasing for HPV-associated oropharyngeal and anal cancers and that vaccination coverage levels in the U.S. during 2008 and 2010 remained low among adolescent girls.
ASCO Issues Recommendations for Improving Cancer Survivor Care in the United States
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has issued recommendations to help improve the quality of care for the more than 13 million cancer survivors living in the United States. ASCO's recommendations come at critical time when more people than ever before are surviving the disease as a result of advances in prevention, treatment and follow-up care.
Cancer Pain Management Myths
by Rob Yates, MPAS, PA-C
Once you hear your doctor say, “I’m sorry, but you have cancer,” your life is changed forever. With that diagnosis, a number of fears immediately surface. One of the most feared symptoms of cancer and its treatment is pain. Here are six common myths about cancer-related pain.
American Society of Clinical Oncology Issues Annual Report on State of Clinical Cancer Science
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has released its annual report on the top cancer advances of the year. Clinical Cancer Advances 2012: ASCO’s Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer highlights major achievements in precision medicine, cancer screening and overcoming treatment resistance.
Is Parenthood Possible after Cancer Treatment?
by Joanne Frankel Kelvin, RN, MSN, AOCN
Many young people with cancer have not yet started or completed their families at the time of their diagnosis. If this describes you, and you are wondering if having children after cancer treatment is possible, the answer is yes. Many survivors will be able to conceive naturally, but for some it will be more complicated.
New Website Assists Young Adults Wishing to Learn about Their Reproductive Options after Cancer
Treatment for certain diseases like cancer may affect your fertility. This means that it may not be possible for you to have a child naturally. A new website has just been launched to provide assistance to young patients wishing to learn about their reproductive options in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. Patients and their clinicians can go to the new Patient Navigator for Fertility Preservation website, which includes an interactive tool to provide information for males and females, before or after puberty, and before, during, or after cancer treatment.
Exploring New Frontiers in Cancer Treatment
by Kim Thiboldeaux and Mitch Golant, PhD
Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation remain the standard ways to treat cancer, but we look forward to the day when cancer treatment can be tailored to each individual – and a day when the word “cure” is more a part of our vocabulary. While cancer treatment is not yet at that point, scientists have made great advances in medical research, bringing us much closer to the goal of personalizing medicine.