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Hope for the Future
Fertility-Preservation Options for
Cancer Survivors

by Leslie Ayensu Appiah, MD

Once you are cleared to attempt conception after cancer treatment, there is no additional risk of birth defects or miscarriages. Equally important, pregnancy does not adversely affect overall survival.

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Inspiration and Progress:
Our National Commitment to Defeat Cancer

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

Every year, for the past two decades, the National Cancer Institute has had the honor of writing an article for Coping’s July/August issue. While searching for a fitting theme for this year’s contribution, I was struck by the challenge we sometimes face – both as individuals touched by cancer and as a nation – in articulating the inspiration needed to confront cancer.

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What to Do If You’ve Been Diagnosed
with an MPN

Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are a closely related group of progressive blood cancers in which the bone marrow typi­cally overproduces one of the mature blood elements. Other shared features include tendencies toward blood clot­ting or bleeding, organ enlargement, bone marrow scarring (fibrosis), and a possibility of transformation. Although MPNs can strike anyone at any age, most people are affected in the sixth decade of life or later.

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