National Cancer Survivors Day

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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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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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