After treatment, many survivors face sexual dysfunction. For young adults, these problems can be especially challenging.
We count everything that has happened this year as progress, knowing that working together leads to scientific breakthroughs and programs that ease patient suffering. For me, these successes not only help me shake off the blues, but they also fuel my hope that victory is imminent against this dreadful and frightening disease.
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Your best chances for a successful outcome will always be with a professional community that has been dealing with cancer for a long time but ultimately it is your life and your choices when choosing what you believe to be the best treatment for you.
Arnold Palmer recommended taking control, and getting on with your life. He urged PSA screening for prostate cancer when appropriate and choosing the best therapy. Follow his advice so you can keep on having fun on the golf course, or in whatever activity you enjoy, and continue leading the "good life."
But Gene Wilder's greatest performance (to cancer patients and survivors) extended beyond stage and screen into his mission to help reduce the impact of cancer. He came to this quest in a strange way.
During a time of seemingly unprecedented divisions in our nation, the Moonshot has united us in a cause far larger than any one of us. If it ends as fast as it began, we will have far more to mourn than another shuttered government program.
The vulnerability is like a plague, constantly exposing me and creating the immediate awareness of my true self without the layers of protection I've so deeply laid throughout my life. And it's the relationships that I forge (both the invigoration of old and the infusion of new) throughout the process that will hold me accountable to remain in this truth.
Cancer can't boss Fran Drescher around.
he hope for those (like my own brother) who have what today are deemed as incurable cancers, is that they can be sustained long enough on therapies that slow down or halt cancer progression, giving the opportunity for one of the exciting new therapeutic approaches to become a reality and win the battle and ultimately the War on Cancers.
At the crux of these efforts is the awareness that post-treatment survivorship brings unique challenges that are best addressed as a distinct phase of cancer care.
One day, a good friend of mine called me to say that a friend had been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
I was given every form of support and educational resource possible, from counselors to peer mentors. What they didn't tell me is that after cancer, new battles will arise. And I'm sure some survivors won't resonate with a few of these, but for me, I wish someone had warned me...