Cancer Health Fall 2021

Cancer Health Fall 2021

In every issue, you’ll find cutting-edge health information and the hottest topics of interest to people with cancer and their loved ones.

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Terlisa Sheppard

No Stopping

Terlisa Sheppard, age 54, is an 18-year survivor of metastatic breast cancer.

T-Cell Attacks Cancer Cell

How Does the Immune System Fight Cancer?

The immune system has a natural ability to shut down cells that grow out of control, but cancer has many ways to get around these defenses.

Editor’s Letter

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Helping Hands

A cancer diagnosis can be lonely. But you may find more helping hands out there than you ever imagined.

Care & Treatment

Antibodies attacking COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccine Response

COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people with cancer.

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Don’t Delay Lung Cancer Surgery

Putting off lung cancer surgery for more than three months can increase the likelihood of recurrence and shorten survival.

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Immunotherapy for Early Breast Cancer

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda (pembrolizumab).

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First KRAS Drug Now Available

Lumakras (sotorasib) was granted accelerated approval for the treatment of advanced non-small-cell lung cancer.


Christine Hodgdon (left) and Julia Maués (right)


A group for patient advocacy was created after an instant connection was made between two women dealing with the same difficult diagnosis.

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Social Media Traps

Nearly one in three of the articles you’ll find contain misinformation that’s often harmful.

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Military Edge

Access to health care substantially improves cancer outcomes and can help bridge racial disparities.

Living Longer

Death rates for most cancers continue to decline.


Patricia Hom


Patricia Hom, MD, MPH, 39, who trained as an ob-gyn, lives in San Francisco. She has Stage IV metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer.


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Stem Cell Transplants

The procedure can put certain blood cancers into remission and may lead to a cure.


Brian Koffman

A Leukemia Diary

Brian Koffman, a family physician when diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, cofounded the CLL Society.

Life With Cancer

Warring Khushwinder


Warring Khushwinder, 59, an engineer and a member of the Sikh faith, lives in Orangevale, California. He had multiple myeloma.

Good Stuff

The Battle Cry Pink Bra

Celebrate Wellness

Fall care, comfort and the healing power of hope


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Prostate Cancer Resources

These organizations provide up-to-date treatment options while offering emotional support and patient and caregiver connections.

Your Team

John Byrd, MD

Treating Blood Cancers

Hematologist John Byrd, MD, is chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.


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Reviving Appetite

When cancer treatments zap your desire for food, certain meals and methods can help restore it.


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Cancer in Women

Let us know how you protect yourself from cancer.

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