Cancer Health Fall 2022

Cancer Health Fall 2022

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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Kelly Shanahan and her daughter

The Making of an Advocate

When ob-gyn Kelly Shanahan was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2013, her passion and expertise fueled a new mission.

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The mRNA Revolution

The technology used to create COVID-19 vaccines may also help treat cancer.

Editor’s Letter

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Her Hope

As the new editor-in-chief of Cancer Health, Trent Straube is honored to amplify stories of survivors, families, advocates and more.

Care & Treatment

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HER2-Low Breast Cancer

The results could also be relevant for people with other types of HER2-low cancer.


COVID Risk for Cancer Survivors

Overall, cancer patients had a higher risk for COVID hospitalization and death than people never diagnosed with cancer.

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Experimental KRAS Inhibitor Shrinks Lung Tumors

The median progression- free survival time was 6.5 months, and the median overall survival time was 12.6 months.

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Breast Cancer Cells Spread During Sleep

The researchers then studied 30 women hospitalized with breast cancer, collecting blood samples at 4 a.m. and again at 10 a.m.

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Medical Cannabis Reduces Pain For Cancer Patients

Many patients are interested in trying medical cannabis, but research on its benefits remains limited.


From left: Toby Keith, Robin Roberts and Jeff Bridges

Stars: Just Like Us

Toby Keith, Robin Roberts, Jeff Bridges and more share their cancer stories.

Abortion Access Affects Cancer Patients

Top cancer organizations urge states to ensure that people with cancer have access to care.

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Say Yes to Flat Chests

Many women facing breast cancer surgery are not given the option of “going flat” or are met with pushback from their surgeons.

Multiethnic Latina Manager is Making Video Call to His Doctor on Laptop

Easier Clinical Trials

Joining a clinical trial often requires traveling and taking time off for in-person appointments, which poses a challenge for many folks.

18 Million

Answer: 18 million. Click for other updated statistics, such as the most common cancers among men and women.


Don S. Dizon

Sexuality: A Human Right

Professor of medicine and surgery Don S. Dizon, MD, runs a sexuality clinic for people with cancer at the Lifespan Cancer Institute.


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Liver Cancer Treatment

The recent approval of several new medications has changed the treatment landscape.


A Multiple Myeloma Diary

Lilia Law, an information technology manager, lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with her wife and daughter. She has multiple myeloma.

Life With Cancer

Dena Battle

Permission to Grieve

Friends and family wanted us to celebrate after my husband’s surgery, writes Dena Battle. But cancer was a poltergeist living in our house.

Your Team

Gopal K. Bajaj, MD

Radiation Oncologist

Gopal K. Bajaj, MD, is a radiation oncologist at Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Virginia.


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These websites provide expert guidance so that you can improve your fitness appropriately and safely.

Good Stuff

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Autumn of Calm

Mindfulness on your phone, gifts that soothe, a book for children, greeting cards that feel right and a necklace that gives back


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Making Food Taste Good Again

Cancer treatments—notably chemotherapy—can make some foods taste metallic, bitter, sweet, salty or bland. These kitchen tricks can help.


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Your Wellness Plan

Do you promote wellness in your life?

Digital Edition

Kelly Shanahan, MD Cancer Health Cover

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