What is Cancer?

Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells. Cancer cells rapidly reproduce despite restriction of space, nutrients shared by other cells, or signals sent from the body to stop reproduction. Cancer cells are often shaped differently from healthy cells, they do not function properly, and they can spread to many areas […]

Got Cancer: Now What?

There is really nothing that can prepare you for a cancer diagnosis. It is a shocking and momentary devastation that is overwhelming on so many different levels — physically, emotionally and spiritually. But perhaps the greatest challenge is identifying the immediate logistical next steps of what a diagnosis means while […]

Cancer Basics

A cancer diagnosis is the beginning of a personal journey for each individual. Everyone has a unique set of beliefs, values and ways of coping. You will find the ways that work best for you. You will learn and grow as you go through the cancer experience. Many people are surprised to […]

Why Everyone Seems to Have Cancer

EVERY New Year when the government publishes its Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, it is followed by a familiar lament. We are losing the war against cancer. Half a century ago, the story goes, a person was far more likely to die from heart disease. Now cancer is […]

Missing a Cancer Diagnosis

Stories of misdiagnoses circulate throughout the testimonies of people contending with all sorts of cancers. Such errors, made by patients as well as doctors, bring in their wake a sense of betrayal, self-recrimination and anger. Should we accept them as inevitable? Like many women, I misinterpreted the muted symptoms of […]

Promising New Cancer Drugs Empower the Body’s Own Defense System

The early success of a new class of cancer drugs, revealed in test results released here over the last several days, has raised hope among the world’s top cancer specialists that they may be on the verge of an important milestone in the fight against the disease. The excitement has spread to […]

Mixed Blessings

Pity the poor patient who tries to make sense of federal advisory committee reports that appear headed in opposite directions. For at least three decades, Americans have been told that it’s best to detect cancers early, when they are theoretically most curable. So it was not all that surprising when […]

Cancer is the Uncontrolled Growth of Abnormal Cells

Cancerous cells are also called malignant cells. Alternative names are carcinoma and malignant tumor. Cancer grows out of normal cells in the body. Normal cells multiply when the body needs them, and die when the body doesn’t need them. Cancer appears to occur when the growth of cells in the […]

Improving the Cancer Experience

A national study proves that patients and caregivers want more. When my friend Lelia was scheduled to have surgery to remove a lump on her breast, she asked if a plastic surgeon could be present in the O.R. to also give her a face lift. “I might as well take […]