Cancer Patients, Survivors Fear GOP Efforts to Dismantle the Affordable Care Act

By Laurie McGinley February 23, 2017 The Washington Post   Ashley Walton was 25 when a mole on her back turned out to be melanoma. She had it removed, but three years later she discovered a lump in her abdomen. She was then unemployed and uninsured, and so she put […]

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Wound Care & Lymphedema Symposium

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Presented  by Ginger-K Lymphedema and Cancer Care Center Date: June 3, 2017 Time: 8am—5pm Place: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 17035 Condit Road Morgan Hill, CA. 95037 Space for 60 Medical Professionals Sponsored by: Ginger-K Lymphedema & Cancer Care Center Presentations – HIGHLIGHTS: Advancements in Lymphatic Research with details […]

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Lessons on Dying From David Bowie and My Friends

By Susan Gubar Living With Cancer New York Times October 13, 2016 After David Bowie released a video about his cancer death, I realized that two members of my support group had been conducting tutorials on dying with me. Their teaching styles differed, as did the content of their courses, […]

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Dancing with Cancer: Maladies and Miracles in Stem Cell Transplantland

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This may be the only available account of not one but two stem cell transplants told by the patient and his wife caretaker written as journals while the events were unfolding. Barry was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2005 and died in 2014. Bonnie, his wife of 37 years, […]

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Reading and Writing Cancer: How Words Heal

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By Susan Gubar An important addition to the literature of cancer by an award-winning scholar and memoirist. Elaborating upon her “Living with Cancer” column in the New York Times, Susan Gubar helps patients, caregivers, and the specialists who seek to serve them. In a book both enlightening and practical, she […]

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Living With Cancer: Deciding About Dying

By Susan Gubar Related: “Living With Cancer: Teal Ribbons” “Living With Cancer: Alone and Ghosted” “Living With Cancer: Curses and Blessings” October 22, 2015 The New York Times Well   Fifty-five years ago, when I was 15, my mother made me promise that I would not commit suicide. I intend […]

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Pricing a Year of Life

By Susan Gubar The New York Times May 5, 2016   A radio producer investigating cancer costs once asked me, “What is another year of your life worth?” During my flummoxed silence, she informed me that experts mention the figure $50,000. Can patients like me — older people with recurrent disease […]

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A Cancer Memoir of Literature and Science

  Living With Cancer By SUSAN GUBAR January 12, 2017 Since a cancer diagnosis in 2008, I have always taken reading material with me on all hospital trips. For one visit, which took nine hours, my reading material included a posthumously published memoir: Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air. Reviewers have […]

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The Gift of Grace

Living With Cancer By Susan Gubar November 24, 2016 Susan Gubar Credit: Vivienne Flesher An email I received from a reader some time ago has begun to haunt me. The reader’s sister was dying of cancer. How, she asked me, would I respond to the word “grace” in the context of a […]

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Taking Charge of Your Treatment

By Mary Jo Blackwood A Breast Cancer Two-Timer Shares Her Experience The diagnosis of cancer is a highly charged emotional event. It can throw us off for days before we can begin to think clearly. The inclination may be to follow whatever the person delivering the news tells you. Not […]

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