This Buddhist Monk Used His Own Practice To Make Peace With Cancer

As told to Sasha Bronner. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Huffington Post March, 2015 In 2011, William Tran, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk with the honorable ranking of Highest Buddhist Master, went to the dentist for inflammation in his gums. Antibiotics did not help and when the […]

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Dethroning “The Emperor of All Maladies” by Judith A. Salerno

The Huffington Post March 26, 2015 We are standing at an extraordinary moment. For nearly 4,000 years of recorded history, cancer in all its forms was an implacable foe. Doctors, patients, and researchers won incremental victories, but for millennia, the word “cancer” was too dreadful to speak aloud. Now each […]

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The Generosity of Strangers by Nancy Novack

Many of you have heard my story of surviving stage 4 ovarian cancer which had metastasized to my liver. I was diagnosed 13 years ago. And that I created Nancy’s List as my “love letter” to the universe, my thank you note for my miraculous recovery. I truly enjoy defying […]

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Why Everyone Seems to Have Cancer by George Johnson

  New York Times January 4, 2014 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 […]

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Nancy’s List and Financial Resources for Cancer Patients

My name is Nancy Novack. I started Nancy’s List 10 years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission statement is “No one will ever go through cancer alone.” My initial project was to develop a comprehensive LIST of financial resources (thus, Nancy’s List). My list is BIG but certainly not complete. www.NancysList.org Go […]

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Cancer Patients and Doctors Struggle to Predict Outcomes

NPR February 10, 2015   When a doctor tells a patient that she has cancer and has just a year left to live, that patient often hears very little afterward. It’s as though the physician said “cancer” and then “blah, blah, blah.” Anxiety makes it difficult to remember details – […]

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Midnight Musings by Nancy Novack

    I Am with You … Love Letters to Cancer Patients is a powerful book for the newly-diagnosed patient and for those who are going through treatment and for everyone else in the world as well. My amazing daughter-in-law, Carrie Baum, said, “This book is not about cancer. It […]

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Living With Cancer: Curses and Blessings by Susan Gubar

New York Times Living with Cancer July 16, 2015  “She Was Devastated When the Doctor Told Her It Was Malignant. Her Life Was Changed Forever. She Would Never Be Able to Retrieve That Life Before Cancer.” Credit Painting by Hollis Sigler, 1994.Like someone with bipolar disorder, I see-saw between irritability and […]

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Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott, one of the most interesting writers, wrote this little blog, which says everything we ever needed to know. My six-year-old associate, who sleeps down the hall about thirty feet away with both our doors wide open, wakes up on many mornings and predicts, “This might be the best day ever!” Then, in the dead […]

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Fighting Cancer In A Country Without A Word For It

Philippa Kibugu-Decuir aims to prevent breast cancer deaths in East Africa using a survivor’s most powerful weapon: knowledge. By Kellie M. Walsh March 15, 2017 Teaching is, and always has been, Philippa Kibugu-Decuir’s calling: from the time she was a little girl giving lessons to her playmates, to her combined 28 […]

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