Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Spotlight on the PrE0506/DREAM3R Clinical Trial

Posted September 23rd, 2021

Although mesothelioma typically develops in the lining surrounding the lungs—about 75% – 80% of the time—it is not actually a type of lung cancer. Instead, it is a rare cancer that may begin in the lining of different parts of the body, including the abdomen, heart, and testicles. It makes sense, then, that Mesothelioma Awareness […]


September 11, 2001 – Strength is Not Always Unyielding

Posted September 11th, 2021

Today marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. As a way to honor the lives lost and help those personally affected, Ali Lopes shares the story of her dad, Sal, and how we can all respect and remember that day. We thank Ali for sharing her story with our readers. Like many, my family experienced an unfathomable […]


What is Mindfulness?

Posted August 18th, 2021

We begin each week with a mindfulness thought, focus, meditation….something to help us we each begin the week. Every one reading, who is part of this online community, is in some way impacted by cancer. The stress of that influences how we cope. Each of us is also living in a time when our larger […]


Embracing Lung Cancer Survivorship

Posted August 3rd, 2021

August 1st is World Lung Cancer Day (#WLCD2021) – a day to raise awareness about lung cancer risk, screening, treatment, and survivorship. As lung cancer screening is helping detect cancers earlier, there are more people thriving after lung cancer. In addition, the advances in treatment have helped some people live with lung cancer for longer. […]


Cancer Rehabilitation Starts at Diagnosis: Part II

Posted July 13th, 2021

Cancer Rehabilitation: An Invaluable Service but a PR Challenge In part 1 of this blog, I told you about the ways that cancer rehabilitation (rehab) providers can help people with cancer, from the time of diagnosis through well into survivorship. After reading that you may have thought why don’t all people get this? I often […]


Cancer Rehabilitation Starts at Diagnosis

Posted July 6th, 2021

Survivorship care typically begins at the end of active treatment. The goal is to provide support and resources for moving forward after treatment. In reality, survivorship care is most helpful when it looks at your whole cancer experience, from diagnosis forward. You are a survivor from day 1. A vital starting point is a baseline […]


Survivor Story: Erin

Posted June 4th, 2021

June is National Cancer Survivors Month! To honor survivors, we will be sharing stories from folks with cancer and their caregivers. Today we hear from Erin. 37-Year-Old Cancer Survivor and Mom of Four Shares Her Survival Story to Help Others An advanced Stage III colon cancer diagnosis was the last thing I expected to receive […]


Get to Know CaringBridge

Posted June 3rd, 2021

A patient website that supports cancer patients and their family caregivers Confronting a cancer diagnosis is one of the most demanding, isolating things you can do. Family and friends are an amazing source of support, but constantly sharing updates with each and every one of them is impractical. So what resources are available to families […]


A Nurse’s Love For Oncology Patients

Posted May 20th, 2021

I still remember the day I walked onto the medical/oncology unit for my interview.  I interviewed at about five different hospitals. I compared the hourly rate, benefits, sign-on bonuses- oh yes, back in 2004 when I graduated, they needed nurses and were giving sign-on bonuses! I never even had any clinicals at Penn, but as […]


To My Fellow Nurses

Posted May 13th, 2021

by Ashley Drake BSN, RN March 11, 2020. No longer a placeholder on the calendar, but rather an inflection point in life as we knew it. Nurses around the world have undoubtedly played an intimate, yet integral role in this monumental event, the COVID 19 global pandemic. A threat was introduced and all eyes were […]