Fall 2006

Fall 2006

Fall 2006 Cover  Vol. No. 1, Issue No. 3 
A Letter From CR's Editor
Bringing Children Into Focus
By Gwen Darien and Catherine Gabel

CR Editor-in-Chief Gwen Darien and her niece discuss Darien's cancer diagnosis.

Cancer Update
Gleevec: The Sequel
By Ingfei Chen

When the wonder drug Gleevec doesn't work, a new generation of targeted therapies may step in.

Cancer Update
Tired But Overactive?
By Damaris Christensen

Researchers have linked cancer fatigue to immune system activity.

Cancer Update
Colorectal Cancer Genetics
By Kate Travis

A set of traits predicts Lynch syndrome.

Cancer Update
Where's the Follow-Up?
By Sarah L. Zielinski

Many breast cancer survivors are not getting recommended mammograms.

Cancer Update
Smoke Out
By Lisa Seachrist Chiu

A new U.S. Surgeon General's report finds no safe level of secondhand smoke.

Health Disparities
Sugarcoating Leaves Bitter Taste
By Mary Jackson Scroggins

A patient advocate would like our language and actions to reflect the realities of uneven cancer treatment and clinical trial recruitment.

Anita Roberts
By Jenny Song

National Cancer Institute scientist Anita Roberts, 64, died in May.

Staying Intimate
By Hester Hill Schnipper

Discussing sexual and intimacy issues may feel awkward, but it can bring cancer patients and their partners closer together.

Global Report
Letter from Uganda
By Gertrude Nakigudde as told to Sue Rochman

A breast cancer survivor describes the difficulties of being a patient advocate in Uganda, where there are few resources for cancer patients.

First Person
My Father's Hand in Mine
By Rachel Rabhan as told to her sister, Laura Rabhan

A photographer recounts her father's death from cancer, and how she keeps his memory alive.

Our Children
Young Promise
By Ann Giordano (photographs) and Jenny Song (text)

Four children who have been undergoing cancer treatment share their art, writing and outlooks on life.

Targeting Cancer Through Its Roots
By Ben Harder

Angiogenesis, the growth of blood vessels, can spur a tumor's growth. Cancer researchers are taking aim at it.

Yesterday and Today
Evita's Cancer
By Josh Fischman

Argentine first lady Eva Perón died of cervical cancer under a shroud of secrecy more than 50 years ago. Today, women are talking about Pap tests and cervical cancer vaccines.

New Directions
The Perfect Prescription
By Jessica Gorman

New research is pushing medicine to become more personal every day. Can scientists and drug developers create the best cancer treatments for each of us?

Picturing Cancer
By Rabiya S. Tuma

Cancer biologist Lisa Coussens draws on her love of art to explain the complexities of her research.

Breaking Open the Silence
By Kevin Begos

Nashville singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman shares how cancer influenced her family, her life and her music.

Life With Cancer
Fertility Preservation
By Sue Rochman

New guidelines encourage cancer patients to seek options for preserving their fertility.

Life With Cancer
By Alanna Kennedy

Survivor Nan Higgins considers life after treatment.

Life With Cancer
Mindful Support
By Alanna Kennedy

Find help managing psychological challenges after treatment.

Life With Cancer
Advocacy Action—Starting a Patient Advocacy Organization

Here are six steps to help you start a new patient advocacy organization.

Family Portrait
Rx Kryptonite
By Brian Fies

Writer and illustrator Brian Fies created a comic strip and graphic novel to share his family's experience with cancer.

Additional Information

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