Computer algorithm predicts outcome for leukemia patients

Feb 21 6:30pm cancer – Scope Blog
Researchers have developed a machine-learning computer algorithm that predicts the health outcome of patients with acute myeloid leukemia — identifying who is likely to relapse or go into remission after treatment. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a cancer characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells that build up in the bone marrow ...Read More...
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Highlights from the 2017 Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium

Feb 21 5:00pm Cancer.Net Blog
Language English February 21, 2017lindsay.dudbridgeAt the 2017 Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium, new research will be presented on the link between gut bacteria and immunotherapy for melanoma and the impact of tumor location in predicting survival from colorectal cancer.
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We Can Find Lung Cancer Early And Save Lives, So Why Arent More Smokers And Former Smokers Getting Screened?

Feb 21 4:02pm Dr. Len's Blog
In 2011 with much fanfare the National Cancer Institute announced that lung cancer screening decreased deaths from lung cancer by 20\%. In 2013, the American Cancer Society (among other organizations) published well-thought-out guidelines recommending high quality screening along with shared decision making so eligible patients could understand the risks and benefits of screening. In 2015 the Medicare program announced that lung cancer screening would be covered, along with the shared decision component. With all of that evidence and support, one would think that lung cancer screening would see rapid uptake in the United States in an effort to reduce deaths from this all-too-frequent cause of cancer death. If you thought that, you would be wrong. So the logical question is why? In the face of all this evidence, why are high risk current and smokers not being screened, and how do we make i...
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Complementary Therapies to Reduce Side Effects of Radiation

Feb 21 10:05am OncoLink Cancer Blogs
Radiation and chemotherapy patients often experience side effects with treatment. These might include radiation skin reaction, chemo induced neuropathy or nausea and vomiting. We invite you to listen as Dr Brian Lawenda, Radiation Oncologist, shares how he uses various complementary medicine therapies such as acupuncture, meditation, botanicals and lifestyle counseling to address some of the […] The post Complementary Therapies to Reduce Side Effects of Radiation appeared first on OncoLink Cancer Blogs.
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Getting Back to Work: SSI Employment Support Programs

Feb 21 10:05am Triage Cancer Blog
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays cash benefits to eligible, low-income individuals who are 65 or older, or have a disability, or who are blind.  SSI is run by the Social Security Administration. There is no requirement to pay into the … Continue reading → The post Getting Back to Work: SSI Employment Support Programs appeared first on Triage Cancer Blog.
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Targeting the biological clock could slow the progression of cancer

Feb 21 9:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
Does the biological clock in cancer cells influence tumour growth? Yes, according to a study conducted by Nicolas Cermakian, Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Chronobiology at the Douglas...
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Young Woman with Breast Cancer Finds Reassurance

Feb 21 6:00am Insight
When Erin’s phone rang the night before her first visit to Dana-Farber’s Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers, she was surprised to hear the voice of the oncologist she would see the next day: Ann Partridge, MD, MPH. “She called to tell me it was going to be okay,” […]...
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DNA patterns can unlock how glucose metabolism drives cancer, study finds

Feb 21 3:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
Less aggressive cancers are known to have an intact genome-the complete set of genes in a cell-while the genome of more aggressive cancers tends to have a great deal of abnormalities.
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ELMO1 at the heart of the metastatic process of tumor cells

Feb 21 3:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
A group of French and American scientists led by Dr. Géraldine Guasch at the Cancer Research Center in Marseille France (CRCM, INSERM) uncover how aggressive transition zone tumors grow and spread...
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Quality of life with those with advanced cancer improved through walking

Feb 21 3:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
Walking for just 30 minutes three times per week could improve the quality of life for those with advanced cancer, a new study published in the BMJ Open journal has found.
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How Darkness Can Make Or Break This Type Of Cancer Treatment

Feb 20 11:28am The Breast Cancer Site Blog
If you or someone you know takes this cancer drug, you must read this.
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Many cancer survivors change their prescription drug use for financial reasons

Feb 20 9:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
A new analysis indicates that many cancer survivors change their prescription drug use (including skipping doses or requesting cheaper medications) for financial reasons.
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Whats New in Radiation Oncology? [Webchat]

Feb 20 6:00am Insight
At Dana-Farber, radiation oncologists like Dr. David Kozono, MD, PHD work to improve outcomes in cancer through research and deliver quality care to patients through radiation therapy. About two-thirds of cancer patients undergo radiation therapy as part of their treatment. What new developments are occurring in the world of radiation? […]...
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How cancers trick the immune system into helping rather than harming them

Feb 20 3:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have discovered how certain cancers hijack the immune system for their benefit, tricking it into helping rather than harming them.
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Interpreting PET/CT Images to Offer the Best Cancer Treatment

Feb 17 11:53am Personal Stories
Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography, or PET/CT, is an imaging method that uses a sophisticated machine to generate images of patients following the injection of very small amounts of a medical isotope.
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Study associates proximity to oil and gas development and childhood leukemia

Feb 17 9:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
Young Coloradans diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia are more likely to live in areas of high-density oil and gas development compared to young Coloradans diagnosed with other types of...
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Mammograms At The Shopping Mall Raise Interesting Questions About How We Get Our Health Care

Feb 17 8:55am Dr. Len's Blog
Is the future of cancer screening at your local shopping mall? That’s the question sticking in my mind after reading a recent report about a local radiology practice opening a large mammography center in an upscale shopping mall in Long Island, New York. Let’s face it: Medical care is changing. And with changes come new ideas. Some will work, some won’t. The thought of getting a mammogram while on a shopping trip may just be what the doctor ordered and the consumer needs, or it may not. I don’t know the answer, and only time will tell. I grew up in a world—which is now fading away—where patients and doctors had relationships. You had your doctor, and your doctor knew the other doctors who would be best for your care, and that primary doctor followed you and cared for you for years. As you aged, someone knew you well—maybe even became a family friend or someone you interacte...
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Do Childhood Leukemia Patients with Down Syndrome Need Modified Therapy?

Feb 17 6:00am Insight
Clinicians have long known that children with Down syndrome carry an elevated risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common pediatric cancer. Research also consistently shows that children with Down syndrome are more likely to suffer complications from chemotherapy – and some studies have suggested that children with Down […]...
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Weight gain throughout life may raise risk of esophageal, stomach cancers

Feb 17 3:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
New research finds that gaining weight from the age of 20 may increase the risk of developing esophageal and stomach cancers later in life.
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The Outfit This Little Girl Chose for Picture Day Made the Internet Go Crazy!

Feb 16 4:52pm The Breast Cancer Site Blog
This adorable child is brilliant.
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New blood test could detect early-stage pancreatic cancer

Feb 16 4:32pm cancer – Scope Blog
Pancreatic cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death, because it is seldom detected before the disease has spread to other organs. Only 8 percent of people with pancreatic cancer survive five or more years after diagnosis. Now, researchers hope to change this bleak scenario with an improved blood test that can detect early-stage ...Read More...
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Cancer and Counter-Culture Courage

Feb 16 1:53pm OncoLink Cancer Blogs
Since bringing my 89-year-old mother-in-law, Ivalene, home from the hospital where she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, we’ve both been hit with the upper respiratory plague that’s been going around. The most energy I’ve expended has been in heating up chicken broth, making mugs of TheraFlu, and throwing a fleece blanket into the dryer to tuck around […] The post Cancer and Counter-Culture Courage appeared first on OncoLink Cancer Blogs.
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Getting Back to Work: SSDI Employment Supports

Feb 16 10:15am Triage Cancer Blog
Returning to work after being out because of a serious medical condition can be a scary prospect.  It usually takes a person quite a long time to get approved for SSDI benefits, so the thought of giving up those benefits … Continue reading → The post Getting Back to Work: SSDI Employment Supports appeared first on Triage Cancer Blog.
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Researchers identify phosphorylation process vital to cancer growth

Feb 16 9:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
Scientists at VIB-KU Leuven have identified a new mechanism that impacts tumor growth.
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When Cancer Leads to Workplace Discrimination

Feb 16 9:00am Cancer.Net Blog
Language English February 16, 2017nicole.van.hoeyPeople with cancer may face many challenges at work during and after a cancer diagnosis and treatment, including subtle or direct discrimination. Learn how to prevent, identify, and handle possible discrimination at work.
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Shaped by the Past, Pancreatic Cancer Patient Takes Things Day by Day

Feb 16 6:00am Insight
  By Yvette Kaplan From her early days growing up in Hungary, Yvette Kaplan has possessed a strong will to survive. Whether it was German occupation during World War II, communism and a daring break for freedom as a teen, or cancer’s devastating impact on her family, she has met […]...
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Oesophageal cancer: Loss of muscle mass represents a significant risk to survival

Feb 16 3:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
Oesophageal cancer patients who suffer loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) during neoadjuvant therapy (chemotherapy prior to surgery) survive, on average, 32 months less than patients with no...
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Scalp cooling device may help reduce hair loss for women with breast cancer receiving chemotherapy

Feb 16 3:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
Two studies in JAMA examine hair loss among women with breast cancer who received scalp cooling before, during and after chemotherapy.
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We Order Anything From Anywhere In A Flash But Still Fill Out Paper Forms At The Doctors Office. Why?

Feb 15 2:40pm Dr. Len's Blog
In a world where in a moment I can order from thousands of items and have them delivered to my doorstep the same or next day at the press of a button without having to re-enter my name, address, and billing information each time, it would seem that filling out paper forms at the doctor’s office by hand to have someone else re-enter the information into a computer that doesn’t communicate with other computers in the same clinic system is craziness. And if someone doesn’t do it right, it can follow you everywhere forever–and you may never know. After some recent personal medical visits, I can’t imagine what it is like for cancer patients and families dealing with serious illness trying to navigate the complex system we call healthcare. It’s time we get the technology working for the patients, not making their lives even more difficult. In each of my encounters the s...
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Cancer: New method tags elusive tumors for targeted therapy

Feb 15 10:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
Some tumors are difficult to target because their cells have no unique receptors to tag. Now, researchers reveal a way to manually introduce them.
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Theres an App for That! (part 1 in a series)

Feb 15 9:00am OncoLink Cancer Blogs
Welcome to my newest blog series, “There’s an App for That!”  In this series, I’ll feature apps and features available on your mobile phone/tablet that can help you manage your cancer care.   Full disclosure: this entry of “There’s an app for that” focuses specifically on a tool available only on iphones and with the […] The post There’s an App for That! (part 1 in a series) appeared first on OncoLink Cancer Blogs.
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Improving Childhood Cancer Treatment Worldwide [Infographic]

Feb 15 6:00am Insight
Cancer knows no borders, and pediatric patients in low- and middle-income countries often have less access to quality care. The Global Health Initiative at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center exists to change this by improving outcomes and survival rates for children with cancer and blood disorders, regardless of […]...
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A pioneer of cancer drug discovery Professor Ken Harrap 19312017

Feb 15 5:38am Institute of Cancer Research
Our Chief Executive remembers Professor Ken Harrap, a pioneer of cancer research who was instrumental to the discovery of life saving treatments including carboplatin and raltitrexed, who died last week.
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Penn vet study shows how solid tumors resist immunotherapy

Feb 15 3:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
Immunotherapies have revolutionized cancer treatment, offering hope to those whose malignancies have stubbornly survived other existing treatments.
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Wear Your 2017 ICCD Shirts

Feb 14 10:29pm ACCO Blog
Help us honor the hundreds of thousands of children affected by childhood cancer around the world. Wear your ICCD Awareness T-Shirt today! Share photos of yourself and your family wearing your t-shirts with us! Every year, approximately 300,000 children and… Read more ›...
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ACCOs Work in Ethiopia

Feb 14 8:51pm ACCO Blog
ACCO’s Restricted Donations to Fund Programs for Children with Cancer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Today, on International Childhood Cancer Day, we join together with our partners in the childhood cancer community around the world to highlight the critical disparities in… Read more ›...
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ICCD 2017 Info Graphics

Feb 14 8:34pm ACCO Blog
“We Are One”: The World Comes Together for International Childhood Cancer Day 2017! “We Are One!” Today—Wednesday, February 15, 2017, International Childhood Cancer Day—the world will come together to honor and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of children and families… Read more ›...
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Healthcare Coverage

Feb 14 7:49pm ACCO Blog
Share Your Story: the Critical Role of Patient Protection Provisions in Healthcare Coverage Even as we speak, the future of the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called “Obamacare”) is being discussed and debated by politicians on both sides of the aisle… Read more ›...
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Hero of the Month: Deborah Biggerstaff

Feb 14 7:45pm Live Your Best Life
Deborah lost her father to colon cancer just one month after her first child was born. Since that time she has been an avid supporter ... read more...
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ICCD 2017

Feb 14 7:11pm ACCO Blog
“We Are One!” On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the world will come together to honor the hundreds of thousands of children and families the world over whose lives have been forever altered by childhood cancer. We invite you to join… Read more ›...
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Cold Caps May Prevent Hair Loss From Chemotherapy: What We KnowAnd What We Dont

Feb 14 1:28pm Dr. Len's Blog
Some information just released is creating a lot of enthusiasm about the use of cold caps to prevent hair loss from chemotherapy in women with breast cancer. But a deeper look into the data shows that this welcome news is not nearly as clear-cut as it might seem. And I’m afraid doctors explaining the potential limitations of these devices to patients hearing enthusiastic reports are going to be left holding the bag if this new treatment doesn’t work as intended. Let’s face it: losing one’s hair is traumatic, to say the least. For some folks, the risk of hair loss may affect their decisions about which chemotherapy treatment they should receive for their cancer, or whether they should receive it at all. No question: this is important to many women (and men) when faced not only with the trauma of treatment but with the very diagnosis of cancer itself. Two articles and commentar...
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Tiny Preemies In The NICU Are Swaddled In Love On Valentines Day

Feb 14 12:19pm The Breast Cancer Site Blog
They are so precious!...
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Climbing the Winding Staircase: Navigating Complementary Approaches to Cancer Care

Feb 14 10:06am Triage Cancer Blog
by Oncology Social Worker Rita Abdallah, LISW-S, LCSW-C, ACSW When patients enter the cancer center doors for the first time, they see a tall, spiraling staircase. The mystery unfolds as they unwillingly take their first step onto the staircase. With … Continue reading → The post Climbing the Winding Staircase: Navigating Complementary Approaches to Cancer Care appeared first on Triage Cancer Blog.
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La donacin de mdula sea es fcil e importante: He aqu el motivo

Feb 14 9:00am Cancer.Net Blog
Language Spanish February 14, 2017amy.thompsonLa donación de médula ósea puede ser tan sencilla e indolora como la donación de sangre. He aquí lo que necesita saber acerca del tejido salvador dentro de sus huesos y el proceso actual de donación.
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Neurons support cancer growth throughout the body

Feb 14 9:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
Cancer cells rely on the healthy cells that surround them for sustenance. Tumors reroute blood vessels to nourish themselves, secrete chemicals that scramble immune responses, and, according to...
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Good Care is a Partnership Between Patient and Doctor

Feb 14 8:00am OncoLink Cancer Blogs
I spend much of my time helping seriously ill patients navigate the health care system. As a result, I’m constantly talking with patients about their interactions with doctors and other health professionals. Although each encounter is unique, I’m increasingly aware of some universal truths that contribute to good patient-doctor encounters. Not surprisingly, good encounters require […] The post Good Care is a Partnership Between Patient and Doctor appeared first on OncoLink Cancer Blogs.
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How to Educate Kids About Cancer Prevention

Feb 14 6:00am Insight
While not all cancers can be prevented, there are a number of strategies and techniques to help reduce cancer risk, even for those with inherited cancer genes. It’s important to start implementing healthful habits early in life, and as a parent, to educate kids about the importance of cancer prevention. […]...
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New method reduces adverse effects of rectal cancer treatment

Feb 14 3:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
A new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows that short-course preoperative radiotherapy combined with delayed surgery reduces the adverse side-effects of rectal cancer surgery without...
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Newfound effect of cancer drug may expand its use

Feb 14 3:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
A drug first designed to prevent cancer cells from multiplying has a second effect: it switches immune cells that turn down the body's attack on tumors back into the kind that amplify it.
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What can cancer research learn from the origin of life?

Feb 13 7:38pm Institute of Cancer Research
It was standing room only when UCL's Dr Nick Lane presented at the ICR's annual 'Darwin Lecture' last week. Dr Christopher Tape was in attendance to find out why cancer biologists should be interested in the 'evolutionary big bang' that gave rise to eukaryotic cells.
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Genitourinary Cancers Research: Immunotherapy, Gut Microbiome, and Liquid Biopsy

Feb 13 5:00pm Cancer.Net Blog
Language English February 13, 2017Monika.JoshiIn this podcast, Dr. Sumanta Pal gives an overview of research that will be shared at the 2017 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium.
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Research Highlights from the 2017 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, with Sumanta Kumar Pal, MD

Feb 13 5:00pm Cancer.Net Podcasts
In today’s podcast, Dr. Sumanta Kumar Pal will discuss three studies highlighted at the 2017 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, including two studies on metastatic kidney cancer and one study on metastatic prostate cancer.  Cancer Research News...
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What do you do when you find yourself single again after cancer?

Feb 13 1:30pm Live Your Best Life
It’s that time of year again, after the big major holidays have passed and before the beautiful, renewing Spring weather returns, that we find pink ... read more...
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Neural network learns to select potential anticancer drugs

Feb 13 9:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
Scientists from Mail.Ru Group, Insilico Medicine and MIPT have for the first time applied a generative neural network to create new pharmaceutical medicines with the desired characteristics.
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Tips for Maintaining Intimacy during Cancer

Feb 13 6:00am Insight
Cancer and its treatment can affect every aspect of a patient’s life, and many patients talk about how to find a “new normal” after a cancer diagnosis. Sharon Bober, PhD, director of Dana-Farber’s Sexual Health Program, says part of this new normal can be changes in your sexual and intimate […]...
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IFT20 protein's role in helping cancer cells to invade

Feb 13 3:00am Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
An international research team has discovered that the IFT20 protein helps some cancer cells to invade by facilitating the transportation of membranes and proteins within parts of the cell.
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No Undy Run/Walk Near You? Think Outside the Boxers!

Feb 10 6:34pm Live Your Best Life
What do you do if there isn’t a run or walk in your city? One option is to contact our Special Events team to see ... read more...
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Going the Distance for Colon Cancer

Feb 10 5:48pm Live Your Best Life
Are you willing to go the distance to fight colon cancer? Willing to take the next step (or next 10,000 steps!) in knocking out this ... read more...
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Rethinking Gratitude

Feb 10 9:00am OncoLink Cancer Blogs
When I was working on the inpatient unit and in the oncology clinic, I was struck by many things. The range of emotions experienced was quite incredible—everything from hope and optimism, to pain and suffering. One thing that always struck me was that often, no matter how difficult the situation, was the need for patients […] The post Rethinking Gratitude appeared first on OncoLink Cancer Blogs.
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