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We understand how overwhelming it can be when you or your loved one is coping with cancer.

The Cancer Center Newsletter was developed to ease some of the burden of this "information overload," by featuring various topics in an easy-to-understand format.

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Past Newsletters

January 2017 - Breaking through the stigma of palliative care

The word “palliative” has a specific definition: to ease pain and discomfort. But in medicine, including the treatment of cancer patients, palliative care has taken on a somber meaning, one synonymous with hospice or end-of-life care. That stigma and confusion make the idea of palliative care difficult to accept for some patients prevent some doctors from offering, therapies designed to lessen serious cancer-related symptoms and side effects. 

December 2016 -Survivorship: An important part of the cancer journey

Life changes for many patients after they receive a cancer diagnosis, and they often find that they have new needs, priorities and considerations they never had before. How will treatment affect them? What can they do to manage the risk of recurrence? How can they prepare to return to work and remain a vital member of the team? How can their friends and family support them, and receive support in return? There’s a term for the cancer experience: survivorship.

November 2016 - The science behind the gender differences in cancer

Men and women are different in many ways, from the organs in their bodies to the emotions they wear on their sleeves, even in how they approach an argument or take on a task. So it may come as little surprise that cancer—a disease influenced by genetics, biology and lifestyle habits—affects men and women differently, too. The question that still stumps scientists is: Why?

October 2016 - Getting schooled: Four lessons learned from breast cancer
For one doctor, few cancers are as strict a teacher about the disease as breast cancer. He learned key lessons from treating breast cancer that have contributed to his understanding the nature of other cancers and how to better treat patients.
September 2016 - New guidelines help doctors and patients with chronic pain management
Pain is one of the most common symptoms of cancer and its treatment, and if left unmanaged, experts say it may have serious impacts on patients’ quality of life and may even delay or disrupt treatment.