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Introducing Rosemary and her Cystaract

She named her blog after a cyst: that cyst led to her breast cancer diagnosis in 2015. She posts blog articles and videos, and she is soon going to be a grandmother! Please allow us to introduce Rosemary.

Myths about prostate cancer risk in families, PSA testing and more

Does prostate cancer "run in the family"? Is PSA testing any good? What happens when prostate cancer returns after treatment? There are plenty of myths about the most common cancer in men - and here we shed some more light on a few of them.

Miranda suggests to look after yourself, and start blogging

Miranda started blogging immediately after her breast cancer diagnosis. She thought it was a good way to help others who are going through the same experiences, and also help her look back.

Myths on lung cancer in young people, smoking and prevention

Did you know that 10-20% of lung cancer patients have never smoked? Is it worth it to quit smoking after a lung cancer diagnosis? Some of these myths may surprise you.

If life is a marathon, Jackie is happy to run it

Jackie volunteers for breast cancer charities, runs half marathons, and is only weeks away from her first full marathon! And that's only 2 years after her breast cancer diagnosis!

On cancer genetics, hair loss, and… anti-perspirants

Is cancer hereditary? Does it cause hair loss itself? And will one get it if they use antiperspirant? These, and more, are myths that deserve answers.

Mobile phones, later risk from surgery, and other myths

Do mobile phones cause cancer? If a patient has surgery, will it increase the odds of cancer spreading? Let’s address some of these myths.

From nurse, to patient, to blogger - meet Dawn

Dawn is a talented writer, with an incredible story that includes a brain tumour, breast cancer, multiple operations and medical treatments. And when she answered our questions, she made it all look so easy.

For Maddie, blogging adds perspective

Maddie started blogging only a few days after her breast cancer diagnosis. As if that wasn’t enough, during her radiotherapy treatments she started a breast and testicular cancer awareness charity called Feel Yourself Campaign.

How Marie is talking openly about breast cancer

Marie has been blogging since 2015, and has a unique way of writing about her experiences with breast cancer. This has even led others to reach out to her. Let’s get to know her better…

Patient consent forms

Fiona Nielsen is working 24/7 to promote efficient and ethical human genomic data sharing. She recently published a very interesting article on the need to modernise the "consent form".

Introducing FEC-THis

Please allow us to introduce Tracy, who has been blogging since her HER2-positive diagnosis of breast cancer in 2012. She was kind enough to tell us more about herself and her blog (whose name is certainly perplexing for the “uninitiated”). We heard her views on sharing experiences with cancer, some links to other blogs she follows, and we were glad to hear she is also participating in a clinical trial!

Homeopathy and conventional cancer medicine

Homeopathy is often viewed as an alternative approach to cancer treatment. Actually, in collaboration with conventional medicine and under the doctor's guidance, it may help the patient’s body, and improve their general mental and emotional wellbeing. 

Introducing Melanoma Rollercoaster

We first met Imogen at the European Cancer Congress in Vienna in 2015. She has been blogging about melanoma since September 2013, and has become very active in the UK & European melanoma patient community. We naturally wanted to get to know her more, so we asked her a few questions.

Highlights on lung cancer from the ASCO congress

The annual congress of American Society of Clinical Oncology is the most important meeting of oncologists worldwide, with about 35,000 delegates. This year, in lung cancer and mesothelioma, several developments were announced with interest to patients.

Scars on the body and soul of a cancer survivor

In this week’s stories, we read about the scars on the body and the soul of a cancer survivor and we learn what we can do to protect ourselves from a rare type of breast cancer.

Overcoming breast cancer with our strength and our caregivers’ support

Cancer is a challenging period in every patient’s life. Although you may feel that it changes you, your family will always love you and help you realize how strong you are. After all, those who care about you will always manage to find a way to turn the negative side into a positive one. These are stories written by women who have experienced it one way or another.

An expert answers our questions on targeted treatments for kidney cancer

Dr Ekaterini Boleti is a medical oncologist at the Royal Free Hospital in London, United Kingdom. She is an acknowledged expert on renal cancer, with a particular focus on novel treatments including immunotherapy and targeted therapies.

Promising results in immunotherapy

Professor Håkan Mellstedt is a medical oncologist at the Cancer Center Karolinska in Sweden, with extensive clinical and academic experience. In this article, Prof. Mellstedt, also a member of our Scientific Committee, explains the basics of immunotherapy and key research being conducted across cancer types.

The roller coaster ride called cancer

What is more difficult, fighting cancer yourself or watch your child fight it? Are we the ones to blame for the rise of cancer nowadays? Is there a link between baldness and prostate cancer? What do you think?

The right attitude during and after cancer - Bloggers speak up

“A bad attitude is like a flat tire. If you don’t change it you’ll never go anywhere.” Some patients have gotten this 100% right, and they apply this principle both during and after their treatments. And if you like quotes, here’s one to write down: “Fear isn’t real, it’s all in your head”.

Optimism, strength, determination, compassion and humor against cancer

On our ride around the web, we came across inspiring stories of people facing cancer: the story of Kathy who decides to take her destiny into her own hands; of another blogger who faces cancer with optimism and humor; and of Nancy, who writes a book to help other cancer fighters face their fears. We met a woman with epilepsy and cancer and realized how difficult her daily pill routine is. Then, we learned that sometimes breast cancer is pictured inappropriately, and some women find this frustrating. Our last story is the touching monologue of a breast cancer survivor as she waits for her bone scan…

Bullying, nutrition, exercise, a special movie - and more from around the web

The web offered various gems this week: A young cancer survivor showed all of us how to handle bullying. We read about how exercise affects survival after a cancer diagnosis, as well as various responses when tobacco products were banned from being shown in small shops in the UK. Finally, in the US, a much-anticipated 6-hour documentary about cancer was released.

Life is a blessing

There are many inspiring women in the world. Women who keep fighting cancer and who find a way to win their life back. As if that were not enough, they find the courage to communicate their experience to others, who just like them, needed help. Let’s see their stories.

Would cancer make an exception for a Hollywood star?

Cancer does not make exceptions. This disease is unexpected and can affect each and every one of us… even Hollywood stars. Read the latest from blogs and around the web, including reactions to Angelina Jolie's article and personal stories of hope, persistence and inspiration.

We all react differently to cancer

Have you ever considered what you would do if you discovered that you had cancer? And if you have, how did you react when you learned about it? How does such knowledge change your attitude towards life? People with cancer react in different ways. Some of them try to understand the disease and find a way to stay strong and keep fighting. On the other hand, there are patients who don’t even try to recover. Read the following stories and you will understand exactly what I mean.

We are not “Cancer patients”, we are “Cancer fighters”

“When cancer reached the gate of my life, I decided to fight back and not let it steal my dreams. I decided to strike with power and no matter how many injuries and scars I got, I would win that battle, because it was the battle of my life”.

Colon cancer: treatment options, genetic testing and biomarkers

Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. We asked Professor Hans-Joachim Schmoll, a member of the CareAcross Scientific Committee and a very experienced medical oncologist a few questions on treatment options, genetic testing and biomarkers.

Multiple Myeloma: genetics and treatment options

Professor Heinz Ludwig, member of the CareAcross Scientific Committee, is an expert in multiple myeloma, based in Austria. During our interview with him, he answered a few questions on the latest developments that are important for all multiple myeloma patients.

A world expert in lung cancer research answers our questions

Federico Cappuzzo is an expert in personalized treatment for lung cancer. We recently asked him to address important issues for patients’ lung cancer screening and treatment.

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