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How Suffering May Change You for the Better

April 17, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

Pat Killingsworth

One of my mentors in the cancer world is a man named Pat Killingsworth. He has multiple myeloma. He has devoted his life to helping others with the disease and writes a daily blog. Recently, I interviewed Pat and he talked about the future as he described living on “myeloma time.”[read more]

On the Road Again for Cancer Connections

April 10, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

web savvy patient

Over the next couple of weeks I will be traveling thousands of miles on long-distance flights to connect with other patients, in person. My personal mission is to help give voice to patients and facilitate the dialogue between patients and medical experts.[read more]

Cancer Patients' Use of the Internet for Medical Information

April 9, 2014 by Christina Thielst

cancer patients and internet use

Check out this infographic from Patient Power that collected information about cancer patients' use of the internet for medical information. Among the findings: the number one reason for searching was to stay updated on the latest news and research for their own condition.[read more]

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Patient Survey Shows How Patients Use Online Information

March 25, 2014 by Joan Justice
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patient survey

A recent survey of cancer patients by Patient Power yielded amazingly powerful results. Almost 1300 patients responded to the survey, 72% from the US and the rest from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South America. Patients surveyed noted that they checked for online updates surprisingly often.[read more]

ESPN’s Stuart Scott: Kickboxing Cancer

March 19, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott has been on ESPN since 2007. He’s one of the sport network’s most famous anchors and I hope he continues to do what he loves and what we love about him for a long time. How long that is, no one knows, but each day that he is there on screen and kickboxing at the gym is testimony that we can be stronger than cancer.[read more]

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One-on-One Cancer Support Empowers Patients

March 10, 2014 by Joan Justice

Jonny Imerman of Imermans Angels

“I've been there. I beat it. And so will you," says Jonny Imerman, cancer survivor and founder of Imerman Angels, a cancer support group that matches cancer survivors to cancer patients on a one-to-one basis. Started in 2006, Imerman Angels now has a roster of over 6,000 cancer survivor mentors and caregivers.[read more]

It's Counterintuitive: Cancer and Laughter

February 10, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

Dr. Michael Keating and CLL Patient Shari Brenner

For so many years, if you were told you had cancer, you equated that with death. And the path to that death was usually paved with treatments that caused pain, trauma, and cast a pall on your daily emotional and physical life. Cancer meant sadness. But for an increasing number of people today, the story is different.[read more]

Patient's Urgent and Ongoing Search for Cancer Information

February 3, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

Cancer patients seeking answers

Many patients today not only seek information at time of diagnosis, they continue to seek information for as long as 10 years after their diagnosis. Much of the quest is online, but it is also the willingness to make an extraordinary effort to attend in-person educational events.[read more]

2014: A Year of More Answers to Your Questions About Cancer

December 29, 2013 by Andrew Schorr

Dr. Michael Keating, CLL expert at MD Anderson Cancer

So often articles, programs and classes about serious illnesses talk AT you. It’s one-way communication. In 2014, we at Patient Power are going to ensure that’s not our approach. We want to get you the answers to your most pressing questions about the cancers we cover in depth.[read more]

UM Spinoff Takes Rare Adrenal Cancer Drug to Clinical Trials

December 11, 2013 by Deanna Pogorelc

A VC-backed company called Atterocor, a University of Michigan spinoff co-founded by a patient, is conducting a Phase 1 clinical study of a drug that it hopes could prolong the lives of patients with adrenocortical carcinoma, and cause fewer toxic side effects, than the current treatment option.[read more]

Cancer Immunotherapy: Combination Therapy May Be the "Way of the Future"

December 6, 2013 by Deanna Pogorelc

chemotherapy (Phil and Pam/Flickr)

Efforts to overcome the unusual ability of cancer cells to dodge the body’s immune response have reached an inflection point this year. And, at least according to some experts, commercial interest in cancer immunotherapies has gone through the roof.[read more]

Harvard Students Design ChemoPatch for Cancer Treatments Outside the Hospital

November 14, 2013 by Deanna Pogorelc

ChemoPatches (Theratech/Tech Briefs)

If cancer treatment were cheaper and easier to administer, it would be more accessible to early-stage cancer patients across the world. That’s the reasoning behind a disposable, electronic chemotherapy patch designed by a bright group of undergrads at Harvard.[read more]