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February 2022 Vol 8 No 1

Facing Cancer Head-On
Issue Introductions
This February 2022 issue covers many bases, from a heartbreaking story of a mother who swims to honor her 14-year-old daughter’s last wish before dying of bone cancer, to hospice and end-of-life care, to dealing with emotional stress, and more.
How I Survived Ovarian Cancer During a Pandemic
Patient StoriesOvarian Cancer
Melanie Shepard was diagnosed with stage IIIB ovarian cancer during the pandemic; she shares her experience of receiving treatment and support during these uniquely stressful times.
Pins and Needles
Art Therapy
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021, Kim Kleinhardt made a mixed-media triptych collage to chronicle her journey, featuring her mother’s old dress patterns and medical records from her cancer care appointments.
How My One “No” Might Have Saved My Life
SurvivorshipBreast Cancer
At her annual mammogram, Katrina Shaw made a decision that turned into a stroke of good fortune and prevented a delay of her diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma.
The Lump in My Throat
Patient StoriesThyroid Cancer
Lucia Hernandez was forced to have a thyroidectomy, removal of the entire thyroid to treat her cancer, which caused her anxiety after having had an emergency gallbladder surgery that did not go well.
Shorter Time of Radiation Reduces Side Effects in Some Patients with Throat Cancer Caused by HPV Infection
Throat CancerHPV Infection & Cancer
HPV is a major cause of throat cancer and is rising in the United States. Learn about the symptoms of throat cancer, treatment options, and the benefits of a shorter course of treatment for certain patients.
Honoring My Daughter’s Last Wish to Swim When She No Longer Could
Family MembersPediatric Cancer
Sometimes we have to deal with the impossible. Vicki Bunke’s daughter, Grace, died from osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, a day before her 15th birthday. This is a heartbreaking story of how Vicki honored her daughter’s life.
Using Visualization to Cope with Cancer
Stress ManagementDepression & CancerComplementary Therapies
Imagination is a concept not often heard in the medical world, but using imagination and visualization may help patients with cancer cope with the psychological strain of cancer, as Petra Sprik and Kari Dawson show.
Fighting Barriers to Care for Other Black Women After My Breast Cancer at Age 32
Patient AdvocacyDisparities in Cancer CareBreast Cancer
Maimah Karmo was diagnosed with stage II triple-negative breast cancer at age 32. After her diagnosis, she was emboldened to fight against the injustices and inequalities black women face in navigating medical care.
Kimmtrak First Drug FDA Approved for Metastatic Uveal Melanoma
FDA Approvals, News & UpdatesMelanoma
In January 2022, the FDA approved Kimmtrak (tebentafusp-tebn), a novel type of immunotherapy, for the treatment of adults with advanced or spreading uveal melanoma, a rare and aggressive type of melanoma that affects the eye. Kimmtrak is the first drug approved for this type of melanoma.
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