Dr. Bárbara Segarra-Vázquez’s breast cancer diagnosis in 2003 has led to a career of advocacy in cancer research as well as bringing the Hispanic experience to cancer clinicians.
Cancer can affect anyone, including young adults and teens. In these “Your Stories” podcasts from ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation, two survivors tell their stories about when a diagnosis of cancer changed everything.
A cancer researcher and a patient advocate discuss the role of the patient experience in advancing cancer breakthroughs and provide resources for new patient advocates.
People diagnosed with cancer often say they were stunned when they heard the news and unable to process what they heard afterward, as if a fog had obscured everything. After this initial shock, it is important to learn about what comes next. Leukemia survivor Doug Smith shares his experiences with coping with this fog.
After being diagnosed with cancer, journalist Loriana Hernandez-Aldama learned that living a healthy lifestyle before treatment begins can help you cope with and manage the challenges to come. This practice of preparing yourself for cancer treatment is sometimes called prehabilitation.
"I know too much. I don't know enough." Dr. Stephanie L. Graff interviews Dr. Kelly Shanahan, an OB/GYN living with metastatic breast cancer, about what it is like being a patient who is also a doctor.
Sarcoma survivor Valérie Sanja Tettinek shares how pursuing resilience helped her manage the emotional burden of her diagnosis. She also describes the mindfulness practices that empower her day after day.
“Even after I heard horror stories about the negative effects of indoor tanning, I knew they’d never happen to me. I couldn’t have been more wrong.” Ashley Drury shares her journey from tanning bed advocate to survivor of advanced melanoma.
Survivor and patient advocate Robert Harrison discusses how his metastatic prostate cancer is just one part of his life’s journey.