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Cancer Narratives: Virtual Loss, Real Pain


Using scientific research as a springboard for discussion, CKN is distilling this research into practical narratives that will improve the quality of life for patients and offer deeper understanding and connection for physicians.  Please join this Doctor-Patient conversation about Virtual Loss.


by Anne Marie Cerato, Living with Cancer, CKN Young Adult Section Editor

After I was diagnosed with cancer, I longed for connection, someone somewhere that could tell me I wasn’t alone. I found my tribe online. Actually I found a few tribes because my experience, like many out there, didn’t fit a neatly tied up definition of the cancer experience. I wasn’t just a young adult, or just a lung cancer patient, but a young adult with incurable ALK+ lung cancer. So eventually I found what I was looking for. I cannot tell you how powerful it is to connect with people who have walked in your shoes.

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Intimacy as an aspect of sexual health in women diagnosed with cancer

Intimacyby Stephanie Marie Leiva Espinosa, Marcela del Carmen, and Don S. Dizon Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, MA


Patients diagnosed with cancer have a reason to be optimistic. Breakthroughs in screening, surgical treatment, and medical therapy for malignancies have created a scenario where for many, cancer is curable, and even for those in whom cure is not a realistic option, living with cancer is more and more synonymous with other chronic conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes. As evidence, the American Cancer Society estimated that in 2013, the 5-year relative survival rate in the United States alone was approximately 70 percent.1 As a result, estimates are that cancer survivors constitute a population nearing almost 13 and 30 million in the US and worldwide, respectively.2
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