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Living with Cancer: It can’t all be sunshine and roses

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


Life is hard enough under normal circumstances, but you get thrown into the lion’s den when you are diagnosed with cancer. Its something that changes you forever, whether you want it to or not. The diagnosis and the fallout usurp every fiber of who you are before cancer. If you are lucky, you get cured, but you can’t forget. Some of us are able to shake it off or move on and become survivors. I am not one of them.


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A Breath of Fresh Air

AnneMarieCeratoby Anne Marie Cerato, Living with Cancer


We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.

-Martin Luther King Jr.



For a very long time, lung cancer research had languished and little improvement occurred in treatments and patient care. Most required chemo, radiation, or invasive surgery, or perhaps a combination of all three. Despite these interventions, many patients died.  It was a pretty hopeless time.

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The Need for Lung Cancer Literacy

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


November 1st marked Lung Cancer Awareness Month in Canada and the US. It received little fan-fare and still largely goes unnoticed. After all we don’t have cute logos, fancy ribbons, big marketing campaigns, and many media outlets just don’t pick up the lung cancer story. So what do we have? We have numbers, we have stigma, and we have hope.

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End Stage Chemotherapy: A physician’s perspective

Paul Wheatley-Priceby Paul Wheatley-Price BSc, MBChB, MRCP (UK), MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Division of Medical Oncology, Chair of Medical Advisory Committee, Lung Cancer Canada


One of the hardest discussions between an oncologist and their patient occurs at the time of transition from active anti-cancer therapy to best supportive care alone. This consultation has been reported as one of the most stressful faced by the physician, and of course is a nodal event for the patient. It is also clear that patients want their physicians to be honest, up to date and compassionate in these meetings.


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The New Face of Lung Cancer

LungCancer2by Anne Marie Cerato, CKN Young Adult Section Co-Editor, Living with Lung Cancer 

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is devastating and life altering, but as a young adult with lung cancer the challenge was even more daunting. Like most people I was oblivious to the fact that I could get lung cancer, after all as a young woman I thought I was more likely to get breast cancer because I had breasts. I never fathomed that because I had lungs I could get lung cancer. I know differently now.

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Author Commentary: The potential role for acupuncture for treating symptoms in patients with lung cancer: an observational longitudinal study

accupunctureby Dr. Goulnar Kasymjanova

We recently wrote a paper called: “The potential role for acupuncture for treating symptoms in patients with lung cancer: an observational longitudinal studyand discussed whether acupuncture is useful for symptom improvement in lung cancer patients.

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