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The Reality of Life After Cancer

StephanieMadsenRecentby Stephanie Madsen, Living with Cancer

Treatment ends. Your hair begins to sprout anew. Your skin slowly smooths. Your energy levels rise. You can look in the mirror and see remnants of the person you once were. You’ve trudged through the hardest journey of your life and bear the scars that tell the story. Your doctors share the latest results from your scans and there is no evidence of disease. You’re cancer-free.

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Living your Best Life in Spite of the Shadow of Cancer

ClarissaShilstraby Clarissa Schilstra, Living with Cancer, CKN Advisory Board Member


When I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at 2 ½ years old, I never imagined it would ever come back.  For leukemia survivors, your risk of relapse decreases significantly as years go by, all the way down to a less than 5% chance of relapse by ten years after your initial diagnosis.  When that seemingly impossible occurrence became a reality for me, I was just about to turn 13.  I could not believe it.  Now that I have been through a cancer relapse, I feel that there is no number of years that will guarantee me safe from cancer.


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Risk Factors for Breast Cancer in AYA Women: A Literature Review

LornaLarsenby Lorna Larsen RN, BScN, Team Shan President


AYA = 15-39 years of age

Team Shan Breast Cancer Awareness for Young Women (Team Shan) is a national charity dedicated to educating the public, health care professionals and young women about early detection, risk reduction and prevention of breast cancer. Team Shan has developed a comprehensive social marketing model to inform young women in Canada about their breast cancer risk and breast health information. Team Shan has regularly commissioned literature reviews on the current evidence available on breast cancer in young women. The reviews have guided Team Shan breast cancer awareness campaign messaging and efforts to reach this population at risk.


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It takes a village: Fighting cancer with the right team

Jessica (left) and her Oncologist

by Jessica Sultaire, Living with Cancer


Up until my early twenties, the only doctors I really knew were my pediatrician, dentist, and OB-GYN. The doctor/patient relationship was cordial, routine, and a blip on the radar in the grand scheme of my life. I mean, doctors are people who give you a z-pack and send you on your way, right?


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Helping Ourselves, Helping Others: The Young Women’s Breast Cancer Study

LidiaSchapiraby Lidia Schapira MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; Ann Partridge MD, MPH, Dana Farber Cancer Institute; Shoshana Rosenberg, MPH Dana Farber Cancer Institute; Katherine Ruddy MD, Mayo Clinic; Steven Come MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital


Established in 2006, Helping Ourselves, Helping Others (HOHO):  the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Study has enrolled more than 1,300 women who were 40 years or younger at the time of their diagnosis of breast cancer. These women were recruited from many participating institutions including Dana- Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, University of Colorado, Mayo Clinic, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada, as well as several affiliated community cancer centers. Led by Dr. Ann Partridge at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, many researchers are actively contributing to advance our understanding of the particular concerns faced by young women, to identify biological and psychological issues that require more research and that define the lived experience of young patients and survivors.

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Things to Consider When Starting the Cancer Treatment Journey

 Clarissaby Clarissa Schilstra Living with Cancer

I was diagnosed with leukemia the first time when I was two and a half years old, successfully completed that treatment, and lived a healthy life for eight years before facing the same cancer again.  It has been almost nine years since that relapse diagnosis and thankfully it has been almost seven years since I completed my relapse treatment.  But, no matter how long it has been since that fateful day of diagnosis, I remember it very clearly.  I remember that moment so clearly because it was a moment that redefined my life.


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