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Fall/Winter 2010 Issue

Momentum: Moving toward a future without cancer.

  • “Did You Smoke?”

    It's the first question lung cancer patients are asked. Is this smoking stigma choking progress in lung cancer?

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    “Did You Smoke?”
  • Words to Live By

    Confronting cancer through expressive writing

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    Words to Live By
  • DNA Mechanics

    Genome maintenance systems keep cells on track

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    DNA Mechanics
  • Cancer Care Gets Personal

    New test helps personalize care choices for melanoma, some lung tumors

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    Cancer Care Gets Personal


A Closer Look

For more than 30 years, surgical nurse Carolyn Watts, M.S.N., R.N., has tended to patients’ wounds. But healing, she notes, is about more than just the physical wounds. As she often tells nursing students: “Look at the whole patient, and not just the hole in the patient.” This holistic approach is especially important in cancer […]


Bomar Herrin, M.D., never missed a workout. At 58, he was averaging 16 pull-ups, punching the speed bag and doing the grueling P90X exercise program. But during his regular weightlifting routine in July 2009, Herrin felt something snap near his right shoulder. Drawing on his 30-year career as an emergency medicine physician, he thought he […]

Stories of Survival

“It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.” – John Steinbeck In late January of 2006, I was looking neither at tide pools, nor at stars. I was staring intently – just as I am now, as I’m writing this – into a […]