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Network is a quarterly publication of the Anderson Network that features issues of interest to cancer patients, caregivers and health care professionals.

Beyond the Medical: Other Dimensions of Care
No matter how cancer enters your life — as a patient or a caregiver — once it arrives, your ability to function in the same way as before is compromised. While medical attention is crucial, cancer can impact other aspects of your life. 


'Live, Reach, Celebrate': A Second Life
As Gerald McRaney told more than 500 participants at Anderson Network’s 20th annual Living Fully With and Beyond Cancer Conference, a diagnosis of cancer marks the end of the “first life” and propels one into the “second life.” 

In the Fall 2008 Issue:

Don't Leave Home Without It: Preparing a Patient Safety 'Go' Form
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, nearly 350 cancer patients from Louisiana and Mississippi arrived on the steps of M. D. Anderson with no medical information and little knowledge about their treatment plans. 

People Profile: Mary Issa Zwald
When Mary Issa Zwald was diagnosed with breast cancer, she never spent time asking, “Why me?” Instead, she prepared herself for the battle ahead, waiting for what she calls the “black cloud” to pass. 

Yoga: Preparation for Whatever Life Throws at You
A yoga tale says that we are each allotted a certain number of breaths in life and by controlling our breathing we extend that life. 

Diabetes Drug Intrigues Investigators
Metformin, the common first-line drug for type 2 diabetes, may be effective in increasing pathologic complete response rates in diabetic women with early stage breast cancer who took the drug during chemotherapy prior to having surgery.

What About Me? Challenges and Resources for Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients
Adolescents and young adults have unique challenges to face when hit with a cancer diagnosis. Not only has the survival rate stayed relatively the same since 1975, resources are limited for adolescents and young adults compared to younger and older cancer patients.