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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.

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Free Programs Help Smokers Quit

Ask smokers why they want to quit, and the answers come readily. For my health. To protect my loved ones from secondhand smoke. To stop the detrimental effects on my breath, teeth and skin. But smoking is among the most difficult addictions to shake. More

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People Profile: Second Opinion, Second Chance

In April 1998, a physician gave Dorothy Koch sobering news. “He said I had stage IV lung cancer — and just a few months to live. He said no treatment could help me,” Koch says. More

The Touch That Counts

Sometimes a gentle touch is all it takes to remove our worries or pain. When that touch comes from a trained professional who can pinpoint “energy zones” on our bodies, research suggests it may have positive effects as a supplemental treatment for the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. More

Finding Answers to Depression Among the Underserved

The prevalence of depression in patients with cancer is estimated to be 15% to 30%, a rate 3 to 5 times greater than in the general population. However, it is well documented that providers often fail to detect patients’ distress, and that patients often do not disclose it. More

Slow to Develop, Mesothelioma Turns Aggressive

A struggle to catch your breath. Pain in the front or back of the chest. A cough that won’t go away. These may be the first signs of malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. More

Would You Share Your Cancer Experience?

Would you be willing to share your cancer experience with a newly diagnosed patient or a pediatric caregiver? If so, call the Anderson Network about becoming a member of our adult or pediatric telephone support lines. More