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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Becky Van Curen’s family had no history of cancer. So, when she was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015, she was shocked and scared.

“My only symptoms were feeling tired a lot and a cough that wouldn’t go away,” she says. “I thought it was just a cold.”

Fortunately, Becky’s cancer was caught fairly early. So, surgery and three years of targeted therapy under Craig Kovitz, M.D., put her in remission for almost four years...

Close-up selfie of Kkidney cancer survivor Becky Van Curen

BY Karen Vollmering

Radiation therapy is one of the most common forms of cancer treatment. It uses high-energy X-rays to pinpoint and destroy cancer cells. Radiation...

BY Gina Van Thomme

Ethan Ludmir, M.D., grew up watching Star Wars. But unlike other fans, his favorite character wasn’t Luke Skywalker or Han Solo. Instead,...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

One of the most difficult aspects of treating lung cancer with radiation therapy is determining the best way to deliver it. Ideally, doctors want to provide the most effective dose to a tumor while limiting exposure to healthy adjacent organs, tissues and structures.

The challenge with lungs is that they’re always in motion. This can make it difficult to keep radiation focused directly on tumors.

“Right now, we have to ask...

Illustration of proton therapy beam targeting lung cancer

BY Ronda Wendler

When Fran Sargent’s doctor in Michigan said he’d need to remove her entire left lung to confirm she had cancer, her response was swift.

BY Deborah Schroeder

I started using cigarettes in the early 1970s, when I was just 16. I smoked a pack a day for more than 35 years. I didn’t quit until my granddaughter...

BY Devon Carter

A decade ago, pancreatic cancer was treated with five to six weeks of radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Patients often experienced side...

BY Jessica Garcia

In the last five years, I’ve competed in 10 professional outrigger canoeing competitions across North and South America. I’ve also had stereotactic...