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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, Ludmir favored a character who got much less screen time: the man tasked with controlling the Death Star’s laser beams.

Today, Ludmir’s work as a radiation oncologist in Gastrointestinal Radiation Oncology has certain similarities to the movies he grew up watching. But instead of using lasers...

Ethan Ludmir, M.D.

BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, you may have heard of the Whipple procedure. This complex surgery is...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Hand-foot syndrome (also called palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia) is a side effect of some chemotherapy drugs that can cause redness, swelling...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Jon Humphrey was apprehensive about having his chemotherapy port installed. In June 2020, he was preparing to start chemotherapy for bile duct cancer after months of mysterious symptoms: weight loss and a hard lump on his stomach that he thought might be a hernia in January, feelings of fatigue in February, bloating and discomfort in March and April. And now, he had traveled from his home in Salt Lake City to begin a clinical trial.

Bile duct cancer Jon Humphrey with his wife

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

Courage. Hope. Love. Faith. Strength. Wisdom. These are a few of the gifts that our cancer survivors shared with us on Cancerwise this past...