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BY Amanda Nerstad

Cancer does not run in my family, so when I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in September 2016, it came as a complete shock. I was a healthy and active 38-year-old wife and the mother of two young girls.

Since then, I’ve learned that anyone with lungs can get lung cancer. I’ve also learned how important it is to find a doctor and a medical team that you trust. I wanted people around me who were committed to finding a cure...

Stage IV lung cancer survivor Amanda Nerstad with her family

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...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Remaining hopeful during cancer treatment is as much an art as it is a skill. And, our cancer patients and their families demonstrate this...

BY Stephanie Cervantes

I didn’t even know I had stage IV lung cancer until I went to my doctor in September 2016 for back pain. A CT scan revealed large tumors on my left adrenal gland and right lung. They were taking up so much space in my chest and abdominal cavity that they were literally getting on my nerves.

For me, the pain caused by those tumors and the itchy skin rash I developed as a side effect of immunotherapy were the hardest parts of having...

Lung caner survivor Stephanie Cervantes

BY Stephanie Cervantes

If you break your leg, you’re not going to go to a heart surgeon. So if you have cancer, why wouldn’t you go to a world-renowned cancer hospital...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

As an 18-year-old, Lauren Rodriguez never suspected her lingering cough would turn out to be a lung cancer symptom.

“I was in shock...

BY Everette S. Gardner Jr.

I was preparing for heart surgery when I received a lung cancer diagnosis. The two health problems could have had dire results, but fortunately...

BY Devon Carter

You may know that a pulmonologist specializes in treating diseases like pneumonia and asthma, but these specialized doctors also play a key...

BY Bobbi Johnson-Filipiak

Everyone is dealt a card or two in life that will pose their greatest challenges. For me, that card was being diagnosed with stage III lung...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you — or your child — were diagnosed with cancer, what would you do? How would you handle the treatments and the side effects? How would...