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BY Jim Allison, Ph.D.

For a long time, immunotherapy was considered nonsense by many people in mainstream cancer medicine. It had been tried for years, starting with a German scientist named Paul Ehrlich in 1906. There’d been a lot of other attempts since then, particularly in the 1960s and 1980s, but none of them really worked.

Unfortunately, there was a lot of hype around those efforts each time. So, when they didn’t pan out, the field as a whole...

Nobel Prize-winning immunotherapy researcher Jim Allison, Ph.D.

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...

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 on a regular basis.

Here are nine quotes that our patients and their caregivers shared with us on our Cancerwise blog this past year that reveal how they stayed motivated in the face of adversity. Our wish this holiday season is that at least one of them will help you through cancer, too.

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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...

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...