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BY Layne Compston

I learned early on that my mom is more fragile than most people.

Radiation treatments she received as a teenager for stage III nasopharyngeal carcinoma — a type of throat cancer — left her much more vulnerable to head injuries. And if a bone were ever to break in her face, it most likely would never heal.

My mom can get severe whiplash very easily, too, because she had so many muscles removed from her neck as part of salivary...

Salivary gland cancer survivor Laura Compston with her son, Layne Compston

BY Laura Compston

I resisted getting a feeding tube for as long as I could. I knew I’d have to use one eventually, but I didn’t feel ready for a long time....

BY Laura Compston

I’ve been struggling to make myself understood ever since I was a senior in high school. In April 1985, I was diagnosed with stage III nasopharyngeal...

BY Laura Compston

After being treated for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (a rare type of throat cancer) in 1985 and salivary gland cancer in 2016, speaking has become a real challenge for me. I can still talk, but sometimes my speech is hard for others to understand.

Because of this, sometimes people try to help me in ways that aren’t really useful. So here are some “dos” and “don’ts” for how to be an ally to a cancer patient (or anyone else) with speech...

Cancerwise blog post: Laura Compston, salivary gland cancer and nasopharyngeal carcinoma survivor, discusses how to be an ally for cancer patients and others with speech challenges

BY Andrew Futreal, Ph.D.

 

While its name was inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s ambitious goal to put a man on the moon, the Moon Shots Program...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Music has always been a part of James McManus’ life. The middle son in a family of musicians, he was the lead singer of a rock ‘n roll band...

BY Casey Thaler

When I started college, I had a specific vision of where my life was heading – I was going to be an Air Force pilot. I had a full Air Force...

BY Scott Courville

I wish the HPV vaccine had been available when I was younger.

If it had been, I might not have developed the tonsil cancer that stole...

BY Scot St. Martin

Historically, a lot of people who’ve had cancer didn’t have good outcomes. But it’s through their hardships — and the continuous breakthroughs...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Singer Kimmie Rhodes had been married to legendary music producer Joe Gracey for 28 years when he died of metastatic esophageal cancer in...