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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Two-time widower Paul Nielsen was in excellent health at age 67. So the former marathon runner knew something was wrong when he started feeling tired all the time in the fall of 2015.

“I had to nap for a couple of hours almost every afternoon,” he says. “I couldn’t even make it to supper.”

Though concerned by his fatigue, Paul put off investigating it until his regular annual physical in January 2016. That’s when blood tests...

Cancerwise blog post: acute myeloid survivor Paul Nielsen connected with the woman that eventually became his wife during his cancer treatment, including a stem cell transplant

BY Pamela J. Schlembach, M.D.

Like many types of cancer treatment, radiation therapy can cause side effects and have a profound impact on patients. Many of my patients...

BY Estelle Racusin

After my double mastectomy in 2002, I vividly remember running on the beach and hearing some teenagers making fun of my child-like figure....

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

As Barb White has learned, life’s other challenges don’t stop when you’re diagnosed with cancer.

In February 2014, Barb -- then age 50 -- underwent a hysterectomy to remove a large, suspicious cyst on her uterus. A blood test had already prepared her for a strong likelihood of cancer, but it wasn’t until the surgery that Nicole Fleming, M.D., was able to make a formal diagnosis: stage IIB ovarian cancer.

“If I hadn’t had...

Cancerwise blog post: Survivor learns to cope with stress during ovarian cancer treatment

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

If you’re always feeling physically, mentally or emotionally exhausted, you’re not alone. Fatigue is the most common side effect experienced...

BY Linda Ryan

The HPV vaccine prevents several cancers, and it could have prevented mine. When I speak out in support of the HPV vaccine as a recurrent...

BY Pamela Schlembach, M.D.

"I just want a good night's sleep, doctor." This is something I hear very frequently from my cancer patients on our weekly visits...

BY Carissa Lucas

As a 25-year-old athlete with an almost perfect health history, my lymphoma diagnosis was a crushing blow. It happened so quickly that I almost...

BY Dave Balachandran, M.D.

Sleep is fundamental to life. From the smallest single cell organisms to living, breathing human beings, every creature on earth gets rest...