When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 29, doctors immediately sent me for genetic testing.
The most satisfying aspect of my job is when I meet a patient who is suffering from a rare disease that until very recently was untreatable, but which today can be treated with a newly-approved medication. Last May, at my organization's annual dinner, we invited four patients to come to the podium to discuss their diseases.
A few weeks ago I was asked to speak on a panel about survivorship, so I called on my friends Isabel, Carrie and Suzan to see if they could spend a little time telling some folks about what it's like to do cancer.
A new law hopes to speed drug development for therapies in the age of biomarker-driven treatment.
Patients should research both the surgeon and the technique when deciding on treatment.
Setting goals during treatment can help patients to the finish line.