Live a thriving, full life with your cancer diagnosis. Here is how Jennifer Zarou is learning how to do just that!

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Find care and acceptance along with good advice who know what it means to live with a cancer diagnosis.

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Overcome negative thoughts and feelings while maintaining a realistic view of your cancer diagnosis.

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Being a care partner challenges one to the very core. It involves a commitment at both a physical and emotional level. It is often a full-time position, with lousy pay, much like having a job. There is no vacation. There are no days off. Your business is caring for an ailing, and oftentimes, dependent family member. It's not fun, and it definitely has its share of challenges. Despite the physical and emotional drain associated with being a care partner, good organizational skills can help you cope and make the job of care partnering seem less overwhelming. The benefits of good...

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[Editor’s Note:  This is reprinted by permission from Antidote.me, a digital health company on a mission working to accelerate the breakthroughs of potentially life-saving treatments, by bridging the gap between medical research and the people who need it.] Imagine if you – or a loved one – were dying and the doctors could only say, “We don’t know exactly what’s wrong. We know what disease you have, but we don’t know how it works and there’s no sure cure.” That was my situation ten years ago this month. I cried. I’d just been diagnosed with Stage IV kidney cancer. There...

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Patient Power impulsa un programa para eliminar las desigualdades en el tratamiento del cáncer en Estados Unidos La iniciativa puede extenderse a Europa en un futuro “La Medicina Personalizada (Precision Medicine) es el futuro, proporcionar a los pacientes información y acceso a este tipo de tratamientos significa darles unos años extra de supervivencia con calidad de vida”, afirma la activista y superviviente de cáncer de pulmón Janet Freeman-Daily Un consorcio de organizaciones de pacientes, startups y líderes de la industria farmacéutica ha lanzado Medicina de Precisión Para Mi (Precision Medicine For Me), un programa dedicado a ayudar a los pacientes...

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You may have heard that last week, with a dozen other organizations, we launched Precision Medicine for Me, a unique educational initiative aimed at ensuring that all lung cancer patients know about and have access to next-generation tumor testing. Antidote, along with Patient Power, noticed a problem: patients not served by major cancer centers often don’t have access to critical tumor testing. To address this problem—and many other big problems in healthcare—we believe that new collaborations are necessary and nimbleness is key. With this in mind, we set to work on a “skunkworks” project to address the tumor testing issue...

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Last week I attended the Precision Medicine World Conference in Mountain View, Calif. A few hundred next-generation sequencing scientists, business folks and vendors were there. But I was among the few patients who actually benefited from their work. That's a problem. So is the fact that my wife, Esther, and I led about the only session out of many that featured patients—stage IV lung cancer patients who are alive today because THEY pushed for state-of-the-art genomic testing, so they could get "precision medicine." Both patients, Don and Lisa, would not be alive without that approach. Our session, "How Immunotherapy Saved...

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Born a “sci-fi” fan, I can clearly remember years ago watching movies with all sorts of futuristic gadgets and gizmos that made amazing things happen.  If you believed it all then, we would someday be traveling to other planets, extending our life expectancy, producing fuel from readily available resources, doing surgery without large incisions and with amazingly short recovery times…And sure enough, the future became the present, and many of these far-fetched things have become our reality!  In that mix, there was always talk of scientists somehow unlocking the mysteries of human development, gaining an understanding of what makes each...

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I am sitting here staring at a blank sheet of paper, wondering what I have to say to you that will be worth your time reading it. I am no scientist. With the advent of chemo brain, I don’t even really enjoy reading and researching like I once did. So I have no great wisdom to impart What I do have to pass along is hope. Such a little word but one that has the ability to change your life. Hope crowds out anxiety and pushes away fear. It fills you with peace and can motivate you. “Where in the...

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