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Accessing a Clinical Trial During the Pandemic

Allyson Pile

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the United States, Allyson Pile and her oncologist worked to continue her access to her clinical trial drugs and tests that were keeping her stage 4 medullary thyroid cancer at bay.

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A Recovery Mindset

Laurie Betts

Researcher and esophageal cancer survivor Laurie Betts leans into past lessons learned, including the value of service to others, to get through cancer.

Read more in Cancer Today magazine
The View From a CAR T-Cell Clinical Trial

Ellen Reich

After exhausting her treatment options, Ellen Reich got CAR T-cell treatment for multiple myeloma through a clinical trial.

Read more in Cancer Today magazine
Control What You Can

CiCi Rojas

Business leader CiCi Rojas takes life lessons from lymphoma.

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Grinding Through It

Connor Joe

Connor Joe’s grit and determination helped him return to major league baseball after surgery and chemotherapy for testicular cancer that had spread to his lung.

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Navigating Metastatic Gastric Cancer During the Pandemic

Rachel Orth

COVID-19 diagnoses for Rachel Orth and her husband led to a month-long delay in getting several procedures to qualify for a clinical trial.

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A Pandemic-delayed Colonoscopy and a Diagnosis of Precancerous Polyps

Wenora Johnson

Wenora Johnson’s annual colonoscopy was delayed by four months due to the pandemic. For the 55-year-old woman with Lynch syndrome, the delay brought home the impact of COVID-19 and the importance of cancer screening.

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Despite Vaccination, the Blood Cancer Patient Doesn’t Have COVID-19 Antibodies

Larry Saltzman, MD

After participating in a clinical trial for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Dr. Larry Saltzman is still vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, despite being vaccinated and boosted.

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Managing Metastatic Melanoma Despite an Interruption in Treatment Due to the Pandemic

Federico de Armas Heinzen

COVID-19 travel restrictions meant Federico de Armas Heinzen couldn’t get to Los Angeles for the ongoing clinical trial that was keeping his stage 4 melanoma in check.

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Breast Cancer Treatment Interrupted By COVID-19

Julie Campbell

Despite taking precautions and getting vaccinated, Julie Campbell contracted COVID-19, which interrupted her ongoing treatment for triple-negative breast cancer.

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