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Read inspiring stories from cancer survivors to learn how research is transforming patient care and saving lives.

Focused on the Healing Power of Music

Billy Foster

Jazz musician and educator Billy Foster continues to work on his music as he battles metastatic kidney cancer.

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What It’s Like to Get a “C” in Graduate School

Carly Flumer

Carly Flumer reflects on being diagnosed with thyroid cancer four months into her graduate program.

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Surviving Cancer Thanks to Medical Research

Rocky Lagno

For recently married James "Rocky" Lagno molecularly targeted therapy for his non-small cell lung cancer meant a return to a quality of life similar to what he enjoyed prior to his diagnosis.

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Keeping Breast Cancer at Bay with Immunotherapy

Eva Joseph

After being diagnosed with stage 4 triple-negative breast cancer, Eva Joseph enrolled in a clinical trial for an immunotherapy-chemotherapy that has her enjoying retirement with her husband again.

Read more in the Cancer Progress Report
Choosing to Enjoy Life Despite Metastatic Breast Cancer

Lisa Quinn

Lisa Quinn was totally devastated when she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in July 2015. Eventually, however, she decided that she would make the most of the time that she has with her husband and young kids.

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Surviving Metastatic Breast Cancer; Advocating for Other Cancer Patients

Christine Hodgdon

Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 34, Christine's cancer journey took her from asking "What did I do wrong?" to "What can I do now?"

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Facing Cancer and a Pandemic at the Same Time

Kelly Conner, Jill Feldman, Sheila McGlown, and the Cunningham Family

Cancer patients and their families find new ways to support each other during the pandemic.

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Surviving Head and Neck Cancer Thanks to Immunotherapy

Bill McCone

When Bill's head and neck cancer spread and he was given a year to live, he turned to a clinical trial of an investigational cancer immunotherapy.

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Running Toward the Defeat of Ovarian Cancer

Kimberly Richardson

Kimberly's life was rocked when she was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. She became an advocate for her health and then for others faced with cancer.

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Living in the Moment With Metastatic Colon Cancer

Howard Brown

For two-time cancer survivor and advocate Howard Brown of Birmingham, Michigan, research provides hope while he lives with metastatic disease.

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