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

Choosing to Help Other Patients after Surviving Lung Cancer

Tomma Hargraves

After surviving stage 3B non-small cell lung cancer, Tomma worked to support others with the disease and now works as a patient lay navigator.

Read more in the Cancer Progress Report 2019
Anticipating a Long Life Thanks to Targeted Therapy

Keith Taggart

When Keith's salivary gland cancer spread throughout his body and he was given just weeks to live, the Oklahoma City man turned to a clinical trial for a therapy that targeted the mutation driving his disease. Read Keith's survivor story.

Read more in the Cancer Progress Report
Living Well With Stage 4 Lung Cancer

Donna Fernandez

When chemotherapy didn't halt her cancer, Donna Fernandez turned to an immunotherapy trial drug to keep the disease in check.

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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.

Read more in Cancer Today magazine
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.

Read more in Cancer Today magazine
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