When Ra’Quan was 12 years old, he did not understand what having cancer meant, so when his mom told him that he had a bone tumor, the severity of the situation did not immediately strike him.
Coping with a cancer diagnosis can be extremely overwhelming. From managing appointments to coping with the emotional stress, the entire journey can turn your life upside down. That’s where Courtney Kelchlin and Adrian Donaldson come in.
There is no right way to deal with a cancer diagnosis. Everyone’s journey with the disease is unique, but sometimes advice from those who also went through it can help. Hear what patients and survivors have to say.
When I was 3-years-old, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Although I have been cancer free for 18 years, cancer continues to touch my life in a variety of ways. Most recently, I lost my Dad, Dave, to Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I try to stay connected to people who understand what I’m going through. It really helps to talk with others who get it.
Even though it’s often an essential part of patient treatment, no one looks forward to chemotherapy. At Roswell Park, doctors, nurses, practitioners and physician assistants are ready to help you navigate the chemotherapy roadmap, helping to make the process as comfortable as possible, by preparing and preventing side effects that may come with treatment.
When we think of clinical research, we may picture doctors and scientists collecting data or patients trying new treatment regimens. However, there’s an essential element behind every clinical research study that’s missing from this picture: clinical research nurses.
Everyone has a story to tell. Whether on a first date, job interview or happy hour with a new friend, there’s always a select version of our story that we choose to share. It usually includes where we went to school and how we found ourselves where we are today.
Twenty years ago, two longtime friends leaned on each other as they both went through treatment for breast cancer. Through hard work and advocacy, they helped create a center that extends the same support and friendship to hundreds of other women.