Treatment Choices

Hope and Heirlooms

Christine Knight's family has always joked she was born with a needle in her hand. She began sewing at age 5 and has continued crafting her entire life. Like many wives and mothers with full-time jobs, her hobby came second to her busy life. That changed in fall 2013 when she was diagnosed with melanoma.

Quality of Care and Life

Mike Sanders wants you to know: participating in a clinical trial does not rule your life. Nor does it mean your doctors only care about whether the medication is working or not. Joining a clinical trial was not a guarantee of positive results, but Sanders decided to try after qualifying for an immunotherapy study. Immunotherapy is a growing area of cancer research and treatment that works the opposite of chemotherapy. Instead of attacking cancer cells, it boosts the body’s ability to fight cancer.

Precise Treatment, Precise Care

Patients who receive radiation therapy understand that the process often comes with anxiety. In order to reduce some of this anxiety, the Department of Radiation Oncology formed a Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC) committee. The goal of the group is to offer patients and families the opportunity to reflect on their treatment and recommend potential ways to improve the experience for others.

Diagnosis, Pause, Decision

It's only natural when you hear the word cancer to want to spring into action to get rid of it. It's also natural to think about people you know who've had cancer and the decisions they made to treat it. You're afraid. You have families and friends to think about. You need to decide on your treatment . . . but not so fast.