An Oncology Nurse Brings Palliative Care to Rural Communities

An Oncology Nurse Brings Palliative Care to Rural Communities

Many oncology nurses say they naturally gravitated toward their profession, but that’s not quite the story of Marie Bakitas. “I didn’t go into oncology nursing willingly. I didn’t even go into being a nurse willingly,” laughs Bakitas, who has a long trail of nursing and palliative care credentials following her name. The longtime American Cancer Society grantee says her path was initially based on practical considerations, like professional opportunities. But while working with a bone marrow program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire early in her career, she was…

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5 Questions with Melanoma Researcher Lisa Taneyhill

5 Questions with Melanoma Researcher Lisa Taneyhill

Melanoma is the least common though most serious form of skin cancer. Most of the time, it can be caught early and cured with surgery. But when it spreads to other parts of the body, known as metastasis, it’s difficult to treat. American Cancer Society grantee Lisa Anne Taneyhill, PhD, is conducting research that could one day improve outcomes for advanced melanoma. Her goal is to figure out what causes melanoma cells to break away from the original tumor and metastasize. To do this, she leads a team of scientists…

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Exercise Linked With Lower Risk of 13 Types of Cancer

Exercise Linked With Lower Risk of 13 Types of Cancer

You’ve heard for years that physical activity is important for your health. You may even know that exercise is important when it comes to cancer: It may lower cancer risk by helping control weight, reduce sex hormones or insulin, and strengthen the immune system; and it can boost quality of life during cancer treatment. Now, a new study from researchers at the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute links exercise with a lower risk of 13 specific types of cancer. That’s big news, because previous studies have investigated…

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Zebrafish Research Shows Promise for Melanoma, Brain Cancer, and More

Zebrafish Research Shows Promise for Melanoma, Brain Cancer, and More

Zebrafish, a type of minnow once prized as a hardy choice for beginner aquariums, are key players in the science world. These striped swimmers and their embryos are translucent, so researchers can observe what’s going on inside. In recent years they’ve become important for cancer research. American Cancer Society grantee Rodney Stewart, PhD, studies zebrafish to identify genes that help cancer cells spread and drugs that might be able to stop them. Using zebrafish with aggressive melanoma, Stewart recently laid the groundwork for a preventive medicine in people at high…

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Meet Rebecca Wates, Our First Crowdfunded Cancer Scientist

Meet Rebecca Wates, Our First Crowdfunded Cancer Scientist

The big announcement came over Skype. “I’m very excited this morning to be able to tell you that because of the generous donations to the Society, we’re able to fund your fellowship in ovarian cancer research,” said William Phelps, PhD, director of the preclinical and translational cancer research program at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta. Some 800 miles away in Kansas City, Rebecca Wates, PhD, flashed a huge smile and flung her arms to the sky. “Thank you! Yay!” she cheered as her colleagues clapped in the background. Earlier…

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