Kerri Susko wears a black business suit and smiles from a wooden bridge beside trees
Read September 13, 2021

September Advocate Spotlight: Kerri Susko

This month’s featured cancer advocate is Kerri Susko, LISW-CP, OSW-C. Kerri is the Director of CSC at Prisma Health Cancer Institute. For other aspiring cancer advocates, she offers this advice: “The smallest step is a step toward change.” Read on to learn more about Kerri and how she's making an impact in the cancer community.
A woman talks with a registered dietitian in her office
Read September 9, 2021

Understanding Cancer Cachexia: Cancer-Related Weight and Muscle Loss

Weight loss is common among people with cancer, but drastic, unintentional weight and muscle loss may be a sign of a syndrome called cancer cachexia. While many people have never heard of the term cancer cachexia, it is estimated that half of all patients with cancer eventually develop this syndrome. Read on to learn more about cancer cachexia, its signs and symptoms, and how to get help from your health care team.
Alyssa smiles from inside her car
Read September 4, 2021

A Childhood Leukemia Survivor Discusses Survivorship Care and the Power of Positive Thinking

Meet Alyssa, a 2-time pediatric cancer survivor who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 3. She experienced a relapse at age 9, and now in her early 30s, she shares her experiences with late effects of her cancer treatments. Of her cancer journey, she says, “It doesn’t define who I am, but it has made me who I am.” Read on to learn more about Alyssa.
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Read August 24, 2021

5 Videos to Help You Manage Stress After a Cancer Diagnosis

August is National Wellness Month — a campaign devoted to focusing on self-care and well-being. Here, we share 5 videos for cancer patients and caregivers that can help you take control of your physical and emotional well-being.
Liz Hiles
Read August 17, 2021

A Cancer Advocate Speaks Out About Bladder Cancer and Survivorship

Liz Hiles spent months trying to get answers from medical providers about her unexplained urinary pain. When she was finally diagnosed with bladder cancer, surgery results revealed she had stage 3B cancer. Read on to learn more about Liz’s survivorship story and her work to dispel stereotypes around bladder cancer.
Read August 12, 2021

August Advocate Spotlight: Rob Tufel

Each month, the Cancer Policy Institute profiles advocates who have been engaged in cancer advocacy. This month we spotlight Rob Tufel, MSW, MPH. Rob is CEO at the Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area and has worked in cancer advocacy for more than 25 years. Read on to learn more about Rob and his advocacy work.
People of diverse races and genders rest their hands beside one another on a wooden table
Read August 4, 2021

Support for LGBTQ+ Cancer Survivors

Cancer survivors in the LGBTQ+ community face unique challenges, and finding social connection and support is essential. Several Cancer Support Community affiliates offer support programming specifically for LGBTQ+ cancer survivors. We share a sampling of those offerings here.