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Living with Cancer

Find information on living with cancer, whether you are a newly diagnosed patient, a survivor, or a family member or friend of someone who is living with cancer.

Cancer is a condition in which cells grow and divide without stopping. Cancer interferes with normal, healthy cell growth. Instead of dying, old or damaged cells survive. New cells form when they are not needed. In some cases, they form growths called tumors. 

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Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses the body’s natural defenses (the immune system) to identify, attack, and kill cancer cells.

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About 5% -10% of all cancer cases occur in someone who inherited a genetic mutation that increases cancer risk.

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A biosimilar is a copy version of a biologic drug. If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a drug as a biosimilar, they say it is as safe and effective as the original “reference” drug that was copied.

 

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Learn More About Biomarkers

Our Lung Cancer Biomarker Tool can help you understand what test you should get and what the results mean for your treatment.

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Insurance Checklist

Designed to provide guidance on the issues that you — as a person with cancer, a history of cancer, or a high risk for cancer — should consider when shopping for insurance.

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Radio show episodes

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Listen September 24, 2020

A Frank Conversation about Mesothelioma

While the word mesothelioma may be familiar from various advertisements, most people will likely have never met someone diagnosed with this rare cancer. In this...
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Listen September 14, 2020

What’s New in Ovarian Cancer?

Remarkable progress has been made in the last few years improving treatment options and survival for women living with ovarian cancer. Joining us to get...