In 2014, Valerie was diagnosed with locally advanced breast cancer. In this short film directed by award-winning filmmaker David Gelb, see how science not only saved her life, but allowed her to continue her journey as a wife, mother, and special education teacher.
I love the idea of being able to impact someone’s life, to change it forever. I wanted to be that teacher for my students so that when they graduate, I want them to go back and say: “Mrs. Hamilton always told me that I was valuable – that I have value and worth in my life.”
I was here in this room and I remember I was leaning on the wall. And I sobbed. And sobbed. Because, I felt afraid. And because I didn’t want to leave here – I didn’t want to
Every year 1.4 million people around the world are diagnosed with esophageal cancer, the majority of whom are from South America and China. Dr. David Ilson, a medical oncologist who specializes in esophageal cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, provides an overview of the disease, risk factors, and general treatment strategies. He also discusses Barrett's esophagus, one of the main risk factors for developing this form of cancer.
Skin cancers -- including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma -- are on the rise, but using sunscreen liberally and limiting exposure to the sun can help prevent them, says Isaac Brownell of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Regular self-examination of your skin, including a yearly dermatology checkup, is the best way to identify skin lesions that may be cancerous. Diagnostic tools such as dermoscopy and confocal microscopy provide detailed images of skin lesions, which may help detect skin cancers and avoid unnecessary biopsies of non-cancerous lesions.
Providing end-of-life care for a family member or friend with cancer can be an equally rewarding and challenging job. Carol Krueger, a social worker at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center offers advice for people who are caring for a family member or friend with cancer, and explains how supportive services such as counseling, spiritual guidance, or bereavement therapy can help caregivers cope with the demands of this role.
Although radiation therapy is often an effective method for killing cancer cells, it can also damage nearby blood vessels that nourish muscles, nerves, and bones, says cancer rehabilitation specialist Michael Stubblefield of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. This can result in a progressive condition called radiation fibrosis syndrome, which causes a variety of complications affecting nerves, muscles, and bones. A number of factors, including the patient's age during treatment, other treatments he or she may have received, and the patient's overall health, can have an impact on the onset and severity of this condition.
Each year, about 17,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with a primary brain tumor (a tumor that arises in the brain). According to Lisa DeAngelis, Chief of Neurology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the cause of a brain tumor is usually unknown, and symptoms are related to the tumor's location in the brain. Multidisciplinary collaboration is critical to ensuring that patients receive the most effective treatment possible without damaging healthy areas of the brain.