Ovarian Cancer Webinar
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network has created an informational program on ovarian cancer called Know What Your Doctors Know: Ovarian Cancer. Early this year, they released a free webinar featuring experts who provided information and addressed questions about ovarian cancer. The webinar covers genetic testing, surgery, treatment, clinical trials and more. To watch the webinar, please click here: https://www.nccn.org/patients/resources/ovarian.aspx
This song was written by the Director as a tribute to the healthcare workers who are selflessly putting the care of patients before themselves in the face of this novel virus every day. The Partnership thanks you and all the essential workers who are risking their lives every day to perform their jobs.
Share Your Story
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network has an ongoing survey of cancer patients and survivors called “Survivors Views.” Over 3,000 cancer survivors have agreed to participate in Survivor Views by responding to regular surveys on policy issues that support the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer and promote survivors’ quality of life. Through Survivor Views, ACS CAN hears directly from cancer survivors about their experiences and their perspectives on critical cancer-related issues. This information helps shape the development of policy positions and provides important evidence to support the enactment of these policies. They have issued a survey to attempt to better understand the impact of the pandemic, and the results will be released shortly. They anticipate media requests related to cancer patients being impacted and are hoping to have a volunteer or two ready to share their experience with the media. If you would like to participate or learn more, click here. If you are a caregiver, family member, friend or survivor who would like to simply share a personal story, you may do so here.
* We also encourage you to send in your personal stories--as they relate to COVID-19, survivorship, caregiving or any other cancer related topic. You can email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Annual Cancer Summit
Cancer hospitals like Memorial Sloan Kettering fight cancer and the coronavirus at the same time
By: Kit Ramgopal, Cynthia McFadden and Kevin Monahan
May 26, 2020
Eliza Paris was 25 years old when she was diagnosed with stage four appendix cancer, requiring 12 rounds of chemotherapy and an 18-hour surgery to remove her ovaries, gallbladder, spleen, appendix and part of her colon.
She relearned how to walk in the halls of New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. When she finished treatment and left, she hoped the cancer was gone and she would never have to come back. But a few months later, the disease returned, requiring chemotherapy that drips for 48 hours every other week — a regimen she'll likely need in some form for the rest of her life.
"I thought I'd tackled everything I could tackle in my lifetime, and then comes a pandemic where I live in New York City, in the epicenter," said Paris, now 27.
Much of the day-to-day cancer treatment at Sloan Kettering paused when COVID-19 hit, and Paris drove to Atlanta to work from home with her family. Twenty-five days into her quarantine there, after family dinner and Jeopardy!, she began feeling sick to her stomach. Later that night, she fainted. She recalls being asked if she had a living will, and whether she wanted to be resuscitated.
After emergency kidney surgery, she woke up in the ICU. She had sepsis, coronavirus and cancer.
Routine cancer screenings have plummeted during the pandemic, medical records data show
By: Rebecca Robins
May 4, 2020
As it became clear in March that the coronavirus was tearing through the U.S., federal health officials and cancer societies urged Americans to delay their routine mammograms and colonoscopies. The public has heeded those recommendations — and that’s helped lead to an apocalyptic drop in cancer screenings, according to a white paper released Monday by the electronic medical records vendor Epic.
Appointments for screenings for cancers of the cervix, colon, and breast were down between 86% and 94% in March, compared to average volumes in the three years before the first Covid-19 case was confirmed in the U.S., the Epic data show.
The paper provides only a snapshot of the overall picture — the company’s records cover just a fraction of all cancer screenings — but they help reveal the magnitude of the gaps in care resulting from the pandemic. Although there is debate about whether certain preventive cancer screenings actually save lives, many researchers fear that deadly cancers could go undetected if screening appointments that would have normally happened in recent weeks are not soon rescheduled.
Tips for Coping with Stress and Uncertainty
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has recently shared a patient's tips for getting through stressful times. Check out their social media at Dana Farber (Instagram), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Facebook), and DanaFarber (Twitter) to see what else they are sharing. Check out their website at to learn more!
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