6 Frequently Used Cancer Terms: What Do They Actually Mean?

Understanding frequently used cancer terminologyWhen I read news articles about cancer research, I often find myself annoyed by the confusing way in which terminology about cancer and cancer research in used.

In cancer language, it’s not unusual for the medical or scientific meaning of a word to be different from the way the same word is understood in everyday language.

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Three Year Anniversary for After Twenty Years Cancer Research Blog

Celebrating 3 years of blogging about cancer research from the patient perspective.It really is hard to believe that it’s been over three years since I started this blog in the late summer of 2013.

I have learned so much in the process of reading and writing about developments in cancer research from the patient perspective. And it’s been wonderful to connect with so many readers and fellow bloggers.

I’ve been reflecting a bit on starting the blog, how it’s been going and what comes next, and I’d like to share some of those thoughts in this post.

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Top Cancer Research Stories: November-December 2013

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This is the second post in a bi-monthly feature in which I’ll review several of the most interesting cancer research stories that have come out over the last two months. (If you missed the first post you can find it here.) These are a few of the stories that seem to have the greatest potential impact, at least from my perspective, and that I know I’ll want to follow as they develop further.

Here are my choices for the top cancer research stories for November-December 2013. To wrap up 2013, I’ve also included links to some good overall reviews of major cancer research news stories in 2013. Continue reading

Making Sense of Cancer Research News in the Media

It's important to maintain a healthy degree of skepticism about any cancer research news report that focuses on a single study.The media is where most of us get our information about what’s going on in the world, including in the world of cancer research. But how much of what you read can you believe?

It seems that nearly every day there’s an article somewhere about a “breakthrough” in cancer research or therapy, but we know that real breakthroughs remain elusive. When it comes to diet or lifestyle factors that may either increase or reduce risk for cancer, news reports contradict one another over and over again.

So how do we stay up to date on important developments? What are some strategies for making sense of the news we read on these subjects? Continue reading