Happy Holidays from Cancer Commons

Erika Vial Monteverdi

The holiday season is an excellent time to reflect on the successes of the past year while looking forward to opportunities in the rapidly approaching new year.

We want to express our deepest appreciation to the Cancer Commons community; everyone’s involvement and support have been integral to our progress and success this year.

Our mission of leveraging the world’s best cancer knowledge to help advanced cancer patients and their physicians make optimal treatment decisions is particularly relevant in today’s rapidly evolving oncology landscape. Almost every day, we hear about some new molecular pathway that may hold the potential to inspire a novel therapeutic strategy. Too often, no one knows the optimal way to use available therapies, as there are too few patients and too many combinations of therapies possible. Continue reading…

Super Patient: Honesty and Openness Help Lori Through the Holidays

Update:  We are deeply saddened to report that Lori passed away on October 20th, 2018. It is a privilege to continue to share her story and help keep her memory alive.

When it comes to the holiday season, Lori Wallace, a mother of two sons, is accustomed to being in charge. “I’m the mom, I’m kind of the epicenter of my family,” she says. “So I make Christmas.”

But in early April of 2011, Lori woke up with pain in her breast from what she thought was a small toy left in her bed by her five-year-old. No toy was there, and the pain persisted. She soon had her diagnosis: stage IIA invasive ductal carcinoma. Continue reading…