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Through this new  program at +Seattle Cancer Care Alliance , patients and their families are linked with supportive services that can improve their overall wellbeing.
Second part of our series on #depression  and #cancer  
To ensure that patients and their families are connected with supportive services that can improve their overall wellbeing, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance — Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s patient-care arm — is implementing systematic screening for psychological and social concerns, with referrals to supportive services, for all new patients.
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Depression is "common and normal" for people with cancer, but three out of four depressed cancer patients don't get enough help. The good news is that depression is treatable, and therapists or psychiatrists who have experience with cancer patients can be especially helpful. Below, survivors tell what it's like to "slip down the rabbit hole," and how to climb back out.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Ruth Kaminski on the outside was her laughing, clowning self. But on the inside, everything was not OK. Kaminski, like about 15 to 25 percent of people with cancer, developed clinically significant depression. Read how she and others tell what it's like to slip "down the rabbit hole" and how they climbed back out.
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"My fellow sisters (and those who love us) need to know that when left undetected and untreated, cervical cancer wreaks havoc on - and ultimately destroys - lives, depriving us all of many phenomenal women like Jennifer."

Lovely essay about the loss of a friend to cervical cancer, one of the most preventable types of cancer out there.
I remember it like it was yesterday, even though it'll be four years ago next month.
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We're so proud to give the first honorary ‪#‎HutchAward‬ to President Jimmy Carter. His grandson, Jason Carter, accepted the award on his grandfather's behalf at the Hutch Award Luncheon today.

Jason Carter toured Hutch labs Tuesday to see ‪#‎immunotherapy‬ and other cancer research first hand. President Carter recently revealed he has ‪#‎melanoma‬ and has been treated with the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab.

“The blessings he’s had in his life are incredible,” Jason Carter said in an interview Monday. “And this [blessing] that he got as a result of the research — that we all got as a result of the research that’s being done there — is a gigantic one.”
When Jason Carter scans his family tree, he sees service — the Peace Corps, the military, the Oval Office. He also sees cancer. As his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, continued treatment for advanced melanoma, Jason Carter toured Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on Tuesday with a message of gratitude and a sense of hope about looming cures.
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Cancer carved equally deep ruts in both lives: mothers lost, personal diagnoses faced, tough treatments endured. But after calculating the tally rendered by their diseases, the two women formed far different conclusions on one profound point.

Deborah Przekop, a survivor of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and Nancy Stordahl, a survivor of breast cancer, share their views.
Some cancer patients and survivors detest the g-word, while others embrace notion that cancer can offer benefits.
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When Glory Gensch started experiencing troubling symptoms in her final year of college, she was too young for doctors to recommend the gold-standard of ‪#‎coloncancer‬ detection: a colonoscopy.

Glory's colon cancer wasn't discovered until it had reached stage 4. Though she did not survive her disease, Glory's spirit and vision still inspire family, friends and Dr. Bill Grady here at Fred Hutch. Glory understood the power in an easy method to detect colon cancer, and encouraged her community to help support Dr. Grady's work to develop such a test.

Read more about Glory's legacy: an enduring fight to help others.
Just 23 years old, Glory Gensch was fighting for her life against stage 4 colon cancer. In the final weeks of her life, she resolved to help save other young people from the disease.
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Thank you, +Amazon.com  for joining us as an +Obliteride  2016 sponsor. Welcome to the orange! ‪#‎ThankYouThursday‬
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From lack of data to inconclusive blood tests to the unique challenges of pregnancy, Fred Hutch experts weigh in on the knowledge gaps in this emerging ‪#‎Zika‬ infection. 
The sudden appearance of Zika virus in the Americas — and the seemingly new tie to the birth defect where infants’ brains don’t full develop during pregnancy — underscore the huge gaps in our knowledge about the disease.
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SLIDESHOW: From the launch of President Obama’s “moonshot” to cure cancer to the loss of music legend David Bowie to the world’s response to the dying wish of an 8-year-old boy -- see the photos that capture cancer around the world in our monthly roundup. 
Flowers are left on Jan. 11, 2016, below a mural of David Bowie on the wall of a Morleys department store in Brixton, London, the singer's birthplace, a day after the rock star died of cancer. The news of Bowie's death, coming just a few days after his latest album was released, caught many of ...
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Amid recent talk of “moonshot” cancer cures and new treatments in development, it can be easy to forget that we already have an effective, simple way to prevent at least six types of cancer.

It’s called the ‪#‎HPV‬ vaccine. All 69 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers are joining together to voice their frustration at the low uptake of the HPV vaccine — with the hope of refocusing the lens of the vaccination discussion on cancer prevention.
All 69 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers are joining together to voice their frustration at the low uptake of the HPV vaccine — with the hope of refocusing the lens of the vaccination discussion on cancer prevention.
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People who become blind often develop better senses of hearing or touch as a result — how?

In a new study using tiny, simple roundworms, Fred Hutch researchers illustrate the fantastic plasticity of the brain — and how this characteristic that is vital in human development is much more ancient than scientists had appreciated.
There’s a quirky phenomenon where people who lose one sense can gain near-super abilities in another. Now, a new study has found this sensory juggling also occurs in very simple animals and that the phenomenon is reversible.
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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force just released its latest set of breast cancer screening guidelines -- in broad strokes, they agree with the 2015 American Cancer Society recommendations for fewer mammograms for women at average risk of breast cancer.

Fred Hutch and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance experts weigh in on the new guidelines and a new study on the potential to reduce radiation-induced cancers further with fewer mammograms.

What do you think about the new guidelines? Tell us about it in the comments.
New breast cancer screening guidelines released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force are designed to balance mammography's benefits (catching cancer early when it is easiest to treat) with risks such as unnecessary biopsies, stressful false positives, and overdiagnosis.
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