Heidi Adams and Dr. Lara Davis
Living With Cancer
November 2, 2017
In their conversation, Dr. Davis and Heidi discuss the young adult cancer experience, including the unique issues adolescent and young adult patients face when funding their care, preserving fertility, and navigating the chasm between pediatric and adult treatment protocols. In this segment, Heidi talks about her personal journey with Ewing’s sarcoma, and Dr. Davis reflects on treating young sarcoma patients.
An estimated 15.5 million Americans have a history of cancer. That number is projected to increase to almost 20 million by 2026 and to 26.1 million by 2040.
The fact that so many people are living through, and past, their cancer diagnosis is a testament to the power of cancer research. Clinical trials have identified both improved screening methods – such as mammograms and colonoscopies – and improved treatments – such as immunotherapies and targeted treatments – that have allowed millions of Americans to survive cancer.
"He told me later, the minute I said, 'It wakes me up at night,' he knew."