These conversations were originally recorded as part of the SWOG Stories series, a collection of diverse perspectives from across the Group collected as part of its 60th anniversary celebration in 2016. Captured in collaboration with StoryCorps in Chicago.
Craig and Amy Blanford speak with Craig’s oncologist, Dr. Ian Thompson. This piece details Craig’s journey with bladder cancer, from diagnosis to treatment, and how a clinical trial changed his life.
Patient advocate Amy Geschwender shares her cancer story with Wendy Lawton. As a brain cancer survivor, Amy learned extensively about her condition, including the long-term physical changes it caused, the strain it put on her family, and her determination to beat difficult odds. Here she shares unique insights gained in the years since her diagnosis.
In this segment, Dr. Lara Davis and patient advocate Heidi Adams discuss the AYA cancer experience, including the unique issues adolescent and young adult patients face funding care, managing pain, preserving fertility, and navigating the chasm between pediatric and adult treatment protocols.