When Shigeo Tsuruoka was diagnosed with
stomach cancer, his daughter, Aki Smith,
sprang into action to get her father the best
possible care. Now she advocates for others
dealing with the same diagnosis.
BY KATE YANDELL
SPRING 2018 | VOL. 08 | ISSUE 01
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Searching Blood for
Liquid biopsies offer a new way to
analyze a tumor’s genetics and to
measure treatment response. Questions
remain about whether these tools
will help oncologists more effectively
choose treatments for patients.
BY STEPHEN ORNES
on the Rise
More people are being diagnosed with
liver cancer. Avoiding exposure to risk
factors like cigarette smoking, obesity
and hepatitis B and C could cut liver
cancer deaths in half.
BY SUE ROCHMAN
More white Americans take advantage
of end-of-life care than do members
of racial and ethnic minorities. Efforts
are underway to address cultural and
religious factors that account for some
of the difference.
BY CHARLOTTE HUFF