Three in four depressed cancer patients don’t get enough help; survivors tell what it’s like to slip ‘down the rabbit hole’ — and how to climb back out
Feb. 4, 2016
| By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service
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.
Stem cells from identical twin led to decades-long military career
Nov. 10, 2015
| by Susan Keown / Fred Hutch News Service
Col. Don Kasperik, 65, served nearly three decades as commander of military clinics and hospitals for the U.S. Army. But when he was 29, Kasperik was diagnosed with leukemia and thought the lifetime he planned to commit to his country was going to be cut short. Thanks to a 1979 bone-marrow transplant at Fred Hutch with marrow donated from his identical twin brother, Kasperik beat the odds.
Cancer patients are often ‘collateral damage’ of drug-pricing war
June 3, 2015
| By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service
Erin Havel, a 38-year-old chronic myeloid leukemia patient from Seattle, knows about the high cost of cancer drugs firsthand. After she was diagnosed with CML in 2007, she was put on a then-new drug called Gleevec, which at the time cost $3,000 a month. But then that price started to go up. Unable to work, stonewalled by her insurance company and $40,000 in debt, Havel finally filed for bankruptcy, a common occurrence with cancer patients.
The history of blood stem cell transplant is as personal as it gets for one patient and doctor
March 30, 2015
| By Susan Keown / Fred Hutch News Service
In 1981, Dr. Jerry Liebermann became the first mismatched bone marrow transplant the Hutch ever did for someone with chronic myeloid leukemia. Today the 59-year-old marvels at the full life he didn't expect to have.