A roundup of some of our favorite 2016 stories on research at Fred Hutch
Dec. 30, 2016
| By Fred Hutch News Service staff
At Fred Hutch News Service, our writers witness daily the excitement of covering new developments in the science of cancer and the human immune system. As 2016 draws to a close, we asked them to sort through the stories about Fred Hutch research they had written this year, and offer our readers a selection of those they felt were most meaningful and important.
A Fred Hutch researcher and breast cancer survivor talks about her inherited mutation and how it helped guide her decisions
Nov. 8, 2016
| By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service
As research sheds ever more light on hereditary cancers and the genes that cause them, a portion of the population is being faced with some very difficult choices. Do you test or not test? Share information about deadly mutations with relatives or keep it to yourself? Get preventive surgery or blindly hope cancer doesn’t strike? A Fred Hutch researcher, BRCA carrier and cancer survivor, takes us through her decision-making process.
For patients who choose ‘watch and wait,’ putting off treatment can be a relief — and a source of stress
Oct. 11, 2016
| By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service
For certain slow-growing cancers, doctors recommend a “watch and wait” approach, also known as active surveillance, rather than aggressive early treatment. But it can be stressful for patients to be told they have cancer in the same breath as a recommendation against immediate treatment. Here are some tips on how to cope with the stress by asking the right questions.