Marci Landsmann

Marci Landsmann is the editor of Cancer Today magazine, which is published by the AACR as a practical resource for anyone affected by a cancer, whether a patient, caregiver, or survivor. She has been a medical editor and writer for more than 15 years. Before joining the AACR, Landsmann was the editor of a Healthy Aging, a magazine for physicians. Landsmann lives outside of Philadelphia.

Patient Advocates Join Researchers to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities

Cancer patient advocates take on many roles in their communities. They may go out to churches to promote the benefits of cancer screening, lead patient and survivor support groups, or offer a patient’s perspective on review panels that evaluate research grants. Many times, an experience with cancer pushes people to accept advocacy roles to fill some unmet need or simply to give back.

All of these efforts were on display at this year’s American Association for Cancer Research Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved in New Orleans Nov. 2-5. Opening the conference, 10 patient survivors and caregivers of various ethnicities and types of cancers took to the stage to describe how cancer has changed them and what cancer research has given them personally.

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Cancer Today Book Discussion: “When Breath Becomes Air”

As part of ongoing efforts to increase dialogue between cancer patients, survivors, physicians, and researchers, Cancer Today hosts an online discussion about a book that provides a unique take on the cancer experience. This summer, the editors have chosen to talk about The New York Times best-selling memoir When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

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Honoring the Life of an Advocate

In the fall issue, Cancer Today had the honor of highlighting two women whose cancer diagnoses led them to form a powerful partnership. AnneMarie Ciccarella and Lori Marx-Rubiner met each other after attending a weekly Twitter chat under the social media hashtag #BCSM (for Breast Cancer Social Media). They formed an unbreakable bond that challenged them both—and ultimately affected many researchers.

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Understanding Premalignancy and Cancer Risk

Prevention is often said to be more powerful than a cure. With an eye toward thwarting the disease, some researchers are trying to understand the molecular processes that are present in cells before cancer develops. These efforts, which analyze the potential power of premalignancy, are featured in the spring issue of Cancer Today.

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AACR Annual Meeting 2017: The Patient Perspective

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2017 brought some of the world’s greatest scientific minds to Washington, D.C., to address research challenges in cancer. But significant findings also came from cancer patient advocates and survivors who attended the meeting.

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Cancer in the Crescent City: The AACR Hosts a Community Event to Talk About Cancer in Louisiana

Many things come to mind at the mention of New Orleans—jazz, Cajun food, po’ boys, and French-inspired houses with ornate wrought-iron railings. But the Crescent City is located in Louisiana, …

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With Push to Advance Cancer Research, Technology Plays Vital Role in Vice President Biden’s Cancer Initiative

Whether cures for cancer are realized through personalized medicine, cancer vaccines, immunotherapy, or a combination of these or other developments, the panelists in Davos confirmed that the technology that allows researchers to collaborate will play a leading role.

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