One cancer survivor's story

May 20, 2009 4:50:08 PM PDT
Read about one cancer survivor's story and the chat transcript. There are more than 200 types of cancer. Cancer is the second most common cause of death and there are more than 200 types.

6abc invited the American Association for Cancer Research to answer your questions.

Read the Chat Transcript here.

More and more people are now surviving cancer and much of that is due to research.

Gwen Darien was 35 when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.

"Being told you have cancer and you're 35, it just completely changes your world and changes the way you look at things," Gwen said.

Gwen says she got support from her family and focused on her treatment, six rounds of chemotherapy and four weeks of radiation. The therapy was discovered through research.

"What happened that started out in a laboratory and then was tested through people is what saved me," Gwen said.

Now, as the editor in chief of CR, Cancer Research Magazine, she advocates for more research in order to save more lives. The magazine is published by the American Association for Cancer Research.

The CEO, Margaret Foti, Ph.D., says the international association based in Philadelphia brings together more than 28,000 scientists to work on that goal.

"The mission is to prevent and cure cancer at the earliest possible time," Foti said.

Dr. Foti says more people are surviving cancer due to research and greater funding of research will help more people reach more milestones, just as Gwen has.

"I turned 50 a year ago, that was a huge thing," Gwen said.

LINK: American Association for Cancer Research

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