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Hiking to Honor Mom

Hiking to Honor Mom

Flashback to Fall 2015, my mother, Monica Wray, was 57 years old and I was about to turn 26. I am an only child and as such my relationship with my mother reflected that. We were thick as thieves after successfully making it through my dramatic teenage years. On a seemingly routine trip to Target… read more

2020 in Review: Remaining Thankful in a Challenging Year

2020 in Review: Remaining Thankful in a Challenging Year

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Take part in our patient survey!

Take part in our patient survey!

Dear friends, Help inform our future communications to ensure that anal cancer thrivers (patients) receive the best possible information! We’re running a survey about the information we provide to the anal cancer community, and we’d love for you to be part of this. By doing so, we can ensure that anal cancer thrivers and their… read more

Finding a way to give back

Finding a way to give back

Jerry, a caregiver to his wife Connie during her anal cancer journey, shares the couple’s story with the Anal Cancer Foundation and talks about his experience being a peer mentor to other caregivers. Jerry encourages other caregivers and thrives to sign up because, as he puts it, “You might just find some healing in there… read more

Dr. Ashish Deshmukh Speaks About His Work & What Drives Him

Dr. Ashish Deshmukh Speaks About His Work & What Drives Him

We spoke with Ashish Deshmukh, PhD, at the University of Texas about his latest research findings on the rising incidence of anal cancer, as well as the events that drove him toward a career researching anal cancer and its eradication. We at the Anal Cancer Foundation are proud to work with researchers such as him,… read more

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: An Update

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: An Update

Hello! And thank you for inviting me to be a contributor to this blog! My name is Dr. Allison Romero, DPT and I am a pelvic floor physical therapist dedicated to revolutionizing health care for people with pelvic floors (that’s pretty much all of us). I have been a specialist in this field for nearly… read more

Kicking Cancer’s Ass #2: Marshall

Kicking Cancer’s Ass #2: Marshall

ACFs Kicking Cancer‘s Ass series interviews volunteers in our Peer Support Program and other stakeholders supporting our mission: to empower the anal cancer community and address the stigma associated with the disease. As a foundation we are indebted to our volunteers who assist with our Peer to Peer Support Programme, but we are always on the lookout for more to join us…. read more

Partnering for change with the ANCRE center

Partnering for change with the ANCRE center

The Anal Cancer Foundation is proud to be partnered with several important institutions advancing the fight against anal cancer, and our work with the Anal Neoplasia Clinic Research and Education (ANCRE) Center is no different. ANCRE Part of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, The ANCRE Center is recognized globally for its pioneering work and… read more

What is the NCCN?

What is the NCCN?

So many of the questions we get from thrivers and caregivers involve some aspect of proper treatment guidelines. For medically accurate responses, we typically refer people to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). We thought it might be helpful to explain in one post what NCCN is and why its guidelines are the gold standard. NCCN is… read more

Kicking Cancer’s Ass: #1 Diane

Kicking Cancer’s Ass: #1 Diane

We’re pleased to introduce a new series of blogs. ACFs Kicking Cancer‘s Ass series interviews volunteers in our Peer Support Program and other stakeholders supporting our mission: to empower the anal cancer community and address the stigma associated with the disease. First up, it’s Diane. Being diagnosed with squamous cell anal carcinoma was quite the learning… read more