Clinical Trials Archive

Developments in Renal Medullary Carcinoma

Cora Connor shares her brother’s story of renal medullary carcinoma and its association with Sickle Cell trait. It is not necessary to have Sickle Cell disease to have RMC.

Smart Patients are in touch with SmartPatients

Joyce and Robin talk with Dr. Roni Zeiger, CEO of SmartPatients, about the resources for cancer patients available through

Report from the International Kidney Cancer Symposium Dublin April 2014

Mike and Joyce talk with Robin Martinez, moderator of the patient support conversation at, about the Kidney Cancer Symposium held in Dublin April 2014.

Why Participate in a Clinical Trial?

Allison Risha, RN, BSN, OCN, a nursing program coordinator from the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina, joins Mike and Joyce to talk about the current state of clinical trials for genitourinary cancers.

Fighting Lymphoma with Chemo and a Sense of Humor

Diagnosed six years ago with a lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma called Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia (WM), Jack Whelan is determined to help in care and cure.

Mike and Joyce Advocating for You

Mike and Joyce have attended a number of conferences recently, advocating for you, and learning more. They take time to interview each other about their recent activities and share with you what they have been up to.

Riding the Horse called Hope… a conversation with bill penzer

You would think that a person who had been a practicing psychologist for more than four decades would know how to cope with the diagnosis of cancer in one of his grown children. Psychologists are a source of refuge, help, and direction for many of us who suffer with all kinds of maladies and are […]

Lessons from Mark and Forrest

Mike Lawing shares his thoughts about life, risk factors, and our different vulnerabilities to cancers and other diseases such as mesothelioma.

Cancer of the Appendix

Carolyn Langlie-Lesnik speaks with Mike and Joyce about cancer of the appendix, a rare form of cancer of the gastrointestinal tract. Cancer of the appendix may cause appendicitis or cause the appendix to rupture. Sometimes this is the first symptom of appendix cancer. Many times there are no symptoms of appendix cancer until it has progressed and is advanced. Abdominal discomfort and bloating of the abdomen can be signs of advanced appendiceal cancer

Things As They Are: Billy’s Lesson on Acceptance

“Remember that you can’t control everything in life.  At some point you have to accept things as they are.”    Billy Foster to Paul Larson, October, 2011                                   Dear Fellow Travelers: I’m a fan of Billy Foster. Billy is many things; a husband, parent, teacher, musician, talented individual, a person of deep faith, an inspiration, and a 17 […]