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Quality-of-life care may help cancer patients live longer, feel better

Quality-of-life care may help cancer patients live longer, feel better

One of the memories Gabriela Dow has from when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer at age 35 is standing in the middle of the grocery store, overwhelmed by the decision of which foods to buy. "It felt like being in a labyrinth," says the San Diego communications consultant, whose cancer has been in remission for five years. "I've navigated difficult things before — I worked as a journalist with CNN, worked for the government, launched a technology startup. But here, I didn't even know how to feed myself. I wanted to be able to call 911 and have someone help me." With two sons younger than 5 when she was diagnosed, her primary focus was...

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