Patient Stories

Cancer, COVID, and Vaccinations: The Patient Perspective at ASCO 2021

Cancer, COVID, and Vaccinations: The Patient Perspective at ASCO 2021 By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Inspire is presenting the results of two separate surveys during the American Society of Clinical Oncology® (ASCO) virtual conference being held June 4-8. Chosen from the more than 5,400 abstracts submitted for the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting, [...]

Promising New Therapies for Treating Atopic Dermatitis

Promising New Therapies for Treating Atopic Dermatitis By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH People who do not have atopic dermatitis (AD), also called eczema, can have the simple experience of having an itch relieved by scratching. For people with atopic dermatitis, this is a heavenly fantasy. For AD sufferers, the symptom most of [...]

In Search of Answers: Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC)

In Search of Answers: Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH The basic dry facts about Head and Neck Squamous Cell Cancer (HNSCC) are that it is a cancer of the mucosal lining of the oral cavity and larynx; typical treatments include surgical intervention, chemotherapy, radiation, and, [...]

I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis at 15

I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis at 15 By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Imagine a patient with inflammatory joint pain. You’re probably not visualizing a young person in his 20’s or teens with severe lower back pain, but that’s a likely scenario for sufferers of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). One Inspire member said: [...]

The KRAS Mutation: Cancer Patients Search for Hard-To-Find Trials

The KRAS Mutation: Cancer Patients Search for Hard-To-Find Trials By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH There is new hope for cancer patients with the mutated protein KRAS G12C, an oncogene previously thought to be “undruggable.”1 KRAS is one part of the RAS-RAF cellular signaling pathway that drives a cell to multiply, and its [...]

A Burden Shared: Finding Support for Major Depressive Disorder

A Burden Shared: Finding Support for Major Depressive Disorder By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH The CDC reported in March that the number of people in the US experiencing recent symptoms of an anxiety or depressive disorder increased from 36.4% to 41.5% during the pandemic.1 Given the circumstances, this 5% uptick in people [...]

Familial Amyloidosis: “So Rare You’ll Never See Anyone With It”

Familial Amyloidosis: "So Rare You’ll Never See Anyone With It" By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Until recently, the only treatments for a rare disease called familial amyloidosis were symptom management or a liver transplant. Not only is the disease inherited, genetic, and rare, its incidence varies widely by region: The NIH says [...]

Social Media Communities: Blazing a Trail to New Cures

Social Media Communities: Blazing a Trail to New Cures By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH The press makes big news of misinformation spread on social media, but two virtual conferences last week -- Patients as Partners USA and Collaboration for Outcomes using Social Media in Oncology (COSMO) -- featured speakers who became patient [...]

Heart to Heart Talks: Inspire Members and Heart Disease

Heart to Heart Talks: Inspire Members and Heart Disease By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US among men and women, and for most racial and ethnic groups. Responsible for one in four deaths every year, more people die of heart disease than they [...]

The Race to Rescue Livers: Finding Treatments for NASH

The Race to Rescue Livers: Finding Treatments for NASH By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH There is a race to develop drugs to treat non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, commonly called NASH. NASH, an aggressive form of liver disease causing inflammation and scarring, already affects 3-12% of the entire US population.1,2 What’s the incentive? There’s currently [...]