Ronni Gordon is  a cancer survivor and long-time journalist who has written about her journey, about health and fitness, and about how she and others have prevailed in difficult situations. She brings to her writing a mix of personal experience with knowledge about the health-care system and how cancer patients can navigate it. A graduate of Vassar College with a master's degree in journalism from Boston University, she is a freelance writer who worked in daily newspapers for more than 30 years. She has been published in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dana FarberCancer Institute magazine, and Cancer Today magazine. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her dog, Maddie, short for Madison (Avenue) in honor of her hometown, New York, and is mother of three grown children, Ben, Joe, and Katie

Ronni Gordon

Clinical trials are essential for moving new methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer from laboratories to physicians' offices and other clinical settings. [Full Story]
Clinical trials are essential for moving new methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer from laboratories to physicians' offices and other clinical settings. [Full Story]
In a dozen years of undergoing cancer treatment on and off, I have asked countless questions in an effort to better understand my doctors’ plans. But I never questioned whether those plans were in my best interests. [Full Story]
A growing number of female cancer patients are freezing their scalps with a specialized cap worn tightly on the head before, during, and for a couple of hours after a chemotherapy session. [Full Story]
You have to strike a delicate balance, which is more difficult than ever in an age when information comes at you constantly from every direction. [Full Story]
The watch and wait approach is also often used for low-grade prostate cancer and in some instances of ductal carcinoma in situ (noninvasive) breast cancer. [Full Story]
Produced by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, along with public broadcasting station WETA in Washington, D.C. and other partners, “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” is a three-part, six-hour documentary. [Full Story]
“Find a bit of beauty in the world today. Share it. If you can't find it, create it. Some days this may be hard to do. Persevere.” [Full Story]
A combination of drugs discussed in a “New York Times” story last week offers hope to patients with hard-to-treat cancers. [Full Story]
Last week, best-selling author and neurologist Oliver Sacks wrote a poignant essay in “The New York Times” revealing that he has terminal liver cancer. [Full Story]

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