Last Updated: Thursday, February 22, 1:44 PM EST
What you are about to read may sadden and disturb you. It may galvanize and inspire you. It is a window into the all-too-common reality of cancer that cries out for understanding.
The Globe's four-week cancer series concludes with a look at patients who blaze their own trails through a maze of treatment.
Globe reporters answer cancer questions
CEO talked about his personal experiences with cancer and what he, as an individual, wanted the series to achieve in terms of government response.
Her mother remembers.
'Other than cancer, I have a fantastic life'
The many faces of cancer
Rhonda Morey prepares for her own death
How has cancer touched you?
How cancer stem cells become tumours
The long road of the cancer stem cell theory
Graphic: PET scan can find key signs
How you can help and where to learn more
For a health-care system based on the principle of equal access, the reality is tragically different
Most hospitals across Canada fail to meet Ottawa's four-week guideline for radiation
For the first time, Canada is unable to participate in a key clinical trial because patients are not getting the best known treatment
'This is absolutely the world upside down,' doctor says
Colorectal cancer will kill thousands of Canadians this year. So why isn't more being done to prevent it?
PM says new agency will be a ‘clearing house' for latest information on cancer care
Bit by bit, Canadians uncovered the seeds of deadly cancers
Gleevec is an inspiration for scientists around the world working on drugs that will kill cancer cells but leave healthy tissue alone
Century-old concept has cured laboratory mice, pushed some end-stage cancer patients into long-term remission and raised hopes for a new generation of cancer therapies
Rural PEI is an unlikely hotbed of rare cancers, and one doctor has made it his mission to raise awareness about the potential health hazard posed by pesticides used on the region's potato farms
The strategy announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week certainly sounds impressive. But if something seems too good to be true, it often is.
We must balance what's gained by spending more dollars caring for people with end-stage cancer and other diseases, with what we would gain spending the same dollars elsewhere, two health analysts argue.
It's a scandal that cancer patients in Atlantic Canada are unable to afford simple medications to control their nausea and pain. After all the promises, why in heaven's name has no plan materialized to pay the often-catastrophic costs.
26-year-old cancer survivor took questions
The Globe's Lisa Priest took your questions.
Health reporter André Picard took your questions
Advocate Pat Kelly answers your questions