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Wendy S Harpham's Biography

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Mar 2008

Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, best-selling author, long-term cancer survivor and mother of three.

From 1983-1990, she cared for patients in her solo internal medicine practice, where she combined the best of modern technology with old-fashioned caring. Since 1990, she has been in and out of treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. With ongoing illness forcing Dr. Harpham to stop practicing medicine and redefine her career, she turned to writing as a way to continue to educate, comfort and inspire patients. From her useful perspective as physician-patient, she began sharing her hard-won insights and tips for getting good care and living as fully as possible.

With the publication of her first book in 1992, she coined the term "Healthy Survivor" and presented her three step approach to "Healthy Survivorship": (1) Obtain sound knowledge, (2) Find and nourish hope, and (3) Act effectively.

Her later books also made significant contributions to survivorship by discussing the notions of a "new normal" and "post-cancer fatigue," as well as offering the practical "Harpham Decision Tool" to help patients make wise treatment decisions. All Dr. Harpham's books blend scientific evidence-based information with practical philosophy.

In addition to her books and articles for patients, Dr. Harpham writes for a professional publication, Oncology Times. Her popular column-View From the Other Side of the Stethoscope-addresses common yet rarely discussed patient dilemmas and professional challenges in the care of cancer patients.

Dr. Harpham's lymphoma is in remission, but limited stamina prevents her from returning to clinical medicine at this time. So she continues to devote her energy to helping survivors through her speaking, writing (books, articles and blog) and activities as a patient advocate (member of steering committees, oversight boards and think tanks; interviewee on national shows such as The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show; captain of Wendy's Eagles).



My mentors in training. My healthcare team. My family. The pioneers in survivorship whom I've met along the way, such as the founders of NCCS (National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship). And my personal experiences with illness as both a physician and a patient.

Upcoming Works



Faith Hamlin (Sanford J. Greenburger Assoc)

Recommended Links


WWNorton & Co

Interests & Hobbies

Playing violin. Collecting commemorative thimbles from the cities in which I do survivorship work.