Kathy LaTour often says that while cancer did not take her life, she has given it willingly to educate, empower and enlighten the newly diagnosed and those who care for them.
A writer and editor for more than 30 years with a master's
degree in communication, she is currently a senior lecturer
and an award-winning faculty member in Corporate Communications
& Public Affairs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas,
Texas. Additionally, she helped found and now serves as Editor
at Large for CURE: Cancer,
Updates, Research & Education, a national quarterly
magazine serving the informed cancer patient. Since its publication,
CURE has received numerous awards from both national
and local organizations.
Since her diagnosis of breast cancer in 1986, Kathy has been active in the national cancer survivor community.
In her capacity as a journalist, Kathy turned her cancer experience
into a book, The Breast Cancer Companion, which is
based on interviews with more than 120 women and 75 men and
health care professionals. Published in hardcover by William
Morrow and Company, the paperback was published by Avon books.
Since the publication of her book she has spoken in more than 30 cities in the United States and Canada, delivering keynote talks on the importance of psychosocial support for cancer survivors to both survivor audiences and medical professionals. In 2004 she premiered her one-woman show "One Mutant Cell," which she has presented for more than 30 audiences across the country.
She delivered the Charlotte Johnson Barrett Lectureship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, the first lay person to ever deliver this address. She keynoted the Edmonton, Alberta, Women Living With Cancer Forum, and later returned to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she spoke to 1,600 participants as keynote speaker for Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation breast cancer awareness day.