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8 04, 2011

Breast Milk May Hold The Key To Predicting Cancer: USATODAY.com

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Here is an interesting link to an article about the genetic secrets which may be revealed by examining breast milk:Breast milk cells may someday predict cancer - USATODAY.comPattie and I were just discussing this... Predicting possible future cancers is a giant step forward.  Not to be a "Debbie Downer," but then what?We need more cures! 

8 04, 2011

Links To Widgets Allowing You To Contact Your Representatives By Email About Possible Cancer Research Budget Cuts…

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Yesterday I wrote a post titled Its A Matter Of Life Or Death, about how congress was threatening to slash the cancer research budget. Here is a copy of an email I received today from  Erin O'Neill at the Amercian Cancer Society.  The issues are similar: More than half of all newly diagnosed cancer patients

8 04, 2011

Links To 2nd/3rd Installments About My Colonoscopy Wednesday…

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Here's something you can't miss!  Day Two and Day Three report on my colonoscopy experience--including pictures!Share the fun with your co-workers and neighbors!  Content is rated PG for a bit too much reality.I'm still a bit sore "down under," but otherwise all is well.  Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

7 04, 2011

Soy Foods OK After Breast Cancer: Study

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No surprise here:Soy Foods OK After Breast Cancer: StudyDr. Xiao Ou Shu, "Our study indicated that soy food intake among breast cancer survivors is safe and may reduce the risk of recurrence," said Dr. Xiao Ou Shu, a professor of epidemiology and medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.Click on the headline link above

4 04, 2011

Cancer Death Rates Continue To Drop 1.6% Yearly

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Here is the first part of a "mostly good news" article, I saved last week on Bloomberg Business Week...U.S. Cancer Rates Continue to FallReport suggests that better screening, diagnosis and treatments are paying offBy Steven ReinbergHealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, March 31 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of new cancers in the United States has dropped by almost 1

4 04, 2011

What A Wonderful Day…

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Pattie and I shared a wonderful day together today.  As I wrote this morning, we were celebrating the fourth anniversary of my original multiple myeloma diagnosis.  I'm still alive and kicking--now that's something to celebrate!Here is a picture of Finnegan, poolside, helping me celebrate my fourth year of living with multiple myeloma...We call him our Island

2 04, 2011

House plan cuts Moffitt’s cancer research money…

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I currently see a myeloma specialist at Moffitt Cancer Center, on the South Florida University campus just north of Tampa.  You can bet I don't like this proposed budget cut:House plan cuts Moffitt's cancer research money - St. Petersburg Times

1 04, 2011

Lung Cancer Drug Fails To Improve Overall Survival Rates…

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Here is some not-so-good news from AP and Fox News:Lung Cancer Drug Fails in Late-Stage StudyAmgen Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. announced Wednesday that a drug being developed by the two companies for cancer patients failed in late-stage testing to improve overall survival rates for lung cancer patients.The drug, motesanib, was being developed for patients

26 03, 2011

Three Extra Months Of Life A Big Deal For Pancreatic Cancer Patients

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There has been lots of buzz about this new pancreatic cancer therapy recently.  Here is an excerpt from a good article about it on WebMD:New Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Activates Immune SystemIn Early Study, Strategy Shrank Tumors in Some PatientsBy Kathleen DohenyWebMD Health NewsReviewed by Laura J. Martin, MDPatrick Swaze- new face of pancreatic cancer...The treatment works

22 03, 2011

New Phase III Research Study For Polycythemia Vera Blood Cancer Patients Now Open

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Here is a press release announcing a new, phase III study investigating INCB018424, and is now enrolling patients with a blood cancer called polycythemia vera:Visit http://www.responsetrial.com/ for more information or call 1-877-4-PV-TRIALIncyte is pleased to announce that RESPONSE, a phase III study of the investigational agent INCB018424, a selective oral JAK1 and JAK2 inhibitor, is now enrolling

22 03, 2011

Philadelphia Area Doctor Performs "Bloodless" Stem Cell Transplants

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Here is an excerpt from, and link to, a new story about a doctor who specializes in doing "bloodless" stem cell transplants.  A multiple myeloma patient is featured in the story...What is bloodless surgery?March 22, 2011 - ABC Action News - Philadelphia - By Ali Gorman, RN....Dr. Patricia Ford performs so-called "bloodless" bone marrow transplants. To

19 03, 2011

News Brief: A Food and Drug Administration panel backed a novel, noninvasive device that uses an electrical field designed to blast apart cancer cells as a potential treatment for brain cancer…

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FDA Panel Backs Experimental Brain-Cancer-Treatment Device - WSJ.comThe NovoTTF (for tumor treating fields), was designed by a private firm, NovoCure Ltd., which has operations in Israel and the U.S. It is being developed for use in patients with glioblastoma, a common form of brain cancer, initially for use after standard treatments fail. Simply click on