Friday, August 31, 2012

Click-on the healine link below to read N.Y. Times article about Xtandi (MDV3100)

FDA Approves Prostate Cancer Drug

Funny, funny expose' about a serious topic from a testicular cancer patients point of view...

Party of One: Testicular Cancer

Posted: 08/29/2012 - H. Alan Scott - Writer, Comedian, Fresca Enthusiast 

Check-out this excerpt from Mr. Scott's Huffington Post "ramblings"...

Cancer is heavy. Like "buttermilk." It sounds good, but after eating it you're left feeling bloated and ashamed.

 I was sure that based on my general state of good health and high activity level that I couldn't have something extreme like, say, cancer. Just not a likely outcome of my balls hurting. Right? I had no family history of it. 

But knowing my blood had pregnant lady tumor cancer hormones swimming around in it, I thought about how I would handle an actual diagnosis of testicular cancer...

CLICK HERE to access his post.

From one cancer patient/survivor to another, GOOD LUCK!  Love that sense of humor!

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Overweight women run higher risk of developing breast cancer

I'm guessing that these findings won't surprise anyone...

Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk Goes Up With Weight

Even being moderately overweight is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer recurrence, finds a new study published Monday in the journal Cancer. 

Despite the best treatment, researchers at Montefiore Medical Center found, the higher a woman's body mass index (BMI), the higher her risk of developing breast cancer again after treatment. Moreover, women who were obese at time of breast cancer diagnosis had approximately a 30 percent higher risk of recurrence and a nearly 50 percent higher risk of death than those who were normal weight at time of diagnosis... 

CLICK HERE to read more. 

Feel good, keep smiling and keep moving, ladies!  Pat


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Yes or no. Did Hollywood's Tony Scott have inoperable brain cancer?

Did "Top Gun" Director, Tony Scott, commit suicide because he knew he had brain cancer?  Click-on the ABC News headline link below and check this out:

Tony Scott Brain Cancer Report Appears in Doubt

Entertainment Tonight should have a field day with this!

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat


Saturday, August 11, 2012

I have run posts about this story before, but Newsmax does a good job keeping it simple:

Chemo Can Actually Cause Cancer
August 6th, 2012

Cancer-busting chemotherapy can cause damage to healthy cells which triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumor growth and resistance to further treatment, a study said Sunday. 

Researchers in the United States made the "completely unexpected" finding while seeking to explain why cancer cells are so resilient inside the human body when they are easy to kill in the lab. 

They tested the effects of a type of chemotherapy on tissue collected from men with prostate cancer, and found "evidence of DNA damage" in healthy cells after treatment, the scientists wrote in Nature Medicine.
Chemotherapy works by inhibiting reproduction of fast-dividing cells such as those found in tumors

The scientists found that healthy cells damaged by chemotherapy secreted more of a protein called WNT16B which boosts cancer cell survival...

Want to learn more?  CLICK HERE to read the rest.  

Makes sense, doesn't it?  Docs need to be careful not to piss cancer off!

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

Friday, August 10, 2012

More shocking celebrity-related cancer news...

‘Paranormal’ Star Diagnosed With Cancer

                  (Todd Williamson/WireImage/Getty Images)


Ryan Buell, star of A&E’s hit series “Paranormal State,” has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Buell, 30, was released from treatment Wednesday morning, according to a post on his official Facebook page from the staff at his Paranormal Research Society.

“Things are looking positive after complications with his kidneys started a month ago and temporarily knocked him down,” the post says. “Enjoyed some Wendy’s (but keep that a secret) and reported back to work today.”

Buell, who wrote a memoir, “Paranormal State: My Journey Into the Unknown,” in 2010, has been discussing his battle on his official Facebook fan page.

Buell shared a photo of himself on the page with a headline that reads, “Cancer: Even the Greatest of Heroes Have to Take the Fight Within … Soldier On!”  He wrote, “I know there are many of you suffering from illnesses, and not just cancer. I say to all of you: SOLDIER ON!”

He added, “I know the pain that you will feel. And the pain for treatment. I still say SOLDIER ON! Let’s think of one another during those moments, even though we don’t know each other.”

Pancreatic cancer claims the lives of thousands every year, and in recent years Apple CEO Steve Jobs and actor Patrick Swayze lost their battles with the disease.

So young!  I'm sure you will all join me in wishing Mr. Buell good luck with his upcoming therapy.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Possible high profile example of "cancer discrimination"

According to the Wall Street Journal, "former head of Tuesday Morning Corp(Kathleen Mason), filed a complaint alleging the home furnishings closeout retailer fired her because she developed breast cancer."

There's more.  "In a rare example of an ousted chief executive claiming discrimination, the former head of Tuesday Morning Corp. filed a complaint alleging the home furnishings closeout retailer fired her because she developed breast cancer.  Kathleen Mason was dismissed in early June after a 12-year run as CEO that saw the company's stock fall nearly 60%."

This is not an implausible explanation.  Cancer discrimination is real.  Period.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat