22 year old Breast cancer survivor

This young woman is dealing with cancer in a different way than some others in the same circumstances. Here’s hoping everything turns out great.

This time last year I was in the middle of four months of chemotherapy treatments. I was bald as an egg and was planning a double mastectomy.

My how things have changed.

Now I have a college diploma, a clean report from my doctors, and my very own desk at FOX News Channel in New York. My breast cancer ordeal couldn’t be further behind me.     Here’s the rest

Molly Ivins

With everything that is happening in the country this year I can’t help but think of Molly Ivins. She would be having the time of her life watching and commenting on the election.  Unfortunately we lost Ms. Ivins to breast cancer on January 3, 2007.  She finally succumbed to breast cancer the third time it attacked.

Molly’s final column was run shortly before her death.  I like to think she’s been watching lately and been enjoying it.

We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war. Raise hell. Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous. Make our troops know we’re for them and trying to get them out of there.

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Congratulations! It’s breast cancer!

Okay really?  You don’t buy the cake, just the pan so you can frost it however you want to to “celebrate” your disease of choice.  I know sometimes the other cancers get mad at breast cancer for all the attention it gets so here is a link for every color ribbon and it’s meaning.  For example if you see a ribbon that is Orange, Green, Yellow, Blue, and Purple it is for STD awareness.   No, I’m not kidding, really.

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The women of clinical trials

The Baltimore Sun has just finished running a six part series about clinical trials for a breast cancer “vaccine” and some of the women who have been part it. All of these women have metastatic disease and have been told from the beginning not to expect a cure from this treatment. You can read the articles here

Media request

Hello, my name is Emily Graham and I work with ABC News based out of Phoenix, Az (www.ABCNewsOnCampus.com). As October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am working on a story and would like to find someone who is between the ages of 18-late 20s to speak with. The focus of my story is on how many young people are affected by this cancer yet many still believe this cancer can only hit those that are older.

I’m based out of Arizona so it would be great if someone in Arizona who has battled the disease or currently battling could contact me to further discuss this story. Please contact me at      emily.graham@abcnewsoncampus.com.

Best of luck and have a great day,

Emily Graham
Bureau Chief
ABC News on Campus
Phoenix, Az

BPA and chemotherapy

There is newly released research published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives regarding BPA interaction with chemotherapy.  Their conclusion?

BPA at environmentally relevant doses reduces the efficacy of chemotherapeutic agents. These data provide considerable support to the accumulating evidence that BPA is hazardous to human health.

In other words without using excessive doses of BPA protects both estrogen receptor positive and negative breast cancer tumors.  The chemo drugs that were tested are doxorubicin, cisplatin and vinblastine.

Doxorubicin (Adriamycin/Rubex) is also used to treat bladder, head and neck, liver, lung, pancreatic and ovarian cancers as well as some leukemias and lymphomas.

Cisplatin (Platinol) is also used to treat testicular, ovarian and bladder cancers as well as Hodgkins and non Hodgkins lymphomas.

Vinblastine (Alkaban/Velban) is also used to treat lung, bladder, head and neck and other cancers as well as some Hodgkins and non Hodgkins lymphomas.

The research did not report on the effect of BPA on these chemotherapeutic agents with other cancer types. In August 2008 the FDA released the following statement:  FDA concludes that an adequate margin of safety exists for BPA at current levels of exposure from food contact uses, for infants and adults.

Here is the link to the entire study in PDF format.

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In the Pink – Payless

Payless Shoes is selling bracelets and pink ribbon slippers. Donations go to Komen for the Cure. 100 percent of the net profits for each bracelet sold $2, $1.30 from the sale of each pair of pink ribbon slippers

Suggested retail price is $2 per bracelet and $10 per pink ribbon slippers plus tax. Program runs from September 25, 2008, through February 28, 2009

$100,000 minimum guaranteed donation