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  • The Promise of Immunotherapy

    Posted 2/9/2016 by hhill

      Immunotherapy, also called biologic therapy, is a way of boosting the body's natural immune system and defenses to fight cancer. ASCO just named it the 2016 Clinical Cancer Advance of the Year, and there is increasing hype and hope about its value.

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  • Link Between Breast and Thyroid Cancers

    Posted 2/8/2016 by hhill

      We know that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and we know that many women get thyroid cancer. However, a new study from the University of Chicago suggests that women who have had one of these cancers are at greater risk (than everyone else) of developing the second kind.

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  • A Film to Consider

    Posted 2/5/2016 by hhill

      Many times, I have directed you to Susan Gubar's wonderful blog in The New York Times. An English professor who has advanced ovarian cancer, she writes eloquently about living with cancer. Her most recent essay is really a movie review about a film called A Woman like Me.

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  • Delivering and Hearing Bad News

    Posted 2/4/2016 by hhill

      We all have a story about the moment we learned of our cancer diagnosis or, even worse, when we learned that the cancer had returned and/or progressed. For me, back in 1993, it was being invited into a small conference room after the breast biopsy to speak with the surgeon. Before I saw her, I saw my husband's back; I vividly remember that he was wearing a black and white striped shirt, and that shirt, that back, told me everything. If all had been well, he would not have been there.

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  • Financial Ties of Patient Advocates

    Posted 2/3/2016 by hhill

      This article from Eureka Alert is upsetting. You may be aware that most/all pharma companies have patient advocates who testify on behalf of their drugs at various meetings and possibly talk about their value to other patients and patient groups. There is no question that this can be an enjoyable and worthwhile activity for a cancer patient/advocate, but it looks as though some of the context has been withheld. 

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