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Right To Try: Needed Legislation or Snake Oil?

Right To Try: Needed Legislation or Snake Oil?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2018 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 1 comment

Thirty-eight states in the US have passed “Right To Try” laws. These are laws that are created to give terminally ill patients who have run out of options access to experimental drugs that have not completed the FDA approval process.  There is an effort underway to pass this type of legislation on a federal level. On February 8, the #LCSM (Lung...

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Could It Be Flu?

Could It Be Flu?

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Having just experienced the influenza virus, I can vouch for its intensity.  For over nine days I have had fever, cough, body aches, chills, headache and fatigue.  When I finally went to my physician, my blood oxygen levels were below normal.  And I’m still trying to clear my brain from the “peach fuzz.” The influenza virus is...

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To Treat or Not To Treat Cancer: Medical Decision-making

To Treat or Not To Treat Cancer: Medical Decision-making

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 7 comments

Cherry Hughes** is an active, energetic 75 year old, still working in the marketing and public relations profession in Great Britain.  Her life is filled with friends and fun.  “I love cooking and eating out.  I am deeply interested in politics.  I love music …I go to jazz clubs.  I love going to France …I have a little apartment...

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What is Neutropenia?

What is Neutropenia?

Posted by on Jan 21, 2018 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 1 comment

There are 1.6 million people diagnosed with cancer in the US each year. Of these, 650,000 receive chemotherapy. Did you know that 60,000 people a year are hospitalized for neutropenia, a common side effect of chemotherapy? One in fourteen die because of it. Of the 650,000 receiving chemotherapy, 104,000 are not aware of neutropenia and 52,000 don’t...

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Emergencies and Illness

Emergencies and Illness

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Coronary artery disease, Diabetes mellitus, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hypertension, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Prostate cancer | 1 comment

After three hurricanes, flooding, fires and mudslides, and now severe cold and snow in the Deep South and throughout the country, the US has had its share of emergencies. Are you prepared? For people who rely on oxygen, who are on dialysis, have diabetes or other serious conditions, it is time to think about putting together some of the essentials.  What...

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What’s For Dinner? Coping with Diabetes with Meal Makeovers

What’s For Dinner?  Coping with Diabetes with Meal Makeovers

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in Blog, Diabetes mellitus | 1 comment

Looking for new ways to deal with what to serve yourself or your family is complicated by diabetes.  In Carbohydrates: Why We Love Carb Counting (and You Should Too!) and Be Confident! Face Carb Counting  Positively, we introduced carbohydrates and how to deal with them.  Today we are going to share an infographic from Diabetes Forecast: The Healthy...

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CAR T-Cells and HIV: What’s the Connection?

CAR T-Cells and HIV: What’s the Connection?

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 1 comment

It has taken decades of work for researchers to find ways to activate the immune system to treat cancer (what we now call immuno-oncology or I-O). Much of that work has been poorly funded. Largely, it has been the result of researchers getting experience in other disciplines (like infectious disease) and then transferring that expertise to oncology...

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Ending the Year with Music

Ending the Year with Music

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in Blog | 7 comments

It’s time to say goodbye to the old year and the best way to do so seems to be with music. For   “Where words leave off, music begins.” ― Heinrich Heine   Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto Second Movement “To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.” ― Aaron Copland Kansas:...

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Peonies and Hope

Peonies and Hope

Posted by on Dec 23, 2017 in Blog | 3 comments

“People are like peonies, they need a good hard frost to bring out the character.” ~Francis “Doc” Winter “Doc” Winter was a Midwesterner.  Born in Iowa in 1931, in the midst of the Great Depression, he grew up on a small farm.  He knew about hard frosts. Struggle, pain and suffering are part of life.  Joy, love and...

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