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Saturday, October 24, 2009

TomoTherapy Done! Positive Results!

Completed the 20th and final TomoTherapy (radiation) treatment today at City of Hope with this report from my doctor as we left: "Our last scan shows no sign of the tumor!" We will have this reality confirmed when a follow-up PET-CT is done on Nov.30. The inset photo shows the actual device at City of Hope that provided my treatment. If you have had a CT or PET scan or an MRI, this looks familiar. CLICK HERE for further details on how this works.

We have also recovered from the chronic coughing condition that served to postpone a couple of my TomoTherapy treatments. Had a pulmonary function test on Friday as well to help find the underlying reason for the frequent coughing attacks and there will be follow-up testing and exams before we have an answer. Continuously, since my SCT in August 2007 I have had frequent bronchial and respiratory issues and that situation still needs to be resolved so that daily life can return to some normalcy.

Again, thanks to all for your messages, hopes, thoughts, and prayers. It has been 31 months since the March 2006 encounter with MCL that eventually lead to our successful treatments at City of Hope.
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Cancer Society Catches Heat for Breast, Prostate Cancer Screening Criticism

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Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Unemployment rose in 23 U.S. states in September and hit records in Nevada, Rhode Island and Florida.

Nevada's jobless rate, at 13.3 percent, was the second- highest among U.S. states behind Michigan, the Labor Department said today in Washington. Unemployment in Rhode Island reached 13 percent, and Florida's rate climbed to 11 percent, the highest since data began in 1976.

ABC News - ‎22October09
The epicenter of the controversy is statement by Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the ACS. Brawley made the statement in an interview with the New York Times about a Journal of the American Medical Association analysis of breast ...
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Breast Cancer Beauty: Papaya Enzyme

Though it resembles a tree, a papaya plant is actually an overgrown herb, known as an herbaceous perennial. Grown worldwide in tropical climates, papaya is believed to have originated in Mexico and Central America. | @ltaLINK

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My COH dietitian has steered us onto "papaya" as and aide to clearing the bronchial and respiratory issues that have plagued me since the Aug. 2007 SCT. Amazingly, this works, and now we see other possible cancer-fighting benefits in the herbaceous perennial.

Single Minded Women - ‎Oct 10, 2009‎
Snag this grab-bag of Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream, Papaya Enzyme Peel, and limited-edition Pro-Collagen Lifting ...
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Celebrate Life with Terry Kelly

“I have always been a dreamer; I will always be a dreamer. I have discovered that The Power of the Dream gives hope, strength, courage, empowerment, and brings about profound transformation in individuals and groups of people, if one simple rule is followed - honour the dream by taking action.”

Terry Kelly

Terry Kelly, cancer survivor and honorary chair of Celebrate Life, in partnership with Cancer Care Nova Scotia, is pleased to present this special song, written and performed by Terry Kelly, to honor and recognize those whose lives have been affected by cancer. | Source: YouTube | Web Site:
Recently discovered this artist, a cancer survivor, and thought you would enjoy him, too. Particularly notable is his presence on YouTube where you may view and download any number of his performances, including the one embeded here.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Blog Spotlight: Cancer Banter

The recurrence of my lymphoma may have some wondering if the allogeneic stem cell transplant in August 2007 was a worthwhile step in my treatment. Not to worry. We have every reason to believe (and know) that I would not be alive today without the transplant and that I am physically better able to cope with the setback (and new TomoTherapy treatment) because of this gift.

This is the main reason why I continue to advocate the BMT (marrow/blood donor) programs that save lives. Here is a favorite blog site that does the same.

2009 has been a year of losses. As my circle of friends affected by cancer widens, the death toll seems to be rising proportionately. | @ltaLINK

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