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Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer: On Borrowed Time

November 9, 2015

By Shirley Mertz, MBCN President!

For many years, especially in the month of October in the U.S., the media and breast cancer organizations have written stories and celebrated women who have received an early stage breast cancer diagnosis, gone through treatment and now see breast cancer in their “rear view mirror.” For these women (Stage I, II or III disease), treatment has an end and they can get on with their lives.

HOW TO HELP: Fundraiser for Easton school psychologist facing breast cancer

August 1, 2015

By Rebecca Hyman, easton.wickedlocal.com

Barbara Bigelow and her husband Tim walked into a jewelry store in Wickford, R.I. recently and were both drawn to the same Indian amulet.

    The silver pendant is decorated with an image of Durga, the warrior goddess, riding her tiger. She is strong and beautiful and full of rage, Barbara Bigelow said.

    Tim Bigelow bought it for his wife immediately.

    She has stage IV metastatic breast cancer. The average life expectancy for someone with her condition is 26 months, she said. Bigelow says she plans to fight until the end even though it is a battle she does not expect to win.

    She will fight not because she is afraid of death, but because she loves life, she said.

    Barbara Bigelow is a warrior.

This Woman Documented Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis, And 43 Million People Responded

June 9, 2015

By The Huffington Post, Leigh Weingus

In 2012, Holley Kitchen was diagnosed with breast cancer. After being treated with a double mastectomy, chemo, radiation and hormone therapy, she thought her cancer battle was over. But in November of 2013, she was told her breast cancer returned and had spread to her spine and bones.

Kitchen now has stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, an aggressive form that spreads outside the breast. In hopes of informing people about breast cancer and everything she and other women living with breast cancer are going through, Kitchen put together a three-minute video in which she silently presents written facts while Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" plays in the background. Since she posted it to Facebook, Kitchen's video has gotten over 43 million views.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance landmark report finds MBC research underfunded and identifies opportunities to close gaps for

October 15, 2014

By Press Release

NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On National Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Awareness Day, October 13, the MBC Alliance revealed the results of their Landscape Report, Changing the Landscape for People Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer. The MBC Alliance, representing 29 cancer organizations, releases the report on its one-year anniversary after a comprehensive year-long analysis of current MBC research and patient needs, as well as information and services.

Acting on the realities of metastatic breast cancer

October 14, 2014

By chad Estes, Idaho Statesman

Last October I partnered with my friend Trina Klier-Murri and three other Idaho women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) to write an article for the Idaho Statesman that shared the difficulties of coping with the disease. In a culture full of pink awareness, save-our-boobies campaigns and "a portion of the proceeds will benefit" merchandising, the realities of MBC too often go unnoticed. Cancer, when it is contained in the breast tissue, is a life-altering bully, but if it escapes to a person's organs, it can be a killer.

The Silenced Breast Cancer Speaks Up

October 9, 2014

By Nick Mulcahy, Medscape News

The incurable form of breast cancer, metastatic disease, is mostly invisible during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States, but some organizations and individuals are working to change that.

However, they are facing an uphill battle because widespread Pinktober promotions strongly suggest that breast cancer is a problem that can be overcome, according to participants interviewed by Medscape Medical News.

Joani Gudeman, breast cancer activist, dies at 50

August 28, 2014

By chicago Tribune

Joani Gudeman, a psychotherapist, immersed herself into activities with the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network after being diagnosed with the disease.

She served on the organization's board, helped plan three of its annual conferences and edited a series of first-person stories by those living with the disease.


January 22, 2014

By Katherine O'Brien, ihatebreastcancer.wordpress.com blog

Last week’s Keller/Adams social media controversy inspired countless blog posts, print articles and editorials. Like remoras to a shark, everyone hustled to attach themselves to this issue.

MBCN responds: Bill Keller's Misguided NYTimes Op-Ed piece

January 13, 2014

By MBCNbuzz blog

Bill Keller’s op-ed piece on “Heroic Measures”  (January 12, 2014)  contains egregious factual errors. It also misrepresents what metastatic breast cancer is and how it is treated.

Dr. Julie Gralow Discusses the SWOG S0500 Trial

December 14, 2013

By Onclive

Julie R. Gralow, MD, director, Breast Medical Oncology, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, clinical research division, member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Care Center, professor, Medical Oncology Division, University of Washington School of Medicine, discusses the SWOG S0500 trial, which evaluated different treatments in patients with metastatic breast cancer who had elevated circulating tumor cell (CTC) levels.
- See more at: http://www.onclive.com/conference-coverage/sabcs-2013/Dr-Gralow-on-SWOG-S0500#sthash.vVNBrAnx.dpuf
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