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Ex-Marine's breast cancer fight in fifth year

November 6, 2012

By Cheryl Lecesse, Portland Press Herald

Peter Devereux didn't even know that men could get breast cancer.

So when his doctor called to give him the news, Devereaux thought he had called him by mistake.

Christmas comes early for family battling cancer

June 4, 2012

By WINK News, Fort Meyers, FL

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Christmas came early for one Lee County family, as the community rallied together to make a little boy's wish come true.

Killing cancer without punishing the patient?

June 2, 2012

By Andrew Pollack, New York Times

Fern Saitowitz’s advanced breast cancer was controlled for about a year by the drug Herceptin and a toxic chemotherapy agent. But her hair fell out, her fingernails turned black and she was constantly fatigued.

She switched to an experimental treatment, which also consisted of Herceptin and a chemotherapy agent. Only this time, the two drugs were attached to each other, keeping the toxic agent inactive until the Herceptin carried it to the tumor. Side effects, other than temporary nausea and some muscle cramps, vanished.

A priceless journey: Friend’s birthday poem turned into a children’s storybook to help those dealing with cancer Read more here

May 24, 2012

By Roxie Hamill, Kansas City Star

It began as a birthday present—a poem written by Laura Myer for her good friend Lori Lober, who at one time had been given only a 2 to 3 percent chance of living five years.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/05/23/3624087/a-priceless-journey-friends-birthday.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy

More than 1,200 FGCU students graduate Sunday

April 29, 2012


When Sabrina Puhr called her professor to tell her she'd been diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer, the professor recommended she take a brief leave from her master's program.

Local mom dying of breast cancer gets investigational drug and first dose of Pertuzumab

April 27, 2012

By Linda Hurtado, ABC Action News, Tampa

TAMPA - Darlene Gant arrived at Moffitt Cancer Center with hope in her heart.  The dying cancer patient had a smile on her face because a little bag of hope has finally arrived.   

Pertuzumab is an investigational drug -- not yet approved by the FDA -- that has shown promise in treating Darlene's HER2 positive breast cancer.


Megan MacKenzie to Receive Wilmot Cancer Center Inspiration Award

April 26, 2012

By University of Rochester Medical Center Newsroom

Cancer survivor has raised more than $100,000 to fund care and research at Wilmot

An engaging and energetic cancer survivor, McKenzie was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in 2007.  In a case of the worst possible timing, Megan received her cancer diagnosis the day of her mother’s funeral. Almost unbelievably, her father was diagnosed with esophageal cancer just five days later. In yet another cruel twist, her father lost his battle on Christmas Day 2007 at the age of 86.

Katherine Russell Rich, Who Wrote of Battle With Cancer, Dies at 56

April 6, 2012

By NY Times Obituary

Katherine Russell Rich, whose gritty, darkly comic memoir of her protracted battle with breast cancer became a beacon for other patients, died of the disease on Tuesday. She was 56, and against all predictions had lived with cancer for nearly a quarter-century.

Patient discusses clinical trial for advanced breast cancer

February 28, 2012

By SciVee.com MD Anderson

Seven years ago, Suzanne Hebert was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer that spread to her liver and bones. After four rounds of chemotherapy and decreasing response rates, she decided it was time for a change. That change came after advice from a friend, who also had advanced breast cancer, and was enrolled on a clinical trial at MD Anderson.

When the cancer came back I felt I had let my family down

December 1, 2011

By Lynsey Haywood, The Sun (UK)

EVERY ten minutes a woman in the UK gets the devastating news she has breast cancer.

Thanks to advances in medical science, survival rates are improving.

But what happens if it comes back after treatment? Secondary breast cancer spreads from the initial tumour to other organs - usually the bones, lungs, liver or brain.


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