But the chest X-rays last March showed some troubling spots on her lungs. Doctors made image scans of her body and brain, then performed a lung biopsy. Soon she received the dreaded news: Her cancer had come back, this time in her lungs, bones and brain.
Metastatic People in the News
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October 13, 2011
By Lu Ann Cahn, NBC Philadelphia
It's estimated that 150,000 Americans have metastatic, or advanced stage breast cancer. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn, who is also a breast cancer survivor, spoke to some brave women who are battling this advanced stage of the disease.
October 10, 2011
By Anne Marie Tiernon, WTHR (Indianapolis)
INDIANAPOLIS - The nation is blanketed in pink for breast cancer awareness, but by now, some patients are reporting "pink fatigue."
October kicked off with a splash of pink in the downtown canal. Even the mighty NFL joined in, with the Colts playing Sunday with pink accents.
For women with breast cancer, the perspective on pink is as unique as the patient.
October 9, 2011
By Pamela Howell, MySanAntonio.com
They're in a sorority no one wants to join because the cost of membership is too high — breast cancer.
“It's like a bond no one asked to have,” said Timothea Belmares, 28, of Alice. “No one wants cancer, but once you have it, you reach out and grab a hold of anything, and it really helps to have friends going through this.
October 6, 2011
By Amelia Kunhardt, Patriot Ledger
October 6, 2011
By The White House
This year, 230,000 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. To kick off Breast Cancer awareness month, we brought in 15 “Champions of Change” who are leaders in the fight to end breast cancer. They represent activists, scientists and health care providers who are making a difference in this fight every day.
MBCN editor's note: We are proud that MBCN member Shirley A. Mertz has been recognized for her "passion and focus as a breast cancer activist, a voice for the needs of those who today are suffering with advanced or Stage IV breast cancer and those who one day will receive such a diagnosis"
October 5, 2011
By Gary Schwitzer, Publisher, HealthNewsReview.org
Some breast cancer voices raise questions about simply raising "awareness" about breast cancer in October.
Some of them believe that raising awareness about screening, for example, should not be the only message or even the main message of the month.
Katherine O'Brien, who has metastatic breast cancer (MBC), and who publishes the iihatebreastcancer blog refers to being caught in "October's pink undertow."
October 5, 2011
By Frankly Speaking About Cancer Internet Radio Show, Host Kim Thiboldeaux
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, on today's episode, the Cancer Support Community focuses on Stage IV breast cancer, or what is commonly referred to as advanced breast cancer. Kim Thiboldeaux is joined by Ginny Knackmuhs, a patient living with and an advocate for advanced breast caner, and Dr. Lidia Schapira, a medical oncologist with a specialty in breast cancer from Gillette Center for Breast Cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital. Tune in to find out how to control advanced breast cancer while maintaining a healthy quality of life.
October 4, 2011
By Chris Burrell, Patriot Ledger
Right about now, Deb Ragosta feels grateful for being so foolish. Exactly two years ago at her 4-year-old nephew's birthday party, Ragosta eyed all the kids jumping on a trampoline and an urge came over her.
September 9, 2011
By New Glasgow News (Canada)
A longtime community volunteer and musician has lost her battle with cancer. New Glasgow resident Emma Lee Stewart died Wednesday evening.
August 30, 2011
By Karen Bliss
There are so many large non-for-profit cancer organizations, but starting your own charity makes a personal mark, not only by impacting the beneficiaries but by giving friends and family a purpose, a legacy to honour, champion and continue. One also has control over where to designate the money.