Metastatic People in the News
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October 2, 2010
By Kathy Coursey-Boes, Coping Magazine
On July 19, 2009, at 6am, I drove with my 12 year old daughter Addie from Oxford, Georgia to Washington, DC, to join our group of breast cancer patients and family members. The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network would train us in the legislative and advocacy process. The drive was long and the day was hot, but it was important for me to be in Washington and have my voice heard. It was important for Addie to see me fighting on behalf of my beliefs and the needs of others. I was part of the group representing all of us with stage IV breast cancer and the issues that are unique to us.
August 9, 2010
By Mark Dagostino, Tonic
Pamela Lipton's doctor told her she would die of breast cancer in as little as three years. That was five years ago. Today, she's cancer free, and crediting The Angiogenesis Foundation with saving her life. Could the foundation's research save millions more?
May 14, 2010
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz, publicopiniononline.com (Chambersburg, PA)
Deb Mumma, a local nurse fighting metastatic breast cancer — Stage 4 cancer — is starting a support group for others facing the life challenges she now faces.
The first meeting of BC Mets will be Monday in Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women's Center, 757 Norland Ave. Breast cancer is in Stage 4 when it has spread outside the lymph nodes into other organs, most commonly in the liver, lung, brain and bone. Theoretically, Stage 4 breast cancer is incurable, said Dr. Mahin Khan,...
April 28, 2010
By Pamela Lipton, New York Times Letter to the Editor
To the Editor:
Your article draws much-needed attention to the fact that cancer in most cases remains incurable. It is time that we recognize that the war on cancer is not going well.
As a four-year metastatic breast cancer patient who received a diagnosis at age 44, I am acutely aware that research needs to focus on how to stop the process of metastases in order to make real progress against this deadly illness.
Breast cancer alone claims the lives of 41,000 Americans a year, and 30 percent of breast cancer patients are metastatic. The majority of us with metastases live only two to three years after the metastases have been diagnosed. We desperately need treatments to extend our lives while the search for the cure continues.
Phyllis Kutt, the nonsmoking, physically fit vegetarian whom you profile, is not an anomaly. Increasing financing for cancer research has to be a national priority to at long last arrest this scourge.
Newton, Mass., April 25, 2009
The writer is a member of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network.
April 27, 2010
By Katherine Russell Rich, New York Times
Each year on a day in January - the 15th, to be precise - I go to a Web site and post a message to hundreds of women I've never met, saying, essentially, "I'm still here."
Within days, a thunderous chorus comes back, 200 voices, 300. A few of them ask, "How can this be?" Sometimes they begin, "I'm crying." Many answer in kind: "I'm here, too. It's now three years." "Five years." "Three months." "Seven."
January 1, 2010
By Julie M. McKinnon — ToledoBlade.com
For 30-year-old Jenny Sugg, much of 2009 is a blur of hospital stays and treatments for advanced breast cancer, including full brain radiation...
April 23, 2009
By Gina Kolata, New York Times
Forty Years’ War: An Expensive Priority
In 1971, flush with the nation’s success in putting a man on the Moon, President Richard M. Nixon announced a new goal. Cancer would be cured by 1976, the bicentennial.
When 1976 came and went, the date for a cure, or at least substantial progress, kept being put off. It was going to happen by 2000, then by 2015.