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House Resolution 787 – Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day October 13

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.

Fighting Cancer Now: Miracle Research and the Promise of Prevention

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?

Former Resident Establishes Breast Cancer Support Group

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,...

Fighting Cancer: Who’s Winning?

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.

Pamela Lipton
Newton, Mass., April 25, 2009
The writer is a member of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network.

17 Years Later, Stage 4 Survivor Is Savoring a Life Well Lived

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."

Woman greets New Year without a trace of cancer

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...

Advances Elusive in the Drive to Cure Cancer

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.

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