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A few weeks ago, I mentioned that there would be an exciting announcement made this week at the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting held this year in San Diego. It happened. Both Pfizer and Eli Lilly have released their reports on the successful trial findings using CDK 4/6 inhibitor drugs. Pfizer’s drug [...]

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I had the honor last week of addressing  the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) in Washington, D.C.  Now, that’s a formidable crowd! This is their 99th anniversary, and the conference theme was “Women in Medicine:  Successfully Facing Future Challenges and Advances.” The outgoing AMWA President, Dr. Eleni Tousimis, is the chief of breast surgery and [...]

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As most of you know, I have been in a Phase 1 drug trial to try to stop the growth of the tumors in my liver.  For me, the drug is working.  My liver metastasis is at a standstill.  The tumors are not getting smaller, but they are not getting bigger.  That is a WIN. [...]

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Very disturbing news was released by the White House last week. President Obama has put into motion a bill that would cap the tax deduction on individual donations to nonprofits.  Really? This is how he proposes to keep us from falling off the fiscal cliff?  A little short-sighted, I should say. Presently, philanthropists are entitled [...]

Time for a hand-off from wife to husband. The new chemo clinical trial Noreen’s been on seems to be working; her markers are down, and the cancer in her liver has definitely leveled off.  The big side effects are low white count and fatigue. As you know, my dear wife pushes herself to live a [...]

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Today will be a very intense day.  It is our annual board of directors meeting for the Noreen Fraser Foundation. Board meetings usually follow an agenda of looking at financials for the previous year and deciding on the size of the research grants, according to how much money was raised.  They also include voting from [...]

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I spent the day in the hospital today, but for once I was not the patient. I don’t want to seem unkind, but it was my husband who was the patient. Woody was thrown from a taxicab last Friday in New York City, and broke his ankle in several places. A surgeon used a plate [...]

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I read the most interesting article in last Sunday’s New York Times. It was titled, “Ashes to Ashes” and was written by Jeffrey M. Piehler, a retired thoracic surgeon. He has been living with Stage 4 incurable prostate cancer for 11 years. His journey is coming to an end. The suggested remaining treatments for him [...]

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By: NFF President, Michelle McBride I’m writing in for Noreen to share an experience that happened this week. A friend of mine called me to ask if I would speak to one of her good friends who was diagnosed with breast cancer recently.  In her early 40s, after a routine mammogram in December, she was [...]

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January is cervical cancer awareness month, so you know what that means: pap smear time. If you are a guy reading this, you are off the hook. But I’m asking you to please remind your wife, sister, mom or female friend to make an appointment for a pap smear. Last year there were 12,586 new [...]