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Last week I read an editorial written by a woman with Stage 4 breast cancer, the only type of breast cancer that kills. The op ed was published after Laurie Becklund had passed a few weeks ago.  It was interesting to me because at the time of reading it I was nodding my head in agreement [...]

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Thank you for all of the wonderful responses we received about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a drug for patients with advanced metastatic breast cancer. It’s not always easy to decide which research has legs and is worth investing in— and I take that task seriously— but when something you believe in [...]

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What’s more exciting than World Cancer Day, on Feb. 4, a day that shines a light on this dreadful, life-killing disease? The answer is the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval on Tuesday of a ground-breaking drug for those who suffer with advanced, metastatic breast cancer. The drug is Ibrance, (palbociclib), and I am proud [...]

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By now, you’ve probably heard about the state of Connecticut forcing a minor to undergo chemotherapy against her will. If not, here is the gist: The young woman, named “Cassandra C.” in court documents, had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma but instead of doing chemo had requested to look into alternative therapies. She tried chemo [...]

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Happy New Year! I have been absent since just prior to the holidays. In December, I had developed pain under my right breast, and I thought I may have broken a rib after helping my parents move. My CT scan indicated a mass on the rib. Here we go again. I have been living with [...]

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  It’s been a big week: My birthday passed, and Variety’s fifth annual Power of Comedy event took place last week. Variety has allowed my foundation to be the beneficiary of this event, and we are forever grateful. We have raised enough money to make a nice-sized grant for women’s cancer research. We are in the [...]

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                        I have referred to cancer before as an insidious ghost, nipping at your heels every minute of every day. Once again, I have unfortunately proven this to be true. My Phase One study drug has been working very well. My liver metastases are [...]

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I just returned from the doctor’s office with some hopeful news. My white blood cell count has risen a bit, and now I am at just a little above 1.0. That may not seem like much, but it’s a step in the right direction. In the midst of worrying, I recalled that my grandma died [...]

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One thing is for sure: My life never stays the same. As they say, “it’s always something.” Last week, I was surprised to hear that my white blood cell count was so low that the doctor had me take a break from my medication and rest. I did rest— or as much as someone with [...]

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I have been exhausted for the past three weeks, which is one reason I was unable to post update my blog last week. I just returned from seeing the oncologist in charge of phase one of the clinical trial I’m on. Every other week, they analyze my blood panel. Apparently, my numbers are low across [...]