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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 3, 2013 by


I find that October has a lot going for it as a month. Besides the tree leaves–purple, gold, and red– and  the weather–cool and crisp as a MacIntosh– just this past year, on October 1, a new nephew arrived in my life. It all adds up to energy, energy for a good fight, and that’s […]

National Cancer Survivors Day (June 2)

June 2, 2013 by


So today is National Cancer Survivors Day. This special day prompts 2 questions: 1. First–What does it mean to be a cancer survivor? 2. And, then, what’s the value of a special day? We understand what it means to be a survivor of a frightening or horrific public event: the Moore tornado, Hurricane Sandy, the […]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 30, 2012 by


(credit to AslanMedia) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And it pays to be aware and increase awareness, since breast cancer occurs with staggering frequency, leaving almost no one in the country without some connection it. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention notes: Not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the […]

September is Cancer Awareness Month For Five Cancers. . .

August 30, 2012 by


September is Cancer Awareness Month for: Gynecologic cancer, Ovarian cancer, Leukemia and Lymphoma, Prostate cancer, and Thyroid cancer. Know the facts about each, and think about taking some of the suggested actions to support awareness. As the infographic shows–Cancer touches everyone. It’s important that we take the opportunity these Awareness months offer to learn what preventative […]

Monitoring Melanoma with a Mobile

July 8, 2012 by


Some cancers get a lot of ‘play time,’ whether due to their prevalence, or voracity, or good organization on the parts of their patients. Somehow skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the U.S., gets short shrift in the public eye. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t all around us, with potentially deadly […]

Addendum to Posts on How to Get Support Online–For Any Illness: patientslikeme

July 3, 2012 by


A quick but relevant addition to the posts on online support for medical conditions, if I may (see, for example, today’s “Getting Support for Bipolar Disorder Online,” or  last month’s “Twitter and Mental Health: Getting the Most Out of Your Tweeting Experience” for some mental health examples). Patientslikeme is a support and informational site inclusive of 154,826 […]

The Drug That’s Getting a Second Chance: Thioridazine and Cancer Stem Cells

June 25, 2012 by


Even when still available, Thioridazine was anything but a first-line drug in treating psychosis or schizophrenia–and that was before it was withdrawn from the market. In the class of the first-generation or ‘typical’ antipsychotics, its main purpose was to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia–but the National Institute of Health felt it was dangerous enough that they […]


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