The final score was 3-0 last night at my son's soccer game -- his team won, but not because they have a single star that makes all the goals; rather, they worked together to make a collective effort in winning the game.

The soccer community is now rallying their global fans and participants in a match against the world's biggest killer -- cancer.  That's what it takes to beat this disease - many people working together to make an impact on a very complicated and tough adversary.  Every bit counts, because when we add up each of our individual efforts, we can make a greater impact.

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Elissa Bantug

Elissa Bantug

In a conversation with a patient recently, she said to me, “I am a mother and a wife, but when I think of what describes me most, it is that I am a cancer survivor.  Having had cancer is the first thing I think about when I get up in the morning, the last thing I think about before going to bed, and is something that I am reminded of all throughout my day.” Continue reading “Putting Cancer in Its Place” »

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Elissa Bantug

Elissa Bantug

Defining when a patient becomes a cancer “survivor” seems to vary depending on whom you ask.  Some people say that this term can be applied after a patient has shown no evidence of disease for five years; others assert that survivor is a status achieved following the patient’s completion of all recommended treatments and surgeries.  The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) states:  “An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, through the balance of his or her life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also impacted by the survivorship experience and are therefore included in this definition.”  Continue reading “Cancer Survivorship” »

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Of all the hard hat colors to choose from, you wouldn't think construction workers would opt to wear pink ones.  But that's just what they did at Johns Hopkins to honor breast cancer awareness month.  Construction employees of EMCOR Group, Inc., a mechanical and electrical construction company, who are working at Hopkins on what is believed to be the largest hospital redevelopment project in the country, stood side-by-side with breast cancer survivors, physicians and nurses to form a human pink ribbon on the construction site of our new clinical towers.  Hats off to our construction workers -- thanks for helping us build a better future for cancer patients.

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It was the culmination of years of effort by many scientists and physicians and the bravery of patients to try something new that has brought some steady hope in an experimental therapy called epigenetics.

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