Annie the Mermaid

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Several years after Annie Applegarth battled sarcoma, she joined the Mermaids, a group of swimmers that raises money for cancer research. Before her diagnosis she had never spent much time in the water. Now her friends and family cheer as she finishes up a mile. Click below to hear her story.

Top Trends in Cancer Research 2011

Posted by  | Prevention/Screening, Research

It's been a game-changing year in cancer research.  Doctors and scientists don't typically like to use those words, but here's why I think this is a turning point.  Scientists are churning out the genetic code of cancer cells as quickly as the cost of sequencing technology plummets.   Teams of researchers are looking for ways to add the new armory of cancer cell-targeted(...)

Jamie volunteers

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Jamie Galloway is a retired microbiologist who volunteers her time supporting other breast cancer survivors. She provides them comfort and companionship, just as she was supported during her own battle with the disease. Click below to hear her story.

Jeffrey’s Music Library

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Jeffrey Liss was a natural leader whose work as an attorney was often dedicated to advocating for the public interest. In addition to helping those in need, Jeffrey was passionate about music and, in it, found great comfort and empowerment, especially during his fight against pancreatic cancer. He shared his passion by creating a music(...)

Preventing Breast Cancer

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  ***The following post was written by Dr. John Fetting at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.   Another successful Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming to a close. We have raised the national consciousness, encouraged screening, touted the benefits of treatment, celebrated an ever-growing number of survivors, and honored those who fought bravely but(...)

One of Our Own

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Deb Stewart has battled breast cancer twice. A nurse by training, she now works with breast cancer survivors at the Avon Foundation Breast Center here at Johns Hopkins, lending her support and wisdom gleaned from experience. Her work is not only valuable to patients, it’s rewarding for Deb. Or, as she puts it, “You get(...)

Beating the Odds of Cancer with Humor: 50/50 Movie

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On September 14, 2011, I was invited to a special premiere of the movie 50/50.  A group of cancer care providers packed into a movie theater in Georgetown anxiously awaiting the film to begin.  I’ve been hearing about this movie for months; there’s been quite a buzz in the young survivors’ community about its startlingly accurate(...)

Making Waves to Fight Cancer

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When former Olympian Patrick Kennedy fired the starter gun yesterday morning to officially begin the Swim Across America Baltimore event, I nervously jumped in a 50 meter lane at Meadowbrook Aquatic Center, and started my one mile swim journey. I’d never done anything like it before, and there were a few moments – around lap(...)

What’s Swimming Got To Do With It?

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With less than a week to go before hundreds of swimmers take to the open water of the Magothy River on Maryland’s Western Shore, we’re spotlighting a few of the teams that are participating. Today, we feature the Merritt Eldersburg Team and why they swim! We've become friends by swimming together regularlyat the Eldersburg fitness(...)

Semi-Colon Club

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Coming up later this month is the 3rd annual Semi-Colon Crawl - a 5K walk here in the Baltimore area to spread the word about colon cancer. It's the brainchild of Edel Blumberg, who was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 47. Despite undergoing surgery and chemotherapy, the disease returned three years later. After another(...)