Tao makes a difference

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In 2009, while studying at Johns Hopkins University, Tao Wang, now age 40, was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. After diagnosis, she began to focus on helping other patients with some of the questions she, herself, faced during treatment. ”Somehow, I want to make a difference in my life,” she says. Now Wang volunteers(...)

Cancer News Review

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Cancer headlines this past month included two studies on colonoscopy, a screening tool for colon cancer.  The first study looks at the long-term benefits of colonoscopy and found that 50 percent of colon cancer cases were avoided by a single colonscopy.  In the Cancer News Review podcast, William Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer(...)

Stand Up 2 Cancer Cites Progress

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Yesterday afternoon, at the American Association for Cancer Research Meeting in Chicago, more than 150 people crowded a room to hear updates on research funded by Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C) and meet the new prostate cancer Dream Team. Arnold Levine, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics and biochemistry at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School opened(...)

Cancer News Review

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Prostate cancer topics abound in the latest Cancer News Review podcast.  Dr. Bill Nelson, director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, discusses Hopkins-led research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looking at the genetic similarities of men with a family history of prostate cancer. By looking at their genes, investigators were able to find a genetic marker for(...)

The Healing Power of Music

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I never thought I’d be exposed to such a wide variety of expert musicians and performers working as a communications coordinator in the Cancer Center.  Through the Cancer Center’s Art of Healing Performing Arts Series, I have the exciting opportunity to work with high caliber musicians from the Peabody Institute, local ballet dancers, and even a(...)

More Good News on Melanoma Drug

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Researchers from the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and other institutions reported more data today on studies of a new melanoma drug that target products of a cancer-causing mutation in the BRAF gene. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, tracked patients with metastatic melanoma who have been followed for more than a year(...)

4 Tips for Donating Platelets

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Consider taking two hours of your time to donate platelets, and you may save a patient’s life.  Platelets are components found in your blood that help it to clot. Cancer patients may need transfusions of platelets because their bone marrow has become too crowded with cancer cells, or their cells become damaged from chemo- and(...)

Carrie’s weekend of well-being

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For Carrie Wells, a powerful and positive part of surviving breast cancer was attending a retreat with women who shared similar journeys. Being surrounded by other survivors was a chance for connection, education, relaxation and healing. So moved was Carrie by the retreat experience, she felt compelled to help other cancer survivors find equally valuable(...)

What’s on Your Grocery List?

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We completed three days of filming for a new C-Answers video series on cancer survivorship. In one of the video segments, we feature nutritionist Lynda McIntyre discussing how to stay healthy through diet and nutrition. Each time I listen to Lynda speak on these issues, I feel like my diet needs a complete makeover. But(...)