Thursday, January 11, 2007
Lance's fire burns bright
When we asked Lance Armstrong to write a column about cancer , most people here at CNN had no idea how it would explode. But, I did. You see, I know Lance Armstrong. I have sat down with him and seen firsthand his passion for this war on cancer. It burns. He and the president of his foundation, Doug Ulman, a three-time cancer survivor himself, will never accept defeat in this battle. Never.

All day long, it was among the most viewed pages on CNN.com. It showed just how much our viewers care about this issue. In a day filled with stories about Iraq and a presidential address, Lance and his vengeance toward cancer captured attention. More than 1 million people read his column, and hundreds sent responses. They shared stories of support and stories of victory over what cancer survivors call "the beast." They also shared stories of defeat that make you want to cry.

Lance has already heard many of your stories. Because of them, he doesn't sleep much. As he admits, he is not a patient man. Instead, he is busying himself directly calling political leaders and reminding them that 1,500 people will die of cancer today, and tomorrow, and the next day. He is reminding them that the National Cancer Institute cut spending $40 million dollars between 2005 and 2006, and may cut funding again this year. He is reminding them that we can save unimaginable amounts of money if we just spend a little more now. Case in point: colon cancer. Caught early, the cost is around $2,000. Caught late, and the costs balloon to $250,000, not to mention the aggressive and debilitating treatment. It makes sense, medically and financially to offer these screenings to everyone, regardless of cost.

Lance is undoubtedly the most famous cancer survivor in the world. His story of how he was given a coin flip's chance of survival from cancer that had spread to his lung and to his brain is legendary. He didn't accept defeat and he went on to beat cancer and then beat the world's best athletes seven years in a row. Now, he has everyone's cancer squarely in his crosshairs. You should feel better because he does.

Join our discussion here, or go to CNN.com/Savingyourlife, where you can get much more information on cancer and hear from cancer survivors or send us an I-Report with your own story. And be sure to watch Lance and me on CNN's "Saving Your Life" special, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. E.T.
Hello Dr. Gupta, I am a 44year old 10 year survivor of cervical cancer! I was pregnant at the time of my cancer and sadly lost my baby after undergoing a radical hysterectomy. However, my ovaries were saved and I fought on. Just yesterday, my 9 year old daughter received her 1st in a series of the Gardasil vaccine!
Hello Dr. Gupta. We are 4 male brothers, 3 of us inherited FAP from our mom, and later developed colon cancer (FAP is the genetic condition, our mom died a few years back). Out the 3, 2 of us are and have been cancer-free, after many surgeries and treatments, and hope to keep it that way for a long time to come! Only the last 1 has begun his last journey in life at age 27 (if you know what I mean) because he just waited too long, never listened to our warnings and advice; and never payed attention to his body. What I want to tell people is, don't wait for tomorrow, it might be late, get checked today, nothing is more important than your life! Our brother waited too long, now he's paying the highest price that there is: with his life. Barring any miracle (I dearly hope God is listening, at least get him out of his misery, which is our misery too!), what is coming we already saw and lived with mom. I just hope people start taking care of themselves and paying attention to their bodies and its' warning signs instead of living la vida loca. Thanks! God bless you all!!!
Dear Dr. Gupta: I use the "Finger" method of cancer prevention. I just keep my fingers crossed and trust to luck that I stay healthy. I have no health insurance, cannot get health insurance and cannot afford even the most basic health care. I don't even bother with cancer screening tests; even if cancer was found early, I couldn't afford the treatment, so cancer would be a death sentence for me. I know there are millions of other Americans in the same boat with me. This is a major problem that needs to be addressed.
You got that right Javier. Being a (relatively) young guy, I was tempted to just blow off the blood test that the Doc wanted after my annual physical. I saw the lab on the way home, thought what the heck and just got it done. Bottom line: PSA had spiked, and the Doc wanted a closer look. The biopsy results were eleven negative samples---and one positive one. Post-Prostate surgery pathology showed only a pinhead-sized mass, although other areas were starting to look precancerous.

I'm back in the saddle and as active as ever! My prognosis is 95% probability of no further problem. I don't want to think about how I might have been a year or so down the road if I had not had the blood test. There were absolutely NO symptoms, and even an ultrasound showed nothing suspicious. To anyone that reads this, DON'T BLOW OFF YOUR PHYSICALS!

Four months surviving and driving on!!
Our government will not step up the effort to find a cure for cancer because it would mean a huge loss to the drug industry. Sadly,our government looks out for corporate America before it looks out for its citizens .
To be honest, what got me to click yesterday was the headline of the story. It was provocative. So kudos to the headline writer...
It would have helped Lance's message and cause immensely if he had pointed out that misadventures such as Iraq have diverted billions from the cancer struggle. The criminal incompetence of this presidency has jeopardized all worthy causes, all in the name of the military-industrial complex that Bush kowtows to. Bush only cares about the fat cats and oligarchs; poor slobs that get cancer deserve what they get 'cuz they weren't born rich like him.
Lance Armstrong is to be commended for his steadfast efforts against cancer. Part of his story--often overlooked--is that he delayed seeking medical help and ignored the symptoms of his testicular cancer. Had he sought treatment at the outset, the cancer wouldn't have spread to his lungs and brain and his survival wouldn't have been a "coin toss." The lesson for men: get medical help early if you experience testicular swelling or anything unusual. Caught early, testicular cancer is associated with an extraordinarily high survival rate. Of all the cancers one can get, my doctor told me testicular cancer was the "best" because of the cure rate. I learned that lesson 8 years ago and, like Lance, am doing just fine.
What if the U.S. economy plunged because of terrorist activity in the United States? People would restrict their purchases, businesses would stop hiring--everyone and everything would tighten. The amount of taxes collected by the Treasury would decline as a result. The net result: the U.S. government would have fewer dollars to spend on your pet programs. If you want to preserve these programs, then get behind a president wanting to ensure a vigorous U.S. economy by fighting the terrorists overseas rather than on our soil. Why not take a business course or two (particularly in economics)? Then you would be more qualified to offer real solutions rather than just proffer the typical "I hate the President" drivel. The Federal budget is larger than at anytime in U.S. history. President Bush proved again that tax cuts result in more dollars collected by the Treasury. These dollars are spent on, among other things, cancer research.
I am struck by the extensive use of the military metaphor in your posting. As a medical professional, you must know that this fundamentally misrepresents the way scientific research works. Progress doesn't happen just because you declare a frontal assault on a particular disease or condition. It depends primarily on the existence of a sustained, broad-based program of basic and applied research. Demanding money for the latest celebrity-declared battle might make good press, but if it only results in funds being shuffled about in response by politicians, it will be to our ultimate detriment. You would do your readers a great service by making fewer references to wars and battles to more to the role of patience, serendipity and interdependency in medical research.
It is interesting to note that while the prevention of terrorism is of paramount importance and deserves a place in the US budget, cancer kills 1500 people a day. It is a very clear and present threat to the health and prosperity of this nation and the government has consistently overlooked the need for more cancer research. Having lost my mother, grandmother and grandfather to cancer I agree with Lance Armstrong on every point and am grateful for his passion.
To Lee: I only have 3 credits in Economics but I pay attention to the news and know that the war in Iraq so far has cost more than $300 BILLION and I suspect that a lot more of our taxes could have been spent on cancer research if we weren't tossing it down that middle Eastern black hole - and yes, I hate the [p]resident.
As a Colon Cancer Survivor who was totally uninsured I know first hand how badly this all can be in anyone's life. Colonostonmy, reversal, full Chemo and Radiation~and a lifetime of limits, adjustments, restrictions,pain, accidents, very special diet, and on it goes.
Cancer is far advanced in R&D but much more can be done. Get Free Screenings and take care to prevent horrific medical realities! Lance beat it; so did I, it puts up a hell of a fight and you must give it your all entire focus to be in it to win it. I got my wish; it not only improved my life in ways almost unexplainable; it has given me the ability and wonderous chance to affect others' to "Choose Life"! Thank you for reading this! Good health to All! Peg Selikoff
I'm stunned at the commentor whose wholly creative excuse for war (profits, baybee!) make me ill.
Please don't forget pediatric cancer and pediatric cooperative group research. Our success in survival rates over 25 years have been wonderful, but we lose the fight in funding year after year. Yes, the numbers are small but the increasing number of long term survivors are worth it.
Three cheers for Lance Armstrong. He has my unwavering support. I too agree that the priority of short vs longterm cost is obvious to anyone who wants to look at it. That Medical isurance continues to justify that wont support prevention and early treatment highlights that accounting changes need, no, must be made, so that the justification becomes supportable. It needs to happen NOW !
I am grateful for his passion and dedication to this disease. I lost both parents to cancer, in 1965 and 1969. Today I am friends with a small boy suffering from histiocytosis, an orphan disease. He's fighting a brave battle and so is his family. It is heartbreaking to watch this young family struggle with this sorrow - emotionally and financially. Another little patient lost his battle in December.

So the passion, commitment and fierce determination are a blessing. I hope that it pays off. We need to find a cure and also we need to provide health care to all who suffer from this disease.
After hearing all of the amazing acomplishments in cancer research and treatment this year, I am appalled at the thought of money being taken away from the National Cancer Institute. My mom had a cousin who died from Hodgkin's in the 1970's. If I had been diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin's Disease just a few decades earlier, more than likely medical technology wouldn't have been able to save me. Advances in medical research and technology saved my life and if the new breakthoughs in colon cancer had come a decade earlier they would have saved my cousin, Dale, who died in 1995. The difference in funding is the difference between how many people die and how many won't.
Dr. Gupta: I'm a 14 year survivor of breast cancer and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in August of 2006. I just finished chemotherapy and monthly monitoring of my protein levels will be done. I have the BRACA1 gene mutation so chances of cancer in my future is pretty great. Thanks to individuals like Lance Armstrong & CNN, cancer survivors and those battling cancer will not be forgotten.
It blows my mind (not to mention frustrates me beyond belief) that our government will spend billions of dollars on a war that nobody wanted, gives away almost as much to corporate interests, yet will readily cut cancer funding whenever they feel the need. What this says to me is that corporate and political interests completely trump the health of American citizens. Not only is this a disgrace, it is an outrage that needs to be dealt with by any means necessary.

What reassures me is that we have a true American hero like Lance Armstrong working on this issue. I can tell you one thing, I would not want to be in this man's cross hairs. These politicians better pay attention very quickly or I have a feeling Lance is going to be very publicly calling them out one by one.

You've got an Army of citizens at your back, Lance. We're tired of these corporate lobbyists buying Washington. It's time that funding for Cancer research, prevention, and treatment to have the most powerful lobby in the world and we'll support this cause until one day cancer is nothing but another treatable ailment.
It's worth noting that the struggle to defeat cancer is a global struggle. Research carried on anywhere in the world feeds into the global information bank. That said, if the US govt. cuts funding for cancer research there are ripple effects around the world. I'm a cancer survivor, and my life was saved by research done in Indianapolis. It was a doctor in Indianapolis who directed my treatment remotely from 4000 miles away - so you could say I have an interest in the current state of affairs in the US. I can't help thinking that if 1500 Americans died in Iraq or Afghanistan EVERY day, instead of from cancer, there'd be political hell to pay. Lance Armstrong is absolutely right to harrass politicians, but he doesn't have to be the only one. Each and every American whose life has been touched by cancer can start to lobby their representatives in Congress, and keep on [politely] harassing them. They are YOUR SERVANTS, paid for with your tax dollars and your votes. It's up to each and everyone of us who care to insist that our politicians, in whichever country, do what 'we the people' demand they do. I suspect that if they think their vote might be in danger we might start to see some positive action.
Dear Dr Gupta

I am a 31+ year SURVIVOR of testicular cancer. Diagnosed at a time when not much was known about it... given a 50% chance to live 2 years and a less than 10% chance of 5 year survival.. I was the ripe old age of 20 at the time and had been married 11 months.. and contemplating the end of my life not the beginning as I should have been..

I remained silent for 30 years about my experiences... I will be silent no longer!!

I am heading up a group to put on a northeast regional survivor summit similar to the one the LAF had in October (of which I was a delegate).. we realize that individually we can do little, however with an ARMY behind us we can make the changes necessary!!!

I have only BEGUN to tell my story in hopes I can help even ONE person get early detection or to give them hope to find the strength to fight through the horrendous torture which is cancer treatment today..

I hope I will live long enough to see the day when people no longer suffer as so many have with this disease!

I am deeply grateful to Lance and others for taking up this fight so that many may also become SURVIVORS such as he and I!!!
Dr. Gupta,
I heard you say on the air this morning that cancer research funds have been cut in the last few years. As a cancer researcher I applaud you loudly. We have been suffering with poor funding for a number of years now and this affects not only us as well as tomorrows scientists, but the future of cancer patients in the US and the world. We need the media to inform citizens of the funding cuts, the need for governmental funding of research, and the dire results of failing to fund this work. Again, thank you for bringing this issue to the attention of the citizens.
I have watched 1 friend die from spinal cancer, a sister in law die from colon cancer, and another sister in law die from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I have also watched 2 girlfriends win their battles against breast cancer, and I am right now watching my last boyfriend's 11 year old niece battle leukemia. I have had my own run in with breast cancer, but I'm the lucky one. I got a clean bill of health, and was told my mammogram was negative. But, I also realize it could have just as easily gone the other way. My 2 kids and I have the yellow LiveSTONG bracelets, NASCAR Hendrick Motorsport blue Life Is A Team Sport bracelets, and the red Pat Tillman bracelets. We wear them constantly. My oldest child is making lanyards to raise money for the 11 year old girl - Mandi - to help pay for her medicines, treatments, etc. With people like Mr. Lance Armstrong being as loud as possible to get MORe funding for cancer, we WILL have a cure. Everyone should consider Lance Armstrong as a hero, inspiration, and cancer survivor and fighter. Thank you, Lance. You rock!!!
I forgot to mention that if you have family members telling you that you don't have cancer, because there is no family history - DON'T LISTEN TO THEM!!! It's your body, NOT theirs. Just because there is no family history, does NOT mean that you won't get cancer. There is ALWAYS a first for everything, including cancer. My folks have learned to keep their mouths quiet now and have realized that unfortunately I had to prove them wrong just to make my point. We all can LIVE STRONG, as long as we listen to our own bodies and do the right things.
I didn't know about the cut in cancer spending...how can that be? I myself know three people currently battling the "beast", one of which is my 20 month old grand daughter. It has affected our lives as no one who has not gone through this battle can possibly understand. Thanks Lance, for caring and being able to use your name and energy for something so desperately needing attention. You are a noble man. Thanks again for your choice to fight for those of us who don't have the voice or strength!
The language of this article is ridiculous. It gives people ideas and metaphors about cancer that aren't accurate. It makes it sounds as if cancer is a war we need to throw more money at, and that will somehow fix it. And it talks about Armstrong "beating" his cancer, as if he did it himself, and not the treatments. The implication is that people who don't "beat" their cancer didn't "fight" hard enough. Cancer is an exceedingly complex puzzle to be solved, not a war to be won. That's why, decades into the initial declaration of "war on cancer," it is still a huge problem. Maybe we need to look at whether the current structure of cancer science is working, or whether there need to be new, creative ways of doing the science.
Dr. Gupta, I'm wondering: is it possible for performance-enhancing drugs, or exogenously produced and administered analogues of endogenous endocrinological compounds, to cause the kind of cancer from which Mr. Armstrong suffered?
Marie, at least you're honest. You admitted you don't know anything about economics (probably HOME economics)and you do hate the President. Congratulations.

To T. in Seattle: You forgot that 3,000 people died in 2 hours on 9/11. The economy sank. Tax receipts, as a result, were less than they otherwise would have been producing less potential funding for cancer (and other) research. To falsely state that I justify the war because of profits disqualifies you as a commenter. The point I made is that a good economy means good things for cancer research--whether public or private funding. If you don't know by now why it's preferable to kill terrorists over there, then I won't be able to help you. Do you know the difference between Neville Chamberlain and the Neville Brothers?

Finally, you folks depend on the government to solve every problem. Don't you believe the private sector provides solutions to health problems? If not, decline the next prescription your physician gives you and insist on a pharmaceutical product produced by the federal government. And do the same for your entire family.

Good Day.

You folks who only criticize people and ideas have no ideas of your own. Marie and T. are probably both students or government employees who produce no wealth for society but only consume the wealth produced by others.
I'm a three-year testicular cancer survivor, and I'm eternally grateful to Lance Armstrong for representing the LIVESTRONG ideal and helping so many of us channel our cancer experience into positive change.
Being the family of a cancer patient just undergoing a liver transplant operation a year ago because of liver cirrhosis, I really don't know if there are better words to describe the experience except for the feeling of "why" and weariness. In Taiwan, waiting for a new liver is almost like waiting for your death. The chance is like zero. Not many people here think about to share their own organs after dead. For this reason, we had to travel to another country and spend half of our saving on the resourece. (the liver) No one assured you that would be successful since there were some patients who were found with post-surgery complications after coming back. But with God's blessings, we had overcome that. Now, we are trying to beat the lung cancer. The difference between these two experiences was that I forced my father to change his diet and everything, from meat eater to mainly vegetable and fish or walnuts and only brown rise with steam food. So far, his energy doesn't seem lessening at all during the radiare-threapy. Of course, believe in yourself is very important. That is what I sincerely recommend to all of you. And, Wish you all will soon be healthy again.
Hello , I wanted to respond to Nick, the researcher from Telluride Colorado. He was taken aback by the use of war metaphors in your blog. Well, Nick, as a survivor of cancer, I wanted educated you a little on the history. It was actually Richard Nixon who first declared war on cancer. And now Dr Gupta and Lance Armstrong understand that this is a war, nothing less. The fact of the matter is that while you sit protected in your laboratory, probably never having dealt first hand with cancer, there are people fighting and battling everyday with cancer. You dont have the passion to make it work. I appreciate your "broad based" approach toward cancer. I would rather have someone, like Gupta and Armstrong, fighting for me.
As I sit here watching Lance Armstrong during his CNN interview...I keep thinking of the "Live Strong" logo...and I have been living strong...with cervical cancer recurrence.
I had cervical cancer almost 9 years ago, went through a radical hyst. and 12 long and hard weeks of radiation. I went into remission and thought I had it beat. On my last birthday in 2006 (April), I was told I had a recurrence, this time it's in the lymph nodes but still considered cervical cancer due to the same cells. This time, things are different. It's inoperable and radiation will not help any, so it's chemo...or nothing. I did what I feared the most...chemo. I heard such horror stories about it, so ofcourse I was scared. I had more bad days than good, but I'm still here and Living Strong!
Although I had no insurance, there IS help out there. I couldn't afford 1 treatment let alone the 16 rounds I have had...but there was help and I used it. Still, with cancer being the 2nd top killer, much, much more needs to be done. More treatment options (which they are coming up with right now) and more ways to receive these treatments to those who just can't afford it. The word needs to get out that yes, there are ways to get help and what that help is. Still though, there must be some way to insure those affected with this killer disease can and will be helped. Living with cancer is hard enough. Worrying that a person(s) can't afford the treatments is just as deadly as the disease itself.
So, Lance....more power to you to help make a change!! Thank you for caring enough to do something to help others fighting for their lives! :)
I am a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with oral cancer just this year, and so far treated successfully at MD Anderson. I had no risk factors, and definitely didn't fall into the predicted "norm" of the older male who smokes and drinks. I have to take offense at the comments by Dr. DiGiacomo - and question whether cancer has affected his life. Scientific research may not not be carried out as a "battle" against cancer, but anyone who has ever personally fought cancer knows that it IS the battle of a lifetime - against an enemy who doesn't care who lives or dies and will strike again and again unless we continue making great strides in prevention, early diagnosis and treatment.
I was diagnosed with TC on my 40th birthday, May 4 2005. I know see this as a rebirth for me.
A true second chance. My battle was not an easy one, then again who can
honestly say any cancer battle is an easy one? Cancer attacks one on so many levels there are few
words which can accurately capture the thoughts, fears, feelings, emotions... Of my life experiences
I don't think I will ever forget all the people I had the privlege to interact with during my battle
from the terrific medical care team - of doctors, surgeons, nurses, admin staff - to the fellow
patients and to the patients families and my own family.
I was diagnosed with testicular cancer, stage 2c. This meant that the cancer spread from the original
site and was growing a kiwi-sized tumor in my lymph nodes behind my stomach. My treatment protocol
was prescribed as 4 rather intense rounds of BEP chemo. It was then decided after the chemo I would need
a RPLND surgery. After that surgery I still required two more less intense rounds of chemo. I guess I
should mention too that I suffered two pulminary embolisms (PE), and was required to administer two needles
of lovenox - which I had to shoot in my stomach area. But I felt I was willing to do anything to at least
lengthen my time here on earth. And in when you get down to it - that's all we really are trying to do...
just lengthen the inevitable. To date, I just every so often have to go have blood work done and a CT scan
when required. To date, I am clean.
I have given up trying to figure out the root cause of my cancer, but rather I have turned my attention towards
helping others deal with their battles. Whether by personal involvement or supporting any one of the many
groups I am a member of. This has become my new focus. My cancer battle is not that unique, but I would rather
be thought of now as a very supportive friend to a fellow cancer survivor then someone who had a unique battle.
As a close friend of two people who have died fighting this "beast": Missy, age 9 - neuroblastoma, 1-24-97; Annie, age 33, melanoma, 10-18-06...not to mention the many other acquaintances, family members, stories I have heard...I can understand the feelings of impatience, confusion, and total sadness.
The political issues surrounding cancer research are enormous...not only funding, but sharing of research data.
I have chosen to be political in terms of how I can impact those I come in contact with, dealing with one type of cancer: WEAR SUNSCREEN daily. Talk to your physician about it. Talk to your pediatrician about it. Talk to your friends about it. BUG the cosmetic industry about it. Make it a habit like brushing teeth.
I am thankful for all of you and countless unknown others who have chosen their own cancer battleground.
I just finished watching the Lance Armstrong:Sanjay Gupta show on CNN. Please, please show this some more times - so that many more people can see it. A difference needs to be made. And personally, my sister died of breast cancer at the age of 56 - and I did everything I could do - to help with breast cancer. But now, my husband has prostate cancer - for 4 years and the doctor told him he would be gone within 1 1/2 years with a Gleason score of 10 and the ca out of the capsule. After researching it, I found that more men die of prostate cancer each year than women with their prostate cancer. 44,000 each year! Thank God, my husband is doing very well - but there needs to be a vaccine and a CURE!
We all must remember that our lifetime chance of being affected by cancer is 1 in 3. Make your vote count in the 2008 election. Support the candidates that support cancer research funding. If you are passsionate, be pro-active and make your vote count to save not only your life but the lives of the people you love.
Dear Dr. Gupta:
I would like to extend a big thank you, Dr. Gupta - for taking the time and courage yourself to approach a very personal and sometimes difficult topic like cancer. Could you please ask the network to re-air the Surviving Cancer special or even one better - please consider taping a follow-up show!? I am a cancer survivor and I would love for everyone in the US to watch this show and see the message. Is there any chance this show will become a video segment viewable from the CNN website? Or available as a downloadable media file? The message from this show, the support shown by Lance and others must be sent out to as many people as it can go. Is there any chance to continue this topic throughout the year? The LAF, and many other support groups do alot of tremondous work for survivors, and families of survivors - maybe a follow-up show/segment could detail the great work these support groups do?! Even profile the expanded use of the internet today by helping groups form virtual support mechanisms? You could extend an invite to members of a virtual community like Cyclist Combating Cancer, and tie in their generous selfless work to the LiveStrong Challenge for example. This segment would demonstrate that the desire to help others far exceeds the pains endured during some of our cancer battles - be they physical, emotional, financial or otherwise...
Again, thank you for airing this special!
We watched the program on Sunday, January 14th but it was replaced by breaking news about the execution of two people in Iraq. We agree that the new was significant but the news was repeated many times in the remaining hour. In our opinion the program on cancer was more important and should not have been completely preempted by the Iraq news.
As an 8 1/2 yr survivor of ovarian cancer I was very interested in watching the program. It was good. However, there were so many important issues brought out that I hope you'll revisit many of them--NCI and what it does, clinical trials, finding the best dr for your type of cancer, the long process to get a drug approved,etc.One bit of misinformation was that there is not a reliable screening test for ovarian cancer. Dr.Gupta had stated that women should be screened for ovca beginning in their 20's. If he's referring to a Pap test, it only screens for cervical cancer. If he's referring to a CA-125, it is only 80% reliable at best and most dr's won't order it unless you show acute symptoms of ovca. Because there is not a screening test for ovca and because the symptoms are not unusual, especially for menopausal age women, ovca is know as the cancer that "whispers". More people need to be encouraged to participate in clinical trials. I've been in one Phase I trial and have applied to be in another. My philosophy is that even if does not help me , it will add to the body of knowledge and may help some of my sisters who are fighting ovarian cancer. Getting ready to start anew chemo regimen next week--praying for good results. The navigator program is just beginning at physicians' group. It is somethnig that's desparately needed. You must be not only tough to fight cancer, but equally as tough to fight the maze of dr's ,tests, decisions, insurance, treatment options, information. You must be an aggressive player in the "cancer battle".
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