Thanksgiving

Mayflower IIOn this Thanksgiving day I am thankful for countless things. Here are several:

  • Thankful for cancer patients around the world that inspire us every day with their tenacity and hope.
  • Thankful for skilled physicians who diagnose, operate, and treat cancer patients with expertise and care.
  • Thankful for family and friends who walk with cancer patients with practical love, timely laughter, and steady hope.
  • Thankful for encouraging and informative resources like Cure Today that equip and inspire cancer patients and caregivers alike.
  • Thankful for world-class hospitals and cancer centers that are mobilizing enormous resources (both human and otherwise) in the fight against cancer. Thank you Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine, and Seattle Children’s Hospital (among many others).
  • Thankful to be a part of Team Julia as we join the ranks of cancer charities around the world determined to end cancer and bring help to those in the cancer battle right now. And thankful for the legion of people who support our mission through sacrificial giving year in and year out.

While thankful for everything on the list above, I am reminded of how much work still needs to be done. As long as cancer still exists our mission must advance. So we press on with gratitude for any accomplishments (however small) even as we remain steadfast in the fight.

CURE Patient Guides

curemagazineGrateful that the editors at CURE magazine have made available (free of charge) the patient guides below. Here’s how CURE introduces these valuable resources:

CURE introduces its new series of patient pocket guides. These guides are designed to help newly diagnosed patients navigate through everything from screening to treatment to side effects.

We hope you find these guides helpful as well as the other resources at CureToday.com.

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 A Patient’s Guide to Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
Published in Winter 2013

 A Patient’s Guide to Prostate Cancer, Third Edition
Published in Fall 2013

 A Patient’s Guide to Metastatic Breast Cancer, Second Edition
Published in Fall 2013

 A Patient’s Guide to Prostate Cancer, Second Edition
Published in Fall 2012

 A Patient’s Guide to Metastatic Breast Cancer
Published in Fall 2012

 A Patient’s Guide to Multiple Myeloma
Published in Winter 2011

 A Patient’s Guide to Prostate Cancer
Published in Fall 2011

 A Patient’s Guide to Bone Health
Published in Fall 2010

 A Patient’s Guide to Advances in Lung Cancer
Published in Summer 2010

 A Patient’s Guide to Mesothelioma
Published in Fall 2009

 A Patient’s Guide to Rare Cancers
Published in Fall 2009

 A Patient’s Guide to HER2-Positive Breast Cancer
Published in Summer 2009

 A Patient’s Guide to Medication Adherence
Published in Winter 2007

 A Patient’s Guide to Metastatic Cancer
Published in Winter 2007

 A Patient’s Guide to CML
Published in Winter 2006

 A Patient’s Guide to Clinical Trials
Published in Fall 2006

 A Patient’s Guide to Side Effects
Published in Survivors Issue 2006

 A Patient’s Guide to Breast Cancer
Published in Summer 2005

 A Patient’s Guide to Colorectal Cancer
Published in Spring 2005

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“Hey Cancer! We’re Coming After You!”

Love seeing Richard Sherman playing offense against cancer. Here’s an excerpt from an article at MyNorthwest.com discussing his new partnership with the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle:

Richard Sherman is talking trash again, and his latest target could be his toughest yet.

Sherman has signed on as a spokesman for the Swedish Cancer Institute, reprising his famous post-NFC championship rant to spread the word in a video posted to YouTube about Swedish’s new Personalized Medicine Program and public awareness campaign. The program combines advanced medical treatment based on the unique, molecular signature of a patient’s cancer with individualized care designed to serve each patient’s physical and emotional health.

“Hey, cancer! You want to know what happens when the Swedish Cancer Institute comes after you? Game!” Sherman says in the 30-second video. “Swedish Cancer Institute is the best in the game, and when you try with some weak cancer cells like that, that’s the result. They can intercept the genetic profile of a cancer cell and then prescribe the personalized therapy. That’s not mediocre. That’s extraordinary.”

Here’s the video referenced above:

Always grateful when someone uses their platform for causes greater than themselves. Thank you Richard Sherman for joining the fight against cancer!

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Bracelets For a Cure

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We love the grassroots movement that is Team Julia! People of all ages are taking their various talents and leveraging them for the advance of our mission.

The latest example of this comes through young people making bracelets for Team Julia. Thank you Gwen, Logan, Jacob, Bella, Mia, Meg, and Mari for your selfless work for the end of cancer! Together, you have already raised nearly $200 for the advance of our research and benevolence work!

Whether bracelets, quilts, cookies, music, song, dance, or sport, people are finding a way to contribute to the fight against cancer. What talent do you have that could be put into this vital work?

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Team Julia Benefit Concert

meridian_high_school-MIf you’re in the Whatcom County area, please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 8 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the Team Julia Benefit Concert at Meridian High School.

We are deeply grateful for the vision and leadership of one high schooler who is dedicating his senior project to the work of Team Julia! David Anderson has brought together some of his most talented family and friends for an evening of music and dance at Meridian High School. David is doing this not only to fulfill his senior project requirement at Meridian High School, but also to raise support for our mission of research and benevolence. Thank you, David. We are more hopeful for the future of cancer care when we see young leaders like yourself dedicating your time and talent to charitable organizations like Team Julia. We’re praying your work will inspire countless others to do likewise!

To learn more about this incredible undertaking, please see the Facebook event page entitled, “Team Julia Benefit Concert.” We look forward to seeing you there!

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Cancer’s Annual Report

coverThe American Cancer Society has helped publish the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2010. Here’s their summary of the results:

Death rates continued to decline for all cancers combined for men and women of all major racial and ethnic groups and for most major cancer sites; rates for both sexes combined decreased by 1.5% per year from 2001 through 2010. Overall incidence rates decreased in men and stabilized in women. The prevalence of comorbidity was similar among cancer-free Medicare beneficiaries (31.8%), breast cancer patients (32.2%), and prostate cancer patients (30.5%); highest among lung cancer patients (52.9%); and intermediate among colorectal cancer patients (40.7%). Among all cancer patients and especially for patients diagnosed with local and regional disease, age and comorbidity level were important influences on the probability of dying of other causes and, consequently, on overall survival. For patients diagnosed with distant disease, the probability of dying of cancer was much higher than the probability of dying of other causes, and age and comorbidity had a smaller effect on overall survival.

While death rates continue to decline for all cancers, there is still much work to do. For one new cancer case is too many, one more death from cancer is too much.

We hope you read the report with an eye to what you can do in the New Year in the war against cancer. Together we can help make cancer a thing of the past. What a report that will be!

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