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  1. Part 1 of a 2 part series Does lung cancer get short shrift? Sunday, June 21, 2009 By Mark Roth, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09172/978938-114.stm
  2. (((Debbie))) I am very sorry for your loss. Kelly
  3. I am very sorry for your loss. Kelly
  4. Hi Everyone!!!!! I think of you all so often!!! Can't ever express how grateful I am for you and this site! I just found out yesterday that I was accepted to nursing school!!! I'll be going to UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing starting in September 2008!! I want to be an Oncology nurse!!! I have a long way to go but I know that is what I am called to be doing now!! Prayers are appreciated!! Wasn't there someone else here who through the illness of a loved one, went to nursing school??? I'll keep you posted!!! Kelly
  5. Hi Everyone!!!!! I think of you all so often!!! Can't ever express how grateful I am for you and this site! I just found out yesterday that I was accepted to nursing school!!! I'll be going to UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing starting in September 2008!! I want to be an Oncology nurse!!! I have a long way to go but I know that is what I am called to be doing now!! Prayers are appreciated!! Wasn't there someone else here who through the illness of a loved one, went to nursing school??? I'll keep you posted!!! Kelly
  6. A good friend's mom has lung cancer. Told him that I would post on here for other opinions. Here is the situation: His mom is stage 3b. Had an MRI two months ago and it was clear. She has had no med. change since then. She has completely passed out or gotten dizzy and fallen at least 3 times in the last couple of weeks. She and my friend were reading the Bible to each other and she was having trouble with words she has known forever! My advice was to call her onc ASAP and let him know what is going on as it could be brain mets. What are your thoughts? Thank you in advance!! I know with my mom, I was constantly monitoring her neurological situation. She never did get brain mets but liver. Kelly
  7. Friends, First, I must apologize profusely for not sharing this with you much, much sooner. Obviously, I am still struggling with denial. This is the only "place" that I haven't told yet. I am not sure why. Maybe telling you all makes it really real. I am so sorry to all of you who has lost a loved one in the many months that I have not been here. Please accept my deepest sympathy. My mom had vertebroplasty (http://www.vertebroplasty.com/index.php?pageId=75) in about February 2007. Her lung function was so poor that she never fully recovered although she did go home then shortly after had to have a vertebrectomy (http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/513321_5) in March 2007 as her condition worsened. Her lungs were so bad from emphysema, COPD and lung cancer on top of that, her lungs simply gave out on April 5, 2007 (which is also my dad's birthday.) It was a very peaceful passing and the most glorious thing happened- my mom invited Jesus Christ into her heart just a few hours before she died. She had been very set in her rote religious ways so I know for sure that it truly was the Holy Spirit working in her heart for her to recognize her need to acknowledge that she was a helpless sinner and needed the Savior. I like to think that that is why the end was so peaceful- she knew finally, where she going for eternity. Thank you for your patience with me. I am hopeful that I will be able to be a support to people on here now. I have learned so much about myself, family dynamics and life in general that it just can't be wasted and kept to myself. I still really need all of you too. Love to you all, Kelly
  8. My mom had cyberknife and the first was very helpful! There is a link for it on my profile. Kelly
  9. (((Flowegirlie & Family))) I am very sorry for your loss. Kelly
  10. I am so very sorry! I always felt a kinship with him since I am from Pittsburgh. I haven't been on in awhile so I am late with this. Prayers for the family. Kelly
  11. kreed70

    James R. Bair

    So Sorry for the loss of your dad. We are here for you. Kelly
  12. Lab disaster may lead to new cancer drug By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor Sun Feb 4, 9:55 AM ET Her carefully cultured cells were dead and Katherine Schaefer was annoyed, but just a few minutes later, the researcher realized she had stumbled onto a potential new cancer treatment. Schaefer and colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York believe they have discovered a new way to attack tumors that have learned how to evade existing drugs. Tests in mice suggest the compound helps break down the cell walls of tumors, almost like destroying a tumor cell's "skeleton." The researchers will test the new compound for safety and hope they can develop it to treat cancers such as colon cancer, esophageal cancer, liver and skin cancers. "I was using these cancer cells as models of the normal intestine," Schaefer said in a telephone interview. Normal human cells are difficult to grow and study in the lab, because they tend to die. But cancer cells live much longer and are harder to kill, so scientists often use them. Schaefer was looking for drugs to treat the inflammation seen in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, both of which cause pain and diarrhea. She was testing a compound called a PPAR-gamma modulator. It would never normally have been thought of as a cancer drug, or in fact a drug of any kind. "I made a calculation error and used a lot more than I should have. And my cells died," Schaefer said. A colleague overheard her complaining. "The co-author on my paper said,' Did I hear you say you killed some cancer?' I said 'Oh', and took a closer look." They ran several tests and found the compound killed "pretty much every epithelial tumor cell lines we have seen," Schaefer said. Epithelial cells line organs such as the colon, and also make up skin. It also killed colon tumors in mice without making the mice sick, they reported in the journal International Cancer Research. The compound works in much the same way as the taxane drugs, including Taxol, which were originally derived from Pacific yew trees. "It targets part of the cell cytoskeleton called tubulin," Schaefer said. Tubulin is used to build microtubules, which in turn make up the cell's structure. Destroying it kills the cell, but cancer cells eventually evolve mechanisms to pump out the drugs that do this, a problem called resistance. "Resistance to anti-tubulin therapies is a huge problem in many cancers. We see this as another way to get to the tubulin," Schaefer said. The PPAR-gamma compound does this in a different way from the taxanes, which might mean it could overcome the resistance that tumor cells often develop to chemotherapy. "Most of the drugs like Taxol affect the ability of tubulin to forms into microtubules. This doesn't do that -- it causes the tubulin itself to disappear. We do not know why." Schaefer's team plans more safety tests in mice. As the compound is already patented, her team will probably have to design something slightly different to be able to patent it as a new drug. Taxol, developed by U.S. National Cancer Institute researchers and manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1993, had annual sales of $1.6 billion at its peak in 2000.
  13. There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today." So she did and she had a wonderful day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. "H-M-M," she said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today." So she did and she had a grand day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. "Well," she said, "today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail." So she did and she had a fun, fun day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head "YEA!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!" Attitude is everything. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly...... Leave the rest to God.
  14. (((Katie))) I am so sorry for your unexpected loss. You and your family are in my prayers. Kelly
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