Cancer News, Weekend Edition



Welcome to cancer news. Our primary thoughts this weekend are with those dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

Thank you to the American Cancer Society for sending along this helpful information for you or anyone you know.  

FAQ: Coping with Cancer in the Aftermath of a Hurricane

 You can also  call their cancer information hotline at 1-800-ACS-2345

 with any questions.

Even during major weather events, the American Cancer Society works to continue providing patient services and programs.

Individuals in need of American Cancer Society services in areas affected by storms should contact our National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345. Cancer information specialists are available to answer calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you or a family member or friend has cancer and has had to evacuate your home or treatment facility, or if you have had an interruption to your treatment due to a recent hurricane, you are facing challenges getting the proper care for your cancer. The following questions and answers may help you make the immediate decisions you are facing to get your treatment back on schedule.

 

In other news:

 

He’s BAACK!

Lance Armstrong is making a comeback for cancer awareness.

From UK Times Online, September 10, 2008. Read the article here and see the video.

Lance Armstrong to hit the road again in hope of aiding cancer sufferers

“Lance Armstrong is coming out of retirement in an attempt to win an eighth Tour de France. The American, who overcame testicular cancer, quit the sport after winning the 2005 Tour. “I am happy to announce that, after talking with my children, my family and my closest friends, I have decided to return to professional cycling to raise awareness of the global cancer burden,” the 36-year-old said. “This year alone, nearly eight million people will die of cancer worldwide. It’s time to address cancer on a global level.” ”

ScienceDaily, September 11, 2008. U.S. Hospitals ‘Flunk’ Colon Cancer, Study Finds

 “School has barely begun, but many U.S. hospitals have already received their report card in colon cancer. They flunked.”

Results of a study by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the American College of Surgeons show that hospitals are not checking lymph nodes post colon cancer surgery. This simple check is an effective way to stage the disease and plan targeted and effective treatment.

 

More from ScienceDaily, September 11, 2008. Cancer Stem Cells Isolated: Could Lead To New Drugs To Stop Cancer From Returning

“After years of working toward this goal, scientists at the OU Cancer Institute have found a way to isolate cancer stem cells in tumors so they can target the cells and kill them, keeping cancer from returning.”

 Stand Up To Cancer Follow UP!

 Every one of us has been touched by cancer. And now we’ve been touched by something that has the power to make cancer, history. Last Friday, Sept. 5th, the historic Stand Up To Cancer fundraising special brought together the brilliance, the passion, and the spirit that will change the lives of men, women and children throughout America.

If you missed it, or if you’d like to watch again, the full show is available for streaming: www.standup2cancer.org/theshow

 Thank YOU for your incredible support. Stand Up To Cancer is proud to announce that from its launch on May 28, 2008, through last Friday’s telecast, the initiative has raised more than $100 million!

The money raised by Stand Up To Cancer will now fund “Dream Teams” of the best and the brightest researchers from leading institutions around the world. These Teams will collaborate on accelerating cancer research, bringing new therapies to patients more quickly. We will keep everyone informed of our progress, and our goals. This is a fight that’s just begun. 

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