News from the cancer side November 28



MAKE TODAY A PINK FRIDAY!!!

News from the retail side

Pink Friday
The retailer giant Systemax is painting Black Friday Pink for the second year in a row. Systemax owns CompUSA and TigerDirect which sell electronic products. CompUSA alone has 24 retail stores all over the US. Here’s how Systemax plans to turn Black Friday into Pink:

Systemax raised $200,000 on Pink Friday last year. It hopes to reach the $250,000 target this year.

News from the clinical trial side

Studies show novel device may enhance chemotherapy treatment in brain tumors
The company NovoCure is conducting trials to test the Novo-TTF, a medical device that uses low intensity alternating electric fields to kill cancer cells. TTF has been shown to enhance the antitumor effects of standard chemotherapy, thus helping in slowing down disease progression and extending survival. The device is non-invasive and the only side effects observed is skin irritation (contact dermatitis) associated with the electrodes delivering the electric fields.

News from the statistics side

Annual report to the nation finds declines in cancer incidence and death rates
Something to be thankful about at Thanksgiving: the latest figures from the US cancer organizations are in snd the news are a bit cheering – cancer incidence and mortalities are on the decline in both men and women.

News from the outreach program side

Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Mrs. Laura Bush Welcome Panama to Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness
Last week, outgoing First Lady Laura Bush was an honoured guest in the initiation of Panama into the Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research of the Americas. Other partners are Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

The Partnership is a locally initiated and locally distributed project to increase access to early detection and to reduce breast cancer deaths through improved awareness, increased clinical resources and more funding for scientific research. Komen for the Cure provides the global grassroots network and educational resources to the partnership, and The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center provides the medical expertise. The Institute of International Education’s San Francisco office (IIE) brings regional training and management experience and serves as the point of contact for the organizations in Panama.

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