It is not a bottleneck at the FDA that is to blame. Medical research is simply not producing the breakthroughs needed for breast cancer. And we should not let a reduction of safety and efficacy standards replace our demand for safer and more effective treatments.
According to articles in a variety of scientific journals, numerous substances extracted from marine life (including fungi, sponges, algae, mollusks, "sea squirts," coral, and seaweed) have potential to fight other kinds of challenging cancers.
Imagine a world where treating cancer and other chronic diseases like diabetes is customized to your specific case? The possibilities of better treatments and even finding a cure is even closer with precision medicine and genomic testing
Whenever I hear about a new Breast Cancer diagnosis, I wince. I know all too well about the challenges ahead as I've been through every assault. Someone said to me "look on the bright side, at least you get free plastic surgery!"
Cancer has touched all of us in one way or another. Whether it was a relative, a colleague, or a neighbor, we all know someone who has experienced the anxiety of waiting for test results, endured the rigors of chemotherapy, or felt the heartache of death in cancer's unrelenting grip.
We must stand against the fast track in order to buy Congress the time and ability to revise the provisions on biologics and patent protection. And if we successfully stop the fast track, we must learn from these last few days that complacency is not an option.
As a physician-scientist the two worlds of science and clinical medicine have always overlapped and my objective is to be able to translate my discoveries from the laboratory bench to the patient's bedside.
With continued scientific discovery, ongoing efforts to enact cancer control policies and collaboration among key stakeholders in the public and private sectors, we can make this century cancer's last.
Our understanding of cancer and how to successfully treat it and the symptoms it produces is evolving and improving; and our ability to cope with cancer is also evolving with more confidence and hope in the future.
I started the morning of my husband's cancer treatment reading about race issues. I read about the women who hate feminists, and the men who hate women. I watched videos about church-goers picketing gay marriage and young people writing off church because it's too political.
I've learned that it's okay to be different. It's okay to not blend in. I'm that person you can pick out of a crowd whether it's because I'm the loudest person in the room or because I've barely grown my hair back.
Greater cross-cultural awareness of the relationship of illness to well-being may compel us to pay more attention of the important life-changing quandaries of remission in addition to the physical and emotional dimensions of cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Coming together to start the discussion is the first step. Hospitals, doctors, registered dietitians, chefs, patients, and family members all need to be involved. Progress will follow and hopefully programs like these will become the new normal.
In December of 2014, I went into the hospital for my final surgery. When I woke up, my colostomy bag was gone, and I was on the road to recovery. It's funny -- the little things. The little things sometimes teach us the biggest lessons in life.
We are standing at an extraordinary moment. For nearly 4,000 years of recorded history, cancer in all its forms was an implacable foe. Doctors, patients, and researchers won incremental victories, but for millennia, the word "cancer" was too dreadful to speak aloud.