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Article Talk: With Cancer, There Is Always Hope
November 15, 2017
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Article Talk: Stubbornness Will Get You Through Cancer - I liked this
October 19, 2017
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I liked this article a lot. I think it probably offers the most workable attitude and advice for dealing with a diagnosis of cancer if you want to affect the outcome for the best. Everyone has a different personality which affects how well you can take on "stubbornness". It may be a big challenge for people who have habitually relied on other means of coping with things. My wife had ovarian cancer (3C) for 10 years before it became too aggressive and took her life. She had many rough times but she always met every challenge face on, never shied away. She was exactly persistent and patient; she picked herself up each time she ...

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Article Talk: With Cancer, There Is Always Hope
November 15, 2017
(My original post didn't work, so replying to it) I agree hope is becoming a very realistic attitude for cancer patients with the exponential acceleration of research and findings. I of course wish the new information and formulations could be made available sooner to patients, especially access for patients with no conventional options (I know that is controversial, expensive, and statistically not shown to be very successful - I don't care). Before the microbiology revolution, hope was a mixed message -- would patients running out of options be better maintaining hope or learning "acceptance". Probably depends on your personality. But now I think we can hedge closer to the hope side because of the incredible research and development of cancer treatments. ...

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Long-Term Ovarian Cancer Survival Higher Than Thought
October 25, 2017
Do some research and check low-does maintenance regimens of Metformin, COX-2 inhibitors, and non-specific Beta Blockers with your doctor (all standard available medications). If they would be completely safe for you, they could be considered for a maintenance regimen as there is some evidence they may help impede the cancer from spreading and growing. I could probably dig up article references if you are interested. All the best, -SB

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Lynparza
October 25, 2017
My wife was on Lynparza after not responding to another PARP inhibitor, Niraparib, in a clinical trial. Her doctor want her to try Lynparza anyway, then add some temozolomide to see if it helped. My wife seemed to think she did not feel so good on the PARP inhibitors, although they are usually considered to have mild side effects. I think my wife felt a kind of fatigue, maybe some stomach upset. It is always hard to separate drug symptoms from cancer symptoms from aging symptoms as well as seasonal symptoms (summer vs winter, etc.). My wife had been through many conventional chemo drugs before trying the PARP inhibitors. Her CA125 was very high but she still did not report any ...

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Article Talk: Ovarian Cancer Recurrence: Discussion With an Expert
October 25, 2017
I agree, diet may be a significant factor in going the distance, even if it extends life a small amount. This is a new era where the new lifesaving treatment may be months away, so extending survival is more than just adding some time to your life, it may open the door to a much longer time here on earth. Taking on a healthy diet also creates a positive commitment to yourself and a reminder to yourself that you want to participate in fighting the disease, which may unleash some natural healing powers in your mind and body I believe. It also can take your mind off of feeling helpless and replace it with a sense that you do have some control ...

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Article Talk: Breast Cancer Survivor Sees Red Over Pink
October 09, 2017
Yes, thank you for your generous sentiment and caring for all afflicted. My wife recently died of ovarian cancer after fighting hard for 10 years (she is a rare example). Ovarian cancer is more rare than breast cancer but very hard to survive. I agree with your call for scaling up the research effort. I feel the trillions we have spent dubiously on anti-terrorism could have possibly saved so many more lives, including my wife's, if spent on cancer research. I remember we did feel in competition with the "pink" campaign for dollars (ovarian is "teal"), but I could not begrudge it, breast cancer touches so many women I understand the priority. I hope that the publicity from the ...

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Eating Dirty Food in a Clean Way
August 05, 2015
These are thought provoking tips, even for regular chemo patients who have periods of immune downtime. It's hard stuff to do, I admire your acceptance of it and the way you write it up. Even though it is probably hard to be perfect with it, doing it to any degree still increases your odds of staying healthy. Thanks for the article! -SB

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Seven Chemo Pro Tips
July 10, 2015
My wife got a central line port, accessed near the collarbone and she thinks it really improved her quality of life. No more iv vein worries and can be used for blood draws sometimes (RN can do it). She has a "powerport" model, which has more wide usage. She recommends it for the long haul. She also believes in fitness and hikes a lot. Exercise is one of the holistic things you can do that really does show up in many studies to improve outcomes and also QOL. She is an 8 year ovarian cancer survivor stage 3C. We also seek 2nd and 3rd opinions when choosing options and try to see the smartest oncologists we can. I try ...

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