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Test Drive a Ford To Help Fight Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer research supporters can raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure by test driving a Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle.

Ford Motor Company will donate $20 for every test drive, up to $1,000,000, until June 1, reports U.S. News & World Report.  

Donations are made in each individual test drivers name, which means he or she gets to choose which Susan G. Komen affiliate receives the money.

Anyone interested in having their test drive count for a donation should obtain a registration code at the Ford Cares website.

 

May

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Molecular Signature May Predict Adenocarcinoma Relapse

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Scientists have discovered a molecular signature that may help identify relapse in lung adenocarcinoma patients.

Through the process of analyzing 117 lung adenocarcinoma samples, researchers were able to identify a relapse-related molecular signature, which they named RRS-82. Follow-up tests with adenocarcinoma patients confirmed the association between RRS-82 and a high risk for relapse, even in patients with early stage cancer.

Identifying this molecular signature is meant to help progress the development of patient-tailored therapies.

The study was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

 

May

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Bladder Cancer Survivor Helps Convicts Take Personal Responsibility

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The San Francisco Chronicle recently featured a motivational article on a police officer whose cancer diagnosis has helped him find meaning through teaching.

Sheriff's Lt. Gilbert Aguilar was diagnosed with advanced bladder cancer in 2005. His chances for long-term survival were about 35%.

Aguilar went on to beat the disease through chemotherapy and now teaches a leadership class in the Los Angeles County jail system. According to the article, turning to the Bible throughout his treatment helped Aguilar see how he could help convicts take personal responsibility for bettering their lives.

Share how battling with bladder cancer has changed your life.  Many patients are discussing their experiences with this disease at the Bladder Cancer Message Board.

 

May

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CancerCompass Message Board Updates: Join the Discussion

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Knowing the differences between specific cancer tests can be helpful to anyone looking for insight on test results. Myeloma patient Poppy/Cath would like to know how a blood test and bone marrow biopsy BMB differ and how both count paraprotein levels.  Share your experiences with these tests.

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Caregivers whose spouses are undergoing chemotherapy may wonder how treatment drugs affect intimacy. This question can be difficult to ask one's doctor. Kim340, whose husband is taking Avastin, wonders if other caregivers or patients have advice.  Join the discussion.

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The side effects of chemotherapy drugs can affect patients differently and knowing what to expect can be difficult.  Cancer Compass Members recommend reading Mark D's message about his struggle with mouth sores and neuropathy since taking Velcade.  Many community members have shared similar experiences and given him advice on how to cope. Join the conversation.

 

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Cancer Survivor Runs Boston Marathon

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Completing the Boston Marathon on April 20 marked 59-year-old cancer survivor Win Apel's 50th race, edging him closer to the goal he set for himself when he was first diagnosed.

An Idaho native and New Jersey resident, Apel dropped out of the New York City Marathon after doctors discovered prostate cancer on September 11, 2001, reports the Cranford Chronicle. One year later Apel vowed to complete a marathon in all 50 states and in each of the seven continents.  

Completing the Boston Marathon as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team helped Apel satisfy his U.S. running goal, while also raising $22,000 for cancer research, according to the Cranford Chronicle. All that's left is the July race he plans on running in Australia, according to the daily newspaper Metro.

Watch Gene Lavancy from FoxNews', Boston affiliate WXFT, to get Apel's reaction after finishing his 50th marathon.

 

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