Click the link above to read new information about Avastin.
Don't count out Avastin as a breast cancer treatment but don't count it in, either. In November, the FDA took the unusual step of nixing Avastin's approval saying that the serious risks of using the drug outweighed its small benefits for women with cancer that had spread beyond the breast. Now new studies are under way looking at whether Avastin may work better if it's used earlier in the course of the disease as an initial therapy.
I wish I did have some ideas to get those heads out of the sand (or another location) Sorry if I whipped you into an early morning frenzy!
One of my favorite books is "Thank you for Smoking" (turned into a film) It centers on a group of lobbyists. Although fiction and funny, I think the view of how powerful the D.C. lobby's are was accurate.
I'm reposting this study on my personal Facebook page and asking my friends (mostly my age) to spread the word. I know it's just a grassroots effort but I hope this story hits the media in a big way.
I wasn't aware till I started at WebMD that screening at age 40 was controversial! (2009 guidelines from a U.S. federal task force recommended against routine mammography screening for average-risk women in their 40s).
My maternal grandmother had breast cancer so it wasn't an issue for me. I turned 44 in October and have my 4th mammogram scheduled for December. Click the link above to read the new study.
There is a fine line between truth and scary stuff. You ladies strike the perfect balance here. Thanks for all you do for the women that come here desperate for information and support!
Jenna, I LOVE the Kelly Tuthill story. And claps for Melissa for showing a less-than-perfect-face.
Regarding celebrities: I started my career in public relations in the entertainment industry. I was once paid $500 to answer written online questions AS A GIANT MOVIE STAR for a feature film promotion. I swear on the life of my daughters that this is 100% true. The answers were vetted through the production company and her manager with strict "must mention" and "can't mention" guidelines. It's my favorite cocktail party story. No one can believe it. IMO, I made her sound much more fun than she probably is IRL!
Interviews are usually very carefully managed with an agenda that might not be for the good of the people or even under the celebrities control. I did an internship for a giant late night talk show in New York for three months when I was studying journalism in college. What an eye opener. No matter how "improv" or "off-the-cuff" a celebrity might seem, chances are, it's a performance.
I don't mean to sound like a hater! I know there are many, many sincere celebrities doing great work out there. But I don't think the general public gets how powerful the celebrity spin machine can be.
Care to guess what celebrity I wrote as? I can't confirm nor deny.....but it was a HUGE one (((HUGS))) and sugar smacks!
Some posters on the WebMD Facebook page thought saying a "terrific prognosis" was strange - what do you guys think?
Andrea Mitchell, NBC's chief foreign affairs correspondent, announced on air Wednesday that she has breast cancer, saying to other women: "Screening matters. Do it."
"I had planned to be hiking in Wyoming last week, but instead discovered that I am now among the 1 in 8 women in this country — incredibly 1 in 8 — who have had breast cancer," the veteran journalist said.
"Mine was discovered during my annual screening just a short time ago," she said. "Luckily for me, I am one of the fortunate ones; we discovered it in the earliest stage, it hadn't spread, and I'm already back at work with a terrific prognosis."View Thread