Friday, August 1, 2014

Around the Web

We're in Northern California for Chris' 20-year high school reunion, which happened to coincide with the Sonoma County Fair. Next week, we'll be in Portland. Chris has a conference for work, and one of my best friends lives there. This guy and I are so happy to be out of Phoenix when it is 113 degrees.

We return just in time for another round of chemo for me on the same day I have my next scan and an EKG to make sure my heart is holding up to all these meds. I'm hoping the vacation will keep me from getting too anxious about the scan. I'll let you know how THAT pans out.

Anyway, here's what I found on the web this week.

A New Approach to Treating Cancer?

"Doctors need to ascertain which cell subgroups are truly driving the tumor’s growth and metastasis and select drugs that target the critical genes within those cells. It can be a mistake to assume that the largest, most dominant subgroup is the one to be targeted."

This Story Hit Close to Home

I would argue that having a toddler around helps make chemo bearable. It's hard to focus on how terrible you feel when you've got a child demanding that you build train tracks or watch another episode of Curious George with him.

Why Some Women Opt for Mastectomies (It's Not Just About Survival)

This story also hit close to home. 

Can Doctors Teach the Body to Cure Cancer?

More on immunotherapy and the future of cancer treatment.

Have an article you think I should include here? Email me at jen (dot) campisano (at) gmail. 

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