You know I am a cancer survivor – 15 years down the road from a leukemia diagnosis and enjoying a 10 year remission. So whenever something seems weird about my health it’s cancer coming back, right? Wrong! Just how wrong was proven last night. I am writing this from my hospital bed in Seattle.
Hollywood star Michael Douglas, 65
There’s news that Hollywood star Michael Douglas, 65, is undergoing treatment for throat cancer. Reporters say his doctors say he is expected to make a full recovery. But, believe me, when someone is diagnosed with any kind of head and neck cancer, as this is, it is not an [...]
Dr. Richard Pazdur, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s cancer drug office
They have a tough job, those government doctors, scientists, and bureaucrats who are charged with assessing the safety and effectiveness of proposed new medical products. As you know, they rely largely on studies presented by the applicants.
The FDA has the power [...]
We’ve been waiting for years. The FDA today approved the first-ever “anti-cancer vaccine.” Provenge, made by blossoming biotech company Dendreon in Seattle, is a personalized therapy designed to give a second chance for a patient’s own immune system to beat back advanced prostate cancer.
It is, by no means, for every prostate cancer patient (more [...]
The weather has been terrific here in Seattle. That doesn’t mean less rain. It means day after day of blue skies, sun, and kids running around playing. That includes my 12-year-old, Eitan, a boy fueled by testosterone.
Eitan, who my friends called as a little one, “The Humvee Baby” is a tough kid. And he’s [...]
When I was diagnosed with leukemia in 1996 I knew nothing about the disease except that it was deadly. I also didn’t know anyone with the condition, chronic lymphocytic leukemia. So, with help from a neighbor, I went on the Internet, found the right listerv on www.acor.org, and started corresponding with people with my condition [...]
Swirling around the great debates about our economy, and real worries and financial turmoil, are the very basic issues of individuals in America getting the healthcare they need – and deserve. This was brought home to me yet again this past Saturday evening when, as a local board member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, [...]
I recently spent a lot of time talking with people who are on a mission to prevent colon cancer, which is our second biggest cancer killer, after lung cancer. Colon cancer is preventable if it’s caught early. In my mother’s case, it wasn’t, so I think about colon cancer a lot.
This past Sunday, during [...]
The other day, I had a lunch to remember – not the food, but the people.
It was an organizing luncheon for the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization’s first Mother’s Day Walk in my home city of Seattle, an event like they have had for years in Chicago, Y-ME’s home base. Y-ME is a great [...]