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By Rachel Pappas, Freelance Writer
Hope can keep you going when you’ve got a life-threatening illness. That’s why the idea of participating in a clinical trial on a potentially promising new cancer drug appealed to me.
But it scared me too. With any study, there are unknowns and risks. “What do you think of the study”? I asked my oncologist when she told me about the project. “I think it’s a good opportunity to possibly advance medicine. I want to see breast cancer cured.”.
If this treatment, lxibepilone, ends up making a huge difference, it could be the first medical breakthrough in over a decade for the disease I had – Triple Negative Breast Cancer – a very aggressive disease with a high risk for re-occurrence.
My oncologist’s sister is in a similar trial for the same illness. That scored big with me – along with her true belief that the study drug is, at the least, as good as the conventional therapy. I signed the trial consent form on the spot, hearing all that I needed (or maybe wanted) to know.
Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Rachel Pappas, Freelance Writer
When I got cancer, I thought “Eat chicken.” It’s low-fat. Little did I know, studies show any kind of meat is high in arachidonic acid – the stuff that cancer cells feed off of. I’ve since delved further into the books, and learned some more on cancer and nutrition. Of course, how far you want to go, how much you want to change your diet, is up to you. But I was surprised at how many foods research books are good for fighting cancer – how many of them that I actually like. Here’s some of what I’ve learned on what’s good, what’s not, and why….
“She’s Positive. She’s Positive Not”
Waiting for the Answer by Rachel Pappas
A few weeks later came her call. My mother had breast cancer too. Her bad news had me petrified that I was positive for the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutation that almost guarantees you will get breast or ovarian cancer. What if I passed this gene to my daughter and she ended up with the same fate as my mother and myself? (more…)