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Chemicals found in peaches inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells and lessen the risk of the cancer spreading to other parts of the body, a Washington State University researcher has found. Giuliana Noratto worked with colleagues at Texas A&M University for research on polyphenols, chemicals that are found in the flesh and skin of peaches.
It’s not often a teacher can say he’s gone viral. Since social studies teacher Dave “Robbie” Robinson at East Valley High School made a deal with with his students, he’s been pink. He has had a pink beard, mustache, hair and even pink eyebrows since Monday. The story got around.
The staff members of Freeman Elementary School on Wednesday wore varying shades of pink, clutched pale pink roses, hugged and laughed as they gathered for photos around a bright pink tractor parked next to the building. “Oh, my gosh, look at everybody,” said Leslie Malloy, a paraeducator in Barb Gady’s preschool class.
When Kellogg High School senior Jessica Margason decided to put together a team for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the fundraising goal of $1,000 seemed daunting. Headed into Sunday’s race in Coeur d’Alene, her team, Infinite Love, has raised about $5,000. No other team has come close to that tally in this year’s North Idaho fundraiser for breast health programs supported by the Komen Foundation.
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has issued a positive review of a breast cancer drug from Roche that could soon become the first pharmaceutical option for treating the earliest stages of the disease.
In the summer, lemonade stands spring up in neighborhoods across the city. Some kids hope to earn candy money. Some are saving for new bikes. Others just like the jingle of change in their pockets.
Heather Scholten used to get a deer-in-the-headlights look from just about everyone who heard her story. They couldn’t understand how she could elect to remove both her breasts and her ovaries without ever being diagnosed with cancer.
I stood in a sea of pink and felt my eyes well up with tears. The breast cancer survivors surrounding me, as we posed for a photo on the INB Performing Arts Center steps, were my new tribe. We had all made it.
Going through cancer is certainly an interesting experience, if not a fun one. Chemo has been a five-month road trip through increasing debilitation, when I hoped to go through it like Wonder Woman. But I’ve mostly kept my spirits up and my sense of humor. As expected, I lost my hair, brows and eyelashes. The positive side is that getting ready in the morning goes faster, and I’m having fun wearing a blond wig that gets lots of compliments. The downside is that without eyelashes, I fear my face somewhat resembles a bland pudding, my eyes constantly water, and I look pale and tired. This is the last time I get cancer for vanity’s sake.
I have an elderly aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer many years ago. She was treated and remained cancer-free for years. But I also had a next-door neighbor who got the same diagnosis. She was treated, but succumbed to the disease not too long after. My experience is not unique. Those of us who have been around the block a few times know people who have survived breast cancer and people who have died from it. Why the differences in results from person to person?
In August I wrote about being diagnosed with breast cancer, and how disorienting and crazy that was. Deep into chemo treatments, I have to say that cancer is still disorienting and crazy. It’s simply not something you get used to. When first diagnosed I had the warrior mentality – “I’m going to fight cancer and beat it!” But now in the trenches, as I’ve struggled with horrible physical side effects of chemo I think, “Who was that feisty, energetic woman?”
CHICAGO – If you’re being treated for breast cancer, chances are you feel like something stuck to the bottom of a shoe. “Going through cancer treatment, people become unwell; they lose muscle mass, cardiovascular fitness and their activity levels go down,” said Margie McNeely, an assistant professor in the department of physical therapy and the department of oncology at the University of Alberta.