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How Losing My Hair Boosted My Self-Confidence

Written by Tashira it took two days before i realized my hair was falling out. i was convinced the black sponge i used to coil the sides of my cropped natural cut was falling apart. little did i know it wasn’t the sponge. chemotherapy had taken its toll. believe it or...

My Dear Angel

As I perused my journals, I came across a letter that I want to share. It was written in what seems like a lifetime ago, yet the words stand true. The photograph is compliments of my husband who shared the beautiful sunset with me, oh so many moons gone. My Dear...

Herceptin Treatment #208

Roughly. There may have been a few times I went four weeks rather than the usual every three but the idea is the same. I've had a lot of Herceptin pumped into my body. It goes without saying, but I need it to build up to one short thought, that is a lot of visits to...

Cancer, Chemo and Cosmetics

The chemotherapy that I’m taking has a great reputation for doing some serious damage to cancer cells. It’s powerful stuff.  The problem is it doesn’t just damage the bad cells. I liken it to a bomb going off in enemy territory. “Fantastic! We wiped out the...

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Your Friend Has Been Diagnosed with Cancer. Now What?

 10 Simple Tips If someone close to you was diagnosed with cancer, would you know what to say or do? I think a lot of people struggle with how to initiate a conversation when they learn of a co-worker's diagnosis. Before being diagnosed with breast cancer myself, I...

Inspiring Words From Andrea Harris

Inspiring Words From Andrea Harris

Why I'm Not Sorry I had Cancer What Cancer Took from Me It's easy to describe all the things that cancer took from me. It took my left breast, my hair, my perfect figure, and my last gasp chance to have my own child. It took relationships that needed to be severed and...

Three Horses. Monument Valley, Utah. 2010

Three Horses. Monument Valley, Utah. 2010

Situation: Approaching three horses in Monument Valley (20 degrees Fahrenheit), it was beautiful and quiet until I hear this crazy commotion behind me. What I happened next was not expected... a jealous stallion was charging me, luckily I was closer to the car than he...

Dear Diary. April 21, 2018

Dear Diary. April 21, 2018

Dear Diary, This is the veiw from my room and my last night at the Living Beyond Breast Cancer conference.  It has been beyond wonderful but I'm keeping it short because I'm very tired and can't think straight. Will write more later. Good night....

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Cancer, Chemo and Cosmetics

The chemotherapy that I’m taking has a great reputation for doing some serious damage to cancer cells. It’s powerful stuff.  The problem is it doesn’t just damage the bad cells. I liken it to a bomb going off in enemy territory. “Fantastic! We wiped out the...

Inspiring Words From Andrea Harris

Why I'm Not Sorry I had Cancer What Cancer Took from Me It's easy to describe all the things that cancer took from me. It took my left breast, my hair, my perfect figure, and my last gasp chance to have my own child. It took relationships that needed to be severed and...

Cancer Survivor Corey Calligano’s Story

About Corey Corey is a mom of three; first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 at thirty years old and was cancer free until her four-year mammogram. She loves to write and shares her story throughout the five years of treatments on her blog. Below is an excerpt from...

A Pink Story About Breast Cancer

One of my favorite aspects of my work is when someone shares their story with me.  Thank you, Amy. I know your words will help inspire others diagnosed with this disease.  I hate pink; always have. I always thought it was too foofy, too predictable, too 'girly.' Then...

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Three Horses. Monument Valley, Utah. 2010

Situation: Approaching three horses in Monument Valley (20 degrees Fahrenheit), it was beautiful and quiet until I hear this crazy commotion behind me. What I happened next was not expected... a jealous stallion was charging me, luckily I was closer to the car than he...

Parking Lot. Arizona State University

Situation: It's 1am, I am with my good friend Nate, we are at parking lot 59 at Arizona State University. Nate is with the camera on top of a six story parking garage with the camera. A UPS tractor trailer pulls into the parking lot about 50 yards away, his truck was...

Three Horses. Elmira, Mi

Scenario: Linda and I were in Northern Michigan visiting Linda's sister a few years ago. Linda's sisters (Lori) employee: Hey Lori, was your sister and brother-in-law in town this weekend? Lori: Yes, why do you ask? Lori's employee: I thought so, I was listening to...

Times Square, New York

Outtake from the holy grail of tutu photos ( Or I thought so at the time). Officer: "Excuse me sir, are your wearing anything under your tutu"? Me: Why yes, Officer, I am. (Whew!)

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Honoring Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients & their Families

Introducing Life BEYOND Breast Cancer It took me all day to find the words to introduce a new section on our website called Life BEYOND Breast Cancer. It isn’t easy to look at the hardest part about “living” with this disease in the face, but as advocates and friends,...

Poetry: Sinner and Saint

Someone since has sinned - Who’s a saint, Who’s a sane man. Shouting profanities at his misfortune Jesting, crossing himself in a bathhouse. He’s Jewish. Someone crosses a street Seriously contemplating sinning Coming home, shirt thrown sloppy to the side Hitting a...

Poetry: The Veil

I am a veil, A sheath of newness and despair, A film of shadow and of light, A cover not quite there. I fasten readily to hair, To hats of wool and crowns of gold. I dress the plain, adorn the rich, Praise youth and hide the old. And whether it is warm or cold I'm...

Poetry: How Long Will I Run?

‘Til tide’s edge touches sand Or beyond it, ankle-deep? Will it roll in Or ebb out? Will it slap me Or dupe me, send me chasing it? And the current – Will I feebly float or will my feet be knocked from under me? Under me. Down…under water, Out to sea… How long will I...

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Your Friend Has Been Diagnosed with Cancer. Now What?

 10 Simple Tips If someone close to you was diagnosed with cancer, would you know what to say or do? I think a lot of people struggle with how to initiate a conversation when they learn of a co-worker's diagnosis. Before being diagnosed with breast cancer myself, I...

Getting Disability Help When Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

The following information was provided by Deanna Power, Community Outreach Manager for Social Security Disability Help. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with breast cancer, there may be resources available for your family. Advanced, recurrent, and...

Getting Help Through The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project awarded grants based on a non-profit organization’s alignment with the program’s mission, which is to provide financial support and counseling, helping to relieve the financial and emotional burdens that come with breast cancer diagnoses.  While we do...

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FDA Approves LYNPARZA® for Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer

Having lived with metastatic breast cancer for eleven years there are certain things that I take for granted. One is that everyone knows the definition of “metastatic.” I’m not sure what this says about me –perhaps I’ve been living in the crazy world of breast cancer...

Honoring Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients & their Families

Introducing Life BEYOND Breast Cancer It took me all day to find the words to introduce a new section on our website called Life BEYOND Breast Cancer. It isn’t easy to look at the hardest part about “living” with this disease in the face, but as advocates and friends,...

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Daiichi Sankyo’s DS-8201 for HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Daiichi Sankyo’s DS-8201 for HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer.
From: PR Newswire — Breakthrough Therapy designation received for the treatment of patients with HER2-positive, locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer who have been treated with trastuzumab and pertuzumab and have disease progression after ado-trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) — HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer often advances to the point where no currently approved HER2-targeted treatments continue to control the disease — Designation based on preliminary clinical evidence highlights that DS-8201 has the potential to offer substantial clinical benefit to patients with a high unmet medical need Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited (hereafter, Daiichi Sankyo) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to DS-8201, an investigational HER2-targeting antibody drug conjugate (ADC), for the treatment of patients with HER2-positive, locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer who have been treated with trastuzumab and pertuzumab and have disease progression after ado-trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1).
Currently, there is no FDA-approved therapy for patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer with disease progression following treatment with other HER2-targeting agents trastuzumab, pertuzumab and T-DM1.
“The Breakthrough Therapy designation for DS-8201 in HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer acknowledges the unmet medical need these patients face when currently approved treatments no longer control their disease,” said Antoine Yver, MD, MSc, Executive Vice President and Global Head, Oncology Research and Development, Daiichi Sankyo.
“We remain committed to rapidly progressing the development of DS-8201 and look forward to working closely with the FDA to potentially bring this new treatment option to patients with metastatic breast cancer as quickly as possible.” The Breakthrough Therapy designation was granted based on the results of the ongoing phase 1 study assessing the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of DS-8201.
ADCs are a type of targeted cancer medicine that deliver cytotoxic chemotherapy (“payload”) to cancer cells via a linker attached to a monoclonal antibody that binds to a specific target expressed on cancer cells.
In addition to Breakthrough Therapy designation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to DS-8201 for the treatment of HER2-positive unresectable and/or metastatic breast cancer in patients who have progressed after prior treatment with HER2-targeted therapies including T-DM1.
DS-8201 is currently in phase 1 clinical development for HER2-positive advanced or metastatic breast cancer and gastric cancer, HER2 low-expressing breast cancer and other HER2-expressing solid tumors.
We are dedicated to transforming science into value for patients, and this sense of obligation informs everything we do.
For more information on Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., please visit: www.dsi.com.

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Places in California with the Lowest Cancer Rates

It goes without saying that cancer is a devastating disease that millions of Americans live with everyday.  However, did you know that California was named as one of the states with the lowest cancer rates in a study done by World Atlas?  For being a state that’s...

FDA Approves LYNPARZA® for Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer

Having lived with metastatic breast cancer for eleven years there are certain things that I take for granted. One is that everyone knows the definition of “metastatic.” I’m not sure what this says about me –perhaps I’ve been living in the crazy world of breast cancer...

8-Year-Old Creates Pink Lemonade Challenge For Breast Cancer Research This July 4

8-Year-Old Creates Pink Lemonade Challenge For Breast Cancer Research This July 4.
A mother to four young children, she was terrified.
The disease had already struck her mother, sister and grandmother.
So is her 8-year-old daughter, Brynne.
She pledged to double Brynne’s impact by matching every dollar she raised through selling the lemonade.
For her first go, Brynne was able to donate a total of $100 to BCRF.
One year later, Brynne is even more determined to make a difference – and wants others to do the same.
With July 4 approaching, she has been challenging others to create a pink lemonade stand on the holiday weekend to support BCRF.
“It can help people like my mom and other breast cancer patients,” she says.
To support Brynne’s second annual “Fight on the Fourth” pink lemonade stand, donate to her efforts here: https://give.bcrfcure.org/pinklemonadefightonthefourth Want take on Brynne’s challenge?

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The New York Stock Exchange Goes Beyond Pink with AstraZeneca

Today was a busy day for The Tutu Project!  We met with metastatic breast cancer patient advocacy leaders at AstraZeneca’s roundtable meeting to discuss the challenges the community faces and ways to collaboratively address patient needs. After the meeting, we joined...

Rockin’ a Tutu for a Breast Cancer Fundraiser: The Sports Barre

These lovely ladies joined our #Dare2Tutu campaign this year, donned a tutu,  rocked out to a vigorous workout while raising money for breast cancer!  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  AND, to The Sports Barre in Jersey City, we just sent you a basketful of gratitude...

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Affordable Ways of Inspiring Cheer

Affordable Ways of Inspiring Cheer   Epigenetic research and modern medicine support the claim that laughter is often the best medicine. Research has shown that individuals with a deeper sense of happiness possess lower levels of inflammatory gene responses and higher...

Exhibition explores role of art therapy in mental health recovery

Exhibition explores role of art therapy in mental health recovery.
“Working Through Art: Visualizing Hope and Recovery Through Art” has been curated by Lindsey Lybrand, a licensed creative art therapist who earned her bachelor of science in child and developmental psychology and studio art in 2009.
The exhibition will open Thursday, Nov. 10, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Also, there will be a walk-through discussion at 4:30 p.m. featuring Lybrand and two Vanderbilt professors with strong expertise in fields related to mental health.
While a senior at Vanderbilt, Lybrand was honored with the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Merit Award.
She earned a master of arts in art therapy from New York University in 2013.
The artwork represents and reflects a range of diagnoses and symptoms as well as functioning levels, and shows various ways art therapy can be used to address symptoms“The artwork represents and reflects a range of diagnoses and symptoms as well as functioning levels, and shows various ways art therapy can be used to address symptoms of schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, and co-occurring substance-use disorders while empowering the client,” Lybrand said.
All the participating patients in the exhibition have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder and are engaged in programming to help them return to work or school or find new housing.
One of the exhibition’s goals is to show how art therapy can be used to help organize, structure and give a voice to concepts that many of the participating clients could find challenging to express verbally.
For more information, email Martha Dale or call (615) 343-7241.
Media Inquiries: Ann Marie Deer Owens, (615) 322-NEWS annmarie.owens@vanderbilt.edu This article was originally published at the “Article” source noted above and distributed by The Tutu Project for informational purposes only.

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