This is a site created by an amazing woman called Michele Martineau. It's aim is to raise money to fund and support women (and men) who cannot afford the crucial Breast Cancer screening and diagnostic testing, due to lack of private medical insurance/low income etc.
Michele underwent a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy in January 2010 and was made increaingly aware of the fact that many women were simply not getting the vital help they need in being tested for Breast Cancer.
Team Courage was born to raise money to help fund such women.
Please take a look at Michele's site.She is an amazing woman that has helped me and many other women so much by giving us her support and love.
Points in Summary:
1. Why we need to redraw the battle plan—one that focuses on turning the treatment system into a research and learning system that can teach oncologists the best use of the weapons they already have
2. drug and biotechnology industries are lavishing increased attention on cancer (861 drugs and vaccines in clinical trials, according to a recent announcement) most of the newly approved agents that squeeze through the pipeline extend the lives of patients for only a few weeks or months, often at great expense. The outcomes are never gathered. The data is never analyzed. the findings are never disseminated
3. As these patients’ cancers advance, their physicians try regimens they read about in journals or hear about from colleagues. The outcomes are never gathered. The data is never analyzed. And the findings are never disseminated.
4. an estimated 70 percent of all cancer drugs are used off-label. In other words, most prescribed chemotherapy regimens have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for that particular use. Much of the off-label use is supported by the slimmest of evidence, often just a single trial in the medical literature of limited size and duration.
5. Pediatric oncologists on the other hand, steadily refine the treatment regimens base don their success in using shared data and results in trials to the point where survival rates today are over 80 percent, up from 20 percent in the 1960s. Adult tumors can take decades to develop and are resistant to treatment. Pediatric cancers, in contrast, usually “arise from embryonic development and develop into cancers that are much more susceptible to chemotherapy and radiation
6. Focus on collecting extensive information about the 1.3 million Americans who are diagnosed and treated for cancer every year. Let nation’s physicians move toward adopting electronic medical records. This will enable oncologists to record their patients’ demographic and genetic information their diagnoses, their treatments, and, eventually, their outcomes. This information could then be analyzed retrospectively to see what works and translated into guidelines for better care if the data is in the database, you can answer that question in a few hours, or maybe even a few minutes .
7. The National Cancer Institute recently took a major step in building an information superhighway to serve a cancer learning network. The ambitious goal behind CaBIG, the Cancer Biomedical Infomatics Grid, is nothing less than turning the billions the nation spends each year on cancer care into that “learning system
She has a great way of taking on Cancer.
Esophageal Cancer Action Network
Benefit Concert Fundraiser for Young Survivors Network, a support program for young women survivors of breast cancer. Must purchase ticket in advance ($20 per ticket, cash only).
Saturday April 10th, 2010
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Residence Inn Marriott
9 Gerhard Rd. / Plainview, NY
Humorous tale by a cancer survivor sharing the bizarre twists when the surgery removing the tumor from inside his nose cuts-off his nose. Suddenly noseless is a bummer!!! Follow the reconstruction creating a homegrown nose. Unique patient/author account relates the cutting experiences from detection to his reconstructed nose. Discover the recovery challenges of a senior citizen with his 24/7 care provider being his long-time canine companion, wolf-dog Aurora. Laugh with his crazy childhood elephant imitation resulting in nose-phobia. Wonder into the wellness world of Hahnemann University hospital from the patient’s perspective. It’s not only about cutting, it’s about healing too!!!
More info at http:www.thenosesaga.com
Buy the book from http://www.buybooksontheweb.com/product.aspx?ISBN=0-7414-5826-8
Seventeen different cancers that include breast, prostate and colon; as well as clinical depression & SAD, antepartum & postpartum depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis & other autoimmune disorders, obesity, eating disorders, sleep disorders and other essential mind-body functions are all associated with the silent epidemic of mal-illumination.