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Gilda's Disease

Type: 
Book
Description: 

From the publisher:

Gilda Radner, the popular star of "Saturday Night Live", died of ovarian cancer on May 20, 1989. When "Fighting Ovarian Cancer - Doctors Don't Know Who's at Risk, or Why" appeared in the Washington Post ten days later, the media had finally let ovarian cancer out of the closet. It could strike any woman, including a famous comedienne who meant so much to so many. Following the publication in the New York Times of medical writer Larry Altman's article "Research Links Diet and Infertility Factors to Ovarian Cancer," Gilda's husband, Gene Wilder, wrote to the author to ask some pointed questions. Altman urged him to contact Dr. M. Steven Piver at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. Wilder and Piver met over the phone and immediately recognized their shared common desire. From that time, they have worked together to communicate to the general public what is now known about ovarian cancer. When Dr. Piver decided to write Gilda's Disease, he asked Wilder to help him by sharing what he had learned during Gilda's struggle so that others might benefit from their ordeal.

From Publisher's Weekly:

After the death of comedienne Gilda Radner from ovarian cancer in 1989, her husband, Gene Wilder, contacted Piver, chief of gynecological oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., to learn more about the disease that killed his wife. In this overview of ovarian cancer, Piver outlines known causes, preventive measures, symptoms and available treatments for this disease. Interspersed with the medical information are excerpts from Radner's book, It's Always Something, written when she was under treatment; personal comments by Wilder; and letters from other women who have been treated for this condition. Because in its early stages, ovarian cancer can be symptom-free, this straightforward, textbook-like presentation is useful. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.) FYI: All royalties will be contributed to two agencies for women with ovarian cancer: Gilda's Club and the Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry.

From Me:

I was reluctant to pick up this book, being familiar with Gilda's hard struggle with OVCA, but when I saw it was filled with a large amount of information regarding the disease, I was intrigued. Coincidentally I had just received a packet from the Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry to fill out to place my family there. It's been hard for me to understand all of the details of diagnosis and familial links, but this book has cleared up a lot of questions I had. It's one of the few resources that I've read from front to back, and I now know what "debulking" and "second line chemotherapy" are, and what a number of the newer chemo drugs are called. Although I had read about the chemo drugs I was given, and had them described, this book goes into their history and just why they're used! I highly recommend it to those who suspect OVCA, those who have it, and anyone who has an interest in learning more about it.

Source: 
Prometheus Books
Author/Speaker/Performer: 
M. Steven Piver, M.D. with Gene Wilder
Publish date: 
1996

Women of Essence Breast Cancer Support Group

Type: 
Support group
Description: 

African American Breast Cancer Support Group. Support Group are held the first Satuday of the month at the A.C. Bilbrew Library 150 E. El Segundo Bl. Los Angeles

Contact information: 
P.O. Box 1854 Lynwood CA 90262 phone: 310-537-8227 fax: 310-537-8227 woebcsg@pacbell.net

thyroid cancer - enodcrine system

Type: 
Web site
Description: 

A site I found to be very informitive on thyroid cancer. It provide a lot of information describing the cancer as well as treatment, management and types of follow up. I highly recommend this site. Without this site I would not have felt as prepared to ask the many questions I needed to ask the surgeon before my treatment. It also helped me to understand and comprehend many of the information the doctors gave to me.

Contact information: 
Fraser MI 48026 marasco@netzero.net

EncorePlus support group

Type: 
Support group
Description: 

Located at the YWCA of Brooklyn right off Atlantic Ave.
You are not alone!!! Support groups and water exercise classes are now forming for women with breast cancer and breast cancer survivors. Please call for more information.

Contact information: 
30 Third Ave brooklyn NY 11217 phone: 718 875-1190 ext 228 cypresss12@aol.com
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The CancerClimber Association

Type: 
Web site
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Cutaneous Lymphomas

Type: 
Web site
Description: 

It is self-explanatory, but you can search around emedicine.com for the latest information on other diseases.

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Cancer Care

Type: 
Organization
Description: 

News letter, Teleconferences, Resources

Helpful and through, good cancer friend to have.

Contact information: 
275 Seventh Avenue New York New York 10001 phone: 1-800-HOPE (4673) info@cancercare.org
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S.P.O.H.N.C.

Type: 
Organization
Description: 

Helping to Raise Awareness of Oral and Head and Neck Cancers.

Support. Information. Tele-Conferences. More.

Contact information: 
PO Box 53 Locust Valley New York 11560-0053 phone: 1-800-377-0928
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It's Not About the Bike

Type: 
Book
Description: 

Awesome read for patients and their caregivers -- a true survival story

Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Lance Armstrong
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Time On Fire

Type: 
Book
Description: 

Actor Evan Handler's biography about his years spent fighting cancer. A MUST read for anyone undergoing chemotherapy. He brings humor to even the hardest tasks a cancer patient must face.

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Author/Speaker/Performer: 
Evan Handler
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