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New Pill Gives Hope to Lung Cancer Patients

Every year 200,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer. And about 6,000 of them are diagnosed with a specific type called ALK positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Just last week, the FDA approved a new pill called Xalkori (crizotinib) to treat patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer...


NEW Treatment Approved for Metastatic Melanoma

  Just last week, the FDA approved a new drug called Zelboraf (vemurafenib) to treat metastatic melanoma (the most dangerous type of skin cancer) in those patients whose tumors express a specific gene mutation or abnormality called BRAF V600E. Along with this drug approval, the FDA has also approved testing...


WTF is a Chemo Bath?

This week I’ve read several articles on an extremely aggressive, novel approach to treating cancer…. it’s called “Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy OR Hipec”.  (Thanks for sending these articles my way Sue!)  Now more commonly referred to as a “Hot Chemo Bath”, this novel approach, which couples extensive abdominal surgery with blasts of...


Possible New Treatment for Leukemia

Doctors at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania tested a novel approach to gene therapy that turns a patient’s own blood cells into assassins that track down and destroy cancer cells. The Penn scientists targeted chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the most common type of blood cancer.  The treatment made CLL completely disappear...


What is Androgen-Deprivation Therapy?

Simply put, Androgen-Deprivation Therapy is male hormone therapy.  Male hormones are called androgens and they stimulate prostate cancer cells to grow.  By reducing the level of male hormones in the body, prostate cancers can shrink or grow more slowly.  However, hormone therapy alone can not cure prostate cancer.  Also, hormone therapy...


Top 5 Reasons Why I LOVE Champions Oncology

  During our cancer journey, we had a lot of ups & downs… and we were lucky to find medical professionals and organizations that supported us, cared about us, gave us hope and made the most horrific year of our life somewhat bearable… I’ve written about all these people and...


Let’s Talk About Health & Breast Cancer

Check out TalkAboutHealth, an interactive website designed to provide personalized, helpful & accurate answers to breast cancer-related questions. Users share knowledge & experiences, ask questions and build a community of support.    Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)… Users post a question.  TalkAboutHealth then finds survivors, experts, and...

What is Regional Lymph Node Radiation?

  Some breast cancer surgery patients may benefit from adding Regional Lymph Node Irradiation (RNI) to their treatment plan.  Regional lymph nodes are the lymph nodes near where the tumor started. For breast cancer, these are the lymph nodes in the armpit on the same side of the body where...


Great info on Biomarker Testing

If you’ve been reading CancerHawk for a while, you know that I am a HUGE proponent of personalized medicine & biomarker testing or genetic profiling of tumors when possible.  There’s a GREAT resource for information on biomarker testing from Cancer: It’s Personal.  I love their Discussion Guide for intelligent questions...



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