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17 Years Later, Stage 4 Survivor Is Savoring a Life Well Lived

April 26, 2020

By Katherine Russell Rich, New York Times

Each year on a day in January - the 15th, to be precise - I go to a Web site and post a message to hundreds of women I've never met, saying, essentially, "I'm still here."

Within days, a thunderous chorus comes back, 200 voices, 300. A few of them ask, "How can this be?" Sometimes they begin, "I'm crying." Many answer in kind: "I'm here, too. It's now three years." "Five years." "Three months." "Seven."

Local group spurs cancer research funding

January 19, 2021

By Shantee Woodards, Staff Writer — HometownAnnapolis.com

Dian Corneliussen-James' frustration about the lack of funding for her form of breast cancer led her to contact a researcher in Alabama, more than 800 miles away. The Annapolis resident, who goes by the nickname CJ, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer to the lung in 2006. "Metastatic" means cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body.

She recalled reading an article in Fortune magazine that said less than 1 percent of the National Cancer Fund money went toward the metastatic form. That led her to contact University of Alabama professor Danny Welch, who was doing his own research on the...

Woman greets New Year without a trace of cancer

January 1, 2021

By Julie M. McKinnon — ToledoBlade.com

For 30-year-old Jenny Sugg, much of 2009 is a blur of hospital stays and treatments for advanced breast cancer, including full brain radiation...

With new treatments, metastatic breast cancer no longer a death sentence

December 30, 2020

By Joanna Broder — Chicago Tribune

As she got the good news almost five years ago, Mertz couldn't help but reflect on how people usually think metastatic breast cancer is an automatic death...

Advances Elusive in the Drive to Cure Cancer

April 23, 2020

By Gina Kolata, New York Times

Forty Years’ War: An Expensive Priority

In 1971, flush with the nation’s success in putting a man on the Moon, President Richard M. Nixon announced a new goal. Cancer would be cured by 1976, the bicentennial.

When 1976 came and went, the date for a cure, or at least substantial progress, kept being put off. It was going to happen by 2000, then by 2015.

Battling Breast Cancer the Second Time Around

December 1, 2020

By Lisa Boccard

In 2003, I was diagnosed a second time with breast cancer. But this time, it was metastatic breast cancer. After eleven years of surviving Stage III breast cancer, I found myself once again fighting for my life...

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