Monthly Archives: January 2016

Vice President Biden’s Moonshot Initiative to Cure Cancer

So on Tuesday we heard President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and heard about Joe Biden’s #Moonshot initiative to cure #cancer.

Whoa!!

That is amazing. Billions of dollars have been spent on cancer research since Richard Nixon enacted the National Cancer Act in 1971, but where has it got us?

The research world focuses on identifying targets for toxic drug therapies that cut a wide swath through our bodies, damaging good and bad cells without discrimination.

We need leaders such as Obama and Biden who are showing that the goal should be CURE, not esoteric research. Research that does not focus on cure as its goal certainly increases the body of human knowledge, and our knowledge of the human body, but it does not get us to the cure.

As a breast cancer survivor, I want a cure for my disease, to know that it is definitively gone and will not recur in my body.

This Moonshot initiative will hopefully set the bar high, so that the research community gets really fixated on cancer cure rather than cancer status quo, which tries to make us believe it will take more decades and more of those billions and billions of dollars to find a cure.

We need a research model that is open source and open access. We need a cure-goal-oriented, efficient approach to research that avoids wasteful duplication of research studies and related resources.

Good for Joe #Biden for promising to address the research silos. Good for him to think about using #bigdata to synthesize mountains of data that can reveal insights to inform current treatment strategies. Good for him for saying it’s time to stop the fruitless cure research merry-go-round we’re on, and time to produce results that are as significant as the polio vaccine was in the 1950’s.  Good for stating we need breakthroughs.

Go, Joe, Go!
check this out, direct from VP Biden
 

A fresh start for 2016!

The new year always jumps out at me even though I know it’s coming.
And today is pretty special for me – my book Smart Decisions about Breast Cancer – choices, risks, living well, preventing recurrence is finally available for you and your friends to order from my website in paperback form.

I try to keep up with the latest in  breast cancer news and was quite happy to see the topics presented at the December 2015 San Antonio breast cancer conference – numerous of the conference topics have already been addressed in my book!

My book is “ahead of the curve”.  You don’t have to be a conference attendee to learn the most current thinking in breast  cancer – simply read Smart Decisions about Breast Cancer.

I’ll be doing some book signings around town in the coming weeks and months.

I will start the new year with a presentation at a local health store in Mississauga (Event – Living Well through Breast Cancer and Beyond), where you can hear about living well through and beyond breast cancer, with a discussion of numerous natural substances that have anti-breast cancer properties. You’ll want to know about these to help prevent a recurrence.

Happy New Year and good health to all!