Advancing the Battle Against Cancer

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow. Mary Anne Radmacher, author

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we have something to celebrate. Yesterday, the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to James P. Allison and Tasuku Hong for their advances in harnessing the immune system to fight cancer. 

Their approach is to remove the brakes that keep the immune system in check, unleashing it against tumor cells. These “checkpoint inhibitor” therapies have greatly increased survival of cancer patients.

My mother died of cancer over 64 years ago when therapies were very limited. In the last year I’ve talked to many women who also lost their mothers to this terrible disease. I’m encouraged to know that, through the ongoing support of ordinary people like you and me, we are making advances in the war against cancer. 

Affirmation: I fight for the cure.

Coaching question: When did you have your last mammogram? What else can you do to help fight breast cancer?  

4 thoughts on “Advancing the Battle Against Cancer

  1. Sharing maybe too much information, but I have an appointment on Thursday morning for my annual mammogram. I’m probably motivated because my mother died 50 years ago of breast cancer. And you are right, the treatments have certainly changed since then.

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  2. I survived the exam. They don’t seem to be as traumatic now as in days past. The technician said that they don’t need to use as much compression with digital as they did with old x-rays that still used film. A step in the right direction.

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