Meet Molly, Cancer Survivor.
Molly is my wonderful re-homed girl and my fourth dog to get
cancer in ten years. The only difference is she is still alive.
Molly recently had a second cancer surgery and is almost
Most of you already know more than you ever wanted to know about cancer, many of you have have lost loved ones to it. The faces of cancer in my family pale compared to most of you, but let me show you a few glimpses and faces of cancer in my family.
You are welcome to share a cancer photo here with us. Send it to me and I’ll add it here with mine.
A few years later, June 6, 2008 my mom died from Pancreatic cancer… twelve years earlier my dad died of Prostate cancer.
The following story is verbatim so that nothing is lost in the telling. Vanderbilt takes cancer personally. Yes.
“Vanderbilt takes cancer personally.
That’s what the dominant Page One headline in today’s Tennessean says. It’s a play on words because the story is about Vanderbilt’s newly announced Personalized Cancer Medicine Initiative. (You can read more in the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s News Center).
But it’s also true in its most literal sense. The nurse who takes calls about this new initiative in the morning and then goes to her own chemotherapy appointment in the afternoon takes it personally. The physician-scientist who can share with his lung cancer patients his own experience with lymphoma takes it personally. The breast cancer survivor whose good friend is now in treatment and who read about this initiative on VICC’s Facebook page this morning takes it personally. The 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women among us who will face a cancer diagnosis, well, they have or will take it very personally.
As someone who has been an observer of cancer science for more than 15 years, I can tell you that no one takes this disease more personally than the investigators at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
For months, Dr. William Pao, who directs the initiative, and his colleagues have focused on every detail, making sure the science was exactly right and the process of delivering on the promise of this discovery could go as smoothly as possible. Much time and energy has been spent in getting the announcement just right and making sure folks who might get questions from patients and families know what this means (and importantly what it doesn’t mean).
Whatever you take away from the coverage of this announcement, please know this. It’s a big deal, one in which everyone at Vanderbilt can and should take pride. No, we didn’t cure cancer this week. But we did demonstrate a leadership role in what many predict will be a sea change in how we diagnose and treat our patients, not only with cancer but with myriad other diseases as well.
So feel free to take it personally. I know I do.”
More later… Sharon O’Hara