Saturday, October 24, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
I just found out about this from an email from The Clearity Foundation about scholarships for women who have been financially impacted by ovarian cancer. After all, who hasn't been impacted? The scholarships are for $6,000 but only three will be awarded. :( Still, here's the article for those interested......
Monday, October 19, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
OncLive recently published an article about a new treatment currently in clinical trials. Antibody drug conjugates (ADCs) work by targeting the cancer cell directly. Essentially, a toxic payload is attached to an antibody that seeks out a very specific molecule called Folate receptor alpha (FRa). This molecule is found in large numbers in ovarian epithelial cancers.
Immunotherapy, whether using a single or combination drug has had some mixed results and there are studies currently underway.
To read more about these newer treatment options and the clinical trials that are underway, follow this link.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Monday, October 5, 2020
In addition, our social worker Barbara led us in great discussions whose topics were selected from participant suggestions. More than anything, the committee who planned this year's retreat was focused on doing everything possible to maintain the intimacy and strengthen the bonds that previous retreat goers so value. With that in mind, the retreat still limited the number of women who could attend despite it being virtual. In this way, large and small break-out sessions were manageable and allowed everyone to get the chance to participate and feel a part of the group.
Each woman received an enormous bag full of items to be used for each session plus plenty of surprise gifts - hand knitted winter hats, note cards, snacks, etc. (really too numerous to name) and all the items needed to do our own facials led by the fantastic women from Elizabeth Grady in Boston who instructed us on how to apply all our different creams and toners. (Oh my god - what a delightful treat that was!)
As I reflect on this past weekend what is a standout for me is how this wonderful group of women easily and quickly embraced, listened to and supported each other. Having been diagnosed w/advanced OC 5 years ago (and still going strong), I can personally attest to how isolating it was to get the diagnosis. This is a terrible disease but I couldn't ask for a better group of women around me. As a veteran of the retreat, there is nothing more important and fulfilling than to embrace and support newly diagnosed women. We are in this together...
Saturday, October 3, 2020
· Blend nuts in a food processor.
· Add remaining ingredients to the food processor and blend until you get a smooth mixture.
· Roll into little balls and store in the fridge or freezer.
This can be doubled and stored in the freezer (I put them on wax paper in a pyrex container)
Here's a variation on this from the cookbook, "Deliciously Ella" by Ella Woodward
2 cups of raw almonds (or cashews or peanuts or even assorted raw nuts)
20 pitted Mejool dates (I buy them w/pits and then take them out b/c I find that the pitted ones are drier. The more sticky they are, the better the mixture holds together.)
3 TB of cacao powder (not coco powder b/c of it contains sugar)
- Blend nuts in a food processor
- Add remaining ingredients and blend well
- Spread into a rectangular, freezer proof dish, then place in the freezer for an hour.
Cut into brownie-sized pieces and enjoy!
ps - I keep my "brownies" in the freezer or the refrigerator rather store them at room temp.
What a great virtual TTT retreat weekend we are having! Today, the last day, we are wrapping up and I do want to take the time to thank everyone who has participated and presented - but I'll write something separately about that later.
In our breakout rooms, Christine C. talked about this amazing avocado mousse recipe that I'd like to share with everyone. What makes this recipe so special is that for those of you who want to avoid sugars, this is a wonderful option. I didn't share the picture because of potential copyright infringement but when I make this myself, I'll post my picture.
So here's the recipe courtesy of Christine C. Many thanks Christine!!!!
1 ripe avocado (peeled and pitted)
1 Cup frozen banana slices (sit out for a few minutes to partially thaw)
¾-1 Cup milk or oral supplement (oat milk, almond milk, soy, etc.)
1-2 scoops vanilla-flavored protein powder
2-3 Tablespoons cacao powder (can use unsweetened cocoa powder)
Agave, maple syrup or honey to taste (optional)
1. Blend all ingredients with an immersion hand blender or food processor.
2. As needed, add more liquid for a thinner consistency.
3. Transfer mousse to a storage container and cover.
4. Keep leftover mousse in the refrigerator for no more than one day.
Note: BiPro Protein Powder: tested by NSF, a 3rd party testing company for purity of ingredients.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Monday, July 6, 2020
The drug, STRO-002 is a combination antibody-drug conjugate, meaning it combines an antibody with chemo to deliver the medication directly to the cancer cell, hopefully eliminating some adverse side effects associated with off-targeting.
The results were presented at 2020 AACR Virtual Meeting of April 27-28.
Phase1 has been successfully completed which means that the toxic range of the medication has been established and now, Phase 2, will determine the recommended dose. OncLive conducted an interview with one of the lead investigators. Follow this link to the full article.
Friday, July 3, 2020
Sample size: The number of patients/participants studied
Placebo: An inactive substance given in the place of a treatment
Randomization: Assigning treatments to participants at random
Peer review: A process in which experts in the same field objectively review a scientific study before publication
Blinded studies: Studies that withhold treatment information from patients or researchers to reduce bias
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Published on the MassGeneral website, I am including the full text below. This is part 1.