Aretha Franklin and Why Speaking Up About NET Cancer Matters

Last week, Aretha Franklin, an artist and icon who created music that transcended generations, passed away of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. Widely (and mistakenly) reported as pancreatic cancer, a small chorus of voices emerged to clarify Franklin's cause of death. Image from here. This is the June 28, 1968 cover of Time. I chose this image... Continue Reading →


Cruciferous Veggies and Chemotherapy

"Cruciferous vegetables are so potent they are like chemo," said Dr. Donald Abrams, integrative oncologist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), during a recent talk about integrative cancer care. What!?! While I think he was making the point that, in large enough quantities, cruciferous vegetables may have a beneficial effect, his statement was... Continue Reading →

Making Strides: Patient-Focused Drug Development

Patients have experiences to share. And the U.S. FDA wants to hear from them. Last week, the U.S. FDA issued a statement and draft guidance that outlines the need for greater patient community input into the process of drug development. The statement proposes that companies engage with patients to incorporate their experiences and specifies that the... Continue Reading →

Cucumbers and Cancer

Yesterday, I harvested the first two cucumbers from my garden. This was my first year planting cucumbers and, to be honest, I was apprehensive about whether any fruit would appear. So far so good -- there are still several on the vine in various stages of development. Exciting! A glamour shot of the first two... Continue Reading →

Stay Informed: The Craziness that is ASCO

When I worked in communications in the biopharmaceutical industry, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) medical conference was THE place to be for biopharma companies developing cancer therapies. This conference is so large that it can only be held in a handful of US cities with convention centers large enough to accommodate everyone. Armed... Continue Reading →

NET Cancer: Caring for the Caregiver

Back in January, I attended the 2018 Bay Area NET Patient Conference, a fantastic day-long educational event supported by the NorCal CarciNET Community, UCSF, Stanford Cancer Center and the NET Research Foundation. This year, in addition to an excellent program of speakers on NET cancer and the latest research on new therapies, the organizers added a series... Continue Reading →

The Power of Trust and NET Cancer

Like many people, I often take trust for granted -- an inherent element in the relationships I have with the people in my life. But recently, a piece published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Oncology got me thinking about the importance of trust between a doctor and a patient as an essential... Continue Reading →

Happy Spring!

We've had such glorious Spring weather here in the San Francisco Bay Area that I've neglected my writing in favor of gardening -- at least temporarily! Since my last post, the main event has been celebrating a NETversary in late March -- clean labs and good health to mark Year 2 of this cancer journey.... Continue Reading →

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