Drowning in Pink

Kohl's steals METAvivor's breast cancer campaign

Something must be in the water. First, in January, there was the absurd cancer patient shaming that the awful Keller duo vomited on the public.  Now, we have Kohl's and Susan G. Komen undermining the work of METAvivor, the only organization in the U.S. dedicated to awarding research funding for Stage IV breast cancer. METAvivor … Continue reading Drowning in Pink

Gifts That Give Hope

holiday shopping alternative gift fair washington dc breast care for washington

Breast Care for Washington is  proudly featured in this year's "Gifts that Give Hope" alternative gift fair.  The fair is an opportunity to shop for meaningful gifts this holiday season, with gifts starting as low as $5.  Alternative gifts are donations to 15 local non-profits, and a card is provided that tells the recipient what … Continue reading Gifts That Give Hope

Committed.

Currently, I work for Myriad Genetic Laboratories, and if you haven't heard of Myriad this summer, I would be surprised. This past June, the Supreme Court ruled that five of Myriad's claims covering isolated DNA were not patent eligible. Regardless of the decision, Myriad has more than 500 valid and enforceable claims in 24 different … Continue reading Committed.

Give where you live. Do More in 24.

Do More 24 Breast care for Washington, pugtato, breast cancer non-profits Washington, DC

Alright PUGTATO readers.  I need your help.  It all happens in 4 days. In 4 days, we each have an opportunity to give back to those who are less fortunate than us.  On June 6th, 2013, the start-up I am a part of, Breast Care for Washington is participating in a one day, online fundraising … Continue reading Give where you live. Do More in 24.

Watch out, breast cancer. We’re coming for you.

Elisabeth Cramer Karen Sealander Regina Hampton, BCW $125,000 Avon Grant

Women diagnosed with breast cancer in DC's Wards 7 & 8 have a lower chance of survival than the national average.  Watch out, breast cancer.  We're coming for you. It's exciting times at Breast Care for Washington. While we haven't been super active in the public eye since our official launch in November 2012, we've … Continue reading Watch out, breast cancer. We’re coming for you.

I was there: The Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Gene Patents.

myriad gene patent hearing

Living in Washington, D.C. means I am fortunate to be close to a lot of interesting moments in American History.  This past Monday was no exception.  Monday, April 15th, the oral arguments were held for the Association of Molecular Pathology (lead by the ACLU) vs. Myriad Genetics. The hearing challenged some of Myriad's patents related … Continue reading I was there: The Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Gene Patents.

Patient Support Groups Matter

Breast Cancer Patient Support Groups

One of the unique phenomenons of cancer patient care is the cancer patient support group.  Not that other disease states don't have these groups, but cancer patient support groups are generally very well attended.  Patients connect with other patients and life long mentor/mentee and friend relationships develop at these groups. Tonight I'm off  to attend … Continue reading Patient Support Groups Matter

New hope in HER-2 Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer

Hope for metastatic breast cancer patients

Last week marked a very exciting moment for anyone with any involvement in breast cancer patient care, including, and especially, for breast cancer patients.  On February 22 2013, the FDA approved Kadcyla, a new treatment for HER-2 positive metastatic breast cancer. Kadcyla was formerly known to many in the cancer world as T-DM1 and has … Continue reading New hope in HER-2 Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer