As part of a multicenter clinical trial, surgical oncologists at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center are comparing the effectiveness of standard chemotherapy to a tri-modality approach to halt advanced colon cancers. The objective is to determine if there is a difference in survival rates between patients who receive intravenous (IV) anti-cancer drugs or a combination of IV drugs in addition to surgery and a procedure called hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, more commonly known as HIPEC or “chemobath.” (More)
Just found out we got a sponsorship with product from the one and only…
Which is great for so so so so many reasons! Lip balm is a must for me - I am cursed to have been born with dry eyes, dry skin, and you guessed it - dry lips. I know you may be thinking “Geez woman, just drink some water!” its not always that easy. Long story short, I’m never thirsty and well, just plain forgetful sometimes.
But, thank goodness, I always carry a purse full of lip balms to prevent me from looking like I’ve been wandering in the dessert for days.
My personal favorite is Blistex Sleek & Shine… well because it makes my lips sleek and shiny… and because it tastes / smells like sweet tart candies. yum!
Oh and another thing… A FANTASTIC THING… Blistex is making a point to initiate green and sustainable business practices! And to be honest, as a consumer this is one of the most paramount criteria for when I purchase products. So I am so happy to have the Blistex team involved in the race!
When I first heard about this company and their desire to get involved in the race, I must say I was a bit confused. I love sports and have played everything from softball, to rugby, to field hockey, and cross country. But with sports sleeves I had so many questions - what are they, what do they do, are they for injuries or do they improve performance?
And the list goes on…
So I checked out their website, and I was shocked to see just how cool these things really are. Although the sleeves look relatively uncomplicated, they have:
Dri-Tek Technology: helps to keep you cool & dry.
Odor Control Technology: Wicks sweat away from your body keeping the area bacteria and odor free.
Ventilation Technology: Keeps air moving through the fabric.
UV Sun Protection: SPF 50+
Compression Technology: Increases blood flow and helps to reduce muscle fatigue.
Injury Prevention Capabilities
Used by novice athletes and pros alike, they seem to be quite popular! For those who are injury prone like myself they are surely necessary! Now if I can only get them to make me a full body suit!
Love Whole Foods Market so much! Not only is it where I saw Patriots QB Tom Brady up-close in person, but there food is amazing! I’m actually headed there in a bit to pick up groceries (& look for Tom again) for this week. They are a great organization that give me confidence that most anything I grab off the shelf is local, organic, not tested on animals, and to top it off relatively good for me. And now I have one more reason to love them … community involvement! The great folks at various MA Whole Foods, have stepped up and have offered to donate food and beverages for the end of the race!
Our hometown favorites, the Boston Red Sox just donated two home game tickets to the upcoming 2012 season in support of the race! Here are Boston GYRIG, we couldn’t be more excited! Now we just need to decide what to with them… In the next few months we will be planning an event to celebrate the success of the race thus far and raffle off the tickets! Feel free to offer up suggestions on how we should do it … or just to bribe me. I’m open to either.
Stay tuned…details to come soon.
P.S. These are not the actual tickets, hence the 2009 date. Ours have have not been printed yet.
‘Boston Get Your Rear in Gear 5K' is so excited to have Team TJ on board with us! As if being diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer at the young age of 28 isn't enough, TJ has taken on the job of inspiring others in his situation by documenting his battle on his blog 'Beat The Challenge’.
Currently undergoing aggressive Chemo treatment, TJ can still find some humor in it all saying…
The Drugs my infusion nurse Shiela administered in hospital were Oxaliplatin, and Leucovorin, they gave me a boost of 5-FU (Fluorouracil) and then hooked me up with the latest fashion trend. Don’t be surprised if you see a new wave of man purses take over the south end after people see me rocking this new look. Then again…….. it’s the south-end I might be a little late to the party.
TJ, I live in the South End too, and trust me man, you are late to the party! haha! As I’m sure you know, anything goes in the South End.
Anyway, I digress…
TJ, its an honor to have you doing what you do in my city, in my neighborhood. You are an inspiration to all those going through this horrible disease! Keep at it!
An apology to a terminal patient with colon cancer
by Jordan Grumet, MD
I’m sorry, Mrs. Lewis, for not making it to the hospital to see you yesterday.
Yesterday was one of those days when I felt like I could never catch up. My wife was going downtown for work, and we had to get up early. While she prepared, I helped my two-year-old son get dressed. We walked my wife to the train, then waited for the nanny. She was running late: I finally made it out of the house by 7:20, ten minutes before a meeting at the office. Since I didn’t have any patients in the hospital — or so I thought — I could go directly.
Before the meeting started, I glanced at my office computer and saw that Mrs. Lewis had been admitted to the hospital the night before with worsening abdominal pain. She had terminal colon cancer, and the emergency room had called her oncologist directly without bothering to notify me. Although calling the oncologist was a reasonable choice on their part, I would have stopped by to see Mrs. Lewis if I’d known.
I’d met Mrs. Lewis three years ago, and we’d gotten along well from the beginning. She was a thin, professional, middle aged woman with an open, easy manner. We had similar communication styles and often spent her visits joking and laughing. Her medical problems were serious but under control, and she handled them with humor and determination. I always looked forward to seeing her.
Two years back, she’d mentioned noticing some blood in the toilet after going to the bathroom. Her exam was normal, and we talked about her getting a colonoscopy. I warned that although blood in the stool often has a benign cause, it was important that she follow up so that we could make a proper diagnosis.
As so often happens, Mrs. Lewis’s life got in the way of her medical care. She got busy at work and moved into a new home. Six months later she called me with the same complaint, adding that she hadn’t yet gotten the colonoscopy. I set her up for the test, and a few days later received the results: stage 2 colon cancer.
It took the wind out of me.
The next few months followed a predictable course: Mrs. Lewis had part of her colon removed and started chemotherapy. She saw the oncologist regularly, so didn’t have time to come for office visits with me. Every month I got a note updating me on her progress. Through these, I learned that the cancer had recurred in her liver, and that she wasn’t tolerating chemotherapy well.
Just a week ago, she’d been admitted to the hospital with intractable abdominal pain. I visited her every day and talked to her about going into a hospice program. She was tired of chemotherapy and felt that her chances of survival were minimal. I remember at one point she turned to me with calm eyes and placed her hand in mine: “Dr. Grumet, it’s time to stop this!”
A few days later, she left the hospital, equipped with pain medication and home nursing care. She planned to die at home with her family surrounding her. Unfortunately, as occasionally happens, the amount of stress and physical pain became too much for her to bear. Her hospice nurse suggested readmission for pain control. It wouldn’t be long now.
And of course, yesterday was one of those days. After my 7:30 meeting, I had to see patients in the office starting at 9:00, and I didn’t finish until 5:00. In the back of my mind, a little voice kept telling me to get to the hospital — that Mrs. Lewis was dying, and this would be my last chance. But, like Mrs. Lewis, I kept putting it off. At 5:00 I had to run home to relieve the nanny and make my son dinner. By the time my wife got home, it was too late to go to the hospital. I cleared my schedule to see Mrs. Lewis the first thing the next day.
But when I arrived at the hospital this morning, she was already gone. She’d died a few hours earlier.
Sitting at my desk, writing this, I wish I’d found a way to make it to the hospital.
I’m sorry Mrs. Lewis ….
I’m sorry that you died ….
I’m sorry that as doctors we’re so often there when we think we can help, and so often not there when we’re needed most …
I’m sorry that you got this horrific cancer in the first place …
And I’m sorry that death and sadness have become such a normal part of my life that they’re no longer something I interrupt my schedule for. But that’s more an apology to myself than to you.
If I register for the 5K do I also have to register for the 1 mile memorial walk if I want to participate in both?
No! As long as you register for the 5K run, you are more than welcome to join in and walk. The 1 mile walk is a great way to support those fighting colon cancer, celebrate those who have conquered cancer, and honor those who have passed from this awful disease.
Great news! Just spoke with Vitacoco and they will be at the race handing out refreshing vitamin water to all!
and look who they are bringing along for the day…
Singing superstar Rihanna! > Yeah right, I wish < But she is one of the many celebs along with Jessica Simpson and Madonna who are enjoying Vitacoco these days.
I will say though - I began drinking Vitacoco as my own personal way in sending good karma vibes out to the world in hopes that they would be able to confirm being at the event. (And obviously that what did the trick!) I enjoyed it right off the bat and I swear it’s my new favorite treat. I feel healthier if I drink it after a workout and now I even find myself getting coconut water cravings!
I am excited to say I am working with some great people there as well. One is even a former colleague of mine from my current company.
I am a big believer that you vote with your pocketbook (do they even call them pocketbooks anymore? anyway… you see my point) so invest in companies that:
You enjoy their product
You agree with their mission
Have great employees
Who give back to the community
Aright, enough of a lecture for today. But all in all I couldn’t be happier that Vitacoco is going to be a part of this race! I think it is a perfect fit!
It’s official - we just got word that Boston’s own, Mix 104.1 will be sending their street team to broadcast at the race!
I love this station for many reasons - starting with them actually playing variety of music… a mix if you will.
Further more, from listening to their morning shows all the time, I can assure you that fun follows that crew wherever they go! You never know what will happen when Mix is involved.
Follow them on facebook and twitter to keep up to date on all things Mix. Keep your eyes peeled for a mention of GYRIG on their events page and in the mean time keep that radio dial tuned to Mix 104.1.
We just received word that Genentech has made a very very generous donation to the race!
About Genentech: Considered the founder of the biotechnology industry, Genentech has been delivering on the promise of biotechnology for more than 35 years, using human genetic information to discover, develop, manufacture and commercialize medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. Today, Genentech is among the world’s leading biotech companies, with multiple products on the market and a promising development pipeline.
One of Genentech’s powerhouse drugs is Avastin which was approved in 2004 for treatment of colon cancer.
While perusing their website, what I most loved is their disease information page. They have basic information on many types of cancers including colon. They discuss risk factors and treatments available. Knowledge is power! It is wonderful to see a company get that valuable information to the public. It speaks volumes about who they are and what they stand for. Very excited to have them aboard with our mission!
According to world renowned health guru and integrative medicine specialist, Dr. Andrew Weil a recent study in rats showed that canola oil had a significant affect in reducing incidences of cancer and ever shrunk colon tumors. Read the full article below…
Canola Oil and Colon Cancer Using canola oil for cooking might help protect against colon cancer, according to a new study. Researchers from South Dakota State University have reported that canola oil apparently reduced the incidence of cancer in lab rats to by almost two thirds. The study showed that a diet containing canola oil inhibited both the size and incidence of colon tumors in lab rats, cutting neoplasm size by 90 percent and inhibiting the average number of tumors per rat by 58 percent. Based on their findings, the investigators suggested that if consumers replaced polyunsaturated oils and butter with canola oil for cooking, they might protect against colon cancer and possibly nudge dietary intake of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids to a healthier ratio. At present, Americans consume far more omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids, an imbalance that promotes inflammation. The study was published in the February 2011 issue of Nutrition and Cancer. Canola oil is primarily a monounsaturated fat and, as such, is healthier than saturated fats or polyunsaturated oils.When buying canola oil, look for organic, expeller-pressed brands.