On #AllThingsCancer, we’re lucky enough to talk to some of the leading researchers in their field. We talk to doctors as survivors, researchers and advocates; to people creating innovate new technology platforms for directing your research dollars; to ground breaking new looks at the world of cancer.
Here are just some of the resources available on the site:
Ben Ho Park, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and associate director for Research Training and Education and associate director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Training Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
Dr. Park is a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer, and he leads a research program using genetic approaches for developing new diagnostics and therapies for breast cancer. More recently, his laboratory has been focused on developing circulating plasma tumor DNA for individualized therapies in early stage breast cancer.
Dr. Park received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2002.
Oliver Bogler, PhD and the SCAR Project
Oliver Bogler has been an outspoken advocate for male breast cancer and a participant in David Jay’s stunning SCAR Project. This interview, co-hosted by Michael Kovarik who is living with metastatic breast cancer, covers a wide range of topics.
There are actually two film clips. The first, and the longest, is the body of the discussion. But our discussion ran on, and remained interesting, so we hit the record button again to capture the remainder of the conversation. This is a great interview. Enjoy!
Theodora Ross, MD, PhD: A First Hand Look at Cancer and Genetics
Dr. Ross directs UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Cancer Genetics Program, which sees more than 2,000 patients every year. Her book, A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance, tells her own story confronting one’s genetic heritage and the power that that knowledge can bring. A must read and a must watch!
Does a Virus Cause Breast Cancer? with Kathleen Ruddy, MD
Dr. Ruddy looks at the global research for a vaccine to PREVENT breast cancer and the American for-profit medical system’s lagged response. Her book, Of Mice and Women traces the political history of breast cancer vaccine research, how it’s been side tracked, and the promise it holds.
A 2017 update:
Consano: Medical Crowd Funding
Consano means “to heal” in Latin and it’s an innovative not-for-profit medical crowdfunding platform. The model empowers individual scientists and the public to back the research they feel is important.
Beth Caldwell: Researching Your Cancer
Beth Caldwell is a wife and mom, a former civil rights attorney, and a metastatic breast cancer activist. Beth is also a founding member of MetUp, an activist community committed improving the lives of women and men living with metastatic breast cancer through direct action.
Beth lives with metastatic breast cancer, a diagnosis that carries a 33 month average survival rate which makes it a terminal disease. Beth is currently challenging a decision by her insurance company to deny her access to a drug cocktail that has shown great promise in clinical trials given the characteristics of her disease. We discuss her research into her disease and options, and she shares insights on how to go about researching your cancer.
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