A Changing Arsenal

Doctors Make Most of New Technologies

Today, when it comes to treating cancer with drug therapy, the treatments are as unique as the cancer patient themselves, with more positive outcomes than ever before.

That represents a change over treatment in years past. The medical management of breast cancer used to be simple: a woman either got chemotherapy—a three-drug regimen called "CMF"—or she didn't. If her cancer was "hormone responsive," she took tamoxifen.
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A Shocking Diagnosis for a Man

‘I had to wonder: If I hadn’t talked to my friend, would I have let it go?’ Once Kenneth Taylor got past the shock of learning he had breast cancer—and his immediate worries that “this was the end of the line for me”—he got angry. He wasn’t angry because he had been diagnosed with a…
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A One-in-a-Million Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Cynthia Savage, 53, of Vacaville, had less than a 1 percent chance of getting breast cancer. She was fit, healthy and had no family history of the disease. Yet in 2005, she was diagnosed with one of the rarest forms of breast cancer—Paget’s Disease of the Breast. “My left nipple had been chapped, like dry…
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She Knows the Value of Mammograms

Judi Kitt never again will miss her yearly mammogram appointment. Life got a little busy for Judi back in 2001, and the date for her appointment passed. This was unusual for her, as she had been getting mammograms every year since her 40th birthday. “I was just really, really busy then and I forgot,” she…
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Mastectomy Was Her Decision

Magnolia “Jackie” Parrish, of Vacaville, was raised to be an independent thinker. As one of 10 children growing up on an Arkansas farm, she was taught how to cook and sew and take care of the house by her mother, and learned to hunt, fish and chop wood with her father. “They wanted us to…
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She’s Making Each Day Count

Christine Franklin, 58, of Vacaville, doesn’t consider herself a cancer survivor. She’s someone learning to live with cancer and fighting for her life every step of the way. Diagnosed in April 2006 with Stage IV of an aggressive breast cancer called HER2-positive, she now has cancer in her lymph nodes and liver. “I thought the…
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Grandmother’s Strategy: Fight and Pray

From the moment Mely Mamaradlo found the lump, she knew she had cancer. Even though the first mammogram came up negative, a follow-up appointment and a biopsy confirmed her worst fears. But instead of giving in to tears, she found herself comforting her daughter, Jean, who had accompanied her during the visit. “I didn’t cry,”…
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