Sunday, June 12, 2016

How Diet and Nutrition Influence Cancer

Is it possible that chromosomal damage is simply a marker for cancer and not the actual cause of the disease? Compelling evidence suggests this is the case, and in the featured lecture, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gary Fettke reviews some of this evidence.

Having battled cancer himself, Fettke came to realize the influence of nutrition on cancer, and the importance of eating a diet high in healthy fats and low in net carbohydrates (total carbs minus fiber, i.e. non-fiber carbs). Fettke is not the only one promoting the metabolic model of cancer

Friday, June 3, 2016

“A Series Of Catastrophes And Miracles”

Diane Rehm podcast:  Mary Elizabeth Williams:  “A Series Of Catastrophes And Miracles”  

Six years ago writer Mary Elizabeth Williams received a diagnosis of malignant melanoma. As the cancer spread through her body, she faced a grim prognosis. With little to lose, Williams seized the chance to take part in an early clinical trial for immunotherapy. Unlike chemotherapy and radiation, which directly target the cancer, immunotherapy helps the immune system fight the disease. Her treatment completely eliminated the melanoma in her body. In a new book, Williams offers an intimate view into this chapter of her life and how she became a breakthrough case for the revolutionary field of immunotherapy.

Click on the link above and listen to Diane Rehm's interview with Mary Elizabeth.

Exercise Can Lower Risk of a Dozen Cancers by 20 Percent

Exercise is an important component of cancer prevention and care; slashing your risk of cancer occurrence, improving your chances of successful recuperation, and diminishing your risk of cancer recurrence.
Studies suggest physically active individuals have anywhere from 20 to 55 percent lower risk of cancer than their sedentary peers. Read more ...

Monday, May 30, 2016

Knitted Knockers ~ handmade breast prosthesis

Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. Our special volunteer knitters provide these free to those requesting them. Knitted knockers can be adjusted to fill the gap for breasts that are uneven and easily adapted for those going through reconstruction by simply removing some of the stuffing. Read more....Web site...

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cancer Cure 'Moonshot"

FACT SHEET: Investing in the National Cancer Moonshot article...

National Cancer Moonshot ...
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What’s the Point of Joe Biden’s ‘Moonshot’? article

MD Anderson’s “A moonshot for cancer” article

Why the ‘Moon Shot’ to Cure Cancer Might article

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Cancer Awareness Day at SKC raises $5,835 for Cheerful Heart

From left: Juan Perez (SKC Athletics), Barbara Morin (Cheerful Heart), Niki Graham
(Center for Prevention & Wellness), Jamie DePoe, Becky DePoe, Dr. Sandra Boham SKC President) and Angelique Albert (SKC Foundation).

Salish Kootenai College Foundation, Center for Prevention & Wellness, and SKC Athletics collaborated to organize a Cancer Awareness Day at SKC.  Cancer Awareness Day took place during SKC Founders’ Week Celebration this past year, and entailed a number of activities including a fundraising dinner, cancer walk, and basketball games.

The intent was to raise awareness for cancer, as well as support President Robert R. DePoe III in his fight against cancer. The event raised $5,835 for Cheerful Heart, Inc.  Robert passed away in December 2015.

Cheerful Heart has served Lake County cancer patients for 13 years. CH services include: serving soup and refreshments at the Oncology Clinic on Tuesdays at St. Joseph Medical Center; providing transportation to appointments and treatments; running errands; and helping out whenever a request is made. CH is run by volunteers.

In addition to help with every day tasks and clinic support, CH services include a Wigs, Hats & Scarves Program, a lending library, a Cancer Support Group and the Cheerful Touch Program. Cheerful Touch, established in 2012, offers services that are free to cancer patients including massage, hair and skin care, manicures and pedicures.

To get more Cheerful Heart information call 883-3070, visit the web site, or email

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Charlo Athletes Raise $1,977 for Cheerful Heart

Charlo High School's football and volleyball teams had a 'Think Pink' Cancer Awareness fundraiser during October 2015 and raised $1,977 for Cheerful Heart.

Students sold Fight Cancer T-shirts, quilt raffle tickets, pink footballs, pink volleyballs, held bake sales, and distributed coupons for a free breast exams from St. Luke's Hospital in Ronan. Tricia Andersen and Laura McGee coordinated the fundraiser.

A contest was held for the female and male student selling the most T-shirts. Vikings Football senior player Dugan Runkle sold $252 and Lady Vikes Volleyball sophomore player Sakoya Gaustad sold $200. Both won a $10 credit at the Charlo gym concession stand.

After researching different organizations in the county, it was decided to donate the funds to Cheerful Heart. Students and coordinators emphasized how thankful they are for the support they received during the fundraiser.

Photo: from left Barbara Morin (Cheerful Heart board member and Volunteer Coordinator), Dugan Runkle, Sakoya Gaustad and Valerie Lindstrom, Cheerful Heart board member.