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Best way to do it is make a donation to one of the designated cancer charities and get me a copy of your receipt.  Then you will have the kwan.

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Just a reminder of this raffle on this Giving Tuesday as the F.U. Heroes tour winds down.  Donate to one of the designated cancer charities (Grind for Life, American Cancer Society, Ann's Hope Foundation, Stanford University Medical Center, MACC Fund), show me your receipt and be entered to win the F.U. Heroes board.  If you prefer to donate to a different cancer charity, that is ok too.  Each $10 you donate buys one raffle ticket.

Here is who is entered so far.

Anonymous donor - 5
70sSkater - 8
Alan64 - 2
geightor - 4
Grommet - 3
jeffro - 2
johnnymonskate - 2
Mickey and Loree - 2
Mogulman - 2
seayfood - 1
SantaMonicaDog - 2
scuba - 4
skateboardpimp - 3
TonyB - 2


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Cancer treatment that Jimmy Carter got is showing some promise.


Former President Jimmy Carter, who has been undergoing treatment for cancer that was removed from his liver but had spread to his brain, said on Sunday that he was free of the disease.

“My most recent M.R.I. brain scan did not reveal any signs of the original cancer spots nor any new ones,” he said in a statement issued by the Carter Center.

Mr. Carter, 91, has been undergoing treatment for metastatic melanoma since August. He said he will continue receiving regular immunotherapy treatments using the drug pembrolizumab.

Mr. Carter, who served as the 39th president from 1977 to 1981, announced his illness in August. Doctors discovered he had cancer early in the summer, and he underwent elective surgery on Aug. 3 to remove a small mass from his liver. The procedure revealed that the cancer had spread to other parts of his body, and doctors found four small lesions on his brain.

The disease is often accompanied by a poor prognosis, but experts said Mr. Carter appeared to have benefited from early detection. He began a treatment regimen in August that involved a highly targeted form of radiation therapy and pembrolizumab, which has been shown to help some melanoma patients live months or even years longer than expected.

In November, Mr. Carter said that he was responding well to the treatment and that the cancer was showing no signs of further growth.

Doctors treated Mr. Carter’s lesions with stereotactic radiation therapy, delivering a strong beam of radiation directly to the four tiny spots instead of applying radiation to the entire brain, which might be less effective and could cause significant cognitive impairment.

While the therapy eliminated the cancer that doctors were able to detect, pembrolizumab is supposed to help his immune system fight microscopic lesions that might develop elsewhere in his body and escape detection. A patient in Mr. Carter’s situation would need to go three to five years without evidence of lesions before doctors can say with confidence that he has been cured, according to Dr. Dale Shepard, an oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic.

“His greatest risk was that he was going to get disease developed in new locations, but seemingly that hasn’t happened,” Dr. Shepard said.

While it was too soon to declare the former president cured, Dr. Shepard said Mr. Carter’s progress added momentum to the push to use more aggressive cancer treatments in older patients and to increase their accessibility to patients. The use of cutting-edge, multidisciplinary approaches, although expensive, is crucial to fighting cancers that typically do not respond to traditional treatments, he added.

“This is someone who without the treatment would not have had nearly as much likelihood to have a positive outcome,” he said. The former president’s case demonstrated “exactly what these therapies can do when given appropriately, and would shine a lot on the fact that these aren’t just really expensive drugs. They really do work.”


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Q: What is immunotherapy?

A: Immunotherapy helps the body's own immune system to battle harder and smarter against cancer cells. One reason the body has a tough time mounting an attack on cancer is that tumors are composed of our own cells. Those cells have mutated in a way that allows them to grow out of control. But because they are our own cells, the immune system may not see them as foreign invaders that need to be destroyed. One approach has been to find ways to show the immune system that the cancer cells are invaders and must be targeted and destroyed.

Q:How did Jimmy Carter's therapy work?

A: One way that cancers evade the body's defenses is by hijacking parts of the immune system. In this case, certain proteins keep it from attacking normal cells along with the damaged ones. Researchers have learned that tumors can commandeer these proteins, which work like a set of brakes to dampen the body's immune response. A drug that blocks these "brakes" may boost the immune system's ability to destroy cancer cells. The drug Carter was given is approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is called Keytruda. Two other drugs have been approved by the FDA that work in similar ways.

Q: Who is a candidate for these types of drugs?

A: These drugs are currently being used to treat people with advanced melanoma and some types of advanced lung cancer. But there is some evidence that this type of drug could work with bladder, colon, kidney and some types of head and neck cancers.

Q: How successful is this kind of treatment?

A: Studies have shown that 30 to 40 percent of patients with advanced melanoma will have a good response to these drugs and 30 percent will be long-term survivors. Doctors have had even better success — between 50 and 60 percent — when combining different immunotherapy treatments. But there is a downside to taking multiple drugs: more side effects.

Q: How much do these drugs cost?

A: They're very expensive, though perhaps not as costly as you might think. According to the Melanoma Research Foundation, for an infusion center to buy Keytruda it costs $12,000 per month, or $150,000 per year per patient. The good news is that insurance will cover the drug as long as you are taking them for an approved use.


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Chris I get no media so was not aware of any part of the article, thanks for bringing this awareness to me

I posted approximately a year or so ago about my friend Kris who fought it off, well it's back and he's back in ICU fighting for his life
Fairly sure he's up to speed on the two drugs mentioned in the article, if not he will be now

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I saw this story too.  Wes posted it in the "This is Interesting Thread." 

I guess in a culture where you smoke a lot of Cuban cigars, having a lung cancer vaccine is a necessity.  Only costs $1.00 per dose in Cuba.  If that drug had been developed here, what would it have cost??

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East Coast BDS Jam 2016, Cuba?
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Time to wrap this up.

I was happy this happened and that we were able to raise a little money and awareness in the fight against cancer.  Life did get in the way here more than once and things got delayed.  Some folks had to deal with some heavy issues and those issues don't get out of the way for skateboarding or anything else.

In something of an ironic twist, I was just facing a possible cancer diagnosis of my own.  I went to the doc for an odd sore spot on my neck.  When he looked down my throat, he didn't like the look of one of my tonsils and his hunch was cancer.  He treated me with antibiotics first to see if that would take care of it, but it didn't.  So, later I went in for a tonsillectomy (no fun at all) and bioposy of the tonsil.  I recently got the biopsy results and, thankfully, no cancer.  The doc is not sure what caused the problem, but his best guess is that it was an infection that did not respond to antibiotics.

To a very small degree, I got to experience a very little of what it was like for Mo and Zenklee to be diagnosed with cancer (in my case, only possible cancer, and that of a sort that they can usually treat successfully).  I only had to carry that burden for a very short time.  These guys, though, had to face that very daunting reality on a daily basis for quite a long time.  So, I admire all the more the character Mo and Zenklee showed and the courageous fight they put up. 

In the short time I thought I might have cancer, I began to evaluate my life.  Have I accomplished what I need to accomplish?  Have I loved the people in my life to the extent I should?  Have I influence others in a positive and significant way?  Have I lived out my faith in Christ and shared that faith in love with others?  My pastor would sometimes quote my ancient Greek ancestor, Socrates, who declared "an unexamined life is not worth living."  That's pretty good advice to take some time to do that now and then.  And when cancer so rudely confronts you with your own mortality, I would think it impossible not to sit down and do some serious self examination and ponder your eternal destiny.

OK, that's pretty serious, I know.  But, I guess the nature of this board tour was always serious at its core.  But, it also had the elements of fun and fellowship while honoring the lives of our fallen friends. 

So, what say we see if we can raise a few more dollars for cancer research and finally give this board a home?  SantaMonicaDog has the board now in SoCal and he can ship the board to the winner.  I'm thinking I will do the drawing for the board on August 7th to give people a little more time to enter the raffle.  I am entered in the raffle too.  If I win the drawing, I am planning on putting the board up for auction with my starting bid of $100 with proceeds of the auction donated to one or more of the cancer charities. 

So, how does that sound to everybody?   

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sounds perfect to me Chris, thank you for setting the entire process up and for spearheading a fund raising to help defeat cancer!

your recent experience is healthy imo, glad you got to think about things in a new light

just dropped a donation on GFL, see the good you do? [tongue]    (as close as i could get to a tonsil emoji)

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OK, Mr. lox is in for 3 tickets!  Thank you!

Anonymous donor - 5
70sSkater - 8
Alan64 - 2
geightor - 4
Grommet - 3
jeffro - 2
johnnymonskate - 2
lox - 3
Mickey and Loree - 2
Mogulman - 2
seayfood - 1
SantaMonicaDog - 2
scuba - 4
skateboardpimp - 3
TonyB - 2


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Guess I missed this the first time around. I'm in for $50...will do online and send you the receipt. Thanks for bringing this back to light. Seems like every damn time I turn around someone I know, or one of their friends/loved ones is getting the crushing news
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Awesome!
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August 7th Cool with me. How you going to do this? On line Randomiser?

It's a shame we didn't do this sooner when there were more people in the forum, there should be a lot more names on that list, people who actually knew Zenklee or Mo. I know a lot of people have ridden the deck they should all have contributed something as was the intention at the outset.

Do you think an announcement thread should be posted in the Bulldog Forum where it will get more attention?

Glad your feeling better now 70's

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jimi55 is in for three tickets on behalf of children fighting cancer.  Thank you Wade!

Anonymous donor - 5
70sSkater - 8
Alan64 - 2
geightor - 4
Grommet - 3
jeffro - 2
jimi55 - 3
johnnymonskate - 2
lox - 3
Mickey and Loree - 2
Mogulman - 2
seayfood - 1
SantaMonicaDog - 2
scuba - 4
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