Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma in the news

Many of us with cancer will find this old news - we have spent years keeping our families and friends up to date with treatment news through social networking. Still, these news stories/blog posts have come to light, showing how Peter Tork is using his fan base to spread the word about Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, as well as cancer in general. His work, hopefully, is increasing funding raised by ACCRF for the study of ACC. Some recent news articles/blogs about what has been going on:

A former Monkee with Cancer -
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/checkup/2009/06/a_former_monkee_with_cancer.html

Living in the bonus round (blog): Peter Tork, Social Networking and Cancer
http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=92061780668&h=pK_R5&u=tU9Jg&ref=mf

Former Monkees star uses social networking to spread word on his condition
http://thephoenix.com/BLOGS/phlog/archive/2009/06/23/former-monkees-star-uses-social-networking-to-spread-word-on-his-condition.aspx

He has a site on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/peter.tork (note: the Phoenix article above gives a fan site link on Facebook instead)

Other news:
Research published in the journal, Diagnostic Pathology 2009, 4:18 -
Expression of p-AKT characterizes adenoid cystic carcinomas of head and neck with a higher risk for tumor relapses. Researchers are interested in trying to id tumors with higher relapse risk, something all of us that have worn the tumors are REALLY interested in. Their findings on research conducted on lab specimens from 29 patients are published this article. As soon as the article is included in http://pubmed.gov, I will include the PMID in this message. From the abstract in the press release: "Our findings demonstrate a possible background for therapeutic approaches targeting the inhibition of PI3K/AKT pathway."

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