Saturday, May 12, 2012

Adenoid cystic carcinoma in the news

A couple of stories seen recently. 
Bill Ellis of Novato, California, has been chosen to fire the starting gun tomorrow morning for the Tour of California bicycle race, according to this story by Will Jason of the Marin Independent Journal: http://www.marinij.com/novato/ci_20604339/novato-cyclist-cancer-survivor-fire-opening-gun-at
He was a long-distance endurance rider at the time of his ACC diagnosis and treatment. The article is a good one - even describes a little about what he goes through daily as a head/neck cancer survivor.
Cheering you on from fly-over land, Mr. Ellis, along with the 35k people that are expected to hear that gun go off tomorrow morning. And I agree with your last quote in the article: "I'd never say never."
I also saw this by Bob Padecky at The Press Democrat about Mr. Ellis - it covers more of his story: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120510/NEWS/120519936/1062/SPORTS0905?Title=Start-of-Sunday-s-race-will-start-with-thank-you-
I am going to be watching the televised coverage to see you in your moment of glory, cheering you on like the rest of your fans!
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I saw this on the web - not sure if a news story took me to it, but if it did, thanks to the reporter that shared it. The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine is the recipient of a memorial for Kelly L. Krahwinkel. Mrs. Krahwinkel was diagnosed with ACC in 2007, went through treatment but passed away 13 months later. U. of Tennessee has created an endowed chair, and continues to accept memorial donations to support this permanent legacy. A touching introduction to Mr. Krahwinkel by her oral surgeon, Dr. Eric R. Carlson, can be found at the endowment website: http://gsm.utmck.edu/oral_surg/endowment.cfm . Dr. Carlson goes on to give a bit of insight into why our caregivers begin and continue their hard work, and choose each day to walk the hard road of cancer with us: 
"Providing cancer surgery to patients brings great personal fulfillment to me and my colleagues.  It is an honor that our skills present the opportunity to assist patients in their struggle against their cancer, to educate residents and fellows, and to make clinically relevant observations during therapy that will help future patients. "


As a recipient of much skill and care by the expert health care providers and excellent students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, I applaud U. of Tennessee in creating and maintaining this memorial. May Kelly's memory live on long into the future, and all the best to the research that benefits from her family's donation.
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A wonderful story from KARE (Channel 11) about Gabriele Anderson, track star and graduate of University of Minnesota and heading for Olympic trials in Oregon this June. I have linked to her story before - she was diagnosed with ACC, then thyroid cancer, and has worked very hard to come back after each setback. Keep on keeping on, Ms. Anderson - you truly are a positive model! (And let me know if you ever figure out a way to bottle your energy - I know some mid-lifers that would pay a pretty penny for a teaspoon of it!)


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Thieme Publishers has announced that a second edition of "Chest Imaging Case Atlas" has been published for radiologists. Among the cases included in this education reference: Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. For those of us that will benefit from all of this education, thank you. And as a medical librarian, I am thrilled to see it offered as an e-book through Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and iTunes!

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