Responding to the Fear of Cancer – Being Honest

Everyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I am a passionate advocate for increased funding in the fight against cancer, especially prostate cancer. However, sometimes it is a good idea to push back from the table and evaluate the true nature of a situation. The Harris poll has published a recent survey which concluded [...]


When I think of executive directors of nonprofit organizations I think of my local heroes like Geoffrey Canada, founder of Harlem Children's Zone and Richard Buery founder of Groundwork and current President and CEO of The Children's Aid Society. I don't quite think of me. Those two black men are the epitome of leadership, integrity, [...]

By |2020-02-04T11:08:25-05:00October 13th, 2011|And so it begins...|1 Comment

“The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”

I just started reading one of the most interesting books I have recently enjoyed about the history of cancer. Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer," tells the narrative about the history of the search for ways to treat cancer and how it has been perceived. Dr. Mukherjee [...]

Clinical Trials That Exclude Gay and Lesbian Patients

The March 18, 2010  issue of *New England Journal of Medicine* (Volume 362, #11, March 18)  includes a study: "Clinical Trials That Explicitly Exclude Gay and Lesbian Patients." The authors are Brian L. Egleston, Ph.D., Roland L. Dunbrack, Jr., Ph.D., & Michael J. Hall, M.D. Here's how the report starts: "We recently encountered proposed studies [...]

By |2020-02-04T11:58:12-05:00March 17th, 2010|Tools for Activists, Treatment News|1 Comment


I don’t know if you have ever thought about it, but sometimes I think about who gets cancer and who doesn’t. It is hard not to think about this after having three different cancers. According to scientists, we know of some things that can cause cancer, such as certain environmental exposures. Exposure only means that [...]

That Toxic Word – Cancer

The word “cancer” still makes most people run for cover and shrink in terror, despite the fact that there are so many cancer survivors. This word cancer remains so emotionally laden that many of the most compassionate people I know still struggle not to overtly shrink and hide from us survivors. People feel awkward and [...]

Whole Grains, Fruits And Vegetables Beat Supplements In Nutrional Value Of Fiber

Go to a prostate cancer support group and I guarantee sometime during the conversation the issues surrounding diet and supplements will become a hot topic of conversation. My guess is that if you poll the topics of the “special guest lecturers” that speak at support groups, 15% of the topics will include diet and supplements. [...]

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