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Betty Gallo: The Making of a Prostate Cancer Advocate

Posted by PCF Admin on September 10th, 2010 | No Comments »
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Regular Screening - I met my husband, the late Congressman Dean A. Gallo (NJ-11) on August 26, 1986. I had my doubts about politicians, but Dean restored my faith in them. The first 6 years were great, but in February 1992 everything changed. Dean was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. Dean’s PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) level was 883; the traditional PSA level of 4.0 is considered a reasonable threshold for further evaluation. The cancer had already spread to his bones. As Dean put it, “I lit up like a Christmas tree.” His life expectancy was 3-6 months. Dean went to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, a decision that proved to be a good one. He needed a more aggressive form of treatment, and he was put on a phase I clinical trial. Dean’s PSA level dropped from 883 in February 1992 to 3.5 in March 1993. Dean said “Honey, I don’t even feel like I have cancer.” He felt this way because he had no pain. Dean’s PSA levels went up and down over the next year and a half. He tried different medications, but in October 1994 he fell and broke his shoulder.  Dean went into the hospital but the cancer had become more aggressive and ...

Healthy Recipes: Creamy Tarragon Chicken Salad

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Creamy Tarragon Chicken Salad

Healthy Eating - Reduced-fat sour cream and mayo make a sumptuous, creamy dressing for a considerably lightened take on chicken salad. Oven-poaching the chicken in broth intensifies its flavor and keeps it moist and succulent. Combined with sweet grapes and aromatic tarragon, this is an elegant version of chicken salad that’s wonderful on a bed of mixed greens or a sandwich with nutty whole-grain bread. Yield: 8 servings, 1 cup each Total Time: 1 3/4 hours (including 1 hour chilling ...

Prevent Cancer News Round-up: Week of Sept. 4 – Sept. 11

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Foundation News - The below is the Prevent Cancer Foundation blog’s weekly look at news from around the web in the wellness and cancer prevention communities. CDC Chief Says U.S. Smoking Rate of 20% is 'a paradox' After a 40-year decline, the U.S. smoking rate has hovered around 20% since 2005, although states with aggressive tobacco control programs have seen their rates drop as low as 13%, Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Tuesday. (USA ...

Jan’s 5K Challenge: Does Age Matter?

Posted by Jan Mahrer, Exec. V.P. & COO on September 9th, 2010 | No Comments »
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Exercise Daily - Yesterday I was wondering what I would write about in this week’s post and came up blank. Until a conversation in the gym this morning made me question – “does age matter?” While on the elliptical a woman I occasionally talk with struck up a conversation.  I’ll be honest, at first I thought about pretending I didn’t hear her, because quite frankly I find it hard to work out and talk at the same time.  For me, ...