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Constance Alexander: Breast cancer requires affordable care but relies on kindness of others

Twenty years ago today, Theresa Flowers stood on her porch in rural Trigg County directing me down the sporadic gravel path to the trailer she rented after the recent break-up with her long-term partner. “Right here.” She held up the palm of her hand and pointed at where to park. Unfurling the towel that was wrapped around her head, she smiled and said, “I just took a shower and my hair fell...

Healthy Headlines: Breast cancer genetic testing: What you need to know to make an informed decision

At St. Elizabeth Healthcare, we know that a breast cancer diagnosis can be shocking and overwhelming. We offer comprehensive care from the moment of your breast cancer diagnosis through your surgery, treatments, recovery and beyond. Our breast cancer care protocol has recently expanded to include meeting with a genetic counselor shortly after your diagnosis. New guidelines recommend multi-gene panel...

Women encouraged to learn cancer risk factors as Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches

Breast cancer affects about 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men in the United States during the course of their lifetime, and is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the National Cancer Institute. While breast cancer is most often found in women who are age 50 and older, the disease can also affect younger women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about...

Susan G. Komen Kentucky to host 23rd Annual Race for the Cure 5K run in Lexington October 27

Susan G. Komen Kentucky will host its 23rd Annual Lexington Race for the Cure 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk, presented by Bank of America, on Saturday, October 27. The race will take place at Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, located at 120 N. Limestone in Lexington. Registration is open now for runners and walkers. Individuals and teams can register by visiting KomenKentucky.org or by calling (859) 368-7133. One...

Louisville area business leaders to join American Cancer Society for Real Men Wear Pink campaign

Men from Louisville and southern Indiana will unite to fight breast cancer with the American Cancer Society through participation in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. In addition to wearing pink and raising awareness about breast cancer, these men will be raising funds to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle and save more lives from breast cancer. The campaign kicked off...

Constance Alexander: Cancer no longer a word that must be spoken in a whisper or with shame

When I was in fifth grade, my mother had cancer. The three older children in the family were already out of the house – two in college, and the oldest married with one little girl. Still at home, my sister Jeanne and I were left to tread the tides that churned up daily turmoil and intermittent confusion about what it meant for a family to contend with serious illness. After all these years, it is...

Josh Blair: Breast Cancer Awareness hits close to home; too many loved ones are lost to the disease

October brings thoughts of apple cider, pumpkin pie, and football But it’s also a time to reflect on something more important: breast cancer. Every year, October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This topic hits close to home for me. Last March, I lost my stepmother, Lucinda, to breast cancer. It was her second fight with the terrible disease and unfortunately this time she didn’t...

Constance Alexander: Early cancer detection, affordable health care matter to all women

She stood on the porch of her trailer, hugging herself against the autumn chill. The scarf coiled around her head, turban-like, was splashed with purple, fuchsia, and rivers of green. Her hands fluttered to straighten the scarf and check the swell of its silken knot, as I pulled into the gravel drive. “You found me,” she called. Her directions had listed a few landmarks on a winding country road...

UK Nursing student, breast cancer survivor thrives on activity, beating cancer and finishing school

By Elizabeth Adams UKNow reporter Striding across the finish line in pink knee-high socks imprinted with the phrase “tough ta-tas,” Brandy Smith completed her first 5K as a breast cancer survivor in October. She wore a victory sash and clasped a pink carnation as she and husband Jason waited for friends at the ballpark. The race was a moment of exhalation for the University of Kentucky student...

Kentucky by Heart: Breast cancer is ‘common denominator’ in group’s shared journey

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist It was 1999 in Lexington, and five women who attended the Southern Acres Christian Church made it a habit to have lunch together. They usually enjoyed the food and, for sure, they enjoyed each other. But what mostly brought them together was a health issue each had, and it brought out the best in them. “Breast cancer was the common denominator in our group,”...

Commentary: Breast Cancer Awareness Month focuses on courage in the face of adversity

By Stephen L. Pruitt Special to KyForward October is a special month. There are lots of things that happen in October – Safe Schools Week; Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Learning Disabilities (LD) Month and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Month; the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens; college football really takes off; and of course, Halloween. I realize that...

Proposed UK clinical trial could change the game for deadly type of breast cancer

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Oncologist Dr. Edward Romond spent his career at UK treating and studying breast cancer, even leading major Phase 3 clinical trials on the breast cancer drug trastuzumab in the early 2000s. Commonly known as Herceptin, this drug became a standard of care for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. Though he retired...

Twelfth annual Hats for Hope event supports breast cancer patient care with Derby style

Hats for Hope has raised more than $500,000 over the past 11 years to support breast cancer patient care through its signature pre-Derby silent auction cocktail event.   (Photo provided) The 12th Annual Hats for Hope in 2015 will feature approximately 300 new and gently worn designer Kentucky Derby hats as well as 100 auction packages including gift baskets, jewelry, gift certificates, trips...

Mom’s dying wish comes true; she’ll see daughter graduate at special early ceremony

Julie Randolph with children Gracie and Justin. (Photo by Kenneth Allen II)   By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward   Julie Randolph knew she would lose her battle with cancer, but from the time she was diagnosed, she was determined to fight the disease long enough to attend her daughter’s graduation.   In recent weeks, however, Julie’s condition has deteriorated. It became clear her...

Horses and Hope launches new campaign to build mobile unit for exams, education

  First Lady Jane Beshear, along with representatives from the Kentucky Cancer Program, the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center and KentuckyOne Health, launched a new Horses and Hope campaign to raise $1 million for a mobile unit to provide free or significantly reduced cost cancer screenings to underserved populations across Kentucky.   To start strong out of the...

Don't strike out – Pink Out at the Park as the Legends celebrate breast cancer survivors

  Staff Report   Strike out breast cancer.   The Lexington Legends want to celebrate survivors of breast cancer with Pink Out at the Park.   A dinner celebration for survivors and their families will take place in the Kentucky Ale Taproom inside Whitaker Bank Ballpark.   (Photos from Wikimedia) The event will be emceed by Jennifer Nime Palumbo, anchor for FOX 56 News, and Bruce...

After two bouts with cancer, Carin Addams keeps fighting, ‘pays it forward’ to help others

Carin Addams, shown here with her son Garrett, started Carin for Nurses as a way to ‘pay it forward’ for the outpouring of support she’s received during her battle with cancer. (Photo provided)   By Erin Grigson KyForward intern   After a five-year remission, Carin Addams was re-diagnosed with cancer and, after an outpouring of support, she decided she was ready to give...

2012 Review: Our Health stories, columns focused on positives, identified challenges

When it comes to Kentucky’s health and well-being, the bad news sometimes threatens to overshadow the good. And while we at KyForward would be remiss to ignore the health challenges our state faces, we take seriously our commitment to showcase the success stories as well. Whether it’s a report about the first Total Artificial Heart implant, the story of a Central Baptist Hospital nurse...