the cancer project

Day 16: Hair Donation to Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Today I chopped off my hair to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
This is the 2nd or 3rd I’ve donated to them. I love this organization because all of their donations are given to women battling cancer.
I’ve donated to Locks of Love before. They’re great but their donations don’t always go to cancer patients. You can also donate to Wigs for Kids.
I started donating my hair as a sophomore in high school - which was like 10 years ago; man I’m old. I had a friend diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. So not only did I chop off all of my hair, I also got a Natalie Portman a la V for Vendetta buzzcut. Now I do it regularly. I’ve got a bunch of hair and it’s such an easy thing to give.
This is also dedicated to my cousin Alex Iacovetta who passed away four years ago this month from a rare form of cancer.

💛My gorgeous Angel charm has been my most viewed and liked piece so far this year in my Etsy store. Next month I will be adding a new keyring to raise awareness of childhood cancer.

Don’t forget - for this month only I am donating 35% from every sale to The Kids’ Cancer Project - so get your orders in and together we can make a difference and raise much needed funds for childhood cancer research.
Link to purchase in bio @inspiredbyameliab ☝🏻️
#inspiredbyameliab #braceletsforamelia #guardianangel #angel #keyring #charm #etsyau #handmadeau #wahm #madeinsydney #shopsmall #supporthandmade #supportlocal #bespokegallery #childhoodcancerawareness #childhoodcancerresearch

Made with Instagram
Portraits of young girls with cancer stir emotions on Facebook

One in five hundred Australian children will develop a form of cancer before the age of 15, according to The Kids’ Cancer Project. That’s 600 Australian children diagnosed with childhood cancer every year.

And while those numbers are tragic enough on their own, sometimes one simple photo speaks even louder than statistics — like in the case of this particular image, by US photographer Lora Scantling, that’s currently yanking on the heartstrings of thousands of Facebook users.

In it are three little girls, ages 3, 4, and 6, mostly bald from chemo and embracing each other with their eyes closed, in a pose that emanates a warmth and depth beyond their collective years.

A caption notes, “Sometimes strength comes in knowing you are not alone.”

Photo: Scantling Photography.

“I thought of this project just because I wanted to do something that would bring out emotion and touch peoples hearts,” Scantling tells Yahoo Shine through a message on Facebook — where her photo of the three girls has been liked nearly 4,000 times since being posted on April 5.

“My stepdad is currently battling stage-four lung cancer, and a good friend lost her one-year-old to leukemia and so it’s just something I am passionate about. I hoped it would be inspirational and help raise awareness.”

Riley, on the left, is three years old, and just beat a form of stage-five kidney cancer, according to Scantling.

Rheann, in the middle, is six, and has been battling brain cancer for a year and a half, while four-year-old Ainsley is in remission from leukemia.

Another photo in the series features Ainsley lovingly touching Rheann’s head.

Photo: Scantling Photography.

Scantling, whose Scantling Photography studio is in Oklahoma, USA, teamed up with her studio partner, Christy Goodger of Goodger Photography, to create the poignant images after finding the girls through Facebook.

“I think it can be a lonely disease,” Goodger told KOCO.

“You sit in the hospital a lot.” It’s something the girls and their families know all too well. "From May until January, that’s where we lived was the hospital,” Rylie’s mom, Bridget Hughey, said in the same interview.

“The girls had not met prior to this before, yet they bonded the instant they saw each other and it was like they knew they had a common bond,” says Scantling of the studio shoot, which had the girls looking vintage-lovely, complete with flapper-style headbands and apparel from local clothing boutiques.

“They were glued to each other the whole session! And, of course, the parents exchanged numbers and plan on staying in touch.”

Facebook users have been overwhelmed by the emotional images.

“I think your photo of those 3 girls is amazing!!! Thank you for spot lighting childhood cancer in a beautiful thoughtful way!” wrote a representative of Autism Speaks. Another woman wrote, “This left me wanting to hug and kiss each one of these precious angels. The photos are beautifully done.”

Read more from Yahoo!

🎗It’s Friday! Today I have my little man all to myself which means there’s a high chance not much is going to get done because, well, we all know how cute he is 😍😍😍

However, hopefully he does sleep a bit and I can get on with preparing what I have planned for childhood cancer awareness month in September. What are your plans for the day?

September will be a bit different for Inspired by Amelia with more articles and information to share with you to raise awareness of childhood cancer and also the launch of 11 new pieces all aimed at raising funds for The Kids’ Cancer Project.

Wishing you all a great weekend 💛
#inspiredbyameliab #braceletsforamelia #raisingawareness #childhoodcancerawareness #gogold #september

Made with Instagram
SRF Post Vacant in Cancer Project @ ACTREC | Salary : Rs 36,400/- pm

SRF Post Vacant in Cancer Project @ ACTREC | Salary : Rs 36,400/- pm

External image

The Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC) is the state-of-the-art R&D satellite of the Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), which also includes under its umbrella the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), the largest cancer hospital in Asia. ACTREC has the mandate to function as a national centre for treatment, research and education in cancer. TMC is an autonomous grant-in-aid…

View On WordPress

Made with WordPress
"Fashioning Cancer": I didn't know how not to share this . . .

“Fashioning Cancer”: I didn’t know how not to share this . . .

External image

A collection of ball gowns from the “Fashioning Cancer” collection at the University of British Columbia Photo by Tim Matheson For an unusual look at cancer from the outside in, see this strangely fascinating story and slideshow about the “Fashioning Cancer” project at the University of British Columbia:

UBC Media Release, March 12, 2014: “‘Fashioning cancer’ project reclaims beauty from…

View On WordPress

Made with WordPress
I have to post this so I don't forget it lol

Third decanate (Cancer-Pisces): The projection into the 1st house is subject to the reception of spiritual impulses. They carry with them through these activities a strong need to be nurtured; and when all else has gone their self-sacrifice remains. They are consciously aware that their mother influence is instinctively with them, but their goals for self-projection seem to remain hidden. They are insatiable in their desire to learn the eternal truths. With Capricorn-Virgo on the Descendant, they attract ambitious partners. While they can be sentimental, the tendency toward criticism can restrict both partners in emotional expression. They may attract mates who will want to be protected and cared for, ones who either have health problems or are hypochondriacs. 

Love of romance, travelling, adventure, and mystical subjects. Gives public recognition and a certain popularity, honourable or otherwise, according to the position of the Moon at birth; gives many sea voyages and constant changes in life, the patronage of women, and acquisition of property 

The sub-influence of this Pisces/NEPTUNE decan can induce some unique and very interesting characteristics. Neptune can add markedly to your everyday creativity and imagination, as it can be useful in the general creative process. You can use this to your advantage for it gives you the ability to employ your good taste with wardrobe and makeup, as well as in selecting and decorating your environment.

You might be a good interior decorator, window dresser, gardener, or landscape artist. You might also be talented with a paintbrush, musical instrument, sewing machine or sculptor’s clay. You appreciate most art forms and may have an excellent sense of rhythm.

Your whole personality must attune itself to the beat of life all about for your greatest happiness and efficiency. Of all those with Cancer rising, you likely are the most sensitive; you laugh easily and may cry with only slight triggering. You must be careful to stay away from negative people and environs, as Neptune blended with the Moon may incline you to “soak up” practically everything that’s around you.

You tend to be somewhat private in nature. You may need to work a little harder in order to bring your many talents and abilities into actual fruition. You’re probably fairly well adjusted to accepting the fact that you too often experience delays and setbacks, perhaps more so than most of your friends.

More than the other decans of Cancer rising, you are very romantic and something of an idealist when it comes to matters of the heart. Just exercise a little extra practicality or you well may find youself involved in emotional alliances that aren’t going anywhere, and, unfortunately, may never lead to anything you truly want. Be sensibly practical – along with being idealistic.

Virtual reality allows scientists to walk into a cancer cell
External image
A new project will let scientists step inside a cancer cell. Image: unsw
External image
By Ariel BogleAustralia2016-08-16 08:09:59 UTC

After generations of peering into a microscope to examine cells, scientists could simply stroll straight through one.

Calling his project the “stuff of science fiction,” director of the 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), John McGhee is letting people come face-to-face with a breast cancer cell.

Using data pulled from a high-resolution electron-microscope at the University of Queensland, the expert in CGI has recreated the cancer cell in virtual reality. 

McGhee told Mashable Australia his team uses Unity, the development platform for video games, to build a 3D mesh of the cell adding texture, colour, light and any effects.

Putting on a HTC Vive VR headset, scientists can essentially step into the petri dish and observe nanoparticle drugs being absorbed. They also use hand controllers to navigate the experience. 

External image

Image: unsw

For the moment, the experience is used primarily for educational purposes.

“Once you immerse in a headset, it’s going to really help you to get your head around complicated processes versus if you just see something on a screen,” he explained. “It’s really allowing you to walk through data in a new way.”

Using the Oculus Rift VR headset, another of McGhee’s projects focuses on the potential use of virtual reality in the rehabilitation of stroke patients.

Steven Faux, director of rehabilitation at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, has been working with McGhee for almost three years.

To create the experience, the medical team takes a patient’s MRI or CT scan, determine the mechanism of the stroke they suffered, then a neuroradiologist removes any extraneous parts of the image. At that point, they give the data to McGhee, who turns it into a virtual tour of the patient’s own blood vessels.

“We walk through the blood vessel with the patient and we recreate the stroke,” Faux told Mashable Australia. “If it was a slow closing off the blood vessels, we show that … if it was a clot that came from the heart and blocked a major blood vessel leading to the brain, we show that.”

“It looks like something from the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” he added.

Faux said the impact on patients is often remarkable. For many, it’s the first time they’ve truly understood what happened to them. 

For those who have suffered from a stroke, the incident can often leave them confused and cognitively impaired. Occasionally, they lose the ability to understand written or spoken language. Once they’re on the path to recovery, the use of McGhee’s experience can enhance their motivation to engage in rehabilitation. 

External image

Image: unsw

“We’ve shown it to about four or five [patients] and we’ve had dramatic responses with some of them,” he said. “We showed an 18-year-old man who had suffered a brain haemorrhage while playing football. He was a bit shellshocked by it. 

"He was shocked by how violent and damaging [the stroke] was.”

Faux said the technology could have many applications, including for practitioner training and preventative health, but suggested it was difficult to obtain funding for such research.

In the years to come, McGhee also hopes to discover if 3D visualisations could have an impact on the discovery process by letting scientists see their data in an entirely new light. 

He’s also working on building the passing of time into the experience, as it’s currently static. He hopes to create a virtual world where scientists can watch how cancer cells move through the body.

“Lots of data is collected on scanners, but it often doesn’t see the light of day,” he said. “How do we get it out there and put it on engaging platforms?”

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

- Repost from: mashable Post
Radiation Therapy in Oncology Drug Pipeline Update 2016 - 322 Companies Plus Partners Developing 313 Radiation Therapy Drugs in 692 Developmental Projects - Research and Markets


Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Radiation Therapy in Oncology Drug Pipeline Update” drug pipelines to their offering.

This drug pipeline update is structured around radiolabeled drugs, radiosensitizers and radioprotective compounds.

There are today 322 companies plus partners developing 313 radiation therapy drugs in 692 developmental projects in cancer. In addition, there are 7 suspended drugs and the accumulated number of ceased drugs over the last years amount to another 150 drugs.

Radiation Therapy In Oncology Drug Pipeline Update lists all drugs and gives you a progress analysis on each one of them. Identified drugs are linked to 179 different targets. All included targets have been cross-referenced for the presence of mutations associated with human cancer. To date 174 out of the 175 studied drug targets so far have been recorded with somatic mutations.

Pipeline Breakdown According to Number of Drugs

  • Marketed# 93
  • Registered# 1
  • Pre-registration# 5
  • Phase III# 47
  • Phase II# 103
  • Phase I# 62
  • Preclinical# 73
  • No Data# 5
  • Suspended# 7
  • Ceased# 150

For more information about this drug pipelines visit

Related Topics: Oncology Drugs, Radiography

View source version on

Higher education needs new answers to its perennial funding crisis | Jonathan Wolff
External image

The first question on this year’s exam for the module Introduction to University Finance: “Lecturers are taking industrial action over pay and conditions. Students support them in this campaign. Students are protesting against fees and are on rent strike arguing for significant rent reductions. The lecturers support them in this campaign. The government is reducing the money it provides for university teaching. The Brexit vote has plunged EU student recruitment, research income and borrowing costs into deep uncertainty. How do you keep everyone happy?”

Related: Academics feel blight of Brexit – from cancer research to peat projects

If this really was on an exam paper, chances are that the next morning it would be a national news story as yet another amusing example of those “unanswerable questions” that newspapers love to use to shame those know‑all teachers and lecturers.

But before we despair, we should recognise that this is simply the latest variant of a question that has appeared over many decades, even if it has become much more acute in recent weeks. Maybe though, we can find inspiration in earlier model answers.

Thirty years ago, the popular response was to reduce long-term maintenance costs. If you stop non-essential repairs and refurbishment you can save millions. The problem is that you eventually have to catch up. Building work at universities up and down the country is, in part, making up for years of neglect, urgently regarded as an imperative now students are voting with their £9,000-a-year fees and their league table influencing feedback.

Roll forward a few years, and another model answer is to increase recruitment of non-EU high-fee students. Recently, an overseas student asked me whether we charge overseas students so much to try to discourage them from applying. But something like the reverse is true. Just as airlines couldn’t function without business-class passengers paying a premium, many universities would go bust overnight if they couldn’t recruit high-fee students. But with the government reaffirming its plan to reduce immigration, students are an easy target. Visas are ever-harder to obtain and with the removal of post-study work options, signs are that overseas recruitment is already long past its peak. Not much joy there.

So we turn to other possible answers. Remember “third stream” funding? Teaching and research are streams one and two. Industry was going to come to our rescue to provide a third. And it is true that many universities have significant, and highly worthwhile, links with industry. But for most the financial effects are relatively modest.

Related: More than a third of UK graduates regret attending university

How about donations? UK universities have campaigned to raise money, and, although we are still babies by top US standards, many have drawn in significant gifts. Doesn’t this help lubricate the finances? Well, yes and no (I am an academic, after all). Large donations are of course welcome and highly sought after, but they tend to increase scale of activity, rather than bridge a financial gap. Most gifts are targeted to a specific project, such as a cancer lab, rather than providing cash that can be used to ease the payroll or subsidise student rents. Furthermore, they sometimes come with a demand for matched funding from the university. And where does that come from? But it is almost impossible to turn down a large gift, even if, in cash terms, it can cost the university money to take it.

Financial pressures are not going away. Do we need to acknowledge that for the higher education sector, rather like the NHS, a feeling of financial crisis is a normal part of life? The term “crisis” is dramatic, suggesting unsustainability; the verge of collapse unless urgent action is taken. But as the NHS shows, this is a verge you can occupy for a very long time. Possibly a crisis is simply a situation where a significant number of participants report high levels of dissatisfaction and demand change. But that doesn’t make it sound much better. What it means in practice is that universities will have to decide whether to spread the misery equally, or concentrate it on some groups to the relief of others. So let us hope that this year’s examiners have a new model answer up their sleeves.

from The Guardian

The Project co-host Carrie Bickmore raises $1.1 million for Beanies for Brain Cancer charity initiative

TV presenter Carrie Bickmore has revealed she has raised more than $1 million for her cancer initiative, Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer.

The Project co-host launched the initiative last year, encouraging viewers to purchase and wear a beanie to raise awareness for the cause, in honour of her late husband Greg Lange, who died from brain cancer in 2010.

Bickmore, 35, used her Logies acceptance speech to call for greater funding for the illness.

The posthumous TV personality and devoted mother-of-two shared the happy news on the Channel Ten news program on Monday night.

“Because of your generosity, we have already reached our $1 million [target),” an emotional Bickmore said. “So thank you, thank you, thank you. I am just so blown away.”


Video: Carrie Bickmore launches Beanies 4 Brain Cancer initiative at 2015 Logie Awards, Source: YouTube.


Balloons and streamers fell from the studio roof as co-host Peter Helliar praised Bickmore’s efforts.

“What people should know about what Carrie has done is how hands-on you have been,” he said. “I sit next to you in our office and you didn’t just pass it on to another team to do it.”

“I’ve heard you have conversations with your web guy, people from customs, truckies, people who are packing the orders, manufacturers.”

Bickmore paid tribute to Lange and thanked everyone who had bought a fundraising beanie from her charity.

Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer is currently sold out of beanies, with Bickmore promising to order three times as many after “completely underestimating how many people would want the beanies.”

To donate visit

Photo Source: Channel Ten, Supplied.

If you have metastatic breast cancer, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation wants you to share your real-life experiences of living with the disease. They need your help to capture & quantify all the life-altering impacts – the collateral damage – of MBC & its treatment so the organization can later offer specific recommendations to improve quality of life for all people with MBC. Complete the Metastatic Breast Cancer Collateral Damage Project questionnaire today to help make a real difference. #MBCCollateralDamage #metasticbreastcancer #stageIV #mbc
from Sharsheret

Boston comic con was awesome! 10 hrs driving with 3 small girls was no small feat.. But totally worth it! I haven’t downloaded any of my images from my “real camera” yet not have I gone they ones on my phone ….. Hopefully today I can get to that!!


–Spending uninteruppted time with my 8 and 5 year old girls w/o having to deal with my 2 teenagers

–explaining all the wonderful causes and things GIllian Anderson does for people –girls and women—and things (charities) she stands for and having the girls “get it” that although she is beautiful and on TV she is so more than that.

Then seeing them make the connection that when I leave to go to a photo shoots for the orangizarions I volunteer for –gold hope project (pediatric cancer) or the tiny footprints project (nicu babies)– it is because that is how I give back and help people.

–having my 8 year old realize that the moderator at the Gillian Anderson panel was an ass.. And her clapping and laughing when GIllian told the guy to “ back up” .. And later in the car she goes “…mommy I’m glad she told him he was wrong!… Ain’t no one got time for that!”

–having Gillian curse..a lot .. During the panel… Which was fabulous cuz I curse a lot ( sorry –not sorry I’m from Jersey comes with the territory) and my 8 year old laughing that “she sounds like you mommy!”

–meeting Gillian Anderson! Wahoo!

–Seeing all the crazy of comic con they their eyes

–having lunches and dinners outside and watching all the costumes go by and hearing my 5 year old say..“ Wow mommy this is really cool!”

–seeing my 5 year old point and giggle at the costumes that went by and her not “getting” that you don’t point and giggle and is constantly telling her stop! Stop! Stop!

All in all!! So fun! Glad to have done it.. Next time maybe it will be an all adult outing!!

Molecular Pathology of Cancers/Models

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project has generated abundant genomic data for human cancers of various histopathology types and enabled exploring cancer molecular pathology per big data approach. We developed a new algorithm based on most differentially expressed genes (DEG) per pairwise comparisons to calculate correlation coefficients to be used to quantify similarity within and between cancer types. We systematically compared TCGA cancers, demonstrating high correlation within types and low correlation between types, thus establishing molecular specificity of cancer types and an alternative diagnostic method largely equivalent to histopathology. Different coefficients for different cancers in study may reveal that the degree of the within-type homogeneity varies by cancer types. We also performed the same calculation using the TCGA-derived DEGs on patient-derived xenografts (PDX) of different histopathology types corresponding to the TCGA types, as well as on cancer cell lines. We, for the first time, demonstrated highly similar patterns for within- and between-type correlation between PDXs and patient samples in a systematic study, confirming the high relevance of PDXs as surrogate experimental models for human diseases. In contrast, cancer cell lines have drastically reduced expression similarity to both PDXs and patient samples. The studies also revealed high similarity between some types, for example, LUSC and HNSCC, but low similarity between certain subtypes, for example, LUAD and LUSC. Our newly developed algorithm seems to be a practical diagnostic method to classify and reclassify a disease, either human or xenograft, with better accuracy than traditional histopathology. Cancer Res; 76(16); 4619–26. ©2016 AACR.

from Cancer via xlomafota13 on Inoreader

💛Over on @games_dips_galore Facebook page today is one of my personalised children’s bracelets which could be yours for just $2! And because I’m celebrating my birthday this month, 35% of your dips will be donated to The Kids’ Cancer Project. So head on over and show mine and all the other talented handmaidens pieces some love 💛
Link to Facebook group in bio ☝🏻️ @inspiredbyameliab
#inspiredbyameliab #braceletsforamelia #bracelet #gift #personalisedgifts #handmadeau #shopsmall #shoplocal

Made with Instagram