This is my handsome boyfriend Cody. For some reason, I always look at him like he’s a piece of candy (or God’s gift to Earth) when we take pictures together.

He is the smartest, funniest, most interesting person I’ve ever had the pleasure of calling my best friend.

Two years ago, we were told that Cody had a stage three sarcoma. The survival rate for a stage three sarcoma is 56%. Cody pushed through and beat his cancer after a total of three painstaking surgeries, two weeks in the hospital, weekly doctor’s appointments, numerous PET/CT scans, and an entire month of radiation.

In November, about a year since his last radiation appointment, the sucker came back. It’s grown a great deal since then. The results of his biopsy came back today as positive for cancer.

Cody is my best friend. I would do anything for him. We’ve been together for three years, and in the time it took us to get where we are now, we’ve been through so much unbelievable crap that I’m surprised we made it out in one piece, but we did. I have no doubt we’ll pull through this again.

But we need help. Cody’s medical bills racked up so quickly that we can’t even keep track of them all. They’re being sent to collections almost every single day. Cody is neck-deep in debt, and he isn’t even 23 yet. The medical bills never stop, and they’re not going to get any better with the recent unfortunate news.

If you can spare $5, it would mean the world to us. And I know, money is tight right now for almost everyone. If you can’t afford to donate, please read and share this story. Share it on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and any other social networks you have. Please share this. Spread it like wildfire. Signal boost the crap out of this. It is of great importance.

Cody is the most beautiful, kind soul I’ve ever met. He would give the shirt off his back to someone, please, help me return the favor.

I know this post isn’t funny or aesthetically pleasing. I know a lot of you have themed blogs, and that’s fine. Don’t share it here then. Take it to Facebook and Twitter. Share the link. You can even delete it after a few hours, but please share it.

You can read the full story and donate here. If you can’t afford it, please don’t feel bad. Just spread this. Everywhere you can. Please.

Click here to support Zakariye's Medical Treatment by Halima Noor
My mother was on the computer the other day when she saw a video of a young boy by the name of Zakariye Abdi Rashiid Ahmed who lives in Caabudwaaq, Somalia. The young boy had cancer in his eye and to prevent his from spreading the doctors removed his eye. Once it was removed a large and strange t...

Hey y’all please spread this post and if you can donate please do. Wallahi my heart aches for Zakariye and his father. When we called Zakariye’s father he said to us “ Please any muslim and any person in the world who sees this please help me save my son. I will pray to Allah everyday for you if you donate. There is no one who can help my son here in Somalia, he is in pain, please help me. I have no money, no way to get him treated and it is not even possible here in Somalia, none of the doctors here have experience with this type of tumor. Please”

Please guys keep Zakariye in your duaas/prayers and donate of you can if not then please share this post with everybody. You do not have to be a muslim to donate. Let’s give Zakariye a healthy childhood. 

A promising technique for making brain tumors glow so they’ll be easier for surgeons to remove is now being tested in cancer patients.

Eighteen months ago, Shots first told readers about tumor paint, an experimental substance derived from scorpion venom. Inject tumor paint into a patient’s vein, and it will actually cross the blood-brain barrier and find its way to a brain tumor. Shine near-infrared light on a tumor coated with tumor paint, and the tumor will glow.

Now, after successful tests on dogs, surgeons have used tumor paint on a about a half dozen patients with brain tumors.

Doctors Test Tumor Paint In People

Photo Courtesy of Blaze Bioscience


Top: Rodent ulcer of twelve years duration (spontaneous cicatrization [sealing off; stopping spreading])

Bottom: Rodent ulcer of sixteen years duration (Terebant [Piercing] type)

Rodent ulcers” (also known as Jacobi ulcers) are so named due to their rat-gnawed appearance.
They are a manifestation of basal-cell carcinoma (BCC), and while they’re rarely fatal, they have the potential to be extremely disfiguring. Unlike most BCCs, rodent ulcers have significant central necrotization, leading to more tissue damage.

While the extreme destruction seen on these two patients is no longer commonplace in the developed world, treatment and removal of these ulcers can be very expensive, and they often recur, even with treatment. As they don’t often kill and often strike the very elderly, with removal frequently being more painful than the ulcer itself, basal-cell carcinoma is of the few cancers that is often simply monitored, rather than aggressively treated.

In Caucasian people, up to 30% of adults will develop some form of this cancer in their lifetimes. The most common cause is significant unprotected sun exposure, but genetics also plays a role in susceptibility. Thankfully, rodent ulcers are one of the less-common presentations.

Diseases of the Skin. James H. Sequeira, 1919.

FDA Approves Study of Scorpion-Derived ‘Tumor Paint’ for Brain Cancer Patients

Seattle cancer researchers are hoping that they will be able to use scorpion venom to fight deadly brain cancer through a new product called “Tumor Paint.”

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the product, developed by Blaze Bioscience, for study in human trials in the U.S.

During the phase one trial, the tumor paint will be used to on an estimated 21 people with a glioma, or tumor in the brain or spine.

In theory the “paint” will light up the tumor with special florescent molecules that will allow surgeons to then remove cancerous tissue more effectively and safely.

The tumor paint is created by utilizing a protein derived from the paralyzing venom of an Israeli deathstalker scorpion. The re-engineered protein, which binds to cancer cells, is then joined with a fluorescent molecule “flashlight” that has been used safely in human surgeries for decades

Woman’s brain tumour turns out to be her “embryonic twin”, surgeons find


A 26-year-old woman went in to have what she assumed to be a brain tumour removed… but surgeons actually pulled out what they believe to be an undeveloped embryonic twin, complete with hair, teeth and bone.

Indiana University PhD student Yamini Karanam first went to see doctors when she started getting bad headaches and struggling with reading- and listening- comprehension, and they quickly spotted a rapidly growing pea-sized tumour on herpineal gland. But they’ve now discovered the mass was actually a ‘teratoma’ - a mysterious type of tumour that contains its own tissue and even organs.

Although scientists still aren’t entirely sure what causes these tumours, one of the leading theories is that teratomas were originally embryonic twins that never developed, and ended up being absorbed into the surviving twin’s body instead. Karanam is now lightheartedly calling the tumour her “evil twin sister who’s been torturing her for the past 26 years,” as NBC News reports. And we’re kind of glad someone else said it first, because this is pretty horror movie-esque stuff.

To help her remove the tumour, Karanam sought out neurosurgeon Hrayr Shahinian, who has pioneered a keyhole brain surgery technique for removing tumours deep in the brain. After making a cut of just over one centimetre, Shahinian used an endoscope and fibre-optic technology to reach in and gently “chisel away” at the tumour, as Shahinian told NBC News.

Teratomas are rare, especially in the brain. “This is my second one, and I’ve probably taken out 7,000 or 8,000 brain tumours,” said Shahinian.

read more and see the video here 

At night he rolls on his side and peeks at me over his right shoulder.

“Scratch my back?” he asks, and I gently drag my fingernails down his spine and around his shoulder blades, bones that get sharper and sharper every day.

People love to describe cancer as a fight, but it isn’t. Fights have rules. So do wars. This is terrorism, and each of his visible bones is proof of the enemy within him, who isn’t fighting fair.

Nothing is fair. I know this, I say it all the time, but it’s a fact that offers no comfort.

All around this world people are brought to their knees every day. Little girls get kidnapped in Africa, little boys are casualties of a war they aren’t aware of, playing together on the beach when their lives abruptly and violently end.

The Earth spins on, triumph or tragedy, and in this bed my husband slips off into sleep, an entire world of chaos hiding within him.

An X-Ray of an individual who has a teratoma, shown to the left of the mediastinum just superior to the heart. Teratomas are tumors have the hallmark of consisting of tissues not normally present at their site of growth and have been known to grow things such as hair, or sometimes more complex processes such as eyes. In the teraroma pictured above the opacities are teeth.

Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers

The simple act of thinking can accelerate the growth of many brain tumors.

That’s the conclusion of a paper in Cell published Thursday that showed how activity in the cerebral cortex affected high-grade gliomas, which represent about 80 percent of all malignant brain tumors in people.

“This tumor is utilizing the core function of the brain, thinking, to promote its own growth,” says Michelle Monje, a researcher and neurologist at Stanford who is the paper’s senior author.

A color-enhanced cerebral MRI showing a glioma tumor.

Scott Camazine/Science Source

Personalized vaccines could change how we fight cancer
via #WUSTL (Washington University in St. Louis)

Scientists are a step closer to treating cancer patients with personalized vaccines that spur the immune system to attack malignant tumors.

Like flu vaccines, cancer vaccines in development are designed to alert the immune system to be on the lookout for dangerous invaders. But instead of preparing the immune system for potential pathogen attacks, the new vaccines will help key immune cells recognize the unique features of cancer cells already present in the body.

For a new study with mice, published in the journal Nature, scientists tested investigational vaccines in computer simulations, cell cultures, and animal models. The results showed that the vaccines could enable the immune system to destroy or drive into remission a significant number of tumors.
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The National Institutes of Health, the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital Cancer Frontier Fund, the Cancer Research Institute, Susan G. Komen, and the WWWW Foundation provided funding for the study.


Vice goes inside the world’s most cutting-edge cancer research labs to follow the pioneering doctors and researchers who are changing the face of modern-day medicine and meet some of the cancer survivors who have already been saved by this revolutionary medical breakthrough. The exclusive in-depth special debuts Friday, February 27 at 10.