7 Ways to Raise Money for Cancer Research
Osteosarcoma Institute Blog
by OSI
3w ago
Raising money for osteosarcoma research is a powerful way to celebrate overcoming bone cancer, cheer on someone undergoing treatment for bone cancer, or honor a loved one who has passed away from the disease. If you have never done it before, you may be wondering where to start. The first step — and sometimes the hardest! — is coming up with fundraising event ideas that best suit you and your goals ..read more
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Mapping the Osteosarcoma Microenvironment
Osteosarcoma Institute Blog
by OSI
3w ago
“Why don’t children get breast cancer?” A dissertation committee member posed this question to Troy A. McEachron, PhD, when he was in graduate school. It proved to be a pivotal moment ..read more
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Osteosarcoma Survivors on Life After Cancer
Osteosarcoma Institute Blog
by OSI
2M ago
For osteosarcoma patients, a final chemotherapy infusion, a last physical therapy appointment, or a cancer-free scan is a long-awaited moment. While many find relief and happiness moving into this new stage of their lives, it can also be a difficult transition into the “new normal” of life after cancer. It is common for cancer survivors to feel anxiety and worry that the cancer will come back, especially when a routine scan in coming up. Osteosarcoma survivors should be prepared to let themselves feel a range of emotions as the time between doctor’s appointments gets farther and farther apart ..read more
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‘It Is Our Turn to Fight This for Him’
Osteosarcoma Institute Blog
by OSI
2M ago
David and Ingrid Hartz started thinking about osteosarcoma advocacy not long after their son Miles was diagnosed. They knew they needed to spread the word about this disease and to help push for more research and better treatment options. What they did not know is that their son would not be there to fight alongside them. “In the beginning we never anticipated that he would fight the disease as long as he did, nor did we ever consider that it would end his life,” Ingrid says. “We always thought that we were going to get through it and that he would be with us, advocating for better outcomes. N ..read more
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A Vibrant Life, a Tenacious Cancer Advocate: Izzy Martin’s Story
Osteosarcoma Institute Blog
by OSI
3M ago
On February 13, 2020, 10-year-old Isabelle Martin, nicknamed Izzy, was doing what she loved most: dancing. Izzy had been dancing in competitions since she could walk. Just two weeks earlier, she had placed in the top 12 in an international dance competition. At her regular dance lesson, only a moment into her routine, Izzy collapsed. X-rays at Children’s Medical Center Plano revealed that her femur was broken. “Bones, especially femurs, do not just break,” says Izzy’s mom, Christine Martin. The pediatrician explained that Izzy’s bone was compromised from what looked to be a tumor. After multip ..read more
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‘I Still Believe in My Body’
Osteosarcoma Institute Blog
by OSI
3M ago
When Nout (rhymes with “out”) van Barneveld, 26, of Amsterdam, got his biopsy results and found out he had osteosarcoma, his first thoughts were for his loved ones. “I could handle [the news]. I felt strong,” he says. “For me, it is more difficult to see family and friends dealing with it.” To cope, Nout has chosen to remain positive throughout his osteosarcoma patient journey, even when things get particularly tough, which they have — more than once. “I think having a good mindset, it makes you stronger,” he says. “My biggest motivation for sharing my situation is to let people see how import ..read more
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Sequencing Osteosarcoma’s Chromosomal Complexity
Osteosarcoma Institute Blog
by OSI
3M ago
Thanks to DNA sequencing technology that was developed nearly 15 years ago, scientists are starting to better understand how and why cancer develops in humans. Now, building on that technology, award-winning researcher Isidro Cortés-Ciriano, PhD, is studying osteosarcoma genomes to understand what causes osteosarcoma and how the disease evolves within bone cells. He is hoping this information will allow investigators to develop new drugs that will treat the most aggressive types of osteosarcoma ..read more
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Homecoming King Leaves Lasting Impression on His Community
Osteosarcoma Institute Blog
by OSI
4M ago
Scott Shockley was a popular kid in high school. He was homecoming king. He served as a student ambassador. He played varsity sports — baseball, basketball, and football — and was even a nationally ranked long-snapper. Yet it was how he treated people that really showed what he was like as a person ..read more
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OSI-Backed Research Explores Combo Immunotherapy
Osteosarcoma Institute Blog
by OSI
4M ago
Immunotherapy has been one of the most promising areas of cancer research in the past few decades. It is now approved to treat many types of cancers, including breast cancer, leukemia, liver cancer and others. But immunotherapy has not been successful in treating some cancers, and unfortunately, that includes osteosarcoma. “Thus far, immune-based therapeutic approaches for sarcomas have not been extremely successful,” says osteosarcoma researcher Jason T. Yustein, MD, PhD, of Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute. “But there is a lot of research going on in this field, and a lot of us ar ..read more
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Kathleen’s Osteosarcoma Journey
Osteosarcoma Institute Blog
by OSI
5M ago
In last month’s The Frontline, we met Kathleen Watt, author of the new memoir, REARRANGED: An Opera Singer’s Facial Cancer and Life Transposed, a successful opera singer who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, which ended her career. In Part II of her fascinating story, she discusses how she learned to endure chemotherapy, how she made her doctors listen to her on treatment decisions, and what her life is like today in remission ..read more
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