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$109 million pledged during Stand Up to Cancer fundraiser


Stand Up to Cancer called on some of the biggest names in Hollywood for its fundraising telecast on Sept. 5 and brought in more than $109 million in pledges for cancer research. CTCA was one of four “Visionary” donors supporting the event.

The fundraiser kicked off on the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and lasted through the evening.

CTCA patient draws on experience as a first responder to fight cancer

Eugene Hunley

When I worked as a firefighter/paramedic, fear was a constant presence. It was fear for my patients, fear for my fellow firefighters and even fear for my own life. Imagine how you would feel if you were about to walk into a 30-foot wall of fire. But fear on the job was always tempered by the support of my team.

I quickly learned the importance of having complete confidence in my fellow firefighters. Every member of my team was there to support me, whether it was at the hose, at a victim rescue, or if I went down. This is why firefighters call it a brotherhood.

Marine cone snail venom could treat chronic neuropathic pain

Raed Rahman, DO

Because many of my patients experience severe chronic neuropathic pain—a type of pain that is complex and difficult to resolve—I’m always looking for new, more effective therapies. The next big thing in pain medicine could come from a surprising source: the marine cone snail.

I read with interest a recent article in Pain Medicine News, “Studying Neuropathic Pain, at a Snail’s Pace,” that discusses the development of neuropathic pain therapies based on the marine cone snail.

Reduce harmful inflammation with the anti-inflammatory diet

Cristina Swartz, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC

Your diet affects the amount of inflammation in your body, which can be good news if you’re willing to make the right food choices.

Too much inflammation can harm your health: It damages tissue and can contribute to serious conditions, such as heart disease, cancer and even diabetes. Chronic illness, stress, aging and lifestyle factors, such as diet, activate inflammatory responses in the body.

Cancer survivors reunite at “The Gathering”


Last month, our hospital near Atlanta held a reunion for patients and caregivers. “The Gathering,” created by Cancer Fighters®, Ernest and Sylvia Withrow, was a time to see old friends, meet new ones and share with others currently battling the disease.

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