Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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In 2014, Valerie was diagnosed with locally advanced breast cancer. In this short film directed by award-winning filmmaker David Gelb, see how science not only saved her life, but allowed her to continue her journey as a wife, mother, and special education teacher.

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I love the idea of being able to impact someone’s life, to change it forever. I wanted to be that teacher for my students so that when they graduate, I want them to go back and say: “Mrs. Hamilton always told me that I was valuable – that I have value and worth in my life.”

I was here in this room and I remember I was leaning on the wall. And I sobbed. And sobbed. Because, I felt afraid. And because I didn’t want to leave here – I didn’t want to

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It takes many exceptional people -- working many different jobs -- to conquer cancer. See a typical day at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Learn more at www.mskcc.org. For career information, go to www.mskcc.org/jobs. #onemsk

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Each year, about 17,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with a primary brain tumor (a tumor that arises in the brain). According to Lisa DeAngelis, Chief of Neurology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the cause of a brain tumor is usually unknown, and symptoms are related to the tumor's location in the brain. Multidisciplinary collaboration is critical to ensuring that patients receive the most effective treatment possible without damaging healthy areas of the brain.

For more information, please visit http://www.mskcc.org/braintumors

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Craig B. Thompson, President and CEO of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, discusses new ways to think about cancer and how cancer arises in human beings.

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Many cancers have a strong genetic component, particularly in certain ethnic groups. While the proportion of people with a family history of cancer is small, the overall number of those who develop cancer due to inherited factors is very large, according to clinical genetics expert Kenneth Offit of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. People who have a strong family history of cancer may wish to consider having genetic testing to identify their individual risk.

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Memorial Sloan-Kettering brings together all of the pieces needed to fight cancer, from great doctors to innovative scientists. Supporting MSKCC is a unique way to help advance the field.

Please visit http://mskcc.convio.net/give2010 to support Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center integrative medicine expert Dr. Kathleen Wesa explains why antioxidants should be avoided during radiation therapy, the benefits of vitamin D, how phytoestrogens can contribute to cancer recurrence, and how to identify a reputable supplier of supplements. The Center's Integrative Medicine specialists are available for consultations on best complementary therapy practices, she says.

For more information, please visit http://www.mskcc.org/integrativemedicine

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