Today is a travel day. I apologize for the delay. My plan was to post several ASH related articles during my lay-over in Charlotte, NC on my way to Chicago this afternoon.

It seems like it has only been a few days since I was at the ASH conference–oh wait–it has only been a few days!

I travel a lot. It usually isn’t stressful–as long as things go as planned.

That won’t be the case today. Unfortunately, my connecting flight was cancelled due to mechanical problems. Don’t they teach cancer patients to avoid stress whenever possible?

So here I sit on a small, “puddle jumper” type plane flying to Washington, DC. No Internet service, of course.

I will do my best to get one or more of the stories out to you during my two hour lay-over when we land. There should be wi-fi at the airport. Free? Unlike Tampa and Charlotte (two of my favorite airports) which both offer free Internet service in their terminals.

Anyway, as Pattie and I were getting ready to board our flight to Charlotte, she asked me about an ASH related story in the Tampa newspaper about a new anti-lymphoma drug.

You would be surprised how much ASH related news eventually makes it into the main stream media.

Not right away, mind you. The only “make a deadline” type stories are business/stock related. But as time goes on, physicians begin to comment about certain drugs or drug studies. Hidden, yet important research trends are discovered among the hundreds of poster and oral presentations made over the past five days.

All of us hope–buried deep in one of these obscure studies lies something big–an exciting new therapy or possibly even a cure?

I believe that is the case. No, not the cure part. But the exciting new therapy direction part.

Why not a cure? Because if you haven’t noticed, cancer is a very broad name for many hundreds of different diseases. It isn’t fair or realistic to expect a magic cure for all cancer.

But we can hope to cure certain cancers in certain categories. Like, for example, leukemia or lymphoma or breast cancer.

The biggest obstacle to doing that is that breast cancer isn‘t one type of cancer–its dozens of different types with hundreds of different causes.

The same is true for leukemia or lymphoma. So even within these more specific categories, it is unlikely some magic pill will come along to cure them all.

But we are getting very close to curing some of them. And oncologists are already able to do just that with many cancers. Pattie is a perfect example of this. Cervical, uterine and ovarian cancers–all gone–hopefully for ever.

We are about to land in Washington. With any luck we will be in Chicago before midnight.

Feel good and keep smiling! Pat.

*TRAVEL UPDATE:  It is now 8 PM.  8 PM!  We left Tampa at 1:30–and we still aren’t in Chicago.  I finally have wi-fi which works.  Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day!

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