Potential new technique to detect cancer

This Week’s Helpful Article: Blood tests may replace the need of invasive biopsy in diagnosing cancer. Read more here: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/04/20/health/blood-test-shows-promise-as-alternative-to-cancer-biopsy.html?referrer=&_r=1

Radiation Therapy Markings and the Blue Dots

Several methods are used in skin marking during repeated radiation therapy in order to maintain consistency of the body region to be treated. Common marking techniques include marker pen, henna, and tattoo.

Tattoo is the most commonly used method in radiation marking. A non-toxic ink is injected to the outer skin layer of the patient, […]

Radiation Therapy Treatment Process

This Week’s Helpful Article: Pictorial Overview of the Radiation Therapy Treatment Process. To read more, please follow this link: http://www.oncolink.org/treatment/article.cfm?c=154&id=34

Andrea Burling

“We requested a second My Blue Dot pin because my husband, Tom, wanted to wear one along with me to honor my recently completing lymphoma treatment at Stanford.”

— Andrea S. Burling Cancer Warrior

Robert Redfern-West

“After an eight month series of treatments for cancer of the tongue at Stanford, I now wear the three blue dots pin. I was recently retested and no cancer was found but I’ll wear the dots for all cancer warriors past, present and future.”

— Robert Redfern-West Director, Academica Press, LLC

Cary Cole

“Thank you My Blue Dots for inspiring Cancer Warriors to use cancer as a catalyst for healing and health. I’m proud to wear My Blue Dots pin.”

— Cary Cole Stanford Cancer Council Member

Veronica Schindler

“I wear My Blue Dots pin to honor my colleague, Ken, who is currently battling cancer as well as my Uncle Baldur. I want them to know I support them and applaud their courage.”

— Veronica Schindler Stanford Athletic Dept.

Ken Johnson

We honor cancer warrior, Ken Johnson. Ken has been a member of the Guest Services “Red Coats” at Stanford University since 1999. He is well liked by everyone and provides exceptional game-day guest service to those who sit in the Stanford Stadium Skybox during football season.

Tiffany Symmes

“My Blue Dots not only inspires hope; it provides the basis for hope by funding cancer research. That is way I wear this pin.”

— Tiffany Symmes with Sue McCollum

Anna Kirilova

“I wear the My Blue Dot pin because Skating for the Cure brought us one little step closer to finding a cure, and further inspired me to becoe a cancer researcher.”

— Anna Kirilova, 17 Palo Alto High School

Sue McCollum

“I wear my pin every day, over my heart, to honor all those cancer warriors I know and love”

— Sue McCollum Sue is with Kipp Weiskopf at his thesis presentation at Stanford

Britt Merchant

“My “Grandma Muzz” (who passed away from lung cancer) was an energetic, positive, smart woman. I wear the blue dots in her memory, and aspire to be even a little bit like her!”

— Britt Merchant Stanford Athletic Dept.

Michelle Kenyon

“I wear my Blue Dot pin in support of my patients, friends, and family that have fought cancer throughout the years.”

— Michelle Kenyon R.T.(T), CMD Director, Radiation Oncology Operations, Stanford Cancer Center

Michelle Jin

Michelle Jin

“I wear my pin because it signifies resilience and hope. No one has to be alone in the battle against cancer.”

— Michelle Jin

Hope, Healing and Health

My Blue Dots represents Hope, Healing and Health on many levels. During this Holy Week, we look at the spiritual side of healing.

Hope, Healing, Health

Time stops when you hear those words, “Yes, you do have cancer”. From that moment forward, you are thrown into the merry-go-round of uncertainty. There are appointments to keep, […]

Dr. Sarah Donaldson & Quynh-Thu Le

“Our patients have been so touched by the generosity of My Blue Dots…When we hand out those three blue dots to patients as they complete their course of radiation treatments, it demonstrates we are all united in our fight against cancer.”

— Quynh-Thu Le, MD FACR, Professor and Chair Department of […]

My Blue Dots Pin

My Blue Dots salutes and honors all those who are going through a cancer experience. These blue dot pins are created to state, in a non-verbal way, that we are standing with you as you go through this journey. Words are often inadequate for how much can you really say? However, by wearing this pin […]

Young and Male

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A young male intern was assigned to me to monitor how my radiation would go. He’s young – and male – so I asked myself, “What about breast cancer could he know?”

How could I relate to this young man? Could I share my concerns with him? […]

Adrienne Deadmond

“Most patients show me their blue dots pin when they have completed treatment. I congratulate them and show them my blue dots pin. I tell them I wear the pin to show my support and their fight against cancer.”

— Adrienne Deadmond Clinical Assistant II, Stanford Cancer Center, Radiation Therapy Department