Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Help in the Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer

Research is looking into the distinct possibility that there may be a tumor marker in the blood of those with ovarian cancer . Early diagnosis of this cancer can be very difficult. As it advances it becomes harder and harder to treat. New research hopes the answers are in the blood.

The research is taking place in Chicago at the Rush University Medical Center. Initial research was intriguing though additional studies are required before anything is certain.

Antibodies, found on the surface of ovarian cancer cells, were found in the blood of most of the women with ovarian cancer. These antibodies were also found with women who had previously known ovarian problems - but not necessarily cancer. Women with normal ovarian function and no ovarian cancer were found to not have this antibody.

Typical treatment of ovarian cancer is to removed the uterus completely. This is usually done because the cancer is in an advanced stage. Single ovary removal along with the fallopian tubes can also be seen. Following surgery chemotherapy is a possibility. Radiation is rarely used as a treatment.

If the cancer is diagnosed early - the fiver year survival is very high. If not, the survival rate is far lower.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A must is a must!

I would feel horrible if I didn't talk about the ongoing writeoncon. It is all taking place on line. Some of the topics for today have been really exciting. If you haven't yet taken the time - here is the link -

There are certainly a few more things tonight and then a full day's schedule tomorrow. The great things are that some of the ideas or concepts dig deep into personal preferences of many of the agents and writers putting on their portion. Some of the classes are live - you can ask your question and get a fast response.
Tonight there is an exciting panel of professionals - this is a live event and worth checking out.

And don't worry - if you can't make it live - just check out some of the things written on the website or forum. It looks fantastic

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Second Chance

I recently found a blog article about a Summer Writing Contest. I love contests because it gives us the opportunity to get some feedback and criticism of our writing.

Take a moment to read about the contest here:

I am especially excited to get a second chance at a literary agent that said no to my query letter.  Lauren Ruth from BookEnds will be judging the contest. I've read through my first query letter and felt that I didn't do as well as I wanted. I've been rejected a few times and I am excited to try again with a new query letter.

In the meantime - I get a chance, a second chance, to make a first impression. So, if you are looking for a chance to get involved in a contest in the next few days, certainly take a look at 's blog for directions on how to enter the contest and good luck.