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"Sarah is an outstanding mother. My goodness, throughout this ordeal that part of her never faltered or failed," said her husband, Master Sgt. Michael Whitney, to +TODAY 
Happy tears, a baby in a Superman outfit and Josh Groban all added up to a special morning for a mom who survived an incredible ordeal.
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These women include a mother of a preschooler, a retired firefighter and a filmmaker. What they have in common is that they are all slowly dying of breast cancer - and they are advocates for others with this metastatic cancer.
The women met with researcher Dr. Kevin Cheung to learn about how he and his colleagues at Fred Hutch and the University of Washington are making headway against this long-ignored type of breast cancer.
"I feel like this is the year," patient advocate Beth Caldwell said.
Metastatic breast cancer kills around 40,000 women (and men) a year, but a handful of MBC patients who visited Fred Hutch recently say they're more encouraged than ever. Find out why.
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Who would volunteer to get infected with malaria on purpose? Read about a new clinical trial underway at the Fred Hutch-based Seattle Malaria Clinical Trials Center. You'll find that it takes a village of volunteers and researchers to end malaria. And sometimes, it takes a Great Mosquito Road Trip.
Eight healthy adults ranging in age from 20 to 37 are taking part in a new study conducted by the Seattle Malaria Clinical Trials Center, run by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Center for Infectious Disease Research.
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For decades, Hutch School has helped educate and connect young patients and family members dealing with serious illness while temporarily living in Seattle. The only accredited K-12 school in the U.S. attached to a cancer center, it serves approximately 150 students a year. Read more about the school on their recently revamped website.
Hutch School is a learning environment for school-aged patients and family members living in Seattle while undergoing serious medical treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
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Dense breast tissue can both mask and increase the risk of breast cancer so more and more states now send letters to notify women if a routine mammogram shows they have dense tissue (about 40 percent of women do) so they can discuss screening strategies with their doctor.

But a new study, published today in JAMA has found these “dense breast notification” letters may not be doing their job. All the letters scored poorly on understandability due to complex language and some required a college degree to fully understand what they were saying. Read more about it here.
Many states require women to be notified if they are found to have dense breast tissue on mammograms, but the letters can be hard to decipher.
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Like many mothers expecting their first child, Emily Cousins had braced for her life to turn upside down.
But she wasn’t prepared for the dual unknown roles she was to slip into just days after giving birth: New mom and cancer patient.
Emily Cousins was diagnosed with breast cancer at 32, when she was nine months pregnant. On Thursday, 13 years after that wrenching period of her life, Cousins joined a group of cancer researchers, fertility specialists, survivors and patient advocates to discuss the unique issues at the intersection of cancer and reproduction at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s inaugural cancer and pregnancy retreat.
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Questions about how cancer treatment might affect your fertility? There’s still time to register for our Cancer & Pregnancy Retreat, to be held tomorrow on the Fred Hutch campus. Hear the latest research, discuss new advancements and share your stories! More details here:   
With funding from Susan G. Komen and the University of Washington/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, we are bringing thought-leaders from a variety of disciplines to share their work in and vision for research in cancer, pregnancy, and reproductive health.
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From designer proteins to Zika virus, Xconomy life sciences forum explores the new and the unexpected.
It was a dizzying round-up of Seattle’s life sciences research and biotech scene, from designer proteins to the looming threat of the Zika virus. This year’s forum was titled “Life Sciences Disruptors,” though Lash and the other speakers didn’t focus on the technology buzzword theme, but if there was one common thread to the afternoon’s whirlwind tour of Seattle’s public and private life sciences work it was that which is new and unexpected — and...
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Metastatic cancer cells have to go through myriad changes as they traverse the path from their original home in the primary tumor to new tumors they seed and form throughout the body.

Our science writer Rachel Tompa describes their journey from stationary to mobile as they breech the walls of blood vessels or lymph nodes, survive the physical forces of the circulatory system and set up shop anew in a strange new environment. Along the way, she lays out what scientists know — and don't yet know — about this mysterious and deadly process.
Metastasis, or cancer spread, is complex and still largely mysterious. What do researchers know -- and what do they still need to know to stop metastasis?
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“People say, ‘The insurance companies might come and torch your car.’ But I’m the insurance company’s best friend. I’m saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars by finding the patient the best treatment for them.”
Meet Laurie Todd, a Seattle-area appendix cancer survivor turned “Insurance Warrior.” A former massage therapist, Todd now applies pressure to health insurance companies to help cancer patients and others gain access to treatment they've been denied.
Laurie Todd, the "Insurance Warrior," helps patients with debilitating illnesses force their insurance companies to pay for expensive treatments.
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"You don’t expect results like these from early-phase trials. That’s why these response rates are so extraordinary.”

Fred Hutch's Dr. David Maloney is the senior author of a paper published today reporting on data from 30 adults with B-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia, or ALL, who had their T cells re-engineered into cancer killers.
 
After her immune cells were genetically engineered to target her cancer, Kristin Kleinhofer's leukemia disappeared. The trial was her and her family's 'last hope'.
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Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law yesterday a bill creating a set of policies for businesses selling vaping products such as electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine. Fred Hutch public health researcher Dr. Jonathan Bricker called it a "major victory for Washington state control of youth exposure and access to e-cigs and vaping." But the key to making it work, he said, will be enforcement.
"Having enough officers to monitor sales to minors and use in public places will be a huge challenge," he said. "Let's see how things look in the next few years."  
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) - Businesses selling vapor products such as electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine in Washington will soon be regulated by statewide rules.Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 6328 into law on Tuesday. It will create a set of policies f
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The mission of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is the elimination of cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death.
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