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Dr Carl O Helvie Interviews 5 Cancer Survivors

Sunday, July 19th, 2009


On Saturday, July 18, I interviewed 5 cancer survivors pictured from left to right–Aurea McGarry, Linda Wilson, Regina Leeds, Les Thiele, and Lori Kuban .

Aurea is a 9 year Non Hodskins Lymphoma survivor who won the Mrs. U.S. Beauty of Georgia Contest in 2003 and the title of Most Inspirational Contestant. She is the creator, producer and host of the television show Live Your Legacy with Aurea McGarry. Earlier she worked on the soap opera Edge of Night. She discusses her experiences with cancer in her book I Won’t Survive, I’ll Thrive. More information is available at:

Linda had a tumor of the kidney and used alternative interventions. She and her husband have owned a rare and used book business for 25 years. She has degrees in English Literature, and Respiratory Therapy, and a Masters in Theology. She is an ordained Episcopal Minister but currently works with the Catholic Apolistic Church. She writes when she has time and has a novel placed with an agent currently. She can be reached at:

Regina is a 7 year survivor of third stage uterine cancer who used traditional and alternative interventions. She is a professional organizer and authored six books including the New York Times best seller One Year to an Organized Life. More information is available at

Les is a 3 time ovarian cancer survivor who used complementary interventions. She talks with cancer patients several times a week and is in the process of putting up a web site. She can be reached at: (617) 834-1597.

Lori is a brain tumor survivor who used traditional and alternative interventions. She has a baccalaureate and masters degree and is a research librarian. She is also a cancer and health care advocate who speaks and provides workshops for cancer survivors and professionals including being a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. She also gives radio and television interviews. More information is available at

The interviews for this show follow.

Tips on Tamoxifen in Breast Cancer Treatment

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Tamoxifen is one of the most common conventional treatments for breast cancer after surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Some of the downsides of Tamoxifen are:
1)The cancer of about 20 to 30% of all breast cancer patients are not effected by Tamoxifen (an estrogen driven drug) because their cancers are not estrogen-driven.
2)In Estrogen-driven breast cancer, Tamoxifen may not be effective if the cancer has metastasized.
3).This drug may not permanently stop cancer cells from growing, but instead puts them temporarily into a deep sleep.
4).There are many side effects to this drug and some are life threatening. Research shows that the risk of a potentially fatal lung blood clot is tripled, and the risk of a stroke, blindness, and liver dysfunction are significantly increased. Less severe side effects include hot flashes, night seats, depression, nausea and vomiting.
5) It may cause aggressive endometrial cancer in women who are using it for breast cancer.

Results of short term studies on Tamoxifen in the United States are more encouraging than longer studies carried out in Europe. For additional information and research see Pierce, Tanya Harter (2004) Outsmarting Your Cancer, Stateline, Nevada: Thoughtworks Publishing Co.

Because of these concerns be sure to discuss the pros and cons and other concerns of Tamoxifen with your physician or health care worker if it is recommended. .