She passed away after a valiant battle with brain cancer.Many people are unaware that, in addition to being fantastic, renowned, and wonderful, she also offered to talk to anyone suffering from cancer.
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Passed On We are deeply saddened by the death of Anastasia Golovashkina. She expended a lot of effort fighting unscrupulous insurance corporations and campaigning for major health-care breakthroughs. She was amazing, and her soul lives on in us. Suzy July 19, 2022 Continue Reading We were unable to confirm this story.
Monday was the day. I spilled ice cream on my kitchen floor and spent hours cleaning it up. By Tuesday, it felt like everything was slipping through my fingers. Typing had gotten tough by Wednesday. I began to notice an increase in the number of unexpected errors in my emails and texts to friends and coworkers.
Even the simplest activities had become unpleasant by Thursday. I awoke with a severe headache that felt like glass exploding in my skull. I knew I couldn’t live like this, no matter how much a doctor’s appointment would cost. I got ready, printed out my insurance card, and went to urgent care.
The doctor suspected I was having a stroke after one look at my lopsided smile and clumsy coordination. She pushed me to go to the ER right away. A CT scan indicated what was wrong two hours later.
He wasn’t joking. Since being diagnosed, treating cancer has frequently felt like a full-time work in and of itself, as has paying for it—both on top of the “actual” job I need to keep in order to have health insurance and afford my copays, coinsurance, deductibles, and premiums in the first place.
The answer is no, and in some ways, we don’t. People who cannot afford treatment for diseases ranging from coronavirus to cancer are simply left to die. I’m one of the fortunate ones who can complain about it.
This is especially true for brain cancer, which has the highest average annual cost of care per patient of any cancer group—nearly $150,000.
Even with insurance, I’ve already spent tens of thousands of dollars on an emergency eight-hour brain surgery, six weeks of chemoradiation, and six more months of chemotherapy—all accompanied by essential medicine, weekly blood tests, and bimonthly MRIs, which I’ll need for the rest of my life.
Despite the high cost, therapy choices for glioblastoma are extremely restricted. Only five drugs (and one technology) have been licenced by the FDA to treat brain tumours, and glioblastoma survival rates have not changed in the last three decades.
The United States has gone to the moon, cloned sheep, and synthetic beef in the last 50 years. I refuse to believe that we cannot also cure cancer.
We’ve organised towards the development of a COVID-19 vaccine at an unprecedented rate in the last few months. Prior to COVID-19, the fastest vaccination created was for mumps in 1967, which took four years.
Pharmaceutical corporations have committed to attaining an ambitious but necessary aim not merely out of altruism: In a project dubbed “Operation Warp Speed,” the Departments of Health and Human Services and Defense awarded Novavax $1.6 billion and Pfizer $1.95 billion to research, test, and manufacture this vaccine.
Cancer death rates in the United States are dropping generally, but this is due to breakthrough treatments for skin and lung cancer.
Colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer progress has slowed, and glioblastoma progress has never been noteworthy. Brain cancer, particularly glioblastoma, is one of the worst malignancies, and despite decades of underfunded study, we haven’t even gained a college semester’s worth of extra life expectancy.
Most countries continue to experience an increase in the absolute number of new cancer cases diagnosed each year.
That is why we need robust federal leadership to mobilise for other diseases, including cancer, as well as concrete accountability measures to see that initiative through.
When, if not now? Doctors are still unsure about what causes brain cancer. Take a look at me: I don’t smoke. I use sunscreen, eat a nutritious diet, and exercise often.
I have no underlying medical conditions. My family, like others, has a history of cancer in old age, but none of us have had brain cancer as young adults.
Nobody could have foreseen my glioblastoma diagnosis, and given our current understanding of the disease, it could still happen to anyone reading this without warning.
Though I’ve been so happy and grateful to have served as Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign’s social media director, I’m overjoyed that our next president is a passionate advocate for cancer patients and survivors like myself.
I’ve been a loud supporter of Joe Biden’s remarkable leadership in the battle against cancer in remembrance of his late son, Beau, both before and after learning of my diagnosis.
Cancer has also touched Kamala Harris’ life; her mother died of colon cancer, leaving behind a powerful legacy of important contributions to the fight against breast cancer. Their leadership now has a highly personal meaning and impact on me.