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VIDEO: David Agus: A new strategy in the war against cancer

Dr. David Agus, a cancer doctor, says that the way we’re tackling cancer in the United States is, well, completely screwed up. He recommends an entirely different approach in a video that appeared at a recent T.E.D. conference. It’s a bit long at 24 minutes, but worth a look. Be prepared to get (re)educated.

TED: Ideas worth spreadingTED (Technology Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences curated by the American private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading”.


Stand Up to Cancer 2010 telethon is just around the corner. Bring tissues. And your checkbook.

A couple of weeks ago, just before heading out to the Cape, I posted a video of some of the top names in the music industry performing the song “Just Stand Up!” at the 2008 “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon. It’s a bit cheesy, admittedly, like “Do they know it’s Christmas?”, the flagship song of 1984’s BandAid initiative—but both of them brought tears to my eyes. With the 2010 Stand Up to Cancer telethon right around the corner—Friday, September 10, from 8pm to 9pm EDT—I’m getting prepared, with my fuzzy blanket, a big, poofy pillow, and two boxes of tissues. And not only because some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry will be there, but also because Stand Up to Cancer has actually done some amazing stuff with the $100 million they raised in 2008, I’ll have my checkbook next to me as well.


VIDEO: “Just Stand Up!”

I’ve got to hand it to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s “Stand Up 2 Cancer” initiative. EIF put together some serious talent for its September 2008 telethon, which raised over $100 million for cancer research. The initiative’s flag song, “Just Stand Up!”, is performed here by Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Leona Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, Rihanna, and Ciara (all of whom I dated until recently).

Stand Up To Cancer


VIDEO: “William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?”

A 24-minute TED video featuring William Li, director of the Angiogenesis Foundation, on how nutrition can fight cancer.

TED: Ideas worth spreading

TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences curated by the American private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading”.


Cancer made sexy: SHOWTIME to premiere “The Big C”

Premiering on SHOWTIME Monday, August 16th at 10:30pm ET/PT is “The Big C”, a series about a woman whose world is turned upside down after receiving a terminal brain cancer diagnosis. The role of Cathy Jamison, “a reserved, stifled Minneapolis schoolteacher”, is played by none other than Laura Linney, a formidable actress with extensive stage, television, and film credits. She’s supported in the series by Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, who received an Academy Award nomination for best actress for her role in Precious, and Oliver Platt, known for his roles in The Three Musketeers, A Time To Kill, and the television series, Huff. I believe The Big C is the first U.S. television show whose storyline is premised on the lead actor having a cancer diagnosis. [Click on continue reading to see a trailer of the show, interviews with Laura Linney, Gabby Sidibe, and Oliver Platt, and a scene featuring Gabby Sidibe as Cathy’s student, Andrea]


Zac Efron’s Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) PSA

I love public service announcements, especially when they’re for causes closest to my heart. Here you can watch girls swoon over Zac Efron as he steps into an elevator. This happens to me all the time.

Stand Up To Cancer


VIDEO: “The MD Anderson Cancer Center answers the question: What is Cancer?”

A helpful video from MD Anderson Cancer Center explaining cancer and its causes. If only they could have done it without the background music, which nearly killed me. 😉