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February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

Fran Drescher inspired me to become a supporter of Cancer Schmancer because I can relate to what she had gone through as a cancer survivor. I have friends who are now gone -- they were diagnosed with advanced stages of cancer and looking back, if only we knew then what we know now through Fran (Stage 1 is the cure) we could have saved some lives. I also have a dear friend who is a cancer survivor like Fran and she is just fortunate to have been proactive (like Fran) with her cancer that she was able to overcome it . Fran Drescher had "turned her pain into purpose" thus inspiring many people, regardless of nationality and skin color, young and old alike.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing information to the public, most especially women; its president and visionary, Fran Drescher, is an effective spokesperson for the organization.

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reach out to more people. I know the organization had started having the Fran Vans in major cities like New York and Los Angeles but I would like to see the Fran Vans in other cities too. But I know the organization is getting there.

February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

I ran across the website for Cancer Schmancer when I was researching and trying to find information about uterine cancer. I was looking for both medical information and leads for programs that could possibly help with medical bills.

There don't seem to be many organizations that speak to
the issue of uterine cancer, and it's good to see that someone is out there working to educate the public about what to look for.

There are currently no financial assistance programs for women who have uterine cancer; in making community leaders and lawmakers more aware, perhaps this will change. Why should women have to wait until the cancer has progressed in order to receive assistance?

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Increasing my knowledge of the disease and some of the treatment options.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Include a financial assistance program to help people that are unable to pay medical bills and/or living expenses.

February 13, 2011

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February 13, 2011

Nothing is as important as Health! Nothing is more important than using all necessary means of prevention. And this is actually a topic that should concern us all! Cancer Schmancer gives a profound insight and answers our questions. It makes us aware and at the same time helps to take away our ignorance. It also supports us in dealing with our fear. Thank you Cancer Schmancer.

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...Germany.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...suggest to keep on going.

February 13, 2011

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February 13, 2011

I am a uterine cancer survivor! I had three operations, d&c, endometrial oblation, & the last one a complete hysterectomy. At first I was taken from my home to the ER as the bleeding wouldn't stop. The nurse had to use trauma dressing to wipe the blood. Then the doctor came in and told me it was just heavy periods and that I was going home. Needless to say the nurse was upset and asked if the doctor examined me which he did NOT. He was back in the room in minutes. I had ten blood transfusions and my hair was falling out just by touching it. Didn't have any family support I remember being soooo weak and after HOURS of blood transfusions would have to pick up my son who is adult handicapped with a brain tumor and he had to go through a series of radiation treatments. My heart was breaking having noone there for me. : / We watch "The Nanny" all the time and Fran what a fabulous person you are to share your story and reach out to others!

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By telling others how important early detection is!!!

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I wouldn't change a thing but feel its important to become active and reach out to help others dealing with the "BIG C".

February 12, 2011

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February 12, 2011

i am a 2 x surviver - and i can appreciate Fran's ordeal in getting a correct diagnosis - i applaud her determination to help her fellow humans conquer this kind of disease

ps. spell check would be helpful

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This organization has shown that a diagnosis of cancer is NOT a death sentence - and cancer doesnt have to be whispered as the Big C

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see this organization have all the donations they need to continue the fight

February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

Fran and Cancer Schmancer has opened my eyes as to the importance of early detection. The desire to help those women who do not otherwise have the means to obtain the necessary screenings is an awesome undertaking. I have given financial support to Cancer Schmancer and will continue to do so. I have also obtained their booklet and CD's and am putting them out in my health club. I am working with my health club to try and put together a fund raiser and hope to have news for the organization soon. The people at Cancer Schmancer care and are striving to help all women to detect this horrible disease in it's earliest stage

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I would have the screenings more often in more states. There are other states beside California and New York with women who need help. That of course means more money is needed. Promote the organization state by state. National exposure is good but bringing it home to each state would be better. I would be over joyed to help.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I am a Physician Assistant in a family practice setting. I first learned of this organization as I read Ms. Drescher's book "Cancer Smancher". As a medical provider, I was angered by the response she recieved from the medical community during her own illness. As I read her book, I vowed to never allow one of my patients to feel as helpless as she did. She was one of the lucky one's who empowered herself, did the research, and pursued the diagnosis. It saved her life. Not everyone is that lucky or strong.
I have utilized this organization's website both professionally as a reference and personally as an interest. This organization allows women to empower themselves and "take responsibility" for their bodies. I have seen it teach women that they don't have to take no for an answer and can seek a diagnosis and cure early on in their disease process. Not only does the organization empower women, but it also empower female teens to take resposibility for their bodies and prevent cancer from developing.
This is a wonderful organization for women, but can also be an example for men to take control as well. The bottom line is that Cancer Schmancer advocates early diagnosis so that cancer can be stopped and cured through routine screening and educated contact with health providers. Women must feel strong and comfortable enough to challenge their health care providers, otherwise the partnership of medical provider and patient is a weak one. I commend Ms. Drescher for her strength, determination, and compassion.

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Because I feel I'm a more compassionate provider, I've been more agressive in my testing of patients with concerning symptoms. As a result I've found early cancers that the patients have had treated aggressively. Not only are they now cancer survivors, but they have not had to have extensive radiation and chemotherapy because their cancers have been found early, before they have moved into the lymph system.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any I would make at this time. They are very active throughout the US and their website is readily accessible and easy to navigate.

February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

My experience is through self-examination of my breasts. In the past few years, I have found two lumps on my right side. The first lump, in 2008, was deeply embedded in the tissue of my breast and I just had a mammogram, as I do every annually. Not being a person to panic, but also not an idiot, I saw my doctor a few days later who confirmed that it was in fact a lump; he sent me for an ultrasound because he could not understand why it was not on my mammogram either.

The woman who did my ultrasound could not detect the lump with the machine, although she could feel it, sounds strange, I know. The next stop was a surgeon, who spent two minutes with me and said it is a lump and I will remove it next week, see you then. The lump was a benign cyst, hurray!

On January 10, 2011, I found another lump on my right side, only under my arm and felt the same as the last one. I went to my doctor, he told me to have it removed, and I suggested a doctor that removed some melanoma from the tip of my nose in 2009. I am not kidding, you cannot see where the cancer was removed, and this doctor was so good.

The doctor that I saw is a reconstructive/plastic surgeon that took care of my nose, did it in his office, so I asked him to consider removing my cyst in his office with a local anesthetic. He agreed to do it with the condition that if the cyst were attached to anything bigger” he would sew me up and we would go to the hospital; I agreed.

On the day of my surgery, I was a bit nervous, of course, but at ease because I knew my doctor and trust him, and the .5 mg of xanax did not hurt either. I entered his office at 1:15 and was immediately escorted into the examination room. The nurse had the trays of instruments set up and ready for the doctor to begin and music that I liked was playing. My doctor is young so he had on old-time rock and roll, how cool is that? I was numb within a few minutes and he began cutting, I did not feel anything the entire time! It was amazing, I laughed with him and his nurse, then before I knew it I was back in the car, and on my way home and it was only 2:00. An amazingly good story, but wait it gets better.

One week later, I went back for a wound check and to get the biopsy results and they were negative. It was such a happy day, I am healing just fine and the sky was blue. The point of my story is that I found two benign lumps through self-examination, my relatives were not so lucky. I am the oldest woman left in my family, and only 53 years-old. Everyone before me has died from breast, cancer. I am an advocate of all women to examine themselves every single month, in the shower and lying down flat on their backs. No excuses or forgetfulness because it just might cost you your life!

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I am new and just checking things out.

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Not sure.

February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

I came across Cancer Schmancer via the internet. I am a cancer support expert having pioneered Australia's first cancer support movement in the early 1980's. I was so impressed by the clarity, simplicity and quality of information of the website. How information is delivered (or not) to cancer patients can make an enormous difference to outcome - so this website and organisation are making a huge contribution to prevention, early diagnosis and survivorship with a commonsense approach. I have had my own experience with gynaecological problems when complications from a hysterectomy left me without bowel function and as a consequence, I had 20 surgical procedures over a 13 year period, ileostomies and colostomies. I experienced life threatening situations without cancer as the cause! I became a world first for a bionic implant to operate what was left of my colon. It was challenging and a tremendous learning experience. Even as a professional it was difficult to source the information I needed for survival. So from the point of view of a health professional and patient, I can see that Cancer Schmancer's website is not only inspiring, informative and practical - but it serves as a lifeline for women with cancer!

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From a point of view as a health professional the website and organisation is invaluable. Even though I am in Australia, I will be referring clients to Cancer Schmancer's website & will be sure to catch up with activities when I am in the USA.

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I think they are doing great work. Well done!!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

The delivery of their information and commonsense approach. No jargon - accessible to anyone. Website well designed for maximum learning when women are traumatised from the diagnosis and experience of cancer. Fran's story, as a celebrity is so very important in terms of early diagnosis and why women need to persist if they sense something is not right. Great role model.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I have lost some amazing women to this hideous disease and know several who are fighting as I write this! Not only is Fran strong and beautiful she's also a wonderful caring and giving woman to share and support others with few resources in this cause. Please join Fran's posse and help her continuing crusade for women's health!

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