StandUpforCancer Sometimes as we keep grinding away, it’s easy to loose sight of the big picture.

For any of us whose loved ones or friends have been impacted by cancer — in this case, ovarian cancer — here is a reminder of real progress underway, another touchstone of hope.

My mother Joan’s oncologist, Dr. Ursula Matulonis, medical director of the Gynecologic Oncology Program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is featured with a patient in this YouTube video from the recent Stand Up To Cancer telethon. Move ahead to presentation number 20 on the playlist to view “SU2C Dream Team Gives Beverly A Second Chance.” It offers a moving firsthand look at someone lifted up by the work and passion of these amazing practitioners and researchers.

For a detailed look  at the the latest advances in ovarian cancer therapy, check out a webchat this week with Dr. Matulonis and other doctors at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers. They discuss the progress being made to offer personalized treatment for each patient as researchers better understand different subtypes of ovarian cancer, including how molecular alterations guide decisions for different therapies.

“I think in ovarian cancer we need to really do a better job in improving how we are treating women,” Matulonis says, “and one of the exciting steps in clinical trial development has been sub-splitting out the different subtypes of treatment.”


Links to other webchats with updates on treatments of other cancers at Dana-Farber are available here.

If I can speak briefly for other members of my family and an incredible group of former and current colleagues of my dad’s and brother Bill’s from Barker Steel Co, Inc., we feel very fortunate to stay connected to the work of Dr. Matulonis and others — and to play a small role supporting patient care and research at DFCI.Dr.MatulonisGynecologicalOncology

Next Thursday, Sept. 25 will be the 15th Joan H. Brack Golf Tournament at Stowe Acres, Stowe, Ma., to continue supporting the cause.  Ursula plans to be there once again to give us an update, and cheer everyone on.

If you have a moment, please check out the ongoing work of my mother’s foundation on the new web site. Here also is a link to register for the tournament!