Motivating Miles aspires to help those fighting a life-threatening illness to find community and comfort  in “connections”… and so we offer current news in health topics, other resourceful organizations with a similiar mission, and things we “just thought you might like to know”….fyi!


The Rise of the Charitable For-Profit Entity

By Evangeline Gomez, Forbes Magazine (January, 2012)

Simple life changes could stop millions of cancers

By Kate Kelland, Reuters (February, 2011)

About a third of all common cancers in the United States, China and Britain could be prevented each year if people ate healthier food, drank less alcohol and exercised more, health experts said on Friday. Click here to learn more …

Cancer Screening Conundrum 

Regina Nuzzo, CR Magazine - Overdiagnosis can lead to unnecessary and risky treatment. 

The idea of an annual cancer screening test makes perfect sense: Find cancer early and treat it before it becomes dangerous.

Yet, over the past two years we’ve seen updated guidelines suggesting that some women and men may actually be getting too much screening for cervical, prostate and breast cancer. It seems counterintuitive. When it comes to cancer, how can you be too cautious? Continue reading …


Facing the Financial Realities of Cancer 

By Lisa Seachrist Chiu, CR Magazine -  When Oregon farmer Chuck Stauffer was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December 2005, his doctor recommended a delicate surgery to remove the tumor and then an ongoing course of the chemotherapy drug temozolomide (Temodar). Like many new chemotherapy agents, temozolomide has the benefit of being an oral pill a patient can take at home. The only problem is that while Stauffer’s health insurance would have completely covered a course of intravenous chemotherapy delivered at a doctor’s office or hospital, it required a 50 percent co-pay for the cost of oral chemotherapies. For his therapy, he needed to fill a prescription for temozolomide that cost him $1,715 every 23 days. Continue reading here …

Coping With Tests

By Hester Hill Schnipper, CR Magazine  – Anxiety is a normal part of cancer testing, but here are some ways to lessen the stress … continue reading here

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Isolation and Cancer Risk?

Social interactions impact cancer risk in mice – By Kevin Begos

Positive social support improves cancer outcomes in mice, according to a new research study. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that mice raised in isolation were more likely to produce compounds that can fuel tumor growth. Listen to CR Magazine’s podcast on this issue.

My Brain on Chemo: Alive and Alert

Dan Barry, New York Times (August 31, 2009) -
Within the chemotherapy alumni corps there exists a mutual respect not unlike the bond shared by veterans of war. Sometimes that respect is silently conveyed; not everyone wants to talk about it. And sometimes it is shared in the shorthand of the battle-hardened.

What kind?
Cisplatin, fluorouracil, Drano,
Borax … .
Side effects?
The usual: nausea, vomiting, hair loss. And the toes are still numb.

At this point the two chemo alums may begin to sense a phantom metallic taste at the back of their throat, a taste sometimes prompted by the intravenous infusion of the corrosive chemicals intended to save their lives. A strong drink might be in order; maybe two. Continue reading …


CR Magazine: Caring for the Whole Person

Kyla Dunn – Thirty years ago, psychiatrist Jimmie Holland started a revolution around an idea: Health professionals need to treat the painful emotions associated with cancer, not just the disease … Click here to keep reading.


 LIVESTRONG Cancer Summit Questions

London, England (CNN) – We received hundreds of questions from you for The Clinic live Webcast, hosted by Dr Sanjay Gupta on August 23. Here are the best questions and the all important answers from our panel of cancer experts. Click here to follow these questions and learn more about the Cancer Summit!


Screening Could Lead to More Potent Cancer Drugs

Nicholas Wade, New York Times (August 13, 2009) -
Researchers have discovered a way to identify drugs that can specifically attack and kill cancer stem cells, a finding that could lead to a new generation of anticancer medicines and a new strategy of treatment. Read on …