Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s fair to say that cancer has touched the lives of all of us in some way, whether experiencing it ourselves or through the suffering of a loved one. During the year 2020 alone, the International Agency for Research on Cancer estimated there were 19.3 million new cancer cases worldwide. So as time passes, the cases continue to increase.

At the same time, scientists and researchers are working endlessly to find breakthroughs for the treatments of what seems like an endless list of cancer types. Although research takes time to achieve the smallest of breakthroughs, each one is a step forward. Not all is doom and gloom, the future for cancer patients is actually a little brighter every day.

Recently, there have been some promising advancements in the treatment of cancer and even possible cures for some cancers. In the United States, over a dozen rectal cancer patients had their cancer disappear after undergoing experimental immunotherapy at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The patient’s tumors vanished after being treated with an experimental drug called dostarlimab.

This trial has been called the first true cancer treatment, where the cancer is completely eliminated in every patient treated, with minimum side effects. In addition, none of these patients needed traditional treatments such as chemo, radiation, or surgery, and the disease has not returned in any of the patients.

More clinical trials are underway and will be needed to have a better understanding of this treatment over a larger group of patients and to understand the scope and effectiveness of this new breakthrough treatment.

Although this is certainly a major step in finding a cure for cancer, we still have a long way to go. We urge you to please donate to the cancer research organization of your choice. Let’s continue the fight until ALL cancer has been eliminated.

Here at Shachihata, we offer a pink pocket stamp which we donate a part of the proceeds for each stamp sold to cancer research. So if you would like to learn more about our pocket stamp and want to help cancer research at the same time, please click here.

THINK PINK

Last year around this time, Bob Ally, our President and CEO, bravely spoke about his personal bout with cancer. Since it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we thought this would be a good time to remind everyone of his thoughts and that the struggle to eradicate cancer continues to this day. Above is a shortened version of the previous video we posted on this blog, where Bob tells his story.

Cancer is such a devastating disease. It affects not only the individual but those around them. Sadly, most of us know someone close to us who has been impacted by cancer; I know I have. My grandma had breast cancer, as did my Auntie – both made it through, I’m happy to say. A good friend survived Hodgkin lymphoma. I had another Auntie pass away from melanoma several years ago, which was tragic for all of us, including her son, who was barely entering adulthood at the time. And, in the past year, my dad dealt with a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He is currently in remission but will be closely monitored for the foreseeable future.

This is the unforgiving nature of cancer. We’re thrilled to report, however, that Bob remains cancer-free after eight years. We have posted the following link to the American Cancer Society. Please join us in donating to cancer research so that we can help out others, like Bob.

– Joshua Musial, Order Processing Supervisor/Marketing Assistant