Margaret Daley, former first lady of Chicago, has died at age 68 of breast cancer. Known as "Maggie" she was married to former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and had three children and three grandchildren. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer nine years ago. Read the full article.
For many metastatic breast cancer patients, Avastin seemed to be their last hope. Now, unless they are on Medicare or have the resources to afford between $88,000 and $100,000 a year a year for the drug, that hope is beyond reach. The news came Friday as FDA commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg handed down a ruling on this targeted therapy.
Most cases of breast cancer are now caught before it goes beyond the breast. About 10% of all breast tumors are not found until after they have shed cells that traveled to other parts of the body. Metastatic cancer is more difficult - but not impossible - to treat. Women with metastatic disease are living longer, thanks to better detection and targeted treatments.
Dr. William Gradishar explains that a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer can be treated to extend life and create the best quality of life possible with this condition. Dr. Gradishar is an oncologist at Feinberg School Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, and was familiar with Maggie Daley's case.