Paula Tobias-Department of Defense and Ovarian Cancer

June 17, 2015 at 8:06 pm 3 comments

This is a guest blog post by my wonderful friend – Paula Tobias- Paula has been fighting her own battle with Ovarian Cancer –

How are the Department of Defense and Ovarian Cancer connected?
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When I read this yesterday I was in one of many daily Pain moments; you know, on the scale of 1 – 10 (10 being the worst) I was a 9. The weather and more importantly the surgery, chemo and subsequent meds, tests, x-rays and PET/CT scans I believe have something to do with the agony dealt with on a daily basis.

Senator John McCain

Senator John McCain

The Department of Defense has funded innovative biomedical research programs for years that impact troop readiness. The Ovarian Cancer Research Program was added in 1997 and has since been funding research primarily aimed at finding an early detection test and better treatments for ovarian cancer.
Finding an early detection test for ovarian cancer is of critical importance to the military. Currently, any active duty military woman with a suspected case of ovarian cancer must receive her treatment in the United States (due to the availability of specialists here), so correctly identifying women that either do or do not have ovarian cancer is of critical importance to the military. Over the last five years alone, over 2,600 military women have had a suspected case of ovarian cancer. “
Senator John McCain will be adding an amendment to a bill in the Senate that would strip many of the research programs run by the Department of Defense, including the $20 million for the Ovarian Cancer Research Program(OCRP). The OCRP funds $20 million in innovative, high-risk, high-reward ovarian cancer research each year.
Senate staffers are calling this the biggest threat to medical research in 20 years.

I immediately called my Senators and left voice mails with my history. It took a lot to maintain composure while doing this and as soon as I was done, Frank (my loving, caring, patient husband) came in from work and surprised me. Well I surprised him with a burst of tears and language a soldier would blush hearing. At the end of that tirade I said, “Do you think the Senator would be asking this if it were his testicles at stake?”

I support all battling their cancer diagnosis, patient or family. I volunteer at my Oncologists office to empathize with those. I try to offer hope and comfort.

• Click here to send your Senator an action alert email that will tell them to oppose the McCain Amendment.
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Please help and pass along this information and if we (Frank is still my miracle -13 yr. Pancreatic Cancer Survivor) can help anyone with their Cancer Battle, contact Loraine and she’ll connect us. Paula Tobias

ED NOTE: Whilst looking for the date of the vote I came across the following – it seems McCain’s amendment will not only effect Ovarian Cancer funding but Prostate Cancer funding as well

Senator McCain amendment might kill Prostate Cancer research funding

Again and again and again Senator McCain (R-AZ) has attacked the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), which for PROSTATE CANCER has been among the most productive research vehicles we have to conquer PROSTATE CANCER.

It is beyond my understanding why he has taken up this vendetta. Every year he is our biggest enemy, trying his best to stop the great progress we have made. As usual, he is at it again!

Senator McCain is a major advocate for funding of the Defense Department, but he seems not to understand that the money that flows to the CDMRP does not take one dollar away from our defense budget. The money that flows to the CDMRP is over and above any budget dollar that will go to the Defense Department. So, why the vendetta against the CDMRP, I cannot explain it.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dr. Tammy  |  June 18, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Paula, I am most sympathetic to your cancer battle, but in this case, McCain is correct! I worked with cancer researchers from Chicago universities and hospitals who tried to access some of this funding. Most of them really did have innovative research these funds could have helped move along much faster than they were moving. But, any program that uses the term “congressionally directed or mandated” is politico-speak for ‘earmark’. This means these funds are directed and set aside for a particular organization. This one is for a big pharma group. It is definitely time to direct the funding to organizations who can REALLY do something. Not one who has been at the trough for over 15 years and has very little to show for it.

  • 2. thatwoman  |  June 18, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    thanks for another perspective Tammy – personally I don’t trust the pharma groups or for that matter the Cleveland Clinic CONglomerate saw too much… lived too much…. know too much… in the 13 months of my son’s battle and watched the DR.s in training Cleveland Clinic….assembly line…. I know Paula has been so active with the Ovarian Cancer support groups and is immersed in finding ways to get this obscene disease Cancer that has taken our children, mothers, brothers and fathers before their time eradicated or at least controlled with a quality of life that is livable. – But your post has given me pause for thought – I will contact a very good friend of mine in Chicago who actually is in Cancer research, in
    fact developed one of the procedures used today – and see what they think. thank you Loraine

  • 3. Paula  |  June 18, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks Tammy, you and Loraine have done your homework. I am not in that place at this time. Even when Frank was battling his Pancreatic Cancer I asked his Surgeon, Why can’t they consolidate all the research. Found out It’s a matter of funding a school , a hospital etc……. so politics happen even in Cancer.

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