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Sen. John McCain tweets photos of the ‘three amigos’ together again as he undergoes cancer treatment in Arizona – Los Angeles Times

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Republican Sen. John McCain, undergoing his first week of chemotherapy treatment after beingdiagnosed with brain cancer, had a little help over the weekend from some friends.

Fellow travelersSen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and former Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-Independent from Connecticut– who together with McCain were often called the three amigos — reunited for a visit inArizona.

The three became a close-knit trio of globe-trotting defense hawks, particularly during then-PresidentGeorge W. Bush’s administration, anddisbanded only after Lieberman, who stunned his party when hebacked McCain’s 2008 presidential bid, retired from the Senate.

Aides have saidMcCain is doing well as he starts cancer treatment.

McCain remains active at home,according to his social media posts, and isexpected to return to the Senate.

Over the weekend he posted photos ofthe amigos, together again.

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Alternative Cancer Therapy Linked to Earlier Death – WebMD

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By Randy Dotinga

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) — People who choose alternative medicine over traditional cancer treatments for curable cancers have a higher risk of dying early, researchers report.

“We now have evidence to suggest that using alternative medicine in place of proven cancer therapies results in worse survival,” said study lead author Dr. Skyler Johnson from Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center.

“It is our hope that this information can be used by patients and physicians when discussing the impact of cancer treatment decisions on survival,” Johnson said in a school news release.

Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple, is likely the most famous person who initially chose alternative medicine as a sole treatment. He eventually turned back to conventional medicine when the alternative medicine treatment didn’t keep his pancreatic cancer at bay. But at that point, the cancer had advanced beyond the point when it was curable, according to published reports.

The authors behind the new study said there has been little research into how effective alternative medicine may be as a cancer treatment.

“We became interested in this topic after seeing too many patients present in our clinics with advanced cancers that were treated with ineffective and unproven alternative therapies alone,” said senior author Dr. James Yu. He’s an associate professor of therapeutic radiology at Yale Cancer Center.

The study included 840 patients with breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers. They were part of a national database that has information on people newly diagnosed with cancer in the United States.

The researchers compared 280 patients who chose alternative medicine alone to 560 patients who underwent conventional cancer treatment. The researchers followed the patients from 2004 to 2013.

Those patients who received alternative therapy instead of the usual treatments — chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, or some combination of these — were more likely to die during the study, the researchers found.

Study co-author Dr. Cary Gross is a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Yale School of Medicine. “It’s important to note that when it comes to alternative cancer therapies, there is just so little known — patients are making decisions in the dark,” he said.

“We need to understand more about which treatments are effective, whether we’re talking about a new type of immunotherapy or a high-dose vitamin, and which ones aren’t, so that patients can make informed decisions,” Gross said.

The study was published online recently in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Child-life specialist puts smiles on faces of children with cancer – Florida Times-Union

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For the past 26 years, Joli Craver has walked the halls of Nemours Childrens Specialty Care.

Shes not a doctor or a nurse, but rather a friendly face for the dozens of families who pass through the pediatric cancer treatment center.

Craver, whose first name is pronounced jolly, makes the children and their families feel exactly that way.

I do everything I can to make this abnormal environment seem normal, she said. I give them support and encourage them to ask questions and understand whats going on.

Cravers title is a child-life specialist and she uses play, laughter and distractions such as sticker books, toys and bubbles while the children receive cancer treatment.

The anticipation is the worst, so I help lower their anxiety by distracting them, she said. The more they can focus on something else, the better.


Craver discovered the profession while pursuing an undergraduate degree at Florida State University.

I had a hard time there and was prepared to go home after two years, she said. When I called my dad, he said, Youre not coming home, youve got to figure this out.

After that phone call, Craver heard someone on campus talking about the child-life specialist profession.

It fascinated me, because it involved kids and play in a medical setting, which I was comfortable with, she said. I feel comfortable with kids, because God gave me a brain to think like kids.

In 1991, Craver joined Nemours Childrens Specialty Care as a part-time child-life specialist.

Three years later, doctors and nurses approached families of patients telling them there was a funding issue and they were worried Craver wouldnt be able to remain on staff.

It felt good, Craver said about having her colleagues rally to fund her position. Everybody realizes that nobody could do a great job by themselves.

She added, When you have kids who completed treatment coming back to say hi to everyone, you know youve done as good of a job as youre going to do.


In October 1994, the families of Nemours Childrens Specialty Care patients established the Child Cancer Fund with the mission to raise money to fund Cravers position.

Child Cancer Fund Vice President Carol Keirnan and her husband, J.F., who serves as the organizations president, recall meeting Craver when their daughter, Christy, was in treatment at the hospital in 1997 for a malignant brain tumor.

You cant be around Joli without having a smile on your face, Keirnan said. She knew how to talk to the kids and get to their deepest anxieties, which is so critical to the kids well-being in order for them to get through everything they have to deal with.

Following five years of treatment, the cancer re-emerged for the Keirnans then 12-year-old daughter.

Just two years later, Christy passed away at the age of 14.

We had friends who wanted to do something when Christy died, so instead of flowers we asked for donations to the Child Cancer Fund, J.F. Keirnan said.

The couple used the donations they received in 2005 to set up an endowment within the Child Cancer Fund. Their goal was to raise $1.5 million to fund Cravers position as a child-life specialist at Nemours Childrens Specialty Care for eternity.

As of June, the endowment has reached $1.1 million.

Its taken 12 years to get to this point, but we never dreamed we could have raised that amount, Keirnan said. Once we reach the $1.5 million goal, the interest will repay the salary forever so the position will be forever funded in Jacksonville.

J.F. Keirnan said he anticipates it will take three more years to reach the goal of $1.5 million.

The Child Cancer Fund can then focus entirely on their programming and financial assistance for families whose children are receiving treatment, he said. Christy touched a lot of peoples lives and her story continues to, and this is our way of making her story real for people.


The Child Cancer Fund has grown from just raising money for Cravers position to providing financial help for families in Northeast Florida and Southern Georgia whose children are receiving treatment at Wolfson Childrens Hospital and Nemours Childrens Specialty Care, and providing support services including hosting a family retreat weekend at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis.

Executive Director Carla Montgomery joined the organization in 2000 when her then five-year-old son was diagnosed with Hodgkins disease.

This is a chance for me to give back, because Ive been through what these families are going through, she said. Having that experience helps me make decisions to provide the best programing and services to make their lives easier and help them get through it.

The Child Cancer Funds latest venture is a tutoring program, which launched in 2014, to provide complimentary academic help to children receiving cancer treatment.

These kids are missing a lot of school and the disease itself can result in some cognitive challenges, Montgomery said. The more they can keep up with school and their peers, the better.

In the future, Montgomery said shed like to see the Child Cancer Fund remain a local organization.

Though people from other areas have contacted me, I dont think this would ever go national, she said. I think we can better serve children and families, because were local and its in our own community. Im very protective of the families and I dont know if that would get lost on a national level.

Montgomery added that shes the only paid staff member of the organization and while shes looking into adding more staff members, shes hesitant to do so.

Its hard, because we want as much as possible to go to the families, she said. Its so personal for us.


For Craver, though shes spent more than 25 years as a child-life specialist at Nemours Childrens Specialty Care, shes in no hurry to leave.

When asked about plans, she quickly responded, Another 25.

I want to do what Im doing and be put where Im needed, Craver said. As bad as this diagnosis is, some of them end up wanting to give back in some way by going into the medical field or choosing a career that helps people.

Craver said whats kept her going all these years is being able to perfect a work-life balance.

Ive always tried to separate work and my life outside of here and I think thats one reason why I really enjoy my job 25 years later, she said. There are sour days, but tomorrow youll be back here and there will be a brand new family and you have to give the job 100 percent.

When Craver retires, she said the person who takes her place needs to flexible and not take things too seriously.

Sometimes youre asked to do things that arent your job, but if I ask if itll help the child and their family and the answer is yes then Im doing it, she said. I would tell the person to keep the big picture in their mind and hold onto their hat.

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3D printed tumor models can help doctors and surgeons to get a better look at and understanding of the masses that theyre going to be treating or removing from a patients body, and they can also help patients to understand their own conditions. But bioprinting actual tumors can tell scientists a lot more about cancer in general and how different types respond to different treatments.

A group of Scottish researchers made the news last year when they began 3D printing brain tumors using real cellsand using them to study the effects certain treatments had on the cancer cells. Now a team of scientists in New Zealand is doing something similar, starting with the most common type of cancer in women: breast cancer.

Testing drugs on cells grown in lab environments isnt new, but cells cultured in 2D environments behave very differently from the ones that actually make up a three-dimensional tumor. By 3D printing tumors using actual cancer cells, researchers can get a better idea of how actual tumors might react to a certain drug.

Normally we would grow cells in a 2D sheet and they grow as one layer what were doing here is growing them in a 3d environment so the cells are in a more realistic environment, said Dr. Elisabeth Phillips of the Mackenzie Cancer Research Group at the University of Otago. At the moment were looking at how chemotherapy agents that are already available can impact on the cancer in 3D.

Dr. Elisabeth Phillips examines cancer cells under a microscope.

The 3D printed tumors can also be used to test new and experimental cancer treatments, reducing the need for animal testing and giving scientists a better idea of how the drugs will actually work in humans. Dr. Elisabeth Phillips and Khoon Lim, also of the University of Otago, came up with the 3D printing idea and obtained funding to research breast cancer through bioprinted tumors. In the future, said Professor Mike Berridge from the Malaghan Institute, the same technique could also be used to evaluate treatments for other types of cancer. Weve already seen similar work in the 3D printed brain tumor research going on in Scotland, but this study is believed to be the first of its kind in New Zealand.

The sorts of information that will come out of the types of modelling, the banks, the types of tumours that are being looked at will add to knowledge base and will help in our drive to essentially treat and control cancer, said Berridge.

While survival rates for breast cancer patients have improved, the disease still kills about a quarter of the New Zealand women who contract it, which means that about 600 women per year are dying from breast cancer in that country alone. Technology such as this, though, could help scientists to make much faster progress in the development of new treatments.

Cancer in 3D environment do behave very differently to chemo drugs as opposed to in a 2d environment, this means we can try to develop a lot of different drugs, more cancer specific drugs that can help patients, said Lim.

Patient-specific treatment may also be an option in the future, although Lim believes that is still a decade or so away. Imagine that, though being able to 3D bioprint an actual reproduction of a tumor growing inside a patient, and figuring out the best method of treatment using that print. It could make cancer treatment much faster and more effective, and carve a path forward in what seems like the endless journey toward finding an actual cancer cure.

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LI racers hit the road to benefit ovarian cancer research – Newsday

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Runners at the fourth annual Runner’s Edge 10K & 5K Whisper Runs at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. (Credit: Ed Betz)

At age 19, Emma Cook has endured the removal of her left fallopian tube, an ovary, appendix and a large tumor.

The Massapequa resident was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer in February, and on Sunday her family and closest friends ran in her honor.

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Family of LI kidney cancer victim raises almost $40000 for the disease’s research – New York Daily News

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Vincent Viscuse liked to do things big.

So when his brothers and friends from a local Odd Fellows lodge on Long Island decided to raise money for kidney cancer research in his honor after he died of the disease, they went large too and raised nearly $40,000.

There was a gala event with a band, a raffle that ran out of tickets and a fund-raising website that blew past its original goal in a matter of weeks.

If he took you to dinner you were eating steak, not McDonalds, retired NYPD Detective Mark Valencia, 53, said of Viscuse. He always went big.

Alternative medicine for cancer more than doubles death risk

He was a strong, strong kid, he added. Ive never seen anybody fight like he did.

In 2013, Viscuse was diagnosed with stage four renal cell carcinoma kidney cancer.

The soccer-loving real estate agent from Bethpage, L.I., fought a three-and-a-half year battle with the disease. He died in August 2016 at the age of 38.

The loss left a hole in the hearts of many, especially his three younger brothers.

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Keith Viscuse, 30, along with his siblings and Valencia, decided to honor the man they all knew as Vinny with a fund-raiser for the Kidney Cancer Association.

He was just a real genuine guy, a regular guy, but very passionate, Keith Viscuse said of his eldest brother.

The group, all members of a local chapter of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, started a webpage with a goal of $10,000 they raised $16,000.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows began in 18th century England and today is an international fraternity of lodges devoted to charitable projects.

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The group honoring Viscuse organized a gala in June that they expected to draw 100 people. More than 220 showed up.

It was a great night, said Keith Viscuse, who works in human resources for the MTA. It was very emotional. I couldnt believe how much support and love (there was), and it kind of showed you how many peoples lives he touched during his short time here.

The event, which featured live music, raffles and prizes, pulled in more than $20,000.

The group plans to hand over $36,000 to the Kidney Cancer Association on Thursday when a representative visits the Odd Fellows Mineola Pacific Lodge.

NYC man, 70, learns he only has one kidney and it’s cancerous

Viscuses own big heart was on display in 2011 when he spoke to the Daily News about donating $100 after thieves swiped a jug of cash raised by the family of a 5-year-old boy fighting cancer.

I couldnt believe that people in this day and age would do something like that, Viscuse told The News. What did they get away with, a couple bucks?

The family of little Mikey Weinstein, a Queens kid fighting spinal cancer, was raising the money for St. Baldricks Foundation.

He truly was the type of person who put others first, Keith Viscuse said of his brother. He put others first and he donated. Its come full circle.

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Edinburgh research to find which cancer patients need chemo – The Scotsman

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Leading charity Cancer Research UK and the Chief Scientist Office plan to invest a total of almost 3 million over the next five years in groundbreaking work at Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMCs) in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The cities have been chosen by an international panel of experts as two of just 18 locations in the UK to secure funding in the latest review of the ECMC network.

Scientists at the Edinburgh ECMC are looking for specific genes and proteins in tissue and blood samples from breast cancer patients that could act as markers to help them identify which cancers are more likely to respond to chemotherapy.

They hope that by doing this they will be able to tell very early on whether chemotherapy is working or not. This could help some women avoid having chemotherapy before surgery and the side effects that go with it if it is less likely to work for them.

The ECMCs aim to bring better treatments to cancer patients in the UK faster via both the adult and childrens network of centres. These are hubs where promising cancer treatments including small molecule drugs, surgery, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and vaccines are safely tested through clinical trials.

Professor David Cameron, Edinburgh ECMC co-lead, inset, said: We are thrilled that Edinburgh has secured this funding. This award represents a critical investment in our research infrastructure, equipping us with the key laboratory and clinical tools needed to advance the understanding and treatment of cancer for the benefit of people in Scotland and beyond.

It will be used to support essential posts in the ECMC such as research nurses, data managers and specialised laboratory technicians that will help us develop and test new treatments for a variety of different cancers, including ovarian, breast and bowel cancers. Every year, around 31,700 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland, and around 15,900 people die of the disease.

Victoria Steven, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman for Scotland, said: This crucial investment is recognition of the fantastic research taking place in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

One in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives, so its reassuring to know that, thanks to our supporters, Cancer Research UK is able to fund some of the best and most promising research here in Scotland, to help more people survive.

Cancer survival has doubled since the early 1970s in the UK and Cancer Research UKs work has been at the heart of that progress but every step our doctors, nurses and scientists take relies on donations from the public and the tireless fundraising of our supporters.

This award will help us develop new treatments for a variety of different cancers

Sarah Glendinning from Edinburgh, just 34 when diagnosed on 12 May this year, is taking part in a study at Edinburgh ECMC. Samples taken from her during treatment are being processed by the centre, a collaboration between NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh.

Sarah who is mum to Kairan, five, and daughter Jaimie, three, was in the US with her partner Michael in April this year when she found a lump in her left breast. They were visiting his mother, who was very unwell and, sadly, died the day after they arrived. That night, when Sarah lay down in bed, a sudden instinct made her feel her breasts.

Sarah said: I dont know what made me check my breasts that night, maybe it was because Michaels mum had had breast cancer in the past. I might not have found the lump if I hadnt felt my breasts when I was lying down. It was quite an obvious big, golf-ball lump.

She went straight to see her GP on her return to Edinburgh, and was referred to the breast clinic for an ultrasound and a biopsy.

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WI woman swims for breast cancer research – WQOW TV News 18

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Terminal cancer patientMary Goozecan no longer run or cycle, but she can swim. So that’sexactly what the 66-year-old from Oregon, Wisconsinis doing to raise money andawareness for metastatic breast cancer.

On Saturday, Gooze completed her 34th fundraising event for “One Woman Many Lakes.” Her mile-long swim took place on Chippewa Valley’s Long Lake near New Auburn.

Sixteen additional swimmers arrived to join the waters with Mary. Many others cheered on the sidelines, while riding pontoons and paddling kayaks. As of Saturday, her efforts have brought in more than $400,000 worth of donations to her cause.

“Everyone wants to hear a happy story that they’re survivors and they have gone on, but in reality, 20-30 percentof all initial breast cancers do metastasize,” Gooze said.”So, the funding needs to go to where people are dying, and that’s why I have been swimming and raising my voice.”

All funds raised are donated to the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. Gooze intends on taking her “One Woman Many Lakes” campaign worldwide, in hopes of bringing her voice all the way to Ireland.

Follow this link to donate to the More for Stage IV fund. All donations will be matched by the month’s end.

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — An incredible womans journey to find a cure for terminal breast cancer has her swimming in lakes all across the country.

It was like a little catch. I was a teacher prior to this life and you have to have like a hook to get people interested in what youre teaching about. And swimming was my hook, Mary Gooze said swimming is a way to relieve stress and refocus.

I think getting in the water and feeling that sensation of floating through space and you can kind of forget the problems,

But Saturday, after Mary was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, jumping in the lake and going for a swim began to mean so much more.

With all the money raised for breast cancer, less than 7% goes to metastatic research, and thats the cancer that kills us, and so I just said, We need to make people aware, Gooze said.

So Mary and her husband came up with One Woman, Many Lakes, a campaign that creates awareness and raises money for metastatic breast cancer research; beginning in a small boat and swimming in 54-degree water.

When we got on shore, a man stopped me and asked, What are you doing? And we had our little homemade sign. I explained it to him and he said, Well, Ill write a check. Thats kind of how we thought well maybe this will work. Maybe if we do get attention, maybe people will give us money, Gooze said.

And while Mary says the funding for todays research may not help her, her mission looks to the future. It may not be enough time for me and I realize that, but I have a daughter and tears and I dont want her to face this disease.

And allows her to keep doing what she loves.

Sometimes when I swim, I can just focus on swimming and not worrying about it, but this is a good way. This whole advocacy has been a way for me to be active and be proactive, Gooze said.

Saturday was Marys 34th swim and she says she hopes it doesnt stop there and there are many swims to come.

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They say laughter is the best medicine. Teri Adams may know that better than anyone.

The Kansas City actress started performing as one of the four characters in Menopause the Musical before she was 40 years old well before the change. But, a few years later, breast cancer treatments threw her into the thick of chemically induced menopause.

I didnt really get all this stuff I was singing and dancing. So now I have a whole different perspective and I totally get the night sweats and the hot flashes and all of that stuff, she said. Why not laugh about it? Why not celebrate it? And figure out how to help each other get through it and celebrate it because its a part of our lives.

Performing as the Iowa Housewife in the show for 11 years, Adams said the musical comedy which will make a one-night stop in Amarillo at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts quickly became personal.

The story follows four women who meet by chance while shopping for bras at a department store. The women notice they share many things in common and quickly form a sisterhood as they bond and laugh over the many ups and downs of menopause.

The 90-minute show with no intermission includes humorous song parodies with melodies from classic rock of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. In its 13th year of production, the show celebrates and embraces the often-dreaded physical changes women experience during menopause.

Its a lot of fun, she said. Its worth taking the taboo aspect of talking about menopause and drawing back the curtain and singing and dancing and laughing about it.

Being from the Midwestherself, Adams said she relates to her Midwestern character. Audience members often see elements of themselves in each of the characters, including the Iowa Housewife, the Soap Star, the Professional Woman, and the Earth Mother. Adams said audience members often leave feeling better about their lives than when they walked in.

We have so many women who said, I really needed this tonight, Im going through breast cancer, I just lost my husband, I havent laughed this hard in a long time. And thats incredibly rewarding, she said. The show empowers women to kind of take charge of their life now rather than feeling like the best parts of their lives are behind them.

Director Seth Greenleaf said the show is a therapeutic experience for both the actors and the audience alike. Addressing menopause in a humorous way, in a large group, is a way for many to realize theyre not alone in their experiences.

When you get these women into a room and theyre suddenly laughing, acknowledging, and communing. For many, its the first time they realize everyone else is going through what theyre going through and theyre not alone, he said. I think theres some great spontaneous healing going on as a result of that.

Adams said in a society that can make women feel ashamed for their weight, their shape, their ethnicity or age, the shows message of embracing who people are and the stage of life they are in is incredibly relevant.

I think its really important to empower women of all ages to feel comfortable in their own skin, to celebrate each other, she said. Rather than pitting woman against each other, this show is a celebration of women coming together and lifting each other up.

Reflecting on her own upcoming 50th birthday, Adams said the show reminds her that menopause isnt a sign of being old and feeble. Rather, its an empowering reminder to enjoy life and make the most of it.

Greenleaf agreed that the show sends a powerful message to women to embrace menopause.

Its a time for them to ask themselves, What was I doing with my life before marriage and children? And all these other things interrupting? he said. And if there was this grand mission, this would be the time to do it. Because I think, symbolically, its maybe a gentle or not so gentle its kind of time to get a move on with those goals.

Greenleaf, who has worked on projects such as the Tony Award-winning production of Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf and 9 to 5 the Musical on Broadway with Dolly Parton, and helped to finance the Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon, said Menopause the Musical creates as large of reactions from audiences as any other major production.

While it may be a simple premise compared to more complex or sophisticated dramas, it really does affect women in a way that they never forget, Greenleaf said. And thats what you look for as a creator of theater. Its a different experience than Broadway, but its every bit the same.

Though its target audience is women going through menopause, Greenleaf said the show appeals to all kind of audiences men included.

Adams agreed.

(Audience members) bring their sisters, their daughters, their mothers, their aunts. Sometimes they bring their husbands, Adams said. And these men, sometimes they dont look very happy coming into the theater, but by the time they leave theyre cracking up with their wives, too. We had one man say it should be mandatory material to come to this musical.

How to go

What: Menopause the Musical

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.

How much: $41; $44; $46

Information: 806-378-3096 or

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