Woman Shaves Head Before Wedding to Support Best Friend

(IOWA) WCMH– An Iowa woman shaved her head three months before her wedding to support her best friend who was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease.


Alycia Kuberski didn’t think about how her wedding photos were going to look, but instead focused on her best friend Gina Gregoire Helton.

Helton was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease in 2014. It’s a rare illness that was caused by a cancerous carcinoid tumor in her left lung. In January of 2015, doctor’s removed Helton’s left lung and found the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes.

Four months later she went through chemotherapy and radiation. The treatments caused Helton to lose her hair in clumps. She decided to take control of her body and throw a head shaving party.

Helton did not expect her best friend to shave her head right before her wedding.

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Alycia with Gina on her wedding day.

“It meant so much to me that my friend would be willing to shave her head for me, especially 3 months before her wedding. I tried to talk her out of it, but she insisted, stating ‘It’s just hair, it is nothing compared to what you have been through,’ Gina Gregoire Helton said.

Helton said this brave and selfless move helped get the word out about Cushing’s disease.

“Her shaving her head did bring awareness because people would ask and she was able to share my story and bring awareness to Cushing’s disease, which is something I am very passionate about,” Helton said.

Helton has been cancer and Cushing’s disease-free since August.

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Best friends Alicia and Gina.
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 Alicia and Gina before shaving their heads.
Bold is Beautiful! Gina’s shaving head party.

From http://nbc4i.com/2015/11/23/woman-shaves-head-before-wedding-to-support-best-friend/

Growth Hormone Deficiency Global Clinical Trials



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Annual Holiday Hoolpa



It’s that time of year again.

It’s time for the  Pituitary Patient Annual Holiday Party at the Pacific Brain Tumor Center.
John Wayne Cancer Institute Lobby, Santa Monica, CA.

December 08, 2015, 6:30-8:00pm

Family and Friends are Welcome!

View the flyer.

COR-003 Clinical Trial for Cushing’s Syndrome



This trial is testing the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug for the treatment of Cushing’s Syndrome. Under the supervision of qualified physicians, cortisol levels and symptoms of Cushing’s Syndrome will be closely followed along with any signs of side effects.

More about the study:

The study drug (COR-003) is administered by tablets.

  • There will be 90 participants in this trial
  • There is no placebo used in the trial

If you are interested, please find the full study details and eligibility criteria listed here.

Eligibility Criteria:

Participants must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have been diagnosed with endogenous Cushing’s Syndrome by a medical professional (not caused by the use of steroid medications)

Participants must not:

  • have been treated with radiation for Cushing’s Syndrome in the past 4 years
  • be currently using weight loss medication
  • have been diagnosed with uncontrolled hypertension, some forms of cancer, adrenal carcinoma, Hepatitis B / C, or HIV

Please complete the online questionnaire to check if you’re eligible for the trial.

If you’re not familiar with clinical trials, here are some FAQs:

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are research studies to determine whether investigational drugs or treatments are safe and effective for humans. All new investigational medications and devices must undergo several clinical trials, often involving thousands of people.

Why participate in a clinical trial?

You will have access to investigational treatments that would be available to the general public only upon approval. You will also receive study-related medical care and attention from clinical trial staff at research facilities. Clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future.

Learn why I’m posting about this Clinical Trial

Osilodrostat for Cushing’s

The study looked at a drug to treat Cushing’s disease. The article, in the journal Pituitary, is called Osilodrostat, a potent oral 11β-hydroxylase inhibitor: 22-week, prospective, Phase II study in Cushing’s disease.
Fleseriu M, Pivonello R, Young J, Hamrahian AH, Molitch ME, Shimizu C, Tanaka T, Shimatsu A, White T, Hilliard A, Tian C, Sauter N, Biller BM, Bertagna X.
Pituitary. 2015 Nov 5. [Epub ahead of print]


In a 10-week proof-of-concept study (LINC 1), the potent oral 11β-hydroxylase inhibitor osilodrostat (LCI699) normalized urinary free cortisol (UFC) in 11/12 patients with Cushing’s disease. The current 22-week study (LINC 2; NCT01331239) further evaluated osilodrostat in patients with Cushing’s disease.

Phase II, open-label, prospective study of two patient cohorts. Follow-up cohort: 4/12 patients previously enrolled in LINC 1, offered re-enrollment if baseline mean UFC was above ULN. Expansion cohort: 15 newly enrolled patients with baseline UFC > 1.5 × ULN. In the follow-up cohort, patients initiated osilodrostat twice daily at the penultimate efficacious/tolerable dose in LINC 1; dose was adjusted as needed. In the expansion cohort, osilodrostat was initiated at 4 mg/day (10 mg/day if baseline UFC > 3 × ULN), with dose escalated every 2 weeks to 10, 20, 40, and 60 mg/day until UFC ≤ ULN. Main efficacy endpoint was the proportion of responders (UFC ≤ ULN or ≥50 % decrease from baseline) at weeks 10 and 22.

Overall response rate was 89.5 % (n/N = 17/19) at 10 weeks and 78.9 % (n/N = 15/19) at 22 weeks; at week 22, all responding patients had UFC ≤ ULN. The most common AEs observed during osilodrostat treatment were nausea, diarrhea, asthenia, and adrenal insufficiency (n = 6 for each). New or worsening hirsutism (n = 2) and/or acne (n = 3) were reported among four female patients, all of whom had increased testosterone levels.

Osilodrostat treatment reduced UFC in all patients; 78.9 % (n/N = 15/19) had normal UFC at week 22. Treatment with osilodrostat was generally well tolerated.

11β-hydroxylase; Cortisol; Cushing’s; LCI699; Osilodrostat

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