Cure for cancer still needed among technological advances

By Tom DiFrancesca

Cancer — one word that can easily strike fear into the heart of just about everyone. Cancer — it’s the scourge of the earth. Cancer — it is not selective, it matters not whether one is rich, poor or middle-class.
Good people get cancer, bad people get cancer — it doesn’t make any difference. Cancer took my mother, at the age of 64, two years ago. It was her second bout with breast cancer — she lost the last round.
Most folks tend to avoid the subject of cancer, unless, that is, it is directly affecting them or a family member. I find it amazing that in the world of ever new emerging technological wonders, cancer is still with us. I hesitate in getting excited about America’s new path into space exploration — I think, maybe, couldn’t those billions of dollars be used to accelerate the search for a way to eradicate cancer from the face of the planet?
Who knows, maybe some of the folks whose deaths could be spared would end up someday playing pivotal roles in the development of space research technology. It’s quite possible.
I know that I mentioned in a previous column that the “Relay for Life” teams are forming for this year. The Curry County/Clovis event is scheduled to occur on May 7, and although that sounds like a long way off — it really isn’t. If you don’t know what “Relay for Life” is, or you’d like to know how you could help in the upcoming endeavor, go to:
You will be prompted for your ZIP Code — by entering it, you will be presented with a listing of all upcoming events in your area.
Take a few minutes and explore the American Cancer Society Web site, it is extremely informative.
Also, please take a few minutes in quiet contemplation, and consider getting involved in this year’s “Relay for Life” event.
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Multipoint Microwave Distribution System — otherwise known as “MMDS” — although it sounds like the technology behind a new turbocharged microwave oven, it isn’t.
What “MMDS” is, is a new form of delivery for high-speed wireless Internet.
In the past, if one wanted to subscribe to wireless Internet for their home, it required a technician to install an antenna on the roof, and a hole would have to be drilled in the wall for the connecting cable.
Things have changed with the arrival of “MMDS” in eastern New Mexico.
Of course, the company behind the introduction of this cutting edge technology is ENMR-Plateau Telecommunications. I’ve been field-testing Plateau’s new service for about a month now — I’m very impressed. When you sign up for service, you are given an “MMDS” modem — the modem contains the antenna (inside) and stands about 12 inches tall.
One simply positions the backside of the modem in a direction that provides a good signal (indicated by green lights on the modem).
Installation is very easy, if you’ve already got a network card installed in your computer — it’ll take you about five minutes to complete the set-up.
Pricing for the service starts around $25 and that will get you a 128K connection, very suitable for most home consumer needs.
The advantages of “MMDS” service is that the price is well below that of other forms of broadband, no telephone line is required, no rooftop hardware is needed, installation is quite easy, and the modem can be moved — from room to room, or location to location — which provides great flexibility.
Way to go, Plateau.

Tom DiFrancesca III is a freelance columnist and a resident of Clovis. He can be reached at or