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  • Schilling blames chewing tobacco for mouth cancer

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he's been treated for mouth cancer and blames the disease on using chewing tobacco for about 30 years. Schilling discussed details on WEEI-FM in Boston on Wednesday. The former Red Sox right-hander announced in February that he had cancer but had not disclosed what kind. He has said he is in remission after seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy and has lost 75 pounds. "I'm not going to sit up here from the pedestal and preach about chewing," he said. "It was an addictive habit. I can think about so many times in my life when it was so relaxing to just sit back and have a dip and do whatever. "And I lost my sense of smell, my taste buds for the most part

  • Jim Kelly's follow-up exam shows no sign of cancer

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Jim Kelly shows no evidence of sinus cancer three months after the Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback completed radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Dr. Peter Costantino says in a release issued by New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital that the treatments have "completely eliminated" any pain Kelly was experiencing. He says Kelly's level of function has "essentially returned to normal." The statement was issued Wednesday, a day after Kelly visited the hospital for a follow-up examination. Costantino says a series of tests over the next week will determine if further treatments are necessary. Kelly had surgery in June 2013 to remove cancerous cells in his upper jaw. The cancer then spread to his sinus. __

  • AP PHOTOS: Peruvian nurse cares for 175 sick cats

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats — 175 of them at last count. The 45-year-old nurse has turned her two-story, eight-room apartment into a hospice for cats with feline leukemia, scattering it with scores of feeding dishes and at least two dozen boxes litter boxes. Some have suggested she shelter healthy cats instead. "That's not my role," she told The Associated Press. "I'm a nurse. My duty is to the cats that nobody cares about." She said that "people don't adopt adult cats, especially if they are terminally ill." For five years, Torero has ministered to animals as they slowly succumb to the common, fatal retrovirus, which i

  • Huskers send video to boy being treated for cancer

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska coaches and players are showing support in a video message for the 8-year-old cancer patient they befriended two years ago. Jack Hoffman of Atkinson, Nebraska, received national attention for his touchdown run in the 2013 spring game. He traveled to Boston with his family this week for treatment for a recurrence of brain cancer. Coach Bo Pelini, with players gathered around him, tells Jack "you're going to come out of it on top. There's no doubt you're a strong young man. We want you to understand you have our support. We're behind you, and we're thinking about you through this whole thing." Players Kenny Bell, Ameer Abdullah, Jake Cotton and Josh Mitchell also say a few words. The

  • Aniston, Hamm, Hudson set to Stand Up to Cancer

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Aniston, Jon Hamm, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland want to connect with you about cancer. They are among the stars slated to appear on "Stand Up to Cancer," the hour-long telethon set to air Sept. 5 on 31 broadcast and cable networks simultaneously. Other celebrity participants announced Wednesday include Pierce Brosnan, Rob Lowe, Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller. The broadcast will also feature performances by Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, The Who, Common & Lupe Fiasco and Dave Matthews. Funds raised by "Stand Up to Cancer" support international scientific research aimed at discovering new treatments for various types of cancer. Since its first telethon in 2008, "Stand U

  • Denbrock recovering from prostate cancer


    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock disclosed Tuesday the reason he missed the start of training camp is he's recovering from prostate cancer surgery. Denbrock said he learned he had cancer while undergoing blood tests in June while applying for life insurance. He said the doctor believes he removed all the cancer. Denbrock said it will be a while until he's back at full strength, but said he is getting stronger every day. He said he didn't want to say how much he's been working "because my wife and my doctor will probably hunt me down." He said he's been able to do more than he expected. He joked that the receivers were happiest to see him back, because coach Brian Kelly has filled

  • Livestrong $50M gift biggest since Armstrong exit


    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong's former charity made the largest investment in its history Tuesday by giving $50 million to the University of Texas, marking the group's biggest splash since severing ties with the disgraced cyclist as it pushes to restore momentum and influence after a tumultuous two years. The money will launch the Livestrong Cancer Institutes at a new medical school breaking ground on the university's 50,000-student Austin campus. Armstrong didn't attend the announcement in his hometown, and his absence was noticeable.

  • GameStop CEO treated for cancerous brain tumor


    NEW YORK (AP) — GameStop Corp. said Tuesday that its CEO, Paul Raines, had surgery last week to remove a cancerous brain tumor. The video game retailer said the tumor was "very small" and found early. The prognosis for a full recovery is "very good," GameStop said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Raines, 50, will now undergo preventive chemotherapy. The treatment is expected to take about six weeks. The Grapevine, Texas company said that Raines will restrict travel during that period, but the treatment should not interfere with his job. "We have every confidence in Paul's continued leadership and wish him a speedy recovery," said GameStop's Executive Chairman Daniel DeMatteo in a statemen

  • S. Illinois woman charged in alleged cancer scam

    Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    TROY, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois say a Troy woman is facing charges after allegedly trying to scam people for money by falsely claiming she and her son had cancer. Authorities say 25-year-old Melissa D. Barton was arrested Thursday at the Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport in Springfield where she planned to board a plane to fly to Chicago to appear on the "Dr. Phll" show. Troy Police Chief Brad Parsons says Barton was charged with theft by deception — similar to charges filed against her Aug. 5. Parsons says she faced additional charges after a second alleged victim came forward. Police say Barton appealed to residents for cash via social media, at a local church and in person, claiming she and her son had

  • Ohio park claims another record for cancer support

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    MASON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio amusement park has staked its claim to another record in its effort to support the fight against cancer. Kings Island says 1,821 people on Saturday applied lipstick at the same time. Guinness World Records lists the record as 1,384 by Avon Romania set in March. The event was meant to raise awareness and money for Pink Ribbon Girls, who provide personalized support for young women and families facing breast cancer. In earlier events in its Kicks Cancer campaign, Kings Island said it topped records for people applying sunscreen and for mass head-shaving. Kings Island says more than $110,000 has been raised at the Mason park to fight cancer since July 25.

  • FDA clears Avastin for late-stage cervical cancer

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved Genentech's Avastin for a new use against late-stage cervical cancer, the seventh indication for the blockbuster biotech drug. The FDA approved the drug late Thursday for women with cervical cancer that is persistent, recurrent or has spread to other parts of the body. The disease is usually caused by the human papillomavirus, which is spread through sexual contact and causes cells to become cancerous. The National Cancer Institute estimates that over 12,300 U.S. women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year and 4,000 will die from the disease. Avastin works by choking off blood vessels that help new cancer cells grow.

  • MLBPA to launch 'strikeout cancer' initiative

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball players will raise money for cancer-related charities by wearing T-shirts with a backward "K'' on Sept. 2. Each team will support a different charity as part of the " initiative launched by St. Louis reliever Jason Motte, the Major League Baseball Players Association said Wednesday. Players will wear the shirts in clubhouses and batting cages. The backward "K'' is baseball's scoring symbol for a called third strike. Additional shirts will be available for purchase at, and proceeds will be split between the Jason Motte Foundation and charities selected by each team's player representative.

  • Turkish citizen pleads guilty in drug fraud case

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Turkish citizen has pleaded guilty in St. Louis to smuggling misbranded and adulterated cancer treatment drugs into the United States. The U.S. Attorney's office said Sabahaddin Akman entered the plea Tuesday in federal court. He faces up to 20 years in prison and agreed to a forfeiture payment of $150,000. Akman is the owner and manager of a drug wholesale company in Turkey. He and a Turkish co-defendant who pleaded guilty earlier were accused of smuggling three shipments of misbranded and tainted cancer drugs from Turkey to the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield. Prosecutors said some of the medications were shipped without the insulation required to maintain their effectiveness.

  • Sanford getting $7.1M grant for cancer research

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health is giving Dakotas-based Sanford Health more than $7.1 million over five years for cancer research. The money will be used to recruit participants for clinical trials, quality-of-life studies and research on the delivery of cancer care, Sanford said in a statement. The grant was among 53 awarded nationwide through the institute's $93 million Community Oncology Research Program. Sanford Health is the only program participant in the Dakotas and Nebraska.

  • FDA approves first DNA-based test for colon cancer

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patients' DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths. The Cologuard test from Exact Sciences detects irregular mutations in stool samples that can be an early warning sign of cancer. Patients who test positive for the mutations should undergo a colonoscopy to confirm the results. Doctors have long used stool tests to look for hidden blood that can be a warning sign of tumors and precancerous polyps. But company studies of Cologuard showed that it was more accurate at detecting cancerous tumors and worrisome polyps than traditional stool blood tests.

  • MUSC gets $3.4M to improve minority cancer care

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Medical University of South Carolina will be working to improve cancer care for minority patients with a $3.4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. A news release from MUSC said the grant will fund the project over the next five years. The grant money will be used for both clinical trials and research on how cancer care is delivered to patents from across South Carolina. The principal investigator for the project, Chanita Hughes-Halbert, says MUSC will provide expertise on how cancer care can better be delivered to everyone. The research will be conducted at MUSC as well as at the Medical University of South Carolina Hilton Head Breast Health Center on Hilton Head Island a

  • McNair survives 10-month cancer ordeal

    Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has received a clean bill of health after a 10-month battle with two forms of cancer. The 77-year-old McNair opened up about his ordeal on Thursday at a news conference attended by family members and his treating physicians at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "In the past, if you mentioned cancer, people thought it's a death sentence," McNair said. "That's just not nearly the case." McNair says he's dealt with skin cancer for about 20 years. He traces the condition to his youth, when he incurred severe sunburns working as a life guard on a beach in the time before protective sunscreen.

  • Texans owner says he has clean bill of health

    Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans owner Bob McNair says he's gotten a clean bill of health after a 10-month battle with two forms of cancer. The 77-year-old McNair spoke about his ordeal at a news conference Thursday attended by his doctors and family members. McNair says he's dealt with skin cancer for about 20 years and was diagnosed about six years ago with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a blood disease that weakens the immune system. He had surgery last fall to remove an abnormal growth behind his left ear. Doctors told him that they couldn't remove all the cancerous cells and that McNair had an aggressive form of the disease. He underwent six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy and CT scans in April and on Monday show

  • Police: Woman profited from bogus cancer claims

    Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois woman is jailed after being accused of collecting donations on the bogus pretense that she and her son had cancer. Prosecutors in Madison County charged 25-year-old Melissa Barton of Troy with felony theft by deception. Troy police say Barton was arrested Wednesday after an investigation that began in June, when investigators say they learned Barton was telling people she had cancer and her son had leukemia. Police say Barton was asking for and receiving cash donations from individuals and various religious organizations. Some of the donations also allegedly were collected through online sites. Barton was jailed Thursday in Edwardsville on $50,000 bond.

  • La, Miss hospitals form cancer drug test network

    Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cancer patients in Louisiana and south Mississippi will find it easier to join tests of treatments and promising new drugs under a network organized by the Louisiana State University cancer centers in New Orleans and Shreveport. Officials say including local hospitals and clinics will reduce the need for patients to travel, likely increasing the number who can participate, especially among under-served communities. The five-year, $5.6 million National Cancer Institute grant is part of a national program intended to increase the number of minority, poor, rural and otherwise "under-served" patients who can participate in the tests. About 25 institutions have joined so far, including hospitals and a cl