• Former death row inmate died of rare salivary gland cancer

    Updated: 36 min ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man who spent 30 years on Nebraska's death row for two cult murders died of complications from a rare cancer in his salivary glands. A death certificate obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press lists the cause of death for Michael Ryan as "metastatic carcinoma or parotid gland origin." Ryan died on May 24 at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institutional in southeast Nebraska. Ryan was convicted in the 1985 torture and killing of 25-year-old James Thimm at a farm near Rulo, where Ryan led a cult, and in the beating death of Luke Stice, the 5-year-old son of a cult member. State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha told a legislative committee in March that Ryan suffered from terminal brain cancer.

  • Patients plan to speak next week at sentencing of cancer doc

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — The government says about two dozen patients or relatives of patients want to speak next week at the sentencing of a Detroit-area cancer doctor who gave expensive, unnecessary treatments to hundreds of people. The hearing for Dr. Farid (Fa-REED') Fata starts Monday and is expected to last at least a week in Detroit federal court. Judge Paul Borman is expected to hear from experts for the government and Fata. In a court filing Tuesday, prosecutors asked Borman to not allow Fata's lawyers to cross-examine patients. Fata pleaded guilty to fraud last September, admitting he billed insurers for millions of dollars while treating patients with chemotherapy and other methods when they didn't need it. Some didn

  • Maryland governor feeling 'really strong' amid chemotherapy

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he's "feeling really strong" as he nears the end of his first round of cancer chemotherapy. Hogan said in a Facebook post Tuesday morning that he was starting his fourth day of 24-hour treatments. He says he expects to leave the hospital Wednesday night. Hogan is being treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. When he announced the diagnosis June 22, he said the disease was at an advanced stage but his prognosis was good. The first-term Republican governor says he's "feeling the love, support and prayers," and that's what keeps him going. Hogan is continuing to work during treatment. The treatment doesn't req

  • Daughter, terminally ill mom bond through Penguins hockey

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Michelle Hardy has little use for the NHL offseason. Told she has 12 to 18 months to live because of a terminal form of brain cancer, Hardy, 46, wants hockey back — and soon. "I'm sad hockey season is over," Hardy said. "I need it to start soon." Cheering for the Penguins has become a respite and Hardy's favorite way of bonding with her daughter, Kate, 22. The two plan to make the upcoming hockey season one to remember, with as many games and road trips as Michelle's health will allow. Hardy was diagnosed May 19 with Stage 4 glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. She had surgery two days later. The median survival time for someone such as Hardy is 14.6 months, according to the American B

  • Shave for the Brave: Mothers shave their heads in show of support for their daughters recovering from cancer

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Payne, of Evans, knew Taylor was right, and in a show of support, she not only shaved her head, she got a tattoo on her head that read “Shave for the Brave.” She shaved it until Taylor’s hair grew back. Two years later, Taylor is nearly done with her treatments, and she has her hair again. But Chelsea traveled to Kansas City, Mo., on June 20 with Laura Hernandez of Greeley to shave her crazy, curly hair off once again. The two went to the 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave event with hundreds of other mothers affected by childhood cancer. The event raises money for the many different kinds of childhood cancer and awareness of the issues facing it, including an inequity in research spending and the need for not only better dr

  • Greeley Stampede cowboys wear pink to show support, raise money for breast cancer patients

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Pops of bright pink peppered the audience in the Stampede Arena on Monday night. The Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo drew decked-out spectators of all ages, from tiny mutton busters to grizzly cowboys wearing belt buckles the size of a fist. Banner Health sponsors the annual event at the rodeo, which aims to increase breast cancer awareness and raise money for women’s health in Weld County. The company sells T-shirts and hot pink Frisbees, which fans threw for a chance at prizes. All proceeds go to the North Colorado Medical Center Foundation. Organizers created a special fund for breast cancer events, which covers mammogram costs for Weld women who otherwise could not afford them, said Gene Haffner, director of

  • Cancer-fighting spices offer flavorful way to eat healthy

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    While many dismiss spices as simply preservatives, just a pinch of the right kind can have surprising health benefits. Professional chef and author Floyd Cardoz utilizes spices in his dishes to promote healthier meals with plenty of flavor.    “I grew up in Bombay, India, and I’m known for my use of spice in food,” Cardoz, also a partner of White Street in New York City, told FoxNews.com. Cardoz credits his years in the kitchen with leading him to discover that spices were more than just color and taste.   “Turmeric is the yellow coloring that you find in most curries,” Cardoz said. “But what most people don’t know about turmeric is that it’s a great antioxidant, it’s got great anti-cancer properties.”

  • Bill Plaschke: Dodger Stadium chef Dave Pearson savors life as he battles lung cancer

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES — It was supposedly about the food, not the joyful man with the giant smile who created it. For more than half a century at Dodger Stadium, chef Dave Pearson has cooked for players, fans and team employees and media in a press-box dining room that bears his name. Dave’s Diner is a cluttered, loud, happy place where, every day, he would explain his menu in the same fashion. “I’ve got a beautiful tri-tip.” … “I’ve got some beautiful turkey.” … “This is some beautiful lasagna.” Pearson would talk about the beautiful in the applesauce he would make every game for Vin Scully, the beautiful in the salads he would concoct for Charley Steiner, the beautiful life of a 75-year-old man still abl

  • City names young leukemia patient a cop for a day

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Each morning, 6-year-old Johnny Snyder drinks one of the 10 different medications he must take throughout the day to treat his leukemia. At midnight, his mother wakes him so he can take a crushed pill with applesauce. Johnny sees his doctor at least once a week to receive medication through a catheter just under his right shoulder. And twice a week, a nurse visits his home to check his vital signs. This routine is to be repeated for the next three years. Doctors diagnosed Johnny with leukemia in 2014. He underwent chemotherapy while in the hospital for nearly 50 days. “Those first days were rough, man,” said John Snyder, the boy’s father.

  • Consumer Confidential: Warning about cellphone radiation may go too far


    It’s a question that just won’t go away: Do cellphones give you cancer? The city of Berkeley, Calif., has passed an ordinance that, beginning in July, would make it the first municipality in the country to require that cellphone retailers warn customers that mobile devices may emit cancer-causing radiation. The wireless industry’s trade group responded with a federal lawsuit claiming that its 1st Amendment rights were being violated by being forced to disseminate an opinion that it says is false. CTIA — the Wireless Association said in its complaint that Berkeley’s warning is “misleading, controversial and government-crafted” and will “stoke fear in consumers about the dangers of cellphones.” Her

  • Maryland governor starts chemotherapy for lymphoma

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he has begun chemotherapy treatments for an aggressive form of cancer. Hogan announced last week that he's been diagnosed with an advanced stage of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He said the cancer responds well to treatment and his prognosis is good. The Republican governor said in a Facebook post Sunday morning that he's "made it through the first 24 hours of chemo." He says "things could not be going any better" and that he's "feeling healthy and strong." He adds, "We are killing cancer cells left and right and I have no side effects." Hogan has pledged to continue working while undergoing treatment for the disease. He has designated Lt. Gov.

  • Researchers may have a better test for lung cancer

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    HACKENSACK, N.J. — Researchers at The Valley Hospital and a private lab have developed a blood test that they hope will someday help to detect early-stage lung cancer when it’s most treatable, officials said last week. If the preliminary findings are replicated in a larger study, oncologists may have a cheaper, less invasive and more accurate test to diagnose the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women in the nation. The research focuses on identifying biomarkers — such as a certain protein in the blood — to screen for cancer at the molecular level. The field of study under way at the Ridgewood hospital and in many other institutions nationwide is known as precision medicine.

  • Climbers take on Falcon Stadium steps to raise money for hospital foundation

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Hundreds of people, many dripping with sweat, raced up 2,700 stairs at the Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium Saturday morning. For a community that embraces the pain and exhaustion of the Manitou Incline, it was one heck of a good way to raise money for Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation. More than 350 people registered for the first annual Climb for Courage. The hospital foundation thought Colorado Springs residents would scramble to join the race, which involved climbing up and down the rows of steps at Falcon Stadium, totaling 2,700 stairs, said spokeswoman Monique McCoy. One Colorado Springs family whose 6-year-old son beat bone cancer 18 months ago participated in a fun run at the Climb for Courage - not quit

  • Fire destroys wing of NC cancer center; affects 40 patients

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — A fire has destroyed the new wing of a cancer center in Lumberton, leaving 40 patients to seek treatment elsewhere. Local media outlets report firefighters responding on Saturday found fire in the attic of the new wing at Southeastern Health's Gibson Cancer Center. Battalion Chief Brian Nelson of the Lumberton Fire Department sad fire was showing through the roof within 30 minutes, Nelson said it took three hours to contain the fire. No other portion of the center was damaged. Southeastern opened the new 5,300-square-foot wing last year.

  • Go #TeamSager

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Brian and Sarah Sager say they have a lot to be thankful for and there are many on #TeamSager to be thankful to. In February, the News-Capital covered Brian Sager’s journey to his fourth brain cancer surgery and the generosity of an an anonymous donor who gave the entire goal amount of $6,000 to his GoFundMe account. He will be headed to his fifth surgery in weeks to come. “There are so many people who have given and helped us out,” Brian’s wife, Sarah Sager, said. “We don’t want to thank just one person.” She said it has been a team effort and they have created the Team Sager to rally support and boost morale for all involved.

  • Abilene Reporter-News, Texas, Greg Jaklewicz column

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    ABILENE, Texas - Probably more than we realize, but with no less good intention than more publicized events. Such was the case Saturday, when local musicians, friends, family and total strangers met at Billiards Plus Backroom on west South Seventh to raise money for Tiffany Hannsz. The event was called Save the Brains 2. Two? That’s because, according to her father, Greg Crone, one was held in 2012 and raised $3,800. It also means, sadly, that her brain still needs saving. Eight years ago, that Greg told this Greg, Tiffany was found to have brain cancer. At the time, her son, Kaiden, was 1. Not good news in many ways. So here it is June 2015. Tiffany still is with us, some good news. Kaiden, a student at Taylor

  • Maryland governor to begin chemotherapy Monday, says cancer is Stage 3

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    BALTIMORE — Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday he will check into the University of Maryland hospital Monday to undergo four days of chemotherapy. At a State House news conference on transportation issues, Hogan also said his doctors have determined through bone marrow testing that he has Stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma, not Stage 4 as he had suggested was possible earlier this week. “It makes my chances much, much better,” Hogan said. Thursday’s news conference was the governor’s first public appearance since announcing Monday he has cancer. He said then that he’s been diagnosed with a “very advanced and very aggressive” cancer that has spread throughout his body, but that he expects to beat the disease.

  • Maryland governor says bone marrow biopsy is clear

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has some good news about his health after announcing a cancer diagnosis earlier this week: His bone marrow biopsy came back clear. Hogan made the announcement Thursday at a news conference on transportation, where the news drew sustained applause. Hogan says the fact that his bone marrow biopsy was clear makes his chances "much, much better." Hogan announced Monday that he has B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He says he's scheduled to check into the University of Maryland Hospital Center in Baltimore on Monday, when he'll start four days of chemotherapy. The Republican governor says he has had an outpouring of support, even from some of his toughest critics in politics

  • Consumer reaction to the Supreme Court subsidy ruling

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Americans receiving government subsidies for health insurance policies purchased through the federal exchange expressed relief Thursday following a Supreme Court ruling upholding the assistance. ___ Diane Munroe of Concord, New Hampshire, heard the news on her way to a doctor's appointment. She's undergoing knee-replacement surgery later this summer — something she would not have been able to afford without her tax subsidy — and was relieved to hear the court's ruling. "I'm getting them both now because I was figuring if I didn't have any insurance, I wouldn't be able to get my knees replaced," she said. Munroe, 63, pays $400 a month, with a roughly $300 subsidy.

  • Sheridan's Sunshine Foundation wins Childhood Cancer Foundation 'Share Your Story' giveaway

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, FLA. – Leading custom promotional products company, CustomCenter.com, announced today that non-profit organization, Sheridan's Sunshine Foundation, is the grand prize winner of its Cancer Awareness “Share Your Story” Giveaway. As the grand prize recipient, Sheridan's Sunshine Foundation received 200 customized silicone wristbands from Custom Center to help with the organization's efforts to raise awareness for its cause and the vital work they are doing to help raise money for childhood cancer research. To enter Custom Center's Cancer Awareness giveaway, non-profit organizations were asked to share their story on what they do to support the cause.