• Childhood Cancer Fundraiser

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Alison Spangler, of Stephens City, Va., has her head shaved by Cassandra Burris, of Falling Waters, W.Va., during a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a group that funds childhood cancer research grants, at Ed's Heads in Stephens City, Va. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015.

  • Boy dies 2 weeks after fundraiser for his cancer treatment

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A 9-year-old Lakewood boy who had a lemonade stand this month to raise money for his treatment for brain cancer has died. KUSA-TV reports (http://goo.gl/t7mr9H ) that Jeremias Moya died Tuesday. Last summer, doctors found a tumor in his brainstem. Sue Kansteiner, Moya's former daycare provider, had organized the lemonade-stand fundraiser for him Aug. 14 and dozens of Lakewood police officers and firefighters showed up after they learned the boy was a fan of law enforcement and first responders. Moya had been on a wheelchair because the tumor made him lose strength in some of his limbs. ___ Information from: KUSA-TV, http://www.9news.

  • After cancer diagnosis, couple turns to surrogate for baby

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    For Karen Epley, 38, telling the story behind her having a child after having a hysterectomy is to say, “There are happy endings to bad situations.” For Drs. Matthew Powell and Kenan Omutag, the physicians who made it happen, infertility is not the end. “There are a lot of options,” Powell said. "There's very little that can't be done for couples … who are struggling to have a child. There's pretty much some solution for them out there," Omutag said. Lane Epley, the end result of their efforts, is only 5 months old and doesn’t have much to say yet. “But we’re reading already about how to talk to him when he’s old enough to understand,” Karen Epley said. What happened was in early 2012 Karen and

  • New code may make ‘turning off’ cancer cells possible

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Cancer researchers dream of the day they can force tumor cells to morph back to the normal cells they once were. Now, researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus have discovered a way to potentially reprogram cancer cells back to normalcy. The finding, published in Nature Cell Biology, represents "an unexpected new biology that provides the code, the software for turning off cancer," says the study’s senior investigator, Panos Anastasiadis, chair of the Department of Cancer Biology on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. That code was unraveled by the discovery that adhesion proteins — the glue that keeps cells together — interact with the microprocessor, a key player in the production of molecules c

  • ATC gives classmate fighting cancer a rousing send-off

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    On Tuesday, a few miles south of Santa Fe, Jaiden Patel focused on the laptop in front of him during English class at the Academy for Technology and the Classics. A couple of classmates seated next to him leaned in. They laughed together. He smiled easily. He wore a black T-shirt with blue letters: “Jai’s toolbox….compassion, strength, hope, inspire, believe, courage, God.” The same words appeared in Hindi on the back of the shirt. Jaiden’s thick, black hair was slightly tousled. A visible scar curved down along his hairline on the right side of his head and another toward the back of his skull. His black frame glasses gave him a scholarly look.

  • Player's cancer fight inspires high school football team

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    DANVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Kane Hogan's life changed in an instant late last January. The multiple-sport athlete at Danville High School was balancing the start of baseball season with offseason football workouts when he began suffering from a severe lack of energy and paleness. He thought it was a sinus infection, but the symptoms persisted, and he ended up going to Huntsville Hospital for blood work. "They came in and told me I had leukemia," said Hogan, now a sophomore. "I broke down. What else are you going to do?" Hogan was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The fast-moving disease creates immature white blood cells (lymphocytes) instead of normal cells.

  • Federal court backs patent protecting Eli Lilly cancer drug

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Shares of Eli Lilly rose Wednesday after the drugmaker said a federal court upheld a patent protecting one of its top-selling drugs, the cancer treatment Alimta. The Indianapolis company said Tuesday after markets closed that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana ruled in Lilly's favor regarding the infringement of a vitamin regimen patent for Alimta. The defendant in the case was a subsidiary of the generic drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. The patent protects Alimta from competitors until May, 2022, and covers the administration of folic acid and vitamin B12 before and during treatment.

  • 5 teams still needed for tourney

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Five teams still are needed for the fourth annual Sherry Ann Suttmiller Memorial Softball Tour­nament set for Sept. 18-19 at David Allen Memorial Ballpark. Registration for the 10-team, double-elimination, charity one-pitch tournament is $200. Teams may be co-ed, all male or all female. The registration deadline is Sept. 1. All proceeds will go to an Aline man who has survived a brain tumor. “In 2010, Sherry Ann Suttmiller was battling pancreatic cancer,” said Detective Shawn Ramsey, who is organizing the tournament. “The financial burden placed on her family was tremendous.” Sherry’s husband, Jeff Suttmiller, was a patrolman for Enid Police Department at the time.

  • Former CPRIT official Jerry Cobbs found not guilty of felony

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    After five hours of deliberations, a Travis County jury on Tuesday found Jerry Cobbs not guilty of misleading his bosses at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas into awarding an $11 million grant to a Dallas biotech startup. In a trial that began last week, prosecutors had sought to prove that Cobbs, the chief commercialization officer for the state agency, intentionally withheld information that the grant application of Peloton Therapeutics hadn't undergone the mandated scientific and business reviews. His defense contended that Cobbs took the fall when inner rivalries and shortcomings within the organization erupted into a political firestorm. Cobbs, 64, pleaded not guilty in March to a first-degree felony

  • Austin biotech firm Mirna Therapeutics files for IPO

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Long on the watch list as an IPO candidate, Austin-based Mirna Therapeutics has filed to go public. The biotech company is planning an initial public offering of stock that could raise up to $80.5 million, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company did not provide a proposed price range per share or the number of shares that will be sold. Mirna is developing treatments for cancer and other diseases using microRNA, molecules that play crucial regulatory roles in cells. The company’s MicroRNA Replacement Therapy involves the introduction of synthetic micro RNA into tumors to trigger their death. The company was spun off in 2007 from Asuragen Inc., which develops molecular di

  • A daily dose of aspirin appears to cut the risk of a common type of cancer

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Colorectal cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and researchers say they have found a way to reduce one’s risk of it by up to 45 percent — by taking aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Aleve or certain other painkillers. A new study finds that people who took 75 to 150 milligrams of aspirin every day for at least five years were 27 percent less likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer than people who didn’t. (A tablet of regular Bayer aspirin, for instance, contains 325 mg of aspirin. The low-dose version designed to reduce the risk of a recurrent heart attack of stroke contains 81 mg of aspirin.) Other types of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, appeared to reduce the risk even more.

  • Jury acquits ex-Texas cancer agency official over $11M grant

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A jury has acquitted a former executive of Texas' $3 billion cancer-fighting effort who was the only state official charged following a sweeping criminal investigation that began in 2012. Jerry Cobbs was found not guilty Tuesday on charges that he improperly steered $11 million in taxpayer funds at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to a private biotech startup. Cobbs was the first chief commercialization officer at the state agency, known as CPRIT, which debuted to national acclaim but unraveled after revelations that lucrative grants had skipped required scrutiny. Every top executive at CPRIT resigned and prominent scientists from across the country cut ties with the agency.

  • Pauls Valley cancer patient participates in NASA study in zero-gravity environment

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    PAULS VALLEY — The implant in Cherri Pepper-Holman’s head isn’t much bigger than a quarter — small enough that you’d never notice it if you didn’t know it was there. The implant is what doctors use to inject the drugs that have beaten Pepper-Holman’s cancer into remission. Now, a group of scientists working with NASA hope the medical device could help them understand a medical problem that affects astronauts in long-duration space flight. Pepper-Holman, 35, is one of a group of recovering cancer patients participating in a study this week that scientists hope will shed light on how astronauts’ time in space affects their eyesight.

  • Hydrants of Hope golf tournament set for Sept. 15

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Former Tulsa firefighter Mark Meyer and his non-profit organization, “Hydrants of Hope,” will be hosting their second annual benefit golf tournament, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Heritage Hills Golf Course in Claremore. Proceeds will benefit the “Hydrants of Hope” foundation, which helps with costs for children who are battling cancer. Meyer himself was diagnosed with a tumor in his abdomen in 2012, and during his treatments, he saw how many children were affected by the disease. “Through research, I found out that St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa currently has 120-150 kids in their cancer center with the addition of 65 new kids each year,” Meyer said.

  • Beshear: Kentucky to get $2.6 million for cancer screenings

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has announced Kentucky will get $2.6 million in federal grant money over the next five years to encourage people in Louisville and Appalachia to be screened for colon cancer. Beshear said Tuesday that nearly 9,500 people die from cancer in Kentucky every year, the most of any state in the country. Beshear has set a goal of reducing cancer deaths 10 percent by 2019. One of his main strategies for doing this is to increase the number of people who are screened for colon, lung and breast cancer. The money comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says the five-year survival rate of colon cancer is 90 percent when detected and treated early.

  • Blood donors play key role in survival of young patient

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    As a mother of eight, Melissa Jumper said running to the doctor every time one of her kids had the sniffles was a thing of the past. So when one of her triplets wound up in the hospital with serious complications, she didn’t know what would come next for her family. “When we got to the doctors, there were four nurses, two doctors and a crowd of people just standing around him,” Jumper said. “At the time, I wasn’t aware of all the medical terms and everything, but I knew what ‘oncology’ meant when they said it.” Zayden, now 3, was diagnosed last year with leukemia three days shy of his second birthday. He relapsed July 15, and has since had to go through several procedures and operations.

  • Former patient repays Riley Hospital with books

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — During the most difficult days of chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries to treat cancer, something as small as a picture book or a new novel can put a smile on a child's face. Amber Bullock remembers. She knows how exciting it was when the book cart came around the cancer ward at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis. When she was diagnosed with a rare cancer as an infant, she became a regular patient at the hospital. Her mother would read to her to ease her pain and discomfort. "My mom always tells me about how the book cart would come around, and that would help. Riley did so much for me, and I wanted to give something back to them," she said.

  • SEC to honor Slive with Prostate Cancer Awareness Games

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference teams will hold Prostate Cancer Awareness Games throughout September on all 14 member campuses to honor former Commissioner Mike Slive. Slive, 75, retired earlier this year after 13 years leading the SEC. He battled prostate cancer through his career. The home team at each game will wear a helmet decal that has a blue ribbon with Slive written in gold letters on it over an SEC logo. In addition to wearing helmet stickers, schools will conduct other activities such as video board announcements, prostate cancer screenings, recognition of prostate cancer survivors, game program ads and stories, production of public service announcements and social media outreach.

  • Second cancers are on the rise; 1 in 5 US cases is a repeat

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Second cancers are on the rise. Nearly 1 in 5 new cases in the U.S. now involves someone who has had the disease before. When doctors talk about second cancers, they mean a different tissue type or a different site, not a recurrence or spread of the original tumor. The trend is partly a success story: More people are surviving cancer and living long enough to get it again. Second cancers also can arise from the same gene mutations or risk factors, such as smoking, that spurred the first one. And some cancer treatments such as radiation can raise the risk of a new cancer forming later in life. Doctors say cancer survivors should have a formal plan for monitoring and screening in the future.

  • Second Cancers

    Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    A nurse places Judith Bernstein's chemotherapy medication on an intravenous stand at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Bernstein has had eight different types of cancer over the last two decades, all treated successfully. More people are surviving cancer and living long enough to get it again, because the risk of cancer rises with age.