• Breast cancer could be 'stopped in its tracks' by new technique, say scientists

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Certain breast cancers spread to the bones using an enzyme that drills “seed holes” for planting new tumours, research has shown. The discovery could lead to treatments aimed at preventing secondary breast cancers in patients with non-hormone sensitive disease. The enzyme lysyl oxidase (Lox) is released from the primary tumour in the breast. Scientists found that it produces holes in bone that provide fertile ground for the growth of spreading, or metastatic, cancer cells.

  • Austin music scene rallies to help punk lifer Chepo Peña fight cancer

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Chepo Peña didn’t start life in Austin, but he moved here with is family six weeks after he was born. He spent his childhood bouncing between neighborhoods, exploring different parts of the city. His father, Amado Peña, was a successful artist specializing in colorful, southwestern paintings of Native American life, and by the time Peña was in high school the family had landed on the scenic west side of town. But Peña was drawn to the grimy side of the city and shortly after graduating from Westlake High School, he was playing bass in a punk band, Four Violent People, that landed a few gigs at the Cavity on Red River. “We were too young to play the Cannibal Club, so the Cavity was this D.I.Y.

  • Ann McFeatters: A little good news to go with the bad

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — It seems that bad news is just pouring down on us. That is especially true in Texas and Oklahoma, where devastating floods and storms are taking lives, homes and hope. In Washington the IRS admitted identity thieves using one of the government’s own online services stole money and private information from at least 100,000 taxpayers. The Iraqi Army cut and ran from its battles with the Islamic State and gave up much of Anbar province, hard-fought-for by American soldiers. “It’s a disaster,” admits an American diplomat, adding inexplicably that the U.S. government did not see this coming.

  • Parkview Health plans $80M cancer center in Fort Wayne

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Parkview Health in Fort Wayne has announced plans for an $80 million cancer center on an existing campus in the city. The plan was announced Wednesday. Groundbreaking for the facility on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus is scheduled for later this year, and the center's completion is expected by the end of 2017. The Fort Wayne-based health care system said it has seen a significant increase in the number of cancer patients needing treatment in the area. President and CEO Mike Packnett says the system wants to be the best regional cancer institute.

  • A remarkable display of deep, abiding faith

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    The Sunday morning service in the downtown Baptist church came to a halt as she made her way slowly down the aisle. The preacher had just announced that this lady, whose name is Betty, would like the church’s elders to pray for her, but first she had a few words to say. Step after halting step, Betty clung to her husband’s arm as she made her way to the front of the sanctuary. Visitors had no idea what was wrong with her, but just a glance at her painfully thin frame spoke volumes. When Betty was seated, her husband at her left, the pastor handed her a microphone. She had just had some minor surgery, she said, and her family was not certain she would even be in church that day. But she said she was deter

  • Tanning Beds And College Campuses – A Public Health Concern


    Tanning salons are already under siege – they got taxed by the health law, are newly regulated by the federal government and states, and have become dermatologists’ favorite bad guy. But some policymakers say that’s not enough. Pointing to rising skin cancer rates and increased marketing toward young people, these public health advocates want new national restrictions regarding who can get their indoor tan on. “It’s time we started treating [tanning beds] just like they are cigarettes. They are carcinogen delivery systems,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., at a May 20 Capitol Hill briefing on the dangers of indoor tanning. “We do not allow our children to buy cigarettes, yet the tanning industry continues to target ad

  • Class forgoes trip to give principal money to treat cancer


    BETHLEHEM, N.H. (AP) — The graduating class at a New Hampshire high school is giving the money raised for its class trip to the school's principal, who has been diagnosed with cancer. Courtney Vashaw, principal at Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem, tells WMUR (http://bit.ly/1AxxU4u) her school works hard teaching students compassion and caring for others, but she never thought that would directly affect her. "It is very hard for me to accept help, and I have no idea what to say to you," Vashaw told the students. The class had planned to spend four days at a ranch in upstate New York until Vashaw told them she had been diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer.

  • Scientists have the first proof that viruses can beat cancer

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Scientists have the first proof that a “brand new” way of combating cancer, using genetically modified viruses to attack tumour cells, can benefit patients, paving the way for a “wave” of new potential treatments over the next decade, The Independent reports. Specialists at the NHS Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) confirmed that melanoma skin cancer patients treated with a modified herpes virus (the virus that causes cold sores) had improved survival – a world first. In some patients, the improvements were striking. Although all had aggressive, inoperable malignant melanoma, those treated with the virus therapy – known as T-VEC – at an earlier stage survived on average 20 months longer than patients given an alternative.

  • Chiefs coach says Eric Berry has completed cancer treatments, waiting on results

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Eric Berry’s recovery from Hodgkin lymphoma continues to go well. “Eric is doing well,” Reid said Tuesday, the first day of organized team activities. “He’s going to get his big end-of-the-school (year) exam down here. He’s been through all the treatments, so now the doctor is going to sit down with him and go over exactly what the results of all that are. “So we don’t have that, and Eric doesn’t have that quite yet, but everything up to this point has point has been very positive from the doctor and from Eric. So I think we’re heading in the right direction with that.

  • Cancer diagnosis leads to plans for brewery, theater

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A cancer diagnosis has prompted a couple to move ahead on plans to open a brewery and improvisational theater in Ann Arbor, drawing the name for the planned establishment from a tough day when everything felt pointless. Tori Tomalia was diagnosed in 2013 with lung cancer that had spread to other parts of her body. A nonsmoker, she soon underwent chemotherapy. Drug treatment continues and her condition has improved, but there's always the prospect of a change. She and her husband Jason had hoped to open a theater after they had established careers and after their children were grown, The Ann Arbor News and the Detroit Free Press reported.

  • Carlsbad child battles cancer

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    CARLSBAD, Texas - A little more than two months after leaving the hospital with a baby girl, Jennifer Weise found herself heading back. Weise, a resident of Carlsbad, took her daughter Journey, now a week shy of her first birthday, to the pediatrician after noticing her stomach felt firm to the touch. After doctors noticed an unusual mass in an X-ray the two were immediately flown from Shannon Medical Center to Cooks Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. After a few tests were taken at Cooks, Wiese was given the startling news that the youngest of her four kids and her only daughter had cancer. “She had a very large tumor on her left adrenal gland and then the cancer had spread to her liver,” Wiese said.

  • Livers donated after cardiac death safe to use in liver cancer patients

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Patients with liver cancer can be cured with a liver transplant. But because of the shortage of donated organs, these patients often die waiting for a liver. That’s because most transplant centers predominantly use livers from donors who die from brain death. But in the largest study of its kind, transplant physicians at Mayo Clinic in Florida have found that liver cancer patients have the same beneficial outcomes using organs donated by patients who died of cardiac death. The study was recently published online in the American Journal of Transplantation. "Our program has one of the largest experiences in the world with liver transplants using donations after cardiac death," says the study’s lead in

  • Ex-council member ready for fight with cancer

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Bob Bush, City Beverage co-owner and former Hutchinson City Council member, is gearing up for the fight of his life, but he likes his chances. At the end of April, 53-year-old Bush was diagnosed with multiple myeloma – cancer of a type of white blood cells that affects bone marrow – after his cancer-weakened collarbone broke. Bush recalls learning about the “fight or flight” response to danger, and he sees only one option: “I’m the son of a U.S. Marine and a Navy WAVE, so I fight,” Bush said on May 18. “That’s how God made me, and that’s how my mom and dad raised me.

  • Class of 2015: High school seniors overcome obstacles to graduate

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    The lump appeared on Katie Woods' leg when she was 15 years old. At first, the avid ice hockey player thought it was an injury from her skates or the puck, but then she woke up one night with shooting paints in her leg. An MRI and biopsy determined it was rhabdomayosarcoma, a type of cancer. Woods didn't know if she would make it to graduation, let alone graduate on time. Now, three years later, she is preparing to walk across the stage and receive her diploma from Franklin High School. "I'm in awe," Woods, 18, said. "I really never thought that I would make it to this day." About 12,000 El Paso County high school seniors will graduate in the coming weeks, many like Woods overcoming significant obstacles on the pa

  • Embracing life while living with advanced medullary thyroid cancer

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    (BPT) - The American Cancer Society estimates that about 62,450 new thyroid cancer cases will be diagnosed in the US in 2015. Medullary thyroid cancer represents only about 3 to 4 percent of these cases, and just one-third of those will be locally advanced or metastatic disease. Lucy Faith belongs to the small advanced medullary thyroid cancer (aMTC) community, and has found ways to manage her condition while living her life to the fullest and celebrating every day she spends with her family. “I had no idea what medullary thyroid cancer was and it felt like there was very little research being done for the disease when I was diagnosed,” says Faith. “This made it difficult to understand what was going on in my body.

  • Students rally around Mitchell ag teacher battling cancer

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Students at an eastern South Dakota high school are rallying around an agriculture teacher during his bout with cancer. The Tri-State Neighbor (http://bit.ly/1ISIkNs ) reports Mitchell High School teacher Jeff Hoffman joined his students at the state Future Farmers of America convention weeks after having his leg amputated to stop the cancer from spreading. A tumor was found in his leg last year, and he had gone through several rounds of chemotherapy before his doctors recommended the amputation. "It was crushing," Hoffman's wife, Deanna, said. But the Hoffmans have found support thorough social media. A page on Facebook keeps friends and family up to date on his progress.

  • Teen dies of cancer weeks after prom with NFL player

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Hospital officials say a Jacksonville teenager with liver cancer who went to her high school prom with an NFL player has died. Wolfson Children's Hospital spokeswoman Cindy Hamilton tells The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1Epssf9 ) that 18-year-old Khameyea Jennings died Thursday. Earlier this month, Jennings went to her prom with Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks. He drove the couple to the Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology prom in his Lamborghini. Dreams Come True of Jacksonville had approached the Jaguars about the prom invitation, and Marks said he jumped at the chance to make a difference in Jennings' life.

  • Greeley gym schedules fundraiser for police officer battling cancer

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Double Diamond CrossFit in Greeley will host a fundraiser next month to benefit a Greeley police officer who is battling cancer. Officer Thomas Girten joined the Greeley Police Department in December after completing a stint in the United States Marine Corps, which included two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Still in the field training officer program with the department, Girten, a 25-year-old father of two daughters — with a son, Levi, due in August — was recently diagnosed with cancer in his spinal tissue and vertebrae, as well as his hips. Girten is soon scheduled to undergo surgery to remove a cancer mass that is pressing against his spinal chord and threatening paralysis.

  • EDITORIAL: Hits and Misses

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Dallas’ old central library is finally branching out Once Dallas’ central library made a downtown hopscotch in 1982 to a new building at Young and Ervay, its former home, a contemporary creation of stone and glass, mostly sat empty. For those of us who love old buildings with good bones — not to mention our city’s history — that’s a crying shame. Especially given that the Commerce and Harwood site is one of the last mostly unblemished structures designed by local architect George Dahl. So it’s great to learn that the Centurion Development Group — which is already renovating the library’s next-door neighbor, the Statler-Hilton Hotel — is taking on the Dahl building, too.

  • Border Avenue plays for cancer support group benefit

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    DEMING >> While money keeps pouring from the Celebration of Life Cancer Walk that was held May 2, the Bataan Elementary School team is planning to add to the Cancer Support Group of Deming and Luna County, but it needs your help. The team has lured the Border Avenue Band from Las Cruces to perform a one-night-only concert at 6 p.m., on Friday, May 29, at the Deming High School Memorial Stadium. "Border Avenue is a very popular band in Dona Ana County and most of the musicians are local boys," said Kim Perea, fifth-grade teacher at the schools and coordinator for the concert. The Las Cruces Sun-News recently highlighted the Border Avenue Band for a cover story in its Pulse Magazine. Here are a few excepts from that article tha