• Cynthia Nixon channels the personal to play a cancer patient


    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Cynthia Nixon's portrayal of a woman and mother dying of cancer in the Sundance drama "James White" hit extremely close to home. The actress saw her own mother die from the disease in the same year she shot the film. "It's awful to have a parent die and to have you nurse them through their illness, but in some ways, it is also a very precious time," said Nixon. "You realize how grateful you are for each other." Nixon agreed with the person who called it the anti-"Terms of Endearment" film. "The film really beautifully captures the horrible slog of it. It's a really brutal and unflinching look at what a terminal illness looks like in its final stages. There aren't these poetic conversations that

  • Richard Sherman looking forward to fatherhood

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Richard Sherman has contingency plans in place should his girlfriend give birth to their first child — a son — before Sunday's Super Bowl against New England. Sherman doesn't seem worried about the potential arrival of his son interfering with his chances at winning a second straight Super Bowl title. He's expecting his son to be cooperative from birth. "He's not supposed to come on Sunday. Obviously that would change some things. But I think he's going to be a disciplined young man and stay in there until after the game. He's going to do his father his first favor and stay in there for another week or two," Sherman said on Thursday.

  • Correction: Earns-Amgen story

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    In a story Jan. 27 about drugmaker Amgen's quarterly results, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a drug and misstated the type of cancer another drug treats. The experimental drug is talimogene laherparepvec, not talimogene paherparepvec. Kyprolis treats blood cancer, not bone cancer. A corrected version of the story is below: Amgen tops Street 4Q forecasts Amgen beats 4Q net income and revenue expectations By LINDA A. JOHNSON AP Business Writer Amgen Inc. cruised to a 27 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit and beat Wall Street expectations, due to higher sales of nearly all its medicines, tight cost controls and a tax benefit.

  • Oregon governor has skin cancer removed from cheek

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has had skin cancer removed from his face. The Democratic governor had an obvious scar on his left cheek when he spoke to Oregon reporters and editors Tuesday at a forum organized by The Associated Press. Kitzhaber's spokeswoman, Amy Wojcicki (woh-CHICK-ee) says the cancerous lesion was removed on Monday. Kitzhaber's office said earlier this month that he was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a less severe form of skin cancer.

  • After cancer diagnosis, couple plans wedding in 11 days

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Cory and Erin Blanchard can measure the milestones of their lives together so far - 1,105 days of dating, 11 days between their engagement and their wedding, and exactly one month between Erin's ultrasound and her surgery after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. They had dreamed of a huge wedding at a plantation house in New Orleans, followed by a reception with a big brass band that kept everyone dancing late into the night. "When we got the diagnosis back, none of that seemed to matter anymore," Erin said. "Neither one of us thought we were shorting ourselves. It just felt like this is the way it should have always been done." On Saturday, Jan. 17, they were married in a brief ceremony, fol

  • Gov. Martinez donates $10K to cancer group

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is giving $10,000 to fund cancer research and awareness. Martinez took the opportunity to promote early cancer testing during an event Monday at the Capitol Rotunda for the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer program dubbed Suits and Sneakers. She donned sneakers and pink socks with her blue suit for the event. The money from her inaugural committee will go for cancer research as part of "Pink Pack," a program established by the family of University of New Mexico men's basketball senior guard Hugh Greenwood. The player's mother is battling cancer. The governor encouraged all New Mexicans to put on their sneakers and unite for a common cause_to save lives from cancer.

  • Oklahoma lawmaker proposes legislation to make public places smoke-free

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Oklahoma Sen. A.J. Griffin, R-Guthrie, filed Senate Joint Resolution 24 last week, a measure that would put on the Oklahoma ballot a ban on smoking in public places, including restaurants, bars and bingo halls, among other places. The proposed legislation doesn’t apply to electronic cigarettes.

  • Death of Girl Who Refused Chemo Under Investigation

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    The death of an 11-year-old girl who sparked headlines after her family agreed to let her stop chemotherapy will be investigated by a local coroner, ABC News reports. Makayla Sault, a member of the First Nations tribe in Canada, died after suffering a stroke on Sunday, according to a family statement. Makayla’s case grabbed headlines after, at the girl's request, she stopped chemotherapy treatment for her acute lymphoblastic leukemia in May. The move led to the family being investigated by a division of Canada's Children’s Aid Society, which ultimately allowed the family to continue to care for Makayla without requiring the chemotherapy treatments.

  • Turkish man sentenced for counterfeit cancer drugs

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Turkish citizen has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $150,000 for smuggling misbranded and adulterated cancer treatment drugs into the United States. Sabahaddin Akman was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. Akman is the owner and manager of a drug wholesale company in Turkey. He and a Turkish co-defendant smuggled three shipments of misbranded and tainted cancer drugs from Turkey to the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, Missouri. The U.S. Attorney's Office says some of the medications were shipped without the insulation required to maintain their effectiveness. Other vials contained mold and water but lacked any active ingredient.

  • One dose, then surgery: A new way to test brain tumor drugs

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Lori Simons took the bright orange pill at 3 a.m. Eight hours later, doctors sliced into her brain, looking for signs that the drug was working. She is taking part in one of the most unusual cancer experiments in the nation. With special permission from the Food and Drug Administration and multiple drug companies, an Arizona hospital is testing medicines very early in development and never tried on brain tumors before. Within a day of getting a single dose of one of these drugs, patients have their tumors removed and checked to see if the medicine had any effect. If it did, they can stay on an experimental drug that otherwise would not be available to them.

  • Oklahoma City-based scientist fired after investigation shows he made up research, report finds

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    This past week, Bin Kang was formally sanctioned through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Research Integrity for knowingly falsifying and fabricating research. He was fired from OMRF in December after the organization’s investigation, in coordination with the Office of Research Integrity, revealed the altered images.

  • After cancer scare, Brengle into Aussie Open 3rd round

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Most tennis players, though not all, remember to apply the sunscreen when playing under the often scorching rays at the Australian Open. Madison Brengle is fanatic about it. She's so pale, she says, "I have a tendency to glow in the dark." "I like, bathed, in sunblock before I went out there," she added Thursday after her 6-1, 6-3 win over fellow American Irina Falconi in the second round at Melbourne Park. The 24-year-old Brengle has more reason than most to be careful. Two days before last year's U.S. Open, she noticed a strange spot on her leg and went to the dermatologist to have it tested. A few weeks later, while at a tournament in Quebec City, she received the diagnosis it was

  • Dad charged over sick child prompts Aussie marijuana debate

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The case of an Australian father who is facing prison for allegedly giving his cancer-stricken 2-year-old daughter cannabis to relieve her pain has triggered a groundswell of momentum for a campaign to legalize marijuana for medical purposes in the country. The 30-year-old father, who cannot be named under Australian law, was arrested outside his daughter's hospital in Brisbane on Jan. 2 for allegedly putting cannabis oil in her food. He was charged with supplying a dangerous drug to a minor and faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted. An online petition calling on the Queensland state Premier Campbell Newman to intervene on the father's behalf had more than 155,000 supporters on Thursday.

  • Lab tests imply formaldehyde risk in some e-cigarette vapor

    Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Using certain electronic cigarettes at high temperature settings could potentially release more formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, than smoking traditional cigarettes does, new lab tests suggest. The research does not prove a health risk — it involved limited testing on just one brand of e-cigarettes and was done in test tubes, not people. It also does not mean e-cigarettes are better or worse than regular ones; tobacco smoke contains dozens of things that can cause cancer. But it does highlight how little is known about the safety of e-cigarettes — battery-powered devices that heat liquid to deliver nicotine in a vapor rather than from burning tobacco.

  • James Taylor, Paul Simon perform at benefit for jazz great

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — James Taylor and Paul Simon paid tribute to late jazz great Michael Brecker with performances and kind words at a cancer benefit for their friend who died in 2007. Taylor, who Brecker's widow said had the flu, performed "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" — the first song he played with the jazz saxophonist — in New York City on Tuesday night. Taylor was on guitar as Brecker's brother, Randy Brecker, played the trumpet. "I miss him all the time," Taylor said after the performance. "Michael saved my life and probably a lot of other people. He led me to freedom, really from addiction, and showed a number of us the way.

  • SW Iowa woman gets probation in false cancer case

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — A southwest Iowa woman has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to falsely claiming her 5-year-old daughter had cancer and raising money for her treatment. District Court Judge Kathleen Kilnoski on Tuesday sentenced 30-year-old Leatha Slauson to 5 years probation. She also must continue mental health treatment and not contact her five children unless requested by her therapist. In November, Slauson pleaded guilty to two counts of child endangerment, one of administering harmful substances, one of theft and one of unlawful possession of a prescription drug. Prosecutors say Slauson said on a Facebook page her daughter had colon cancer. Donations soon began pouring in. An investigation

  • Cancer documentary was late actor's last project

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The late actor Edward Herrmann's final project before he died of brain cancer last month was narrating an upcoming PBS documentary on the disease. The six-hour project, based on the book "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" by Siddhartha Mukherjee, will air over three nights in March. Herrmann collapsed because of a seizure on the first day he came to work and had to explain to filmmaker Barak Goodman that it was because of his cancer, Goodman said. Still, Herrmann was determined to do the work. "He felt it appropriate that this would be his final project," Goodman said. Herrmann, known for playing the grandfather in "Gilmore Girls," died in New York on Dec. 31.

  • New Michigan law helps firefighters who get cancer on job

    Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Even as Michigan's new Legislature begins its two-year session, Gov. Rick Snyder is signing a flurry of bills that lawmakers passed in the lame duck session of the outgoing Legislature, including a measure to help firefighters who develop cancer on the job. But Snyder has said he's concerned the legislation, which he signed last week, lacks funding. The law amends the workers' compensation law to cover firefighters with cancer who've been working at least five years and who've been exposed to harmful toxins on the job. "We all value the important work our firefighters do each and every day," Snyder said in a statement. "Firefighters face significant, and frequently unidentifiable, hazards on the job.

  • ABC Family's 'Chasing Life' focuses on young adult cancer

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Italia Ricci plays a twenty-something journalist who is battling leukemia on ABC Family's "Chasing Life." It's not an easy role, the actress says. "I just feel really guilty when I get to come home and not have cancer and all of the people who have cancer can't turn it off," she said in a recent interview. "It just doesn't feel fair and so that hits me harder than what I have to work out on (the) set." "Chasing Life" returns with the second half of its first season on Monday (9 p.m. EST). The 28-year-old says playing April Carver has given her perspective and reminded her of the saying, "pick your battles." "I get to look at life as if the stakes are that high for me," she said.

  • Colorado group helps breast cancer survivors get tattoos

    Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — For women who have survived breast cancer, breast or nipple reconstruction can be a first step toward looking like their old selves. A Colorado organization is helping some of those women, and others who don't choose reconstruction, in their emotional healing — through tattoos to help conceal their scars. P.ink is a Boulder-based group that helps connect survivors with tattoo artists. Its first annual P.ink Day was in 2013, when it raised money and funded tattoos for 10 women in a single day in Brooklyn, New York. In 2014, the event expanded and featured all-volunteer artists in 12 cities in the U.S. and Canada who helped 38 women.