• Child's cancer is latest twist in Iowa death trial

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Missouri man charged with killing his wife in Iowa is seeking a delay in his January trial so he can care for his five-year-old daughter while she fights cancer. Alex Fazzino is free on bond while awaiting trial for first-degree murder in the 2012 death of 32-year-old Emily Fazzino at their home in Boone. He's pleaded not guilty and contends her death was an accidental drowning in their bath tub. Fazzino has since returned to his hometown of Lee's Summit, Missouri, where he has been working and raising their three children. Defense attorney William Kutmus says Fazzino's youngest child has been diagnosed with leukemia and faces chemotherapy in coming months. He's asked for the trial to be

  • 10 things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Thanksgiving is a day for spending time with family and friends and, yes, enjoying some delicious food. But it’s also a time to be thankful for what we have in this life. The following 10 stories are happy and heartfelt, and represent the best that we as people have to offer — and be thankful […]

  • Mililani man gets $5.62M verdict for misdiagnosis

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — A jury has awarded millions of dollars to an Oahu man who sued a hospital for not diagnosing a tumor in his mouth, his attorney said. Attorney Rick Fried said jurors reached the verdict Tuesday and awarded $5.62 million to his client, Jeff Kim. Kim, 43, of Mililani, went to an ear, nose and throat doctor at Straub Clinic & Hospital in 2008 with pain in his mouth and feared it was cancer, Fried said. "They failed to make a diagnosis of his symptoms before they let him go," Fried said. "The test that would have diagnosed the cancer was readily available at Straub but not done." Kim's tumor grew from the size of a lima bean to the size of a fist before the cancer was found in 2011.

  • Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" — a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age. The discovery was made by two international research teams working independently, decoding the DNA of about 30,000 people. The gene mutations were rare in people under 40, but found in about 10 percent of those over 65 and in nearly 20 percent of folks over 90. Having one of the mutations does not destine someone to develop a blood cancer, but it raises the risk of that more than tenfold

  • Devon Still calls child support story "untruthful"


    CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still called his former girlfriend's comments about child support "untruthful" on Wednesday and said he's letting the dispute play out in court. Still's 4-year-old daughter, Leah, has gained national attention for her fight against cancer. More than $1 million has been raised for cancer research and treatment from the sale of Still's jersey. The girl's mother, Channing Smythe, told the New York Daily News for a story on Wednesday that Still hasn't made child support payments for the last four months, causing a hardship for her and the girl. They live in Delaware and commute to Children's Hospital in Philadelphia for treatment. Smythe and Still are no longer a couple.

  • Chiefs' Berry has support from all corners

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Wide receiver Jason Avant arrived in Kansas City a few days ago, a mid-season signing by the Chiefs. He was leaving his hotel Tuesday when a woman mustered up the courage to approach him. She didn't want to welcome him to the team. Or wish him luck on Sunday. "She said, 'My grandson came downstairs crying, saying Eric Berry may have cancer,'" Avant recalled quietly. "For him to have that kind of impact on someone is impressive." It was a common reaction to the news Monday that Berry, one of the franchise's most popular players, was found to have a mass in his chest that doctors believe could be lymphoma.

  • Woman who faked son's cancer faces sentencing

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A suburban Denver woman who lied about her son having cancer to collect tens of thousands of dollars in charitable contributions is set to be sentenced Tuesday. Sandy Nguyen (WIN) of Aurora pleaded guilty in September to one count of charitable fraud and one count of child abuse. Police say she convinced her 6-year-old son, family and others in the community that the boy had cancer and had been receiving treatment since about September 2012. Various community and school fundraisers raised some $25,000 for the family, and police say Nguyen took at least $16,000 of that money to pay for a trip to Disneyland with her family.

  • FDA strengthens warning on device linked to cancer

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Monday strengthened their warning against use of a once-popular device for gynecologic surgery that can spread unsuspected cancer, saying its risk is only justified in a fraction of patients. The Food and Drug Administration updated its April safety warning, saying doctors should not use the devices, called laparoscopic power morcellators, for performing a hysterectomy or removing uterine fibroids "in the vast majority of women." The FDA's Dr. William Maisel said there are safer options for the procedures for most patients. But he said the device may be appropriate for a small number of women who need to have fibroids removed, but want to protect their uterus in case they decide to ha

  • Man jailed for defrauding elderly cancer patient

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man who defrauded an elderly woman of roughly $279,000 while she was hospitalized for cancer treatment is headed to prison. Federal prosecutors say 45-year-old Ralph Cozzino, of North Bergen, received a 37-month sentence Monday. He pleaded guilty last year to mail fraud. Cozzino will serve three years of supervised release after prison and must pay $279,020 in restitution. Cozzino admitted stealing stock certificates from the victim's apartment and brought them to her stock transfer agent, along with forged documents to falsely grant him power of attorney. He told the agent to transfer ownership of the stocks into his name and to liquidate certain shares.

  • What not to say to a cancer patient at the holidays

    Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    For the estimated 1.6 million Americans  diagnosed with cancer  each year, making it to the holidays can feel like a personal triumph and a huge blessing. However, for many cancer patients the big family dinners and holiday parties that are part of the festive season can come with an element of dread. Nearly everyone who has gone through treatment for a life-threatening illness will tell you that when surrounded by friends and family -- both distant and close relatives -- there's likely to be at least one guest with "foot-in-mouth disease." Dana Manciagli, a stage 4 breast cancer survivor, recalled how she threw a holiday party in 2002 to celebrate coming through the end of her treatment that year. "A woman walked up to me and said, 'How can you be so happy? You have cancer,'" Manciagli told CBS News. "I was surprised she didn't wear black to the party."

  • Indiana high school honors Hill for cancer fight

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (AP) — College basketball player Lauren Hill's Indiana high school retired her jersey number this weekend in honor of her inspirational fight to continue playing despite having brain cancer. Hill told the crowd at Lawrenceburg High School on Saturday night that she thought she was simply coming to watch her old team play. The 19-year-old freshman has gained attention for her efforts to play at Division III Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati and raise money to research and treat cancer. She was diagnosed with brain cancer last year and has perhaps only months to live. "All this has been amazing and the continued support from everybody, and all the other teams, and the community," Hill told the crowd.

  • Sears, Duren lead Yale past Illinois-Chicago 70-58

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    KENT, Ohio (AP) — Justin Sears scored 16 points and Javier Duren added 15 with eight rebounds and six assists as Yale defeated Illinois-Chicago 70-58 on Friday in the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic. Yale shot 44.2 percent from the field and hit 9 of 20 3-point attempts. Armani Cotton had 11 points and Jack Montague chipped in 10 for the Bulldogs. Sears also had six rebounds and three blocks. The Bulldogs (2-1) broke away in the first half with a 9-0 run sparked by Cotton's 3-pointer and three-point play. Sears' pair of jumpers along with Anthony Dallier's 3-pointer made it 40-26 at halftime. Yale led by double digits the rest of the way. Paris Burns, Jake Wiegand and Marc Brown each had nine points apiece for the F

  • Ole Miss leader: Lymphoma treatment going well

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones says his treatment for lymphoma "continues to go as well as possible." In an email to university employees and alumni Thursday, Jones says he is gratified by early good results of his treatment at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. The 65-year-old says he expects to remain hospitalized for several more days, and will begin his next round of chemotherapy after Thanksgiving. The university announced his illness Nov. 6. Jones has been chancellor since 2009 and usually works on the main Ole Miss campus in Oxford. The university says is taking personal time off, when needed, for medical care.

  • Hillary Clinton praises St. Jude hospital work

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton, who worked on a plan to expand health care coverage in the U.S. years before the Affordable Care Act, visited with young patients Thursday at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where families of patients suffering from pediatric cancer and other illnesses pay nothing for treatment, travel, housing and food. The former Secretary of State then spoke at the opening of the Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration on the campus of the Memphis hospital. Thomas, an actress and the daughter of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, is the face of the hospital's national outreach efforts and a winner of the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom. St.

  • Clarification: Lauren's Fight story

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    CINCINNATI (AP) — In a story Nov. 18, The Associated Press reported that Xavier University made a $58,776 donation to cancer research on behalf of Mount St. Joseph freshman Lauren Hill. The story should have specified that Mount St. Joseph was a partner in the donation.

  • Mexican boy has massive tumor removed in US

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had been suffering from a massive tumor and drew international attention after U.S. officials helped him get treatment in New Mexico had the growth removed after a long surgery, a church said Tuesday. In a statement, Kristean Alcocer of the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho said Jose Antonio Ramirez Serrano underwent surgery Monday at the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital to remove the tumor from his neck, shoulder and torso area. The surgery lasted a more than 12 hours and involved 25 medical professionals, Alcocer said. "The road to recovery will be long, and many challenges still lie ahead for this young boy," said Alcocer, who is housing Jose whil

  • Penguins defenseman Maatta back after cancer scare

    Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    MONTREAL (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will play Tuesday night against Montreal, two weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his thyroid. The 20-year-old Maatta underwent surgery earlier this month at the urging of doctors, who detected it during a preseason physical. Maatta returned to the ice a few days after the procedure, and coach Mike Johnston says Maatta could have come back over the weekend but the team wanted to give him a few extra days to get his legs back. Maatta says he just wanted to get the surgery over with so he could focus on hockey. Maatta has one goal and five assists in 10 games for the Penguins.

  • Western Iowa mom pleads guilty to cancer hoax

    Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — A 30-year-old western Iowa mother has pleaded guilty to allegations that she devised an elaborate hoax about a diagnosis of cancer for her 5-year-old daughter. On Monday Leatha Slauson pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court in Atlantic to two counts of child endangerment, one of administering harmful substances, one of theft and one of unlawful possession of a prescription drug. Prosecutors dropped other charges in exchange for her pleas. Her sentencing is set for Dec. 22. Prosecutors say Slauson said on a Facebook page that her daughter Riley was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2013. Donations soon began pouring in. An investigation later determined that Riley was not sick.

  • US, German drugmakers team up on cancer medicines

    Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Pfizer said Monday that it will partner with German drug and chemical maker Merck in developing potential cancer drugs in a hot new medication class that harnesses the body's immune system to fight cancer. Under their agreement, New York-based Pfizer will pay Merck KGaA $850 million initially and up to $2 billion total, based on how many drugs are approved and future revenue levels. Pfizer said it will take a charge for the $850 million payment, cutting into profit this year, so it's lowered its 2014 earnings forecast by a dime, to a range of $1.40 to $1.49 per share. The two companies plan to develop drugs to fight multiple cancer types, either alone or in combination with their other cancer trea

  • Actor Patrick Dempsey honored for cancer care

    Updated: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine-born actor Patrick Dempsey returned home to accept an award for his work helping cancer patients. Dempsey — most famous for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd in the TV series "Grey's Anatomy" — and the Jackson Laboratory were awarded the Maine Creative Industries Award on Saturday in Portland. Forty-eight-year-old Dempsey was inspired by his mother's battle with ovarian cancer to help found the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. His mother, Amanda Dempsey, died in March. The Jackson Lab is a genetics research facility in Bar Harbor.