• Woman accused of cancer treatment scam found guilty

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 71-year-old woman charged with fraud in an alleged cancer treatment scam has been found guilty in Tulsa. Antonella Carpenter was convicted of two counts of mail fraud, five counts of travel fraud and 22 counts of wire fraud Wednesday. Prosecutors say Carpenter committed fraud when she advertised that her laser treatments used to heat cancerous tissue injected with a mixture of saline solution and green dye or walnut hull extract were 100 percent effective in killing cancerous tumors. Carpenter, who is not a medical physician, operated treatment clinics formerly located in Owasso and Broken Arrow. She previously had a similar clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • After battling leukemia, Craig Sager resumes star role for Turner

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Come Friday, Craig Sager plans to fly to Toronto for the event he calls the biggest he works all year — and one that was denied him in 2015: the NBA All-Star Game. But on Wednesday, he still was sitting in MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, waiting to see his doctor and in the middle of a “whole, huge, long checkup that takes all week.” Such is life for Turner Sports’ NBA sideline reporter, who two years ago was diagnosed with leukemia and has been battling the disease ever since. He was in Houston not only for his checkup, a series of tests that began on Monday, but also for the maintenance chemotherapy he undergoes periodically. If all of that sounds like a physical and emotional challenge, it is. But

  • Biden seeks input for cancer 'moonshot' at Duke University

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — With an ambitious funding request pending before Congress, Vice President Joe Biden sought Wednesday to fill out the White House's cancer "moonshot" with input from doctors and researchers at a hub for medical innovation. Biden toured labs at Duke University before sitting down with medical professionals from across the North Carolina region known as the Research Triangle for its mix of higher education and technology companies. Breaking down boundaries is a key theme of the White House's effort, which was evidenced by the panel of speakers representing a mixture of medical specialties, philanthropies and community health advocacy.

  • Kansas cancer survivors support tanning booth ban for teens

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Skin cancer survivors and a dozen like-minded organizations have testified in support of a bill that would ban tanning beds to those younger than 18 years old. The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1Xiwd1R) reports that the bill would forbid anyone 17 or under from tanning devices. It would also allow the Kansas Board of Cosmetology to impose a maximum fine of $250 on tanning businesses for every violation of the law. Similar legislation has been introduced in the past, but hasn't survived the political gauntlet. The bill's hearing before the House Health and Human Services Committee coincided with the annual lobbying day of the Cancer Action Network affiliated with the American Cancer Society.

  • Ken Watanabe battling cancer but promises fans he'll be back


    TOKYO (AP) — Ken Watanabe, one of a handful of Japanese actors who has made it on the international stage, underwent surgery for stomach cancer. But he has beaten serious sickness before, having had leukemia more than 20 years ago. The early-stage cancer was found in a medical checkup, the Tony- and Oscar-nominated actor said on his Japanese Twitter account. His publicist confirmed the sickness Tuesday, noting the 56-year-old actor will be forced to delay his return to Broadway's "The King and I." But Watanabe said he'd be back. "I hate to worry you, but please wait," he tweeted in Japanese. He had been scheduled to return to the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical from March 1-April 17.

  • Riding to fight cancer, local gym lends a hand

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    CARLSBAD -- This isn't a typical bike ride and it's not just an opportunity for Jake Haskett to show what he's made of. Haskett is riding cross-country to fight cancer. From a small town in Kansas, Haskett thought of the idea to ride his bike across the country about three months ago, but he said he was searching for a reason to do the ride. Haskett, who arrived in Carlsbad from El Paso on Tuesday, is raising money for Damaris Niewald, 61, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and is currently receiving treatment and 18-month old Benedict Horineck who is fighting a rare form of cancer called retinoblastoma. The official campaign is called “ The Ride”-Coast to Coast for 12:11 CrossFit Family.

  • Falcons owner Arthur Blank diagnosed with prostate cancer

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Falcons owner Arthur Blank has been receiving treatment for prostate cancer. “In December I was diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer,” Blank said in a statement on Tuesday. “Over the last several weeks Angie (Macuga) and I have visited a number of expert doctors and hospitals across the country to identify the best treatment options for me. I have chosen an aggressive approach that will include surgery and the overall prognosis is good. I’m looking forward to getting this behind me and continuing a very active lifestyle, my upcoming wedding, as well as continued active involvement in our businesses and philanthropic efforts for years to come.” A spokesman for Blank said the owne

  • Falcons owner Blank to have surgery for prostate cancer

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is planning surgery for what he says is a treatable form of prostate cancer. Blank said in a statement posted on the team website on Tuesday he was diagnosed with the cancer in December. He says he has visited doctors "across the country." He says "the overall prognosis is good." The 73-year-old Blank, the co-founder of Home Depot, purchased the Falcons in 2002. He also owns the expansion MLS franchise Atlanta United FC, which will begin play in 2017. The soccer team will share the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, currently under construction, with the Falcons. Blank is engaged to Angela Macuga and says he is looking forward to the wedding and continuing his active lifestyle.

  • Handmade coloring books for adults helps cancer patients

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — It started as a doodle. Now, Becca Briscoe of Goshen has developed four coloring books based on those doodles, featuring around 600 designs. Now, one of her books is being used by cancer patients to help them pass time while they're undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Briscoe, 63, said it all started while she was watching the 2006 Winter Olympic luge competition. She said while she was curious who the winner was, she really didn't want to watch the competition. "I don't even know who thought that sport up, that's just ridiculous," she said. "I couldn't stand to watch it anymore," she said. "I started to doodle and I kept doodling and I have about 600 designs.

  • Dogs, humans to raise funds for cancer research

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    It's not too late to sign up for Victoria's first Mardi Paw Bark For Life. Families and their furry friends will celebrate the lifelong contributions of canine caregivers to cancer patients at the Mardi Gras-themed fundraiser. The dog-friendly event will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Victoria Country Club grounds, 14 Spring Creek Drive. Keisha Smith, community manager for the American Cancer Society, said the event was organized to give people a chance to socialize with other dog owners and dogs while benefiting the American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement. "There are a lot of people who got through their own cancer because of their furry companion," she said.

  • Dogs, humans to raise funds for Relay For Life

    Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    It's not too late to sign up for Victoria's first Mardi Paw Bark For Life. Families and their furry friends will celebrate the lifelong contributions of canine caregivers to cancer patients at the Mardi Gras-themed fundraiser. The dog-friendly event will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Victoria Country Club grounds, 14 Spring Creek Drive. Keisha Smith, community manager for the American Cancer Society, said the event was organized to give people a chance to socialize with other dog owners and dogs while benefiting the American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement. "There are a lot of people who got through their own cancer because of their furry companion," she said.

  • EDITORIAL: Congress should join in president's initiative to boost cancer research

    Updated: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    President Richard M. Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971, first in his State of the Union address and then later when he signed the National Cancer Act in December, 1971. Forty-five years later, President Barack Obama has announced — also in a State of the Union address — a similar initiative against the feared disease. That should be seen as good news not only in America but throughout the world. As important as it has been for the leading nation of the world to aggressively fight terrorism, cancer is a much more deadly killer across the globe. And if there ever was an issue that should be a slam dunk to get bipartisan support, a drive intended to eradicate cancer would be it. Everyone has been touched by cancer.

  • KC safety Berry recovers from lymphoma, wins comeback award

    Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kansas City safety Eric Berry, who missed 10 games the previous season battling lymphoma, then returned to the Chiefs to become an All-Pro, has won The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. Berry's inspirational story and superb performance on the field earned him 38 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the league. Berry was a mainstay on a Kansas City defense that sparked a 10-game winning streak during the regular season. He easily outdistanced Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer, who came back from knee surgery to lead the Cardinals to a 13-3 regular season. Palmer received six votes.

  • Jacksonville College cancer awareness game more important than ever

    Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Jacksonville College's annual cancer awareness game, scheduled for Feb. 13 when the Lady Jaguars and Jaguars entertain their counterparts from Angelina College at 2 and 4 p.m., will, perhaps, carry with it a greater sense of urgency than ever before. That is because a former Jag basketball player, Deondre Logan, is currently battling cancer. Logan, a former prep standout at San Antonio Taft High School, played for JC in 2011 and 2012. Shortly after Logan reached one of his goals — to play professional basketball — last September, his world was turned upside down. One day during a practice session with the Laredo Swarm (American Basketball Association) Logan felt a change in his left ankle that was impacting hi

  • Brantley teen overwhelmed with support before cancer fight

    Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    BRANTLEY, Ala. (AP) — Alex Wilcox passively stands, eyes darting around at the scene, her shy nature overwhelmed. Why are all these people here for me? It's something that still feels unnatural, a month after it all began with a doctor telling a 16-year-old something anyone would dread: You have cancer. Since, near-strangers have sent her uplifting messages. T-shirts and bracelets have appeared around town lifting up her name. Hugs and smiles have so consumed her that it's as if the community is trying to love the cancer away. It definitely left her antsy a week ago when more than 50 players showed up in Brantley for a softball clinic. Three NCAA Division I head coaches were there, too. All for her.

  • Gov. Baker signs bill barring teens from tanning salons

    Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts law now bans anyone under 18 from using tanning beds. Gov. Charlie Baker signed the bill on Friday, saying it will help reduce the risk of skin cancer among minors. Supporters, including dermatologists, say there's a sharp rise in the number of young people diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Doctors believe the rise is linked to the increased use of sunbeds, which became popular in the 1970s. Salon owners say tanning beds are safe if used responsibly. Massachusetts law previously allowed teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 to visit tanning salons with consent from a parent or legal guardian. Children under 14 had been able to use a tanning bed if acc

  • At Children's Mercy, a sharper focus on research; institute's new leader arrives

    Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Children’s Mercy Hospital suffered a setback in 2013 when Jackson County voters soundly rejected a new sales tax to fund health care research, with the largest share of the money — $20 million per year — set to go to the hospital. But that hasn’t deterred Children’s Mercy’s drive to become a major medical research center. Last year, it created a Children’s Research Institute to coordinate the work of its scientists and physicians and to expand its research portfolio. The hospital announced this week that it has hired biologist Tom Curran, former deputy scientific director of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to lead the new institute.

  • Vice President Biden to visit Durham on anti-cancer efforts

    Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden plans to travel to North Carolina next week to discuss the Obama administration's new initiative to accelerate efforts to cure cancer. The White House said Friday that Biden would visit Durham on Wednesday, with additional detail announced later. Duke University spokeswoman Sarah Avery confirmed it would occur on the campus of Duke's School of Medicine but had no other information. President Obama announced last month Biden would lead the "moonshot" federal task force looking for ways to streamline government's role toward finding the cure. Obama's federal budget request is expected to seek $750 million for cancer research. Biden's son, Beau, died from brain cancer last May

  • To win the war on cancer, dishonorably discharge tests on animals

    Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    In the wake of multiple high-profile, cancer-related deaths — including those of the vice president’s son Beau Biden, David Bowie, rock musician Lemmy Kilmister, Alan Rickman, and Celine Dion’s husband, Rene Angelil — President Barack Obama has established a White House task force on cancer, headed by Joe Biden, to “put ourselves on a path to achieve in just five years research and treatment gains that otherwise might take a decade or more.” The president’s commitment is welcome news to cancer patients and their families, but if we’re serious about achieving this vision, we must abandon ineffective tests on animals, which have hobbled cancer research since the war on cancer was declared nearly half a century ago.

  • New Texarkana mayor being treated for breast cancer

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — The mayor of Texarkana, Arkansas, says she is being treated for Stage 1 breast cancer. Mayor Ruth Penney-Bell told the Texarkana Gazettee on Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1SvpuTp ) that despite the personal nature of her diagnosis, she felt obligated to share the information because she is a public official. She said she might have to miss some functions while she recovers from treatment, but that she still plans to attend the city's twice-monthly board meetings. The mayor said all women should have a mammogram when their doctors recommend it. In Stage 1, cancerous breast cancer cells remain localized and can often be treated effectively. Penney-Bell took office in January 2015.