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  • OHSU: $72 million needed for Knight cancer grant

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Health & Science University officials say they've raised most of the $500 million they need to secure a matching gift from Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny. University officials told a state Senate committee on Monday that they've raised $428 million, including $200 million in tax money that will be used to build research facilities. OHSU has until February 2016 to raise the remaining $72 million it needs to secure Knight's contribution. The university hopes the influx of money will help researchers improve early detection of cancer. OSU says the money has come from more than 6,200 donors in 48 states, including 34 people who have contributed $1 million or more.

  • Some Cancer Experts See 'Overdiagnosis,' Question Emphasis on Early Detection

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Some of the nation's top cancer experts say zealous screening and advanced diagnostic tools are turning up ever-smaller abnormalities, many of which are being labeled cancer and treated aggressively, even though they might never have been life-threatening. While it's clear that early-stage cancers are more treatable than late-stage ones, some leading cancer experts say that zealous screening and advanced diagnostic tools are finding ever-smaller abnormalities in prostate, breast, thyroid and other tissues. Many are being labeled cancer or precancer and treated aggressively, even though they may never have caused harm. "We're not finding enough of the really lethal cancers, and we're finding too many of the slow-moving ones that probably don't need to be found," says Laura Esserman, a breast-cancer surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco.

  • British boy gets first proton treatment in Prague

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    PRAGUE (AP) — British boy Ashya King underwent his first proton beam therapy session for a life-threatening brain tumor in Prague on Monday, a week after the 5-year-old boy was flown here from Spain. Ashya's case caused an international uproar after his parents removed him from an English hospital last month without doctors' consent and police launched a manhunt to find him. Ashya's parents, Brett and Naghmeh King, had fought a protracted battle to get him proton beam treatment, which targets tumors more directly than radiotherapy but isn't yet available for brain tumor patients in Britain. An 11-year-old Czech boy who had the same disease as Ashya and was treated with proton beam therapy offered the British boy some

  • Special wedding guest: Man who saved groom's life

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Adam Myers and Sloan Braith get married Saturday, they'll have a special guest present: The man whose bone marrow made their big day possible. Jeremy Gitzlaff, of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, donated the marrow last year that's credited with saving Myers' life from leukemia. Myers and Gitzlaff have been communicating via texts, email and Facebook this summer, but the wedding at scenic William O'Brien State Park will be the first time they've spoken. The two men said Friday they expect it will be an emotional meeting for both of them — as well as the bride. "She said she's not going to put her mascara on until she meets him because she knows she's going to bawl her eyes out," Myers said.

  • Illinois TV anchorman says he has months to live

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A television news anchorman fighting brain cancer in Illinois has told viewers he has only four to six months to live, but he hopes to work as long as he can. During a newscast Thursday, Dave Benton told viewers of WCIA-TV in Champaign that doctors recently told him that his brain tumor is too large for surgery or radiation. He says he'll try a new treatment to slow the tumor's growth, but that his goal is to add "a few more days and make them the best they can be." Benton has a wife and two adult children. He grew up in Addison, a Chicago suburb, and graduated from Northern Illinois University. Benton's online biography says he has worked at the station for nine years.

  • Lilly cancer drug fares well in late-stage study

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eli Lilly and Co. said Friday its potential colorectal cancer drug Cyramza helped patients on chemotherapy with advanced cases of the disease survive longer than patients on chemotherapy alone. The Indianapolis company said patients treated with Cyramza and a chemotherapy in late-stage research had statistically significant improvements in overall survival compared to those who received the chemotherapy and a placebo. But the drugmaker did not detail the difference in improvements. All patients had already tried another treatment regimen before the study. Late-stage research is the last phase of clinical study before a drugmaker submits its product to regulators for approval. Lilly said it expects to do

  • Bengals DT Still on roster, caring for daughter

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Defensive tackle Devon Still got the early morning call from an assistant coach while he was still asleep. Could he come to Paul Brown Stadium and discuss adding him back onto the Bengals' active roster? "They told me when I get a chance to make it over to the stadium," Still said. "I rolled right out of bed and made it over about 5 minutes later before they changed their minds." After four months of recovering from injury and anguishing over his daughter, Still was all the way back on Wednesday. The Bengals promoted him from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, convinced that he's ready to resume his role as part of their defensive line rotation. It's been a tough road back.

  • Cancer patient avoids prison for growing marijuana

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A dying Iowa man who grew marijuana to treat terminal cancer was sentenced to probation Tuesday, avoiding prison even as he defended his decision to violate the law. Judge Henry Latham chastised 48-year-old Benton Mackenzie for ignoring the law by growing 71 marijuana plants in a trailer outside his parents' eastern Iowa home. He said growing so many plants would not be legal even in the 23 states that allow medical marijuana, which Iowa does not, and noted Mackenzie had two prior drug convictions. But Latham said he was using his discretion to grant probation so Mackenzie could receive medical treatment for angiosarcoma, a rare cancer of the blood vessels that has caused large skin lesions on his but

  • Michigan children's hospital to get $250,000 grant

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An Ann Arbor children's hospital is set to receive a $250,000 grant for pediatric cancer research. The money will support the work of Dr. Elizabeth Lawlor at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, which focuses on an aggressive tumor of bones and soft tissues. Ewing sarcoma most commonly occurs in children and young adults. Current treatment for the disease is very toxic, and Lawlor hopes to develop new ways to treat tumors that will improve survival and quality of life of the patients. "The generous support from Hyundai's Hope on Wheels is going to allow us to pursue an exciting new area of investigation that we are optimistic will lead to better therapy for Ewing sarcoma patients

  • US surgeon general to talk skin cancer

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak will be in New Mexico to talk about ways schools and parents can work together to prevent skin cancer. Lushniak and New Mexico Health Secretary Retta Ward are scheduled to visit Bandelier Elementary School in Albuquerque on Tuesday. They will be meeting with school officials, parents and students. Even though most skin cancers can be prevented, federal health officials say skin cancer rates are increasing across the country. The average annual cost of treating skin cancers now tops $8 billion. Officials say New Mexico has one of the highest incidences and mortality rates of melanoma among non-Hispanic white individuals. Melanoma is the deadliest form

  • Rutgers gets $10M pledge for cancer research

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — An anonymous donor is pledging $10 million to Rutgers University over two years to advance the treatment of patients with rare and resistant cancers that do not respond to standard therapies. New Jersey's largest university says the gift will strengthen research in identifying genetic abnormalities and help fine-tune treatment of cancerous tumors. The donation also will increase the number of patients that Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey can treat in clinical trials of targeted therapies. The gift includes a $1 million endowment for cancer biology curriculum development to support preparing undergraduate students to pursue research and clinical careers in precision medicine.

  • Oklahoma doctor featured in documentary that examines science behind vaccinations

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Dr. Amy Middleman, adolescent medicine chief in the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine’s pediatrics department, is featured in an upcoming NOVA film, “Vaccines — Calling the Shots.”

  • Study: Screening may benefit heavy-smoking seniors

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some current or former heavy smokers may benefit from a new lung cancer test even if they're 65 or older — although they experience more false alarms, suggests an analysis that comes as Medicare is debating whether to pay for the scans. Lung cancer kills nearly 160,000 Americans a year, in part because tumors aren't usually detected early enough for treatment to stand a good chance. A major study released in 2011 showed that low-dose CT scans of the lungs of people at especially high risk because of heavy smoking can cut their chances of dying from lung cancer by 20 percent. Based on that study, the U.S.

  • Stand Up to Cancer telethon raises $109 million

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The star-studded Stand Up to Cancer telethon that aired on broadcast and cable networks in the United States and Canada raised $109 million. Organizers said Monday that's $28 million more than the 2012 telecast generated. The hour-long broadcast on Friday featured performances by The Who, Dave Matthews Band, Ariana Grande and a closing number by Jennifer Hudson, Common and Lupe Fiasco. Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, Robert Downey Jr. and Halle Berry were among the stars appearing on the broadcast. Viewers were asked to donate what they could. Funds raised by the telethon support international, interdisciplinary scientific research aimed at discovering new treatments for various typ

  • Fargo mayor continuing treatment for kidney cancer

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Fargo mayor says he has checked into a local facility to help with his treatment for kidney cancer. Dennis Walaker was diagnosed earlier this summer with renal cell carcinoma. He said in a statement Monday that he's improving every day and will continue his "course of treatment very soon." The mayor of North Dakota's largest city says the first two weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatment seemed to go well, but he developed an adverse reaction to prescribed medication and was hospitalized. Walaker says he returned home briefly upon leaving the hospital, but has since entered another facility. He was not specific. Walaker says his family convinced him in July to see a doctor because he

  • British boy arrives in Prague for cancer treatment

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    PRAGUE (AP) — A British boy who caused an uproar after being taken by his parents from a U.K. hospital without doctors' consent landed in Prague on Monday to get treatment for his brain tumor. Ashya King, 5, was flown to the Czech capital on a medically equipped plane from the Spanish city of Malaga and admitted to Prague's Motol hospital. His parents, Brett and Naghmeh King, have fought a protracted battle to get their son treated with proton beam technology, which targets tumors more directly than radiotherapy but is not yet available for patients with brain tumors in Britain.

  • Parkinson's, cancer findings earn medical prizes

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Key discoveries about breast cancer, Parkinson's disease and the body's handling of defective proteins have earned prestigious medical awards for five scientists. The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced the winners Monday. Each prize includes a $250,000 honorarium. The awards will be presented Sept. 19 in New York. The Lasker award for clinical medical research will be shared by Drs. Mahlon DeLong of Emory University in Atlanta and Alim Louis Benabid of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, for developing a surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease. In work that began in the late 1960s, DeLong traced Parkinson symptoms to overactivity in a specific part of the brain.

  • Thyroid, kidney cancers up in kids but still rare

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Children's kidney and thyroid cancers have increased in recent years, and though the diseases are rare, experts wonder if the rising rates could be related to obesity. The rate for all childhood cancers combined, 171 cases per million children, remained stable from 2001 to 2009 although slight increases were seen in blacks and adolescents, according to a report from researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the years studied, there were about 120,000 new cancer diagnoses among infants and children aged 1 through 19. Mostly stable rates of leukemia and brain tumors, among the more common types of childhood cancer, contributed to the overall trend.

  • Boy in Spain with brain tumor being readied to fly

    Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    MADRID (AP) — A British boy who has a severe brain tumor is being readied to travel from southern Spain for treatment in the Czech Republic's capital aboard a specially-prepared private jet, officials said late Sunday. The transfer of 5-year-old Ashya King could begin "in the next few hours," according to Manuel Paz, medical director of Malaga's Children's and Maternity Hospital, and Daniel Perez, the province of Malaga's health representative. Paz and Perez met with King's parents, and they agreed the move could take place. Paz said the boy was in a stable condition and able to fly to Prague for "alternative treatment.

  • Boy in Spain with brain tumor to fly for treatment

    Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    MADRID (AP) — Doctors in a Spanish hospital caring for a British boy with a serious brain tumor are finalizing details to enable him to fly for treatment in the Czech Republic. Southern Malaga's Childern's and Maternity Hospital said its medical directors will meet Saturday to review preparations. The hospital said 5-year-old Ashya King is in a stable condition and a flight to Prague won't pose a problem to his health. It said a special aircraft will pick him up, but it wasn't clear when. The boy's parents, Brett and Naghmeh King were arrested a week ago by Spanish police after they removed him without medical consent from a hospital in the English city of Southampton and drove him to Malaga. They were later released