• Study aims to uncover why cancer plagues golden retrievers

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, veterinarians want to know. Scientists are studying the popular breed to find out why their lifespans have gotten shorter over the years and why cancer is so prevalent. The Colorado-based Morris Animal Foundation recently got the first lifetime study of 3,000 purebred golden retrievers up and running after signing up the first dogs in 2012. The nonprofit says the review of health conditions and environmental factors facing goldens across the U.S. can help other breeds and even people, because humans carry 95 percent of the same DNA. "Canine cancer has become a dog owner's greatest fear," said Dr.

  • EDITORIAL: Useful vaccines

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    When examining rankings on almost any topic, Kansas tends to mirror its geographic location: Somewhere in the middle. When the state ends up at the top or bottom of any list, a closer look generally is warranted. When it is dead-last in protecting residents from a preventable disease, that closer look demands action. Such is the case with cervical cancer, which kills some 4,000 Americans annually. To eliminate chances of contracting it, there is a safe and recommended vaccine against the human papillomavirus that causes almost every instance of cervical cancer. Three doses of the HPV vaccine are recommended for all girls and boys aged 13 to 15. Because of its proven track record, the U.S.

  • Drug developer Adaptimmune skids after IPO raises $191M

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of cancer drug developer Adaptimmune are falling after the British company's initial public offering raised $191.3 million. Adaptimmune sold 11.3 million U.S.-traded shares, more than it originally expected. The shares priced at $17 each, at the high end of Adaptimmune's expectations. The stock advanced as much as 15 percent in morning trading before turning lower. At midday shares were down 80 cents, or 4.7 percent, at $16.20. Adaptimmune Therapeutics PLC is developing immune therapies designed to target and destroy cancer cells. The company is running several clinical trials of a drug called NY-ESO TCR through a partnership with GlaxoSmithKline PLC.

  • Local student helping cancer patients with Chemo Comfort Kits

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    If you look at Woodward High School Student Anja Harrison (pronounced An-ya), she looks pretty much like most other 15-year-olds until you consider her hair - or lack of it. And even then, you might just paint her as a rebellious youth who just took it into her head to shave all her hair off. But then you would be wrong. It takes more than just a cursory glance at this special young woman to understand the deep and rich timbre of spirit that is behind this one single act of commitment. Last Tuesday, Harrison took a symbolic step to announce and launch a new program called "Anja's Chemo Comfort Kits" - a program that offers a simple comfort kit to cancer patients at Woodward Regional Hospital while they are receiving che

  • IBM's Watson Enters Market For Analyzing Cancer Genetics

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Dr. Lukas Wartman is ground zero in the genetic battle against cancer. The assistant director of cancer genomics at Washington University in St. Louis developed acute lymphoblastic leukemia himself. When treatment options ran out, his colleagues looked to his DNA and RNA (the messenger chemical that helps turn DNA into proteins) to try to get him a second chance. It was an arduous process that took months and required the dedicated brainpower of several researchers – but it worked.

  • Cherokee Countians gather for annual Relay for Life

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Around 50 cancer survivors walked together on Saturday at the Northeastern State University track and field parking lot, wearing purple shirts and carrying purple balloons. Caregivers with white balloons joined them halfway through their walk, and together they released the balloons to symbolize their fight against cancer. Cherokee County’s annual Relay for Life offered attendees games, food, auctions and prizes as a celebration of the life of cancer survivors. While Relay for Life is seen as a celebration for survivors and their families, it is primarily a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Almost $30,000 has been raised by the 19 teams participating in the event.

  • Aetna curtails coverage of surgical tool tied to cancer risk


    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The health insurer Aetna is ending most coverage of hysterectomies performed with a once-popular device that has drawn warnings from federal regulators over a risk for spreading cancer. The nation's third-largest health insurer said Tuesday that, as of May 15, it will curb coverage of power morcellation in hysterectomies or for removing uterine fibroids "because the safety and efficacy of this approach has not been demonstrated." Aetna Inc. will make exceptions for pre-menopausal women who want to maintain their fertility and for whom another treatment would not be effective. The Hartford, Connecticut, company also will still cover the procedure in patients for whom the use of another approach would b

  • Officials confirm cancer in smallmouth bass from Susquehanna


    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Biologists are confirming the first case of cancer in a smallmouth bass caught in the Susquehanna River. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission said Monday laboratory tests confirmed the presence of a cancerous tumor on the mouth of one fish taken from the middle section of the river near Duncannon in Dauphin County. Commission biologists say they've observed sores and lesions on many smallmouth bass in surveys of the river since 2005, but this is the first confirmed cancer. Catch-and-release rules were already in place in the section of the river where the fish was caught. Director John Arway says the commission will renew its request for the Department of Environmental Protection to a

  • New ovarian cancer test twice as effective as existing methods

    Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    A new screening test that tracks changing levels of a protein in the blood can detect twice as many ovarian cancers as conventional methods, research has shown. The technique relies on a statistical calculation to interpret variations in the level of a protein called CA125 which is linked to ovarian cancer.

  • This year’s goal set for $120,000


    Relay for Life of Stephens County hopes to raise $120,000 this year. Just under 200 participants have already registered. This year’s Relay For Life will be from 6 p.m. to midnight June 5 at Halliburton Stadium. The Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma’s Duncan campus will serve this year as luminaria chairs. “The luminarias are paper bags that round the edge of the track. Each one bears the name of a cancer patient – ‘In Honor of’ has the names of cancer patients who are still with us and have beaten or are fighting the disease. ‘In Memory of’ is for those who had cancer, but have passed on,” Sharon Miller, of the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma, said. “At dusk, we illuminate the bags with glow

  • K-State researcher finds exercise aids in cancer recovery


    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas State University researcher has found that fast-walking or a light jogging on a regular basis can improve cancer treatments. The university announced Monday that Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology Brad Behnke found a link between moderate exercise and better recoveries in cancer patients. Behnke and his co-researchers had a $750,000 American Cancer Society grant and found that moderate exercise improves blood flow to tumors and enhances the effectiveness of radiation treatments. Existing research has found that moderate exercise can also help cancer patients counteract some negative side effects of treatment like fatigue, low blood count and muscle atrophy. But Behnke said that

  • Why did Lorna Dixon travel more than 4,000 miles to see JD McPherson?

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Covered in sunblock and with a smile permanently inked to her face, Lorna Dixon stood backstage meeting dozens of musicians but mainly waiting for one. It took the 26-year-old two trains, three planes and a cab ride to get from Brighton, England, to Guthrie for the Queen of the Prairie, an inaugural Americana music festival in Cottonwood Flats. But the road to this moment was more rugged than dealing with customs; it was filled with a harsh reality that at age of 16 she might be greeting death before she was ready. “Cancer has a domino effect on your whole life,” Dixon said, “especially when you have it as a teenager like I did.” But it all seemed worth it when Dixon met McPherson on Friday. He remembered

  • Head of medical research group talks about goals

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    ENID, Okla. — Dr. Stephen Prescott, president of Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, discussed his organization’s efforts Monday during a visit to Enid. “We do exactly what our name says,” he said. “We research.” The foundation started in 1946 with the motto that more may live longer and healthier lives, and it still holds true, he said. The foundation developed five goals: understand the cause of disease; diagnose illnesses earlier and more accurately; create tools and knowledge to help manage disease; develop newer and more effective treatments for illnesses; and train young researchers.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars player takes teen with cancer to prom

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Jacksonville teen with liver cancer had a special date to her high school prom. Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks picked up 18-year-old Khameyea Jennings in his Lamborghini on Saturday evening and took her to the dance at the Jacksonville Zoo. The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1EKIrrM) reports that Marks visited Jennings at Wolfson Children's Hospital with a bouquet of flowers on Wednesday and asked if he could take her to the prom. "I talked with your mom; she said it was OK," Marks told Jennings. "And I heard you had a prom this weekend and I wanted to know if I could take you to prom?" Jennings had planned to attend the prom with her sister. But Marks' in

  • New technology at Wash U maps human genome in days; large-scale studies now possible

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The two 3-inch-by-1-inch glass chips held the unfathomable amount of genetic information contained in 16 human genomes. On Thursday, a technician placed the chips — called flow cells — in a new genetic sequencing machine at the Genome Institute at Washington University and closed the door. In just three days, the task will be complete. It’s mind-boggling given that it took scientists working all over the world more than 10 years and about $1 billion to first sequence the human genome, a feat declared officially complete in 2003. This ultra-fast sequencing machine, which hit the market last year, is only sold in groups of 10 — a system capable of sequencing 18,000 human genomes a year at just $1,000 to $1,500 per

  • NY woman who ran cancer scam gets prison after failing rehab

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York woman who scammed people for donations for phony cancer treatments to feed a heroin habit is headed to prison. Brittany Ozarowski (OH-za-row-skee) pleaded guilty in December 2013 to grand larceny, forgery and other charges. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of up to seven years. However, she was sent to a drug treatment program rather than prison. Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1DPENsD ) reports a judge sentenced her Monday to up to three years in prison after learning she had failed out of the court-mandated drug program. Her attorney, George Duncan, says she got a violation in the program for smoking a cigarette. Prosecutors say she claimed to have cancer but was actually a

  • Celebration of Life Cancer Walk raises money for local cancer patients

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    DEMING >> Luna County residents gathered early Saturday morning to celebrate cancer survivors at the Celebration of Life walk, hosted by the Cancer Support of Deming and Luna County. On the 10th anniversary of the event, the group's board members named a Cancer Warrior who's tough day job probably served him well in his battle with cancer. "I was very honored and humbled to have been chosen this year," said Luna County Sheriff John Mooradian. "This is a great turnout today. Every year gets better and better. This organization does great things for the community and those fighting this disease." Mooradian was diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago — almost to the day — he told the crowd of residents at Voiers "Pit

  • Polish doctors perform rare throat-area transplant

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish surgeons said Monday they have successfully performed a rare and extensive transplant of the throat area. Dr. Adam Maciejewski said the 37-year-old patient suffered from advanced cancer of the voice box, making it impossible for him to breathe, swallow and speak. Other parts involved in the transplant included the windpipe, esophagus, thyroid gland with adjacent glands, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and skin. The patient, identified only as Michal, appeared at the medical team's news conference at the Oncology Center in the southern town of Gliwice, and whispered thanks. He can now swallow liquefied, mushed food. The transplant, from a donor, was performed on April 11 and took 17 hours.

  • Relay For Life supporting survivors and friends

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life is more than a fundraiser. It's a nationwide event where cancer survivors, caregivers and supporters — family, friends, neighbors and communities — come together in solidarity, with everybody hoping to find a cure for a disease that has claimed the lives of millions. During the Relay For Life of Walker County and Sam Houston State University on Friday night at the Walker County Fairgrounds, that camaraderie and everlasting spirit was more apparent than ever as a few survivors and supporters expressed why this event was so important to them. Dressed head to toe in pink, with a fluffy tutu around her waist and adorning her head, was a current stage-four breast cancer fighter by t

  • Study’s food swap confirms risks of colon cancer

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    When African-Americans and rural South Africans swapped diets for two weeks, they also swapped risk factors for colon cancer. And the surprise is that it happened so quickly. The swap involved 20 African-Americans who ate South African fare including cornmeal and beans for two weeks, while 20 South Africans consumed an American diet full of meat protein and fats, including fast-food burgers and chicken. The South African diet consisted of one-sixth the meat of the American diet.