• TV Review: 'Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies'

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Cancer is “as old as human life itself,” and “nearly everyone will be close to someone who suffers from it,” Herrmann’s narration notes at the outset, citing 22 million cases that kill 600,000 people in the U.S. alone. Seeking to go beyond those statistics, the documentary — which derives its poetic title from Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book — opens with the story of parents dealing with the disease in their 17-month-old child, about as heartbreaking a thought as anyone could imagine.

  • Relay for Life Chickasha raises colorectal awareness

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    In addition to planning for the relay, the Chickasha Relay for Life Committee also attempts to raise awareness of certain cancers. At the Relay for Life Chickasha Team Captain's meeting on Wednesday, Nita Orndorff discussed colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women and the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer is treatable if it is caught early, therefore getting tested is crucial, Orndorff said. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that people 50 and older get tested using the many testing options available. More than 90 percent of colorectal cancers are diagnosed in people 50 and older.

  • Head-shaving event continues buzz about combatting cancer

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — More than $7,300 has been raised at a head-shaving event in Dubuque aimed at raising money for cancer research. Members of Phi Theta Psi, a co-ed social organization, at the University of Dubuque organized the third annual St. Baldrick's Foundation event held Thursday night in the college's gym. The money will go to the foundation to support childhood cancer research in Iowa. Junior Nicole Toro, who helped organize the event, was among several students who had a buzz cut. She says she's glad that she could help raise awareness about cancer and support the cause.

  • Ohio State tailors cancer care to patients’ genetics

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Annie Cacciato’s text message to friends last summer is the sort of thing that drives cancer researchers to work late hours. “I had treatment today and received awesome news. I am in complete remission, which means there are no physical signs of disease. Through God’s grace and my amazing care at The James, I have been led through the storm and now have blue beautiful skies again!”

  • Why Doctors Are Trying A Skin Cancer Drug To Treat A Brain Tumor

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    MaryAnn Anselmo feared for the worst when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor called a glioblastoma in late 2013. "You start doing research on that type of tumor, and you're saying, 'Oh my God, you're history.' It's like a death sentence," says, Anselmo, now 59. Only for her it wasn't.

  • Colon cancer survivor uses past to help others

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    BALTIMORE — He keeps a healthy diet, rarely has medical complaints and has little time to drop by the doctor’s office, so like many Americans older than 50, Ted Mathias just didn’t get around to taking one of modern medicine’s most significant examinations. In January, the 54-year-old finally went in for his first colonoscopy. To his shock, doctors found a tumor in his lower bowels. And when they operated, they very likely saved his life. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and 58-year-old Edel Blumberg — a volunteer recovery coach with the American Cancer Society — is doing what he does best: using his personal story and engaging personality to tell others of the dangers of colorectal cancer and the simpl

  • Archer City police chief dies after heroic battle with cancer

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    Archer City Police Chief Joe Burton, 41, died Thursday, March 25, after a more than two-year battle with cancer. Burton was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer at age 39 and was given only a few months to live. The cancer spread to his liver, lymph nodes, and gall bladder. After chemotherapy and other aggressive and experimental treatments, was reported to be cancer free. Burton said he wanted to undergo what every treatment was necessary so he could see his daughter, Brynn, graduate high school. That did not happen. In 2014, Burton was diagnosed with a more aggressive form of cancer when two remaining tumors were found in his liver. He remained on the job, working full time up until the very end, taking off only for ch

  • Cancer hospital company fails to get OK to expand in Georgia

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — A bill to regulate home care for the elderly devolved Thursday into sarcastic debate in the state Senate when an effort was made to add an amendment that would have given an Illinois-based cancer treatment hospital chain part of what it tried unsuccessfully to get weeks ago. Senators passed a measure by Republican Sen. Greg Kirk to safeguard the elderly, but only after beating back three amendments, including one that would have allowed Cancer Treatment Centers of America to go back on part of the agreement with lawmakers that got it into the state in 2008. The amendment sought to reduce the percentage of patients the destination cancer hospital agreed to get from outside Georgia from 65 percent to 51 percent

  • PSU's Robert McField battling for his life

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Sitting in a hospital in Joplin, nothing needed to be said. Robert McField knew the news would not be good. "About five doctors walked in, and when I saw that, I knew it wasn't right," he said. "One of them, his eyes were as big as a grapefruit. I looked at him, he looked at me and said, 'Man, we have to get you out of here fast.' "He said, 'Don't get me wrong, I trust the people here. But there are specialists, and I've seen some things in you that need (immediate attention).' '' An ambulance took McField to the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and there he learned he had cancer — more specifically, non-Hodgkin lymphoma. "It was like my whole world turned around," he said. "I cried. I cried. I didn't kno

  • Police: Mother faked cancer during child abuse investigation


    BRISTOL, Pa. (AP) — A 26-year-old suburban Philadelphia woman is accused of faking cancer to gain sympathy during a child abuse investigation. Authorities say Ashley Reichard was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and perjury. They say she lied during an investigation into alleged child abuse. It all started in July when she brought her 11-month-old daughter to a hospital. The infant had several injuries including two skull fractures and a broken femur. An affidavit says she initially told investigators that the infant was with her father when the injuries occurred, but police ruled him out. Police later found Reichard completely bald with no eyebrows and claiming she had ova

  • Fighting cancer and Ebola with nanoparticles

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    In medicine, finding a substance that attacks cancerous tumors without destroying the healthy tissue around it has long been the Holy Grail. From targeted remedies such as monoclonal antibodies to surgery, cancer has still managed to elude a treatment that discretely and separately attacks it alone.

  • Colon cancer on the rise in younger adults

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Early screening and prevention is being credited for putting a dent in the incidence rate of the second deadliest cancer in men and women. But researchers and physicians say a more troubling statistic has been the increase in colorectal cancers (CRC) — cancers of the colon or rectum — in those ages 20 to 49, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery, a professional medical journal.

  • Ken Burns unravels the mysteries of cancer in PBS film


    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — There's a mystery to cancer, in large part because of fear, that PBS tries to unravel in next week's six-hour documentary "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies." "We're not really honest with each other," filmmaker Ken Burns said. "We know about heart disease. We know about diabetes. We know about other things, but there's a kind of resistance because cancer is so scary." Burns, who was 11 when his mother died of breast cancer, is executive producer of the film, directed by Barak Goodman. It's one of the few times Burns has been involved in a project that he didn't instigate. The film airs over three consecutive nights beginning on March 30 and is inspired by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee's Pulitzer

  • Chiefs say safety Eric Berry is positive about his recovery from cancer


    Clark Hunt has plenty of things going on in his life, including multiple businesses, money to juggle and a family of his own. But he also has a football team to run, and when it comes to that team, the Chiefs’ chairman is as competitive as anyone. In fact, if you start talking about the Chiefs with him, it does not take long to see that he is plugged into the day-to-day happenings of his team. So with that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Hunt was abreast of the latest on Eric Berry and his battle against Hodgkin lymphoma, which accounts for about 10 percent of lymphoma cases and is considered to be highly curable.

  • Brave to Shave

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Across the street from the Victoria Police Department, a modest barber shop sits in the heart of downtown. Hair It Is owner, Billy Moeller, has been a barber at the quaint store on South Main Street for 34 years but plans to transport his hair cuttery skills to Schroeder Hall on Sunday to lend his talents to a good cause. "It's a very good thing they are doing this," he said. "Hopefully more and more people will come out and participate." Moeller will volunteer - with a razor and clippers in hand at Schroeder - to shave heads for the Brave the Shave event organized by the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The event funds pediatric cancer research and proceeds will benefit children in Texas receiving treatment.

  • Study: 3 drinks a day causes liver cancer, but coffee protects

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    SEATTLE — An international panel that has determined exactly how much alcohol it takes to cause liver cancer. It turns out three drinks a day is the tipping point — but drinking coffee might actually protect people from the disease that accounts for about 746,000 deaths in the world each year. That’s according to the World Cancer Research Fund International, which on Wednesday released an analysis of global studies on the probable causes of and preventions for liver cancer. Dr. Anne McTiernan, an epidemiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, is among the group of scientists who considered nearly three dozen studies from around the world. The studies included 8.2 million adults and analyz

  • Dr. V talks about her dreams and determination

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    She was 21 years old when she escaped from Yugoslavia to begin her new life in America. Dr. Sasha Vukelja, M.D., an oncologist/hematologist in Tyler, was at the Cedar Creek Lake Women's Club on Tuesday to tell the members her story. The room full of women sat quietly as she told of a young woman and her mother under the watchful eye of communists, who escaped from Yugoslavia. Vaukelja was the young woman. Vukelja, better known to her cancer patients as Dr. V, has worked more than 30 years with patients as an oncologist and hematology specialist. She says, “The V stands for victory, a reference to her determination to fight for her patients who are diagnosed with cancer.” Dr. V has penned three books, her

  • Livestrong announces new CEO to lead nonprofit

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Livestrong announces new CEO to lead nonprofit James Barragan Austin American-Statesman The Livestrong Foundation will announce Wednesday that Chandini Portteus, a former executive with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, is its new CEO and will lead the Austin-based cancer nonprofit into its next era beginning April 6. Portteus, who spent 10 years at Komen, was selected after a national search to replace Doug Ulman, Livestrong's chief executive for 14 years, and will lead the foundation in its post-Lance Armstrong era. As the chief mission officer at Komen, Portteus was in charge of more than $300 million in funding for worldwide and community health outreach programs and led strategic operations for the breast

  • Prosecutors: Aaron Hernandez misled cancer-stricken cousin to win her silence

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. — Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez tried to buy his cancer-stricken cousin’s silence during the Odin Lloyd murder investigation, but was lying when he told her he had created trust funds to provide for her two children, prosecutors said Wednesday. “Telling her she’s going to have money and then not doing it — he’s engaged in every scheme possible to ensure her silence,” said Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg. Hernandez, 25, was arrested on murder charges in June 2013. In a jailhouse phone call less than a month later, he told his Bristol, Conn. cousin, Tanya Singleton, that he deposited money into accounts for her young children, Jano and Edward, to access when

  • How Exercise May Aid Cancer Treatment

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    In a new study involving mice, aerobic exercise slowed the growth of breast cancer tumors and made the cancer more sensitive to chemotherapy. The results raise the possibility that exercise may change the biology of some malignant tumors, potentially making them easier to treat. Scientists and clinicians have known for some time that solid tumors can create their own, peculiar ecosystem within the body. As a tumor grows, it sends out biochemical signals that prompt the creation of additional blood vessels to provide the expanding tumor with more oxygen. Oxygen is, of course, important for cell health, including in normal tissue.