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  • Cherokee Countians gather for annual Relay for Life

    Updated: 38 min 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...

  • Aetna curtails coverage of surgical tool tied to cancer risk

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    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...

  • Officials confirm cancer in smallmouth bass from Susquehanna

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    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...

  • 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...

  • This year’s goal set for $120,000

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    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...

  • K-State researcher finds exercise aids in cancer recovery

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    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...

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

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    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...

  • Head of medical research group talks about goals

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    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...

  • Jacksonville Jaguars player takes teen with cancer to prom

    Yesterday

    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....

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

    Yesterday

    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...

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

    Yesterday

    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...

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

    Yesterday

    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...

  • Polish doctors perform rare throat-area transplant

    Yesterday

    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....

  • Relay For Life supporting survivors and friends

    Yesterday

    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...

  • Study’s food swap confirms risks of colon cancer

    Yesterday

    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...

  • The youngest and bravest OKWU recruit of them all

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    It will be at least six years before Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s newest letter of intent soccer signee will be able to help the Eagles. But, veteran OKWU head coach Jamie Peterson figures the wait for Mason Green will be worth it. Green — a 12-year-old Wesleyan Christian School student — is...

  • Swift's epic journey - Seeking solace, cyclist recounts life lessons from cross country trip

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    MIAMI – Stephen Swift, 54, walked into the News-Record office Thursday and, one last time, told the story of his epic journey which began 35 months ago and is now coming to a close. Simply dressed in a sweatshirt and jeans, tanned from time spent outdoors in the sun and hair windblown from the...

  • Goedecke's carry deeper bond in support of two-year-old family member with cancer

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    DEMING >> Two-year-old Eli Goedecke's chest would wheeze when he took his breaths. His parents were told he was suffering from asthma. But there was more to the toddler's labored breaths. In June, Eli was diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma. He would begin battling cancer when most children...

  • Celebration of Life Cancer Walk is Saturday

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    DEMING >> Joanna Costilla has witnessed the growth of the Celebration of Life Cancer Walk over the past 10 years. "I don't think anybody figured this event would become this big," said Costilla, patient advocate for the Cancer Support Group of Deming and Luna County Inc. "It's amazing." Each...

  • Stars on the Runway: Prosper Cancer Survivors Honored at Celebrity Event

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    DALLAS— It’s hard to hear a diagnosis of cancer under any circumstance, but it seems doubly so when the victim is a child. That is the case for two Prosper families whose children participated in the Children’s Cancer Fund’s 27th Annual Luncheon April 17 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas....

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch Bill McClellan column

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Veran Medical Technologies is involved in the medical navigation business. More specifically, Veran helps doctors navigate through the tiny airways in the lungs. I learned about Veran after writing a column about a lung cancer support group. The five-year survival rate is 15.9 percent. Rob...

  • EXCHANGE: Man discovers family predisposed to genetic cancer

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Wortmans knew cancer ran in their family, but it wasn't until Cindy Betts was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 48, then stomach cancer and liver cancer each independent of the other that they knew why. A geneticist found she had inherited a rare genetic predisposition...

  • Singapore's Lee says he's free of cancer after treatment

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Friday he is free of prostate cancer after treatment. The 63-year-old political leader is a two-time cancer survivor. He was treated for lymphoma more than two decades ago while serving as Singapore's deputy prime minister and trade...

  • Beating ALL with a positive attitude

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Struggles come and go. In the game of softball, they can be as common as balls and strikes. UHV freshman catcher Brenda Leal-Flores said she was going through some strife at the plate as she and the Jaguars entered the AII Conference Tournament this week in Lawrenceville, Ga. No matter the...

  • Benefit Bike Run for young mother fighting cancer - Whitney Madison

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    MIAMI – With most of her life ahead of her, Whitney Madison just 21 years old, was recently diagnosed with cancer. This young daughter, mother, and finance who grew up in Quapaw was diagnosed with Intermediate Lymphoma just days ago. Whitney became ill in September of last year and suffered...

  • Tuloso-Midway students hope art will help patients heal

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The aquatic life paintings Tuloso-Midway Middle School students worked on Thursday will do more than earn them a grade. They are hoping their artistic abilities will brighten the days of Corpus Christi cancer patients. Thirty-eight students led by art instructor Roberta Mengers will donate...

  • Colgate-Palmolive settles talc-asbestos case, dismisses link to cancer

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — A California woman with a deadly form of cancer has won a settlement with Colgate-Palmolive Co. after a Los Angeles jury found that asbestos-contaminated talcum powder was the main cause of her disease. Colgate-Palmolive was ordered earlier this week to pay $12.4 million in...

  • Study links low vitamin D to increased risk of pancreatic cancer

    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    While it’s clear that too much sun can increase the risk for skin cancer, a new study has found that too little vitamin D can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. The study is the first to link vitamin D deficiency with pancreatic cancer, Medical Daily reported. Researchers at the...

  • New technology maps human genome in days

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS — The two 3-by-1-inch glass chips held the unfathomable amount of genetic information contained in 16 human genomes. Last week, 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....

  • The Great Success And Enduring Dilemma Of Cervical Cancer Screening

    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Cervical cancer, which still kills about 4,000 American women every year, is almost entirely preventable. Proper screening can catch early warning signs that could lead to cancer without the right treatment. But how often women should get screened and which tests should be used has been hotly...

  • Taylor Swift calls fan with cancer to discuss music, tour

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — The family of a 12-year-old Chicago girl with cancer says Taylor Swift called her to talk about music, touring and the disease. Ed Beazley said Swift chatted with his daughter, Emily, for about 10 minutes Wednesday. Emily has non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Friends and family have been...

  • Cancer centers to receive more than $1 million for trials

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A cancer research foundation will give away more than $1 million to cancer-treatment facilities in Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania. An Erie County judge and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office have approved plans to distribute the remainder of the Kanzius Cancer Research...

  • U. of Pittsburgh Medical Center to manage Colombian center

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has announced a 10-year agreement to develop and manage a cancer center in Colombia, South America. UPMC says the deal with the Fundacion Cardiovascular de Colombia, or FCV, will create the first private cancer center that country....

  • Why New England Is Such a Hotbed for Skin Cancer

    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Inspired by a Miami Beach program, Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley has filed a proposal to install free sunscreen dispensers at city parks and playgrounds, The Boston Globe reports. It may seem odd for Boston to be an early adopter of a sun-blocking program from the Sunshine State, but...

  • Is whole-genome testing the path to health? The short answer is no

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    President Obama proposes to plunk down $215 million on “precision medicine,” and the National Institutes of Health and its National Cancer Institute will spend it by sequencing the whole genome of a million or more Americans. Is whole-genome testing the path to health? The short answer is no....

  • Black lab bounds into ‘Supraman’ water polo player’s fight against cancer

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Ian Supra has endured all sorts of bad medicine while battling esophageal cancer. Insidious chemotherapy pumped into his veins. Cocktails of other treatments administered through needles, catheters and IVs. Holistic treatments. Conventional treatments. Clinical trials. But now,...

  • Chemo can’t derail Wisconsin man in Boston Marathon

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Paul Kowalski had prostate cancer six years ago. He went through treatment and then started focusing on the future. “I thought I was done with cancer,” he said. He took up distance running, realized he was really good and set his sights on his first-ever Boston Marathon. But when cancer came...

  • Women’s use of talc powder may be tied to ovarian cancer

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Deane Berg’s doctor called her in the day after Christmas 2006 to give her the crushing news. She’d had her ovaries removed, the pathology results were back, and the information could not have been much worse. Berg had stage III ovarian cancer, and her prognosis was poor. Despite...

  • Cancer center seeks adults with multiple myeloma for study

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    ACADIANA, La. (AP) — The Cancer Center of Acadiana is looking for men and women who have been diagnosed with multiple myeloma to participate in a clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of medications. The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1GK1g1M ) reports the center at Lafayette General Medical...

  • Bone marrow testing drive planned for Saturday at YMCA in Oklahoma City

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Justin Scott was a vivacious Moore teenager with a contagious smile who died from leukemia at age 16. McDaniel and Justin’s loved ones will hold a non-invasive bone marrow testing drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Earlywine Park YMCA, 11801 S May Ave. Participants will have the insides...

  • Medical Center to make last bid for cancer clinic

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    After receiving a financial report Tuesday night that showed revenue is above budget and the Stillwater Medical Center Physicians Clinic may have turned the corner with three consecutive months of profits, the Stillwater Medical Center Trust Authority talked about spending some of that money....

  • Atlanta TSA agent faked cancer for 5 years, took 280 paid sick days: investigators

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    An Atlanta TSA agent faked cancer for five years, taking nine months’ worth of paid sick days for made-up surgeries and radiation, officials said. Security officer Marc Bess was arrested for stealing public money and was fired from his tax-backed government job after the Transportation...

  • Breast-feeding cuts moms’ risk of breast cancer, study shows

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Breast-feeding is not only good for babies but appears to be beneficial to mothers who are diagnosed with breast cancer later in life, a new Kaiser Permanente study of hundreds of Northern California women has found. Looking at the medical histories of more than 1,600 women diagnosed with...

  • Atlanta TSA agent charged with faking cancer for 5 years

    Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — A former Transportation Security Administration agent in Atlanta has been arrested after being accused of faking a cancer diagnosis for five years to get out of work. WSB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1DWgqtS ) security officer Marc Bess told his employers in 2009 he had abdominal...

  • Japan's Takeda agrees to pay $2.4 bln in diabetes drug suit

    Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's largest drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. said Wednesday it has agreed to pay up to $2.4 billion to thousands of patients and their families over its diabetes drug Actos which has been linked to cancer. Takeda has faced product liability lawsuits in the U.S. involving...

  • Cancer survivor to speak at Relay

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Sandra Gilliland, 68, of Cleburne said her mother never had cancer. She couldn’t recall anyone in the generations before her who had cancer, either. But when she felt a lump in her breast last winter, she knew exactly what it was. “I never thought I would have cancer because no one in my family...

  • Diet swap reduces colon cancer risk, study shows

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    PITTSBURGH — 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...

  • New meds help drugmakers weather strong dollar, other issues

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Revenue from important new medicines for various cancers, hepatitis C and more helped top U.S. drugmakers weather unfavorable currency exchange rates and other challenges. Pfizer Inc., Merck & Co. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., which reported first-quarter results Tuesday, all derive at least...

  • Bristol-Myers earnings jump 27 percent, but stock falls

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Higher sales of key new medicines and cost cuts helped lift drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.'s first-quarter profit by nearly 27 percent. The maker of melanoma drug Yervoy and schizophrenia and bipolar disorder treatment Abilify trounced Wall Street's profit forecast, beating expectations by...

  • 8-year-old leukemia patient races to set record for high-fiving

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS — As 8-year-old Molly Vergin was preparing to try to break the world record for the most high-fives in one minute, no one was concerned about the magnitude of the challenge: to complete 261 hand slaps in 60 seconds. For her parents, the memories of Molly struggling against the...



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