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  • Doctor: Ford to undergo 40 days of chemotherapy

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will undergo 40 days of chemotherapy to treat a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer that forced him to do what months of scandals over drug and alcohol abuse could not — drop his bid for re-election. Dr. Zane Cohen, a colorectal surgeon at Mount Sinai...

  • Doctor says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has cancer

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Toronto's embattled mayor has a rare and difficult cancer that will require aggressive chemotherapy, his doctor said Wednesday, days after Rob Ford's dramatic announcement that he was pulling out of a re-election campaign. Dr. Zane Cohen, a colorectal surgeon at Mount Sinai...

  • State no longer insures UNM child cancer claims

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Taxpayers have subsidized insurance costs for the University of New Mexico for cases that the state has paid $48 million for in medical malpractice claims over the treatment of children with leukemia, according to a top official in Gov. Susana Martinez's administration....

  • Gutierrez says he's being treated for cancer

    Yesterday

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Former Argentina midfielder Jonas Gutierrez says he is being treated for testicular cancer. The Newcastle player, who was on loan at Norwich City last season, played in the 2010 World Cup for Argentina. In a television interview in Argentina, Gutierrez says "when...

  • Doctor pleads guilty to cancer treatment fraud

    Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area cancer doctor accused of putting people through unnecessary treatments and then billing insurers for millions of dollars pleaded guilty to fraud Tuesday, admitting that he knew his patients often didn't need chemotherapy. Dr. Farid Fata pleaded guilty to 16...

  • Cancer patient who finished marathon has died

    Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman who returned this year to finish the Boston Marathon despite her battle with cancer has died. Elinor Scott-Sutter had nearly finished the marathon in 2013 when two pressure cooker bombs exploded, killed three people and injured dozens of others. The...

  • OHSU: $72 million needed for Knight cancer grant

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    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,...

  • 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...

  • British boy gets first proton treatment in Prague

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,"...

  • 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...

  • Ill British boy gets clearance for Czech treatment

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    MADRID (AP) — A British judge has given the go-ahead for a boy whose parents had been jailed after they took him out of a British hospital without informing doctors to receive treatment in the Czech Republic. Britain's Press Association news agency reports the judge agreed that 5-year-old Ashya...

  • Oklahoma has seventh-highest obesity rate in U.S., report shows

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    After decades of rising obesity rates among Oklahoma adults, the rate of increase is beginning to slow, but rates remain far too high and disparities persist.

  • Follow-up tests reveal Jim Kelly free of cancer

    Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was nearly lost for words on Thursday upon learning follow-up tests revealed he shows no signs of having sinus cancer. "I don't even know what to do with myself. I'm so overwhelmed. I'm so thankful," Kelly was quoted as saying in a...

  • Tenn. Supreme Court hears faith healing case

    Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee woman convicted of child neglect in her teenage daughter's cancer death is asking the state Supreme Court to declare that she is innocent because she relied on prayer to heal the girl. Jacqueline Crank was sentenced to unsupervised probation after her...

  • FDA OKs Merck drug, 1st in new cancer drug class

    Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Merck & Co. on Thursday won the first U.S. approval for a new kind of cancer drug with big advantages over chemotherapy and other older cancer treatments. The Food and Drug Administration said it has granted accelerated approval to Merck's Keytruda, for treating melanoma...

  • Highmark sues UPMC over billing for cancer drugs

    Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Health insurer Highmark Inc. has sued the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center claiming the hospital network has overbilled it by $300 million for cancer drugs since 2010. Highmark's lawsuit, filed late Wednesday, contends UPMC has been charging for chemotherapy treatments...

  • British parents reunite with ill son at hospital

    Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    MADRID (AP) — The British parents who were pursued by police for taking their critically ill son out of a UK hospital for treatment abroad reunited with the child Wednesday after they were released from a Spanish prison. A hospital spokeswoman said Brett and Naghmeh King visited their...

  • Infinity, AbbVie team up to develop cancer drug

    Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Shares of Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. soared Wednesday after it said it could receive more than $800 million from a collaboration with fellow drug developer AbbVie on a potential cancer treatment. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Infinity will receive $275 million upfront plus up to $530...

  • Purdue to mark opening of new cancer buildings

    Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University is planning a ceremony to mark the opening of a nearly $29 million facility that will consolidate drug research centers at the school and a $16 million expansion of a cancer research center. The two new buildings are joining Discovery Park, the...

  • University awarded funds in fight against leukemia

    Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Science & Technology Authority has awarded $50,000 to an employee at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to fund his research to develop a cure for leukemia. The funding for Darin Jones' research comes from ASTA's Basic Research Grant Program. The...

  • Ill UK boy's parents freed from custody in Spain

    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) — The British parents who took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent were released from custody in Spain on Tuesday after authorities in the United Kingdom dropped charges of child cruelty against them. The National Court in Madrid...

  • Double mastectomy doesn't boost survival for most

    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — A big study says removing both breasts to treat cancer in just one doesn't boost survival for most women. That's compared with removing just the tumor plus radiation. The results raise concerns about a riskier, potentially unnecessary operation that increasing numbers of women...

  • Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain

    Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — The parents of a child suffering from a severe brain tumor signaled Monday they would defy efforts to force them to return to Britain, days after their family fled to seek a novel kind of radiation treatment for the 5-year-old boy. A Spanish judge ordered Brett and Naghemeh King...

  • Report faults New York's anti-smoking plan

    Updated: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report from the American Cancer Society says New York state needs to do more to prevent smoking. The Cancer Action Network at the American Cancer Society analyzed the state's efforts to combat cancer through screenings, tobacco taxes, smoking bans and restrictions on...

  • Police seek missing 5-year-old British boy

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — Police are searching for a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor whose parents took him out of a British hospital and were last seen in France. The press office for Jehovah's Witnesses said Friday that Ashya King's parents were followers, but that there was no indication...

  • Fargo mayor gets treatment for kidney cancer

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The mayor of North Dakota's largest city is recovering at home after undergoing radiation treatment for kidney cancer. The city of Fargo issued a statement Friday saying Mayor Dennis Walaker has been getting treatment for renal cell carcinoma the past several weeks. Following...

  • Ruling affects Illinois cancer cluster case

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    MCCOLLUM LAKE, Ill. (AP) — A Pennsylvania court ruling means a lawsuit can go forward accusing a chemical company of dumping toxins in Illinois, causing a deadly cancer cluster. The Northwest Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1orcnOh ) that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear...

  • Leonard finds a charity to come first before golf

    Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Justin Leonard ordinarily would have played the final week of the PGA Tour's regular season, and this is one time he probably should have gone. He likes the Wyndham Championship and typically plays well, having never missed the cut. And at No. 108 in the FedEx Cup, it would...

  • Landmarks to light up for cancer telethon

    Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — More than a dozen landmarks across the U.S. and Canada will light up to promote next week's "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon. Organizers say the buildings that will be illuminated starting Thursday include Rockefeller Center in New York, Toronto's CN tower and the Wrigley Building...

  • Ohio theme park's cancer campaign raises $186,000

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    MASON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio amusement park has raised $186,000 for cancer research and support groups after events including a mass head-shaving and a soccer ball kick fundraiser. Kings Island on Sunday presented checks of $62,000 each to the Pink Ribbon Girls, The Dragonfly Foundation...

  • Fister has skin cancer removed, says he's OK

    Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after Washington pitcher Doug Fister said he recently had surgery to remove skin cancer from his neck, Nationals manager Matt Williams says players and coaches are very aware they're at risk for the disease. Williams says it's a big issue in baseball because there's...

  • Authorities: Iowa woman lied about child's cancer

    Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa woman lied to her community and said her 5-year-old daughter had terminal cancer, a ruse that helped her solicit donations for months, authorities said Friday. Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner said at a news conference that Leatha Slauson, 30, appears to...

  • Cardinal George to get experimental cancer drug

    Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago says Cardinal Francis George is trying an experimental drug to treat his cancer. The archdiocese issued a statement Friday saying that the 77-year-old George has agreed to participate in a clinical trial at the University of Chicago Medicine. Officials...

  • Cancer-stricken Cooper leads Dream into playoffs

    Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — Michael Cooper remembers the day well. The sun was shining bright, yet the notorious Atlanta heat wasn't too stifling. The sky was a brilliant blue, speckled with only a few puffy white clouds. As he looked out the eighth-floor window, all seemed right with the world. His job was...



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