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December 8, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN ANTONIO - Breast-cancer experts are cheering what could be some of the biggest advances in more than a decade: two new medicines that significantly delay the time until women with very advanced cases get worse. In a large international study, an experimental drug from Genentech called pertuzumab held cancer at bay for a median of 18 months when given with standard treatment, versus 12 months for others given only the usual treatment. It also strongly appears to be improving survival, and follow-up is continuing to see if it does.
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October 21, 2002 | By SUSAN M. LOVE
THIS HAS been a bad year for proponents of early detection of breast cancer. Not only have we seen debates about the effectiveness of mammography, but a study just published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that breast self-examination did not prevent deaths from breast cancer. Once again women find themselves wondering what happened. For years, we've been told that early detection is the only way to ensure that you will find breast cancer at a curable stage.
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April 13, 1999 | By Brigid Schulte, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Linda Kerns was 4 years old when she saw her mother die. One year later, her aunt died. When she was 34, she watched in agony as her sister died. All had breast cancer. None made it out of their 30s. Last year, at 35, she was diagnosed with the dreaded disease. With a malignant tumor the size of a baseball in one breast and the cancer already spread to nine nearby lymph nodes, she made a desperate choice: to subject her body to a near-lethal onetime dose of chemotherapy followed by a bone-marrow transplant to repair her chemically ravaged immune system.
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May 12, 2003 | By Matthew P. Blanchard INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Yesterday's Race for the Cure was the largest ever in Philadelphia, drawing at least 40,000 people to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and raising an estimated $2 million. With this success comes a sad irony: In a nation where 211,000 cases of breast cancer occur each year, Philadelphia's Race for the Cure has joined the heavyweight class of civic events, up with the St. Patrick's Day Parade and summer festivals on the Parkway. This cancer fund-raiser is now a popular Mother's Day tradition, particularly among those who, on that special Sunday in May, have no mother to telephone.
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March 17, 1990 | Marc Schogol from reports from Inquirer wire services
BABY-FEEDING WARNING Parents, don't give babies soy-based beverages other than infant formulas as their only source of nutrition. So warns the Food and Drug Administration, which says soy-based drinks, sometimes called "soy milk," do not have the nutrients infants need. The warning stems from the case of a 5-month-old baby girl, now in critical condition, fed almost since birth on a soy beverage bought in a health food store. FLU TOLL If you've suffered through it, you won't be surprised to learn that the 1989-90 flu season could turn out to be the worst in five years.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2011
Cancer is a scary prospect, and we need all the help we can get to understand what it is, how it's treated, and how to cope with it. Some iPad tablet applications have risen to the task, or parts of it. A guide to 120 types of cancer is part of Cancer.net Mobile , from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. This free app has information about treatment, costs, and side effects, and helps patients and families manage life with cancer. Unfortunately, links to a video and podcast of "When the Doctor Says Cancer" were not working when we tested the app. Tools in the app let you log symptoms and side effects and note the questions that you need to take to the doctor's office, when you could be nervous and forget.
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September 18, 2003 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Camille Quattrone Ridarelli, 60, of Penn Valley, wife of former teen idol Bobby Rydell, her high school sweetheart, died Monday of cancer at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood. She and Roberto Ridarelli - Bobby Rydell was a stage name - grew up blocks from each other in South Philadelphia. In an interview several years ago, she said that when she was a student at St. Maria Goretti High School, "I used to see him on the trolley car when he went to [the old] Bishop Neumann, and wait for him, but he never gave me a second look.
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October 28, 1998 | by Jenice M. Armstrong, Daily News Staff Writer Daily News staff and wire services contributed to this report
The next time you click on TV and hear talk-show host Montel Williams looking deep into the eyes of a breast cancer patient and saying he sympathizes, check your cynicism. Williams had a double mastectomy 23 years ago when he was a Marine. He told attendees at a breast cancer research funding gala in New York last Saturday that doctors found a lump in his chest, operated and then discovered it was benign, according to the New York Post. Although he still has his nipples, "there was moderate scarring" that has faded.
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October 3, 2011 | By Marie McCullough, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In 1984, a retired Columbia University surgeon published a paper about his 47 years of experience with the "Halsted radical mastectomy," which involved removing a woman's cancerous breast, chest muscles, underarm lymph nodes, and sometimes part of her chest wall. It was a disfiguring and debilitating operation and, as the surgeon, Cushman D. Haagensen, stated, for the many women found to have advanced disease, it was futile. Even so, he considered it the best available treatment and was dismayed that it was being abandoned in favor of more conservative surgery combined with radiation and chemotherapy.
NEWS
September 9, 2008
I APPLAUD the controller's effort to raise money for breast cancer by encouraging employees in his office to wear blue jeans on Oct. 3 as part of a national denim day. Relaxing an office dress code is an opportunity for employees to reflect on a disease that strikes the women we hold dear - our wives, mothers, sisters and daughters. Jack Zoltowski, Philadelphia
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September 20, 2016
At the Convention Centers Conventions expecting 500 or more to attend.    Date Attendance     HVARC Comfortech 2016 - Penton Media2     Sept. 20-22   1,000    Living Beyond Breast Cancer 2016 Annual Fall Conference3     Sept. 24-25   500    M&A East Conference3     Sept. 27-28   600    Society of Cable Telecommunciations Engineers (SCTE)3     Sept. 27-29   10,000    Medco: 2016 Customer Show2 Sept. 30-Oct. 1 2,000    PA Conference for Women 20163     Oct. 6   5,000    Greater Phila Chamber of Commerce (GPCC)
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September 20, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Mindy Hirsh Semanyk, 54, of Penn Valley, a pharmacist and founder of a fund to aid pharmacy students, died Sept. 11, of breast cancer at her home. Dr. Semanyk was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer five years ago. She fought the disease with a "warrior attitude," never missing a day of work, said her husband, William Semanyk. "Most people never knew she was fighting valiantly all that time. " She set herself two goals: to co-own and operate a pharmacy and to establish a scholarship fund at the University of the Sciences, where she had studied, to help students with expenses unrelated to tuition.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced Monday that it will buy cancer biotech company Medivation for about $14 billion, adding a leading prostate-cancer drug to its oncology offerings. San Francisco-based Medivation shares were up nearly 20 percent on the news, closing Monday at $80.42 per share. Pfizer will pay $81.50 a share in cash for Medivation, compared with Sanofi S.A.'s offer in April of $52.50 a share. Since then, Merck, AstraZeneca, Celgene, and Gilead Sciences all reportedly had expressed interest in buying the cancer biotech.
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August 23, 2016 | By Dan Geringer, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia-area breast cancer survivors were disappointed Sunday when a forecast of late afternoon thunderstorms canceled their dragon boat races on the Schuylkill but said the joy of paddling together provides both physical and psychological therapy during their April-through-October season. "There are 20 paddlers, two to a seat, and a steerer and a drummer, and we all have to work together as an engine to make this boat go forward," said Peg Schofield, a 21-year breast cancer survivor from Ardmore and president of the Hope Afloat USA dragon boat team.
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August 20, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Breast-cancer survivor and fashion designer Dana Donofree of South Philadelphia is expanding her AnaOno product line for women who have undergone breast reconstructive surgery. In addition to bras, the two-year-old company is now offering loungewear to aid women recovering from mastectomy-related surgery. Recovery Loungewear silhouettes are made from ultra-plush material for comfort on sensitive skin, scar tissue and incision sites, and include a removable recovery-drain belt.
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August 18, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
Hey there, Gabby Douglas. I know you're busy winding things down in Rio, where the U.S. women's gymnastics team has dazzled the world. But if you have a sec, I'd like to introduce you to Ronnie's Law of Inverse Evidence, which I hope gives you new appreciation for your haters. But first, three anecdotes. The first is about a woman I know with breast cancer who is excited that chemo has made her hair fall out. She sees her baldness as evidence that the medicine is doing its important work, which is to kill the cancer cells that are trying to kill her. She's so excited, she never wears the wig she bought to cover her head.
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