July 18, 2016 |
I am sitting here with tears in my eyes and anger in my heart. I just learned that the cancer clinical trial that my husband enrolled in - gambled on, you could say - didn't work. The data show that the pancreatic cancer patients such as my husband who received an experimental combination of two immunotherapy drugs actually died a few months earlier, on average, than those who received the standard chemotherapy treatment. The results were so disappointing that the trial has been halted.
July 9, 2016 |
Men with metastatic prostate cancer have a surprisingly high rate of inherited mutations in DNA-repair genes, suggesting that all men with such advanced prostate cancer should be considered for genetic testing, a new study concludes. Genetic testing is not recommended for men with cancer confined to the prostate - or men whose cancer later spreads - because studies have found less than 5 percent have defective DNA-repair genes. But the prevalence of such defects among men who are initially diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer has been unclear, according to the new study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers from six leading cancer centers in the United States and Britain.
June 24, 2016 |
A Boston-area start-up that is developing medicines for women's health, cancer, and endocrine diseases has opened a commercial and medical affairs office in Wayne to gear up for the potential launch of a new osteoporosis medicine. Radius Health Inc. has a lead drug candidate, abaloparatide, that had positive results in a patient study to reduce the risk of fractures in postmenopausal women with bone-depleting osteoporosis. The treatment, in a class of agents called anabolics that build bone rather than slow bone loss, is being reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.
May 23, 2016
ISSUE | BREAST CANCER Stepping up to fight a deadly disease Thank you to the more than 2,000 people who came out last Sunday morning for the 15th annual Living Beyond Breast Cancer Reach and Raise yoga fund-raising event on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Together, 139 teams raised $373,617 to support women and men affected by breast cancer with a trusted source of information and a community of support. This event began as a dream, with a small yoga class of about a hundred people, and it has grown to be one of the city's most spectacular and powerful events.
May 11, 2016 |
Death is essential for Pinkwash, the West Philly punk outfit. In 2009, vocalist and guitarist Joey Doubek lost his mother to cancer; years later, he's still dealing with grief in the form of music. On Friday, Pinkwash , which has received accolades from Pitchfork , NPR , and the Washington Post , will release its first full-length LP, Collective Sigh . It's the culmination of many things: Loss, self-reflection, and doubt. Doubek and drummer Ashley Arnwine first met in the Washington DIY music scene, where they collaborated in bands such as Mass Movement of the Moth and Ingrid . After a few years, Ingrid ended, and they went their separate ways.
May 2, 2016 |
As sleety rain kept falling, the activists anguished about whether to go ahead with plans to lie on the ground on a recent Saturday evening. Their "die-in" was intended to symbolize the fact that, despite all the progress in taming breast cancer, it still takes about 40,000 lives a year in the United States. Imagine wiping out the population of Wilkes-Barre or Atlantic City. Every year. For three decades. Still, the demonstrators had to be pragmatic. Most members of their new group, MET-UP, had metastatic breast cancer and had to be careful to protect their fragile health.
May 1, 2016 |
Suzette Shivers, 55, was battling breast cancer with chemotherapy. It was not illness, however, that cut her life short. She was beaten to death on April 1, and her Nicetown home was set on fire. The perpetrator remains at large and her family wants justice. Shivers was an outgoing person and willing to help people in the neighborhood, said her sister Nancy Brown, 37, of North Carolina. "She had a real good heart," Brown said. That may have led to her being victimized. "Sometimes she was a little too nice, too trusting," Brown said.
April 16, 2016
ISSUE | CANCER Providing options Thanks for tackling the difficult and delicate subject of women who are diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy ("When pregnancy and cancer collide," Sunday). Dr. Elyce Cardonick's pregnancy registry helps women and their doctors understand how first-class cancer treatment and pregnancy care can be given at the same time. Breast cancer is the cancer most commonly diagnosed during pregnancy. We at Living Beyond Breast Cancer are working with Cardonick on a publication that will provide treatment options and resources.
April 7, 2016 |
This week, 26 people with metastatic breast cancer - the kind of cancer that cannot yet be cured - will come together in Philadelphia. The group, an eclectic one that shares a common purpose, includes 25 women and a man with breast cancer. He is a retired Air Force colonel, one of a few thousand men who each year receive this surprising diagnosis. "I want to be involved in a more direct conversation about cancer," he said. Selected from 161 applicants, they are the second class of the "Hear My Voice" outreach volunteer program, which takes place at Living Beyond Breast Cancer's annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference.
March 20, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: In 2004, my husband and I were contacted by a friend who had gotten into an abusive relationship and lost custody of her daughter. She asked us to go through social services and adopt her little girl, so at least she would know her baby was loved and well taken care of. Long story short, we did everything we could, but in the end, we lost our battle. The grandparents were involved and took over. It was heartbreaking after a year and a half of loving the girl to have to let her go. My niece works at an ice cream shop and saw our precious one recently.