May 13, 2015 |
Since the discovery more than 30 years ago of a protein shed by tumor cells in the ovaries, researchers have tried unsuccessfully to use it for an ovarian-cancer screening test. Now, a mammoth, long-awaited United Kingdom study has had some success by tracking rapid changes in blood levels of the protein, CA125, rather than simply elevations above a presumed normal. A key to this screening strategy is an ovarian-cancer risk formula, or algorithm, developed over many years by a Harvard biostatistician with help from oncologists, including ones at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.
May 12, 2015 |
Cheryle Goldberg, 69, an almost 37-year survivor, has walked in every one of the 25 Philadelphia breast cancer walks on Mother's Day. In honor of her longevity - and the event's 25th anniversary - on Sunday, she led the emotional and ceremonial survivors' parade down the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. What made the day most significant for the Warminster woman - diagnosed in 1978, when for so many a diagnosis was a death sentence -...
May 11, 2015 |
Jerome Williams did not pitch one game in 2010 on American soil. It is the only season in his 13-year career in which the Phillies pitcher did not pitch in the major or minor leagues. Instead, Williams played in Taiwan. He resurrected his career on the small island near the Chinese coast. And he discovered a reminder of his past. A pink baseball glove - Williams had never seen one before - was for sale in a Taiwan sporting goods store. His mother had died nine years earlier from breast cancer.
April 19, 2015 |
Researchers who study hereditary breast and ovarian cancer call it "the Angelina Jolie Effect. " They reported a sustained global surge in requests for BRCA genetic testing after the actress wrote about her preventive mastectomy two years ago. Last month, she gave another boost to awareness when she wrote about her recent surgery to remove her ovaries. But raising awareness hasn't necessarily lowered barriers, BRCA experts say. People seeking to identify and manage their inherited cancer risk often confront conflicting, confusing medical guidelines, test options, and insurance coverage.
April 16, 2015 |
R ITA WILSON , the actress wife of Tom Hanks , is recovering from a bilateral mastectomy for breast cancer. Rita, 58, had been appearing in Larry David 's play "Fish in the Dark" on Broadway and will return May 5, according to her publicist, Heidi Schaeffer . Wilson, in a statement to People magazine, said yesterday that she is expected to make a full recovery and credited getting a doctor's second opinion after...
April 16, 2015 |
Rita Wilson has breast cancer Rita Wilson told People on Tuesday that she underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery last week. "With my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy . . . after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma," Wilson, 58, said in a statement. "I am recovering and, most importantly, expected to make a full recovery. " Wilson has been married to Tom Hanks since 1988. The actress is on sick leave from her Broadway play Fish in the Dark , in which she costars with Rosie Perez . Quaid vid: Is it real craziness?
March 26, 2015 |
In her latest op-ed confessional, Angelina Jolie succinctly captured the complex dilemmas faced by women who carry a genetic defect that predisposes them to breast and ovarian cancer. Two years ago, the actress, who has a BRCA1 mutation, had both breasts removed. That largely eliminated her 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer, but did nothing to reduce her 50 percent chance of ovarian cancer. So last week, at age 39, she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. While that cut her ovarian cancer risk by 85 percent, it also ended her fertility, plunged her into menopause, and left her with an estrogen deficiency that raises her risks of problems such as osteoporosis and heart disease.
March 22, 2015 |
To the ever-growing list of things smartphones can put at your fingertips (weather, traffic, games, stock quotes), Apple aims to add "relieve suffering" and "advance science. " Two local researchers who were part of the team that created the company's new breast cancer iPhone application, called Share the Journey, believe that those lofty goals are realistic. Apple enlisted Kathryn Schmitz, an epidemiologist and exercise physiologist at the University of Pennsylvania, and Marisa Weiss, a Lankenau Hospital breast radiation oncologist, who founded and leads the resource website breastcancer.org.
January 24, 2015 |
Loretta Dittrich Spotila began her career as a nutritionist at nursing homes in Buffalo, N.Y., and then taught nutrition at the State University of New York in Buffalo. But she wanted to do more, said her husband, James R. Spotila, Betz chair and professor of environmental science at Drexel University. "She was trying to find the mechanisms of how disease works, and she thought molecular biology would give her a handle to look for those mechanisms," said her husband, whom she married in 1967.
January 12, 2015 |
Josh Cassidy always looked up to his older brother, Eric, as a basketball player and as a basketball coach. But when their mother, Deborah, got breast cancer, Josh developed a deeper appreciation for the oldest of the family's four siblings. "He didn't show much because he knew he had to be strong for us," Josh Cassidy said of Eric Cassidy. "He was the rock. He was the one we all could count on. " The brothers are young adults who have dedicated their lives to teaching and coaching.