November 16, 2015
D EAR ABBY: When reading letters in your column concerning breast cancer, my heart goes out to every single person who has ever been diagnosed with this terrible disease. I have no respect for any man who cuts and runs when his wife is diagnosed with cancer. But what do you think about a woman who is diagnosed and whose husband remains with her through the fear and worry, the chemo, radiation, hair loss and all the follow-up? A husband who worries constantly for her and whose biggest fear is losing his wonderful wife, and after all this - she leaves him for another man?
November 8, 2015 |
The news left vegetarians feeling vindicated. It sent meat producers into a tizzy. And it left many others wondering: Do bacon and bologna really cause cancer? Two weeks ago, after a group of 22 scientists reviewed numerous studies, World Health Organization officials concluded that processed meat is carcinogenic, and that eating a couple of slices a day increases a person's risk of colorectal cancer by about 18 percent. But like so many cancer risks, teasing out the details and maintaining perspective is crucial.
October 28, 2015 |
Anita Gray lives with lobular breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones. So, once a month, she drives from Flying Hills, near Reading, to Northeast Philadelphia's Cancer Treatment Centers of America to meet with her oncologist and discuss palliative treatment. Yet on Thursday, after an additional talk with an orthopedic surgeon - Gray's hip bones are deteriorating from the disease - she had an appointment that was a bit more enjoyable: a reflexology and reiki session at the new Image Recovery Center.
October 21, 2015 |
Adding to debate and doubt over the value of breast cancer screening, the American Cancer Society on Tuesday affirmed that mammograms save lives - but for the first time suggested women should start the X-rays later in life. Until now, the venerable cancer organization's guidance has been simple: Yearly mammograms, starting at age 40, for as long as a woman is in good health. The update says women at average breast cancer risk should have annual mammograms from age 45 to 54, then "transition" to every other year, but "have the opportunity to continue annually.
October 13, 2015 |
SOME PEOPLE might tend to lose a little concentration when pastors drone on with their sermons. But not Richelle Phillips. She actually made notes and dissected the messages. "She found a way to make every message her very own," said her husband, James Phillips. That was Richelle Phillips. She had an analytical mind to go with the compassion that marked a life of service to children, young people in trouble and elderly folks who needed a lift. Richelle F. Phillips, a social worker, church leader and devoted mother, died Oct 3 of breast cancer.
October 5, 2015 |
Many women think that breast cancer runs in families, or that it strikes at random - in other words, there's nothing you can do to protect yourself other than vigilant screening. It's true there are some risk factors you can't control. But scientists have long known the odds of developing breast cancer can be greatly reduced with the same kind of healthy living that also fends off many cases of heart disease, diabetes, and other cancers: Eat a healthy diet. Get more exercise.
October 5, 2015 |
Deb Gleason has had surgery for breast cancer twice. She had breast-sparing surgery on her left side in 2000 and a double mastectomy in 2012 when cancer returned on the right. Cancer-wise, she's had a clean bill of health since, but the second procedure left her with a miserable, incurable side effect that plagues millions of cancer survivors: lymphedema. The condition, caused by disruption of the body's lymphatic system, causes arms or legs to swell with fluid and fat. Until the last five years or so, the only treatments available to most patients included a combination of specialized massage, exercises, and compression garments.
October 4, 2015 |
Radiation therapy has transformed breast cancer treatment over the last 40 years by enabling women with small, early-stage tumors to opt for breast-conserving lumpectomies instead of mastectomies. But conventional whole-breast radiation can be inconvenient, even impractical, for some women because it requires brief sessions Monday through Friday for about six or seven weeks. Logistical challenges force many early-stage patients to choose mastectomy, or to skip part of their prescribed course of radiation, studies have found.
October 3, 2015 |
Antron Brown remembers the moment at age 10 when he knew he was destined to become a drag racer. "I thought it was an earthquake happening. I felt the vibration through my whole body. . . . I thought the world was coming to an end," said Brown, 39, who grew up in Chesterfield, Burlington County, and was playing in the sand beneath the bleachers at Raceway Park in Englishtown while his father and uncle watched the spectacle of nitro race cars on the track nearby. "Right then and there, something changed for me. " That Brown would eventually become the first African American in the history of the National Hot Rod Association to win a world-championship title - actually the first in a major professional U.S. auto racing series - wasn't even a dream at that moment.
September 29, 2015 |
Once Dana Donofree got over the breath-halting news that she had breast cancer, she went through a double mastectomy, six sessions of chemotherapy, and reconstructive surgery. Finally, she thought, it was time to return to the land of the familiar. "I was so excited to wear a beautiful bra again," the South Philadelphia resident recalled. Excitement turned to despair when she encountered an underwear drawer full of disappointment. "There wasn't a single piece that fit me," she said.