July 27, 2014 |
Women whose breast tumors have spread to the skin are automatically diagnosed as stage III - advanced cancer with a relatively poor prognosis. But a new analysis by Fox Chase Cancer Center finds that classification approach is outdated and often unduly grim. The size of the tumor and whether it has spread to underarm lymph nodes are far more important predictors of survival than skin involvement, according to the study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. "Many women with tumors that happen to have spread to the skin may, unfortunately, be given an inaccurately dire prognosis - along with, perhaps, some unnecessary treatment," said study leader Richard J. Bleicher, a surgical oncologist at Fox Chase in Philadelphia.
July 4, 2014 |
No kids for Cam No ticking biological clock keeps Cameron Diaz awake at night. Glam Cam, a robust 41 (almost 42), tells Esquire (whose August cover she adorns) that motherhood holds no allure. "It's so much more work to have children," she tells the "Man at His Best" mag. "To have lives besides your own that you are responsible for - I didn't take that on. . . . A baby - that's all day, every day for 18 years. Not having a baby might really make things easier, but that doesn't make it an easy decision.
June 26, 2014 |
Joan Lunden fighting cancer Joan Lunden , who hosted ABC's Good Morning America from 1980 to 1997, went on the show Tuesday to say she is fighting breast cancer. This misfortune haunts the show: Cohost Robin Roberts has been treated for it, and so has cohost Amy Robach . Lunden said she had already started chemo and expects to make a full recovery. Cleese exits Bond movies Monty Python Flying Circus genius John Cleese is out of the James Bond movie series.
June 23, 2014 |
Facing a double mastectomy and hysterectomy, Eva Moon eased the anxiety with a limerick: I've just had a genetic test And I'm feeling a little depressed It's not just because I'll have menopause But I wasn't quite done with my breasts Humor isn't touted much in clinical trials or in FDA approvals, but when it comes to cancer, laughter is good medicine, according to Moon. A 58-year-old performing artist from Redmond, Wash., with fiery red hair and a sultry voice, Moon spoke at the Eighth Annual Joining FORCEs Conference in Philadelphia last week.
May 16, 2014 |
The judge who sentenced former District Judge Rita Arnold for hiding a citation against her son wanted to make an example of someone who abused judicial powers, Arnold's attorney argued in a Superior Court appeal filed this week. Judge John Braxton - who ordered Arnold to serve 16 to 32 months in state prison on two misdemeanors - ignored the Chester County woman's previously crime-free life, remorse, and ongoing treatment for cancer, her attorney said. Braxton, "focusing entirely on the fact that these crimes were committed in her capacity as a magisterial district judge [and for her son]
May 13, 2014 |
For 86-year-old Flossy Marcus and her big extended family, Mother's Day and the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure mark both a yearly reunion and a celebration of the things they have in common: Their rich Jewish heritage, youthful features, and remarkably positive outlooks on life. "I've always had a good attitude . . .. I always say today is the first day of the rest of my life," said Marcus, who was at the annual breast cancer fund-raiser with her three daughters and stepdaughter.
March 27, 2014 |
Hello there They met at a now-defunct bar during Philadelphia's May 2012 Outfest. Cara couldn't believe how loud Val was. Why did she have to be the center of attention? "I thought she was a jerk. " Val chalked up Cara's quietness to a holier-than-thou attitude. "I thought she was stuck-up and pretentious. " Then that August, the same mutual friend that introduced them - Holly - invited a bunch of people to PBR Bar & Grill at Xfinity Live, where another friend's band was performing.
March 23, 2014 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - After a celebratory hug with coach Carl Arrigale, Ja'Quan Newton took a seat on the bench and broke down. "I didn't really feel it until then," the Neumann-Goretti senior said. "When I came out of the game, it really hit me. " Friday night, a day after his mother died after an extended battle with breast cancer, Newton put on an unforgettable and inspired performance to lead the Saints to their fourth PIAA Class AAA boys' basketball championship in five seasons. The 6-foot-3 guard and Miami signee produced a game-high 33 points, including five three-pointers, to lift Neumann-Goretti to a 64-57 overtime triumph against District 3's Susquehanna Township at the Giant Center.
March 11, 2014
T IFFANY WADE, 29, of Cheltenham Township, is CEO of Kissess LLC, a company that makes "F--- CANCER" apparel, with the "C" in "F---" replaced by a breast-cancer-awareness ribbon. Wade, a divorced mother of two daughters and a registered nurse, started the apparel line a year ago, shortly before her hairstylist's mother died of breast cancer. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the company? A: I've been an RN for 10 years and worked at Hahnemann [University Hospital]
February 21, 2014
DOCTORS tell many American women that they need a yearly mammogram to screen for breast cancer. Early detection saves lives, women are told. But evidence has been mounting for years that mammograms do not reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer. Last week, the British Medical Journal released a blockbuster, long-term study of nearly 90,000 Canadian women. It concluded that yearly mammography screenings for women 40 to 59 do not reduce breast cancer deaths, though they make a diagnosis of breast cancer more likely.