November 24, 2013 |
Being just a kid himself, 7-year-old Sam Hornikel isn't concerned about his ability to have children of his own yet. He's thinking more about the soccer game he missed, or his math homework. But researchers around the world are working to give boys like Sam - who fought off cancer when he was only 3 years old - the opportunity to have their own family one day. Often, chemotherapy or radiation treatments can harm fertility. Typically, older patients can bank sperm, but for those who haven't gone through puberty yet, researchers are deep-freezing tiny pieces of their testicular tissue.
November 22, 2013 |
SOME OF Mickey Hirsch's family and friends were appalled when he began preparing for his own death, even building his coffin. Mickey was a cancer patient who went from being a husky 220-pounder to a frail 150 pounds in the past year and a half. Tortured by chemotherapy, his once powerful energy drained away. "I do want to live," he told the Daily News' Barbara Laker, who wrote about him in October. "But I'm making the most of my death. I'm putting some meaning into it. I share these experiences so people are not scared to die. " Edmond "Mickey" Hirsch died Tuesday at age 61. He had lived most of his life in Northeast Philadelphia but recently lived in Forked River, N.J. Mickey, who worked in construction most of his life and was until recently doing remodeling jobs with his son, Matt, 26, posted photos of his casket-making on Facebook.
November 8, 2013 |
THE DELAWARE County GOP machine is still firing on all cylinders, but its municipal-level messaging might need a slight tune-up. Exhibit A: The Delco cancer scare of 2013. Faced with an expanding Democratic Party in the GOP-controlled county, Newtown Township Republican leader Michael F.X. Gillin decided to rally the troops before Tuesday's election with a "Dear Neighbor" letter claiming that tax-and-spend Philadelphia Democrats are "attempting to take over" the county government.
November 7, 2013 |
THERE WERE some heavy hearts and teary eyes around the 76ers organization yesterday morning as the team gathered for practice. It had nothing to do with Monday's loss to the Golden State Warriors, which snapped a three-game winning streak. It was much more serious than that. Last week, the likes of Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Billy Cunningham, Doug Collins, Bobby Jones, Pat Croce, Wali Jones and others converged in a back room of the Wells Fargo Center to pay tribute to Jeff Millman, a 50-year employee of the organization whose jobs varied from ballboy to equipment manager, but whose undeniable fingerprints on the club couldn't be given a title.
November 3, 2013 |
Former Gloucester Catholic baseball star Cody Brown, The Inquirer's South Jersey player of the year in 2011, has been diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. Brown, 20, has begun to receive chemotherapy for anaplastic large cell lymphoma, according to his father, Mike Brown. Cody Brown will be the guest of honor at a fund-raiser in his benefit at the Brooklawn American Legion Post 72 on Wednesday, Nov. 27, said former Gloucester Catholic coach Dennis Barth, now the head coach at Rutgers-Camden.
November 2, 2013 |
Jeremy J. Fischer, 52, of Kimberton, who publicized his two-year battle with pancreatic cancer to help raise research funds and gracefully modeled how patients can live with cancer, died Sunday, Oct. 27, of the disease at his home. Mr. Fischer spoke on the air last year as part of the Stand Up to Cancer campaign supporting researchers here and across the country whose focus is hard-to-treat cancers. Before the report, Mr. Fischer's weight had dropped to 119 pounds, but he described his illness to CBS3 reporter Stephanie Stahl as "like a crouching tiger in a room.
October 29, 2013 |
Saturday Brandywine Battlefield 5K, Brandywine Battlefield Park, 1491 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford. Start: 8:30 a.m., fee: $20. brandywinebattlefield5k.com 13th Annual Philadelphia City 6 5K 9 a.m. Starts at 33d and Market Streets (Drexel Recreation Center). $20 pre-reg. Benefits Coaches vs. Cancer. Many of the City Six basketball coaches will be there, including Bruiser Flint and Fran Dunphy.
October 28, 2013 |
Some call it the "icing on the cake. " Others deem it the "illusion of a protrusion. " But for Patricia Missiras, 57, of Brookhaven, having 3-D areolas and nipples tattooed to her reconstructed breasts goes much deeper. It's part of her quest to put her bilateral mastectomy, chemo, and radiation firmly in the rear-view mirror. "I want to look as normal as I did before," she says. "I know it's not going to look exactly the same, but I want to get back to where I was before all of this happened.
October 24, 2013
IT'S BEEN well-documented that exercise can help prevent chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and, yes, even cancer. It can probably do more for your health than anything else (and help you look youthfully svelte, to boot). Here's another example. A study released early this month demonstrates that simply walking for an hour a day can reduce a postmenopausal woman's risk of developing breast cancer by a stunning 14 percent. And that's walking at a leisurely 3 mph pace - "without any other recreational physical activities, just walking," said Alpa V. Patel, a senior epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society and senior author of the study.
October 7, 2013 |
The pink-laden ads of October refer to a single, straightforward disease called " breast cancer . " In reality, there are distinct types and classifications, based on where the cancer began, how it looks under the microscope, and whether it is still confined to its starting place. Breast cancers are further categorized based on whether the malignancy is fueled by hormones, and by the newest measurable characteristic - molecular activity. The four major molecular subtypes, which are determined by gene-expression profiling, are still largely a research tool.