January 9, 2015 |
ON YESTERDAY'S Preston and Steve show, longtime WMMR morning host Steve Morrison revealed that he had undergone surgery for prostate cancer. Morrison, who missed only three days of work after robotically having his prostate removed, is now cancer-free. "Four or five hours after the surgery, I was walking around," Morrison told me. "The next day I was doing 2 or 3 miles on the treadmill. " Morrison said he decided to go public with his diagnosis because he wanted to raise awareness for the simple tests that could catch prostate cancer in its early stages.
January 9, 2015 |
Q: I'm a 32-year-old woman. I met a guy who on our first date told me had prostate cancer, but that doctors had operated on him and he was now cancer free. We had an OK time and he asked me out again. My friend said I shouldn't go out with him because of his medical history. What do you think? Mia: Sorry, girlfriend, but you're not giving us enough information. Are you saying you're squeamish just because he had cancer? Or are you concerned about his ability to father children, or even just get and maintain an erection?
January 6, 2015 |
STUART SCOTT, the talented and entertaining anchor on ESPN's "SportsCenter," had a way with words. His famous catchphrases included: "Boo-Yah!" "As cool as the other side of the pillow. " "Just call him butter cuz he's on a roll. " Yesterday, Scott died at 49 after a lengthy battle with cancer. And fittingly, there were words. Words of love. Words of consolation. President Obama, actor Samuel L. Jackson, and former NBA star Michael Jordan were among those sharing their thoughts.
January 1, 2015 |
Dow Chemical Co. has quietly settled lawsuits brought by the estates of two chemists who died of brain cancer after working at the former Rohm & Haas Co. research labs in Montgomery County. The company, which purchased Rohm & Haas in 2009, agreed to pay a total of $950,000 - $475,000 in each case, according to records filed in Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia. The settlements bring to a close nearly a decade of litigation, during which plaintiffs' attorneys alleged that Rohm & Haas did not provide lab employees with sufficient protection against toxic chemicals and did not adequately warn them about the rising number of brain cancers.
December 30, 2014 |
It is called Sacred Heart Home, and its work is just that: sacred. For 84 years, a group of nuns has been caring for poor people dying from cancer in their gleaming home on the edge of Hunting Park. They do it free of charge. The Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne accept no payment of any kind from patients, insurance companies, or the government. Though its sisters are Roman Catholic, Sacred Heart receives no funding stream from any diocese or church. "Isn't that a miracle?"
December 20, 2014 |
Fresh off the construction of its gleaming, $100 million building expansion in University City, the Wistar Institute announced Thursday that it had appointed a new leader from within. Russel E. Kaufman, chief executive officer of the independent research institute since 2002, is stepping down in March to be succeeded by cancer biologist Dario C. Altieri. Altieri, 56, who left the University of Massachusetts in 2010 to head Wistar's cancer center and serve as the institute's first chief scientific officer, said that among his goals was the continued recruitment of top-notch faculty.
December 17, 2014 |
WHEN FRANK SINATRA JR. made his introductory remarks at Friday night's Parx Casino bash honoring local radio titan Sid Mark 's 58th year spinning Ol' Blue Eyes' records, he obviously noted the day was an important one, as it would have been his father's 99th birthday. But Dec. 12 was doubly significant: He revealed that it had been two years to the day since he was diagnosed with Stage 4A throat cancer (the "A" meant it had metastasized). Sinatra, 71 next month, spent about a year undergoing grueling radiation and chemotherapy, and eating through a tube inserted in his stomach.
December 15, 2014 |
Over the nearly 41/2 years of Nancy Carolan's battle with acute myeloid leukemia, her oncologist had pulled her from the brink several times. Strong-willed and brave, Carolan had endured infections, brutal rounds of chemotherapy, and a bone-marrow transplant. She was an optimist who wanted to believe she could beat the blood cancer. By August, though, her sisters could see that Carolan, 63, had lost the fight. She was hospitalized, very sick and still receiving aggressive care.
December 13, 2014 |
Feeling at the very peak of health, Lynn Marks couldn't have been more surprised when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. "I was kind of blown away," she recalled. And with no connection to other breast-cancer patients, she felt isolated. Fifteen years later, Marks, 65, of Center City, the executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, knows that others are literally in the same boat, specifically one that dates to ancient Chinese tradition. She is a member of a dragon-boat crew, Against the Wind, made up of breast-cancer survivors.
December 8, 2014
ISSUE | TAXI SAFETY Ensure it's insured An article on taxi insurance was timely, at least for me ("City cabs light on accident coverage," Nov. 27). Returning from an August medical appointment for knee surgery, I was hit by an All City Taxi cab in Center City. My attorney soon learned that the cabbie's insurance carrier is in liquidation. Perhaps it is wise to ask a taxi driver to show proof of insurance before getting in. |Michael Fill, Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org ISSUE | PROTESTS Root causes A recent letter writer asserts that violent protests contradict the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's principles and thwart racial harmony ("Nonviolent civil rights activist would mourn," Nov. 30)