June 18, 2016 |
Shares of Merck rose Thursday after the drugmaker said its Keytruda immuno-oncology medicine succeeded in a study of patients with advanced lung cancer and showed a survival advantage over patients given standard chemotherapy. Based on the results, an independent data monitoring board recommended that the clinical trial be stopped and that patients receiving chemotherapy be allowed to switch to the company's treatment. Merck, based in Kenilworth, N.J., employs about 9,200 in West Point and Upper Gwynedd in Montgomery County.
June 13, 2016 |
Bart Bryant has played some good golf at the Constellation Senior Players Championship, standing in a tie for third after three rounds, but he's doing it with a very heavy heart. Bryant has revealed that his wife, Cathy, is battling brain cancer. "On Mother's Day, they found she had a tumor in her brain," Bryant said in an interview with Golf Channel at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. "They told us it was Stage 4 cleoblastoma, cancer of the brain. " Bryant said his wife underwent surgery "a couple of days" after the diagnosis and will enter H.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for further treatment this week.
June 12, 2016 |
Most women with ovarian cancer get inadequate treatment that cuts their survival short. Experts keep lamenting this well-known problem. This spring, for example, a major report by the Institute of Medicine said that although women who receive care according to national guidelines have "improved survival, less than one-half of women with ovarian cancer receive such care. " What the report didn't say is that, since 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two sophisticated blood tests that can help women get the optimal surgery for ovarian cancer.
June 10, 2016 |
GLIOBLASTOMA is brain cancer. Radiation and chemotherapy fight it. Darren Daulton beat it! Blah, blah, blah. The doctors at Jefferson - oncologists, glioblastomists, radiation shooters - are nothing but sunshine. I am a journalist. Sunshine is boring. "I understand how most patients view a fatal illness," I told my medical group. "But bad news doesn't bother me. In fact, the more detail you give me - bad and worse - the happier I will be. " Happier on the story. Not on my mortality.
June 3, 2016 |
NORMALLY, when a driver leads 392 of 400 laps, as Martin Truex Jr. did in winning the Coca-Cola 600 last Sunday night at Charlotte, we would stamp a big B on the race, for Bor-ing. Instead, Truex receives a big "attaboy!" for dominating the race and outperforming the multicar teams. While Truex's team is affiliated with Joe Gibbs Racing, it is a single-car operation based in Denver. Truex is part of another, much more personal team. His girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, is a Stage 3 ovarian cancer survivor.
May 30, 2016
On May 11, the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia hosted its 18th annual Evening in the Park fund-raiser. More than 200 attended. The group supports men, women, and children living with cancer by offering free counseling, music therapy, support groups, educational workshops, exercise classes, and specialized programs for children and teens. The event recognized outstanding individuals who have supported the cause, including Iliana Strauss, presented the Inspiration Award; Joseph Robbins, who took home the Courage Award; the Chavez-Theiss family, given the Gilda Radner Award; BP Business Solutions, which received the Community Impact Award; and Corey Langer, oncologist, honored with the Ann Silverman Award.
May 28, 2016 |
The water may now be safe to drink, but concerns persist about the impact of tainted wells near former military bases in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Officials said Thursday that the Pennsylvania Department of Health would launch a regional cancer study and was considering blood tests for residents near wells in Horsham and Warminster found to have been contaminated by base firefighting foams. The chemicals have been linked to cancer and reproductive issues. "Quite frankly, nobody knows what the long-term effects are at this point," Will Freeman, a legislative specialist with the Department of Health, said at a meeting of local, state, and federal officials led by State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R., Montgomery)
May 23, 2016
ISSUE | BREAST CANCER Stepping up to fight a deadly disease Thank you to the more than 2,000 people who came out last Sunday morning for the 15th annual Living Beyond Breast Cancer Reach and Raise yoga fund-raising event on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Together, 139 teams raised $373,617 to support women and men affected by breast cancer with a trusted source of information and a community of support. This event began as a dream, with a small yoga class of about a hundred people, and it has grown to be one of the city's most spectacular and powerful events.
May 23, 2016 |
One of the biggest challenges for the companies now racing to develop T-cell therapies for cancer is figuring out how to make personalized, living products on an assembly-line scale. Each patient's own T-cells - the soldiers of the immune system - must be siphoned from the blood, coaxed to multiply, genetically engineered to recognize and attack cancer cells, then returned to the patient. Now, Cellectis, a French biotechnology company partnering with Pfizer, says it has used gene-editing technology to achieve a major advance: a "universal" T-cell product, made with healthy donor cells and used "off-the-shelf.
May 22, 2016 |
EACH WEEK, as Lisa-Maria Padilla trims her cats' nails, she gives them an allover body check to make sure everything looks and feels normal. A little over a year ago, she noticed that her 10-year-old cat Twyla, a blue Abyssinian, had a tiny nodule near one of her nipples. It wasn't painful and Twyla wasn't behaving differently, but Padilla knew something wasn't right. She took Twyla to her veterinarian, who surgically removed the nodule, along with a distal lymph node - from behind a hind leg - and sent them to a pathology lab for analysis.