September 21, 2000 |
Gilda's Club, the nonprofit organization named for former Saturday Night Live comedian Gilda Radner that offers social and emotional support to cancer patients, is close to opening in Bucks County - its first chapter in Pennsylvania. Supporters said yesterday they would be able to open the branch as soon as they raised an additional $50,000, lease space, and hire an executive director. They already have $200,000 on hand. The organization, based in New York City, provides support groups, lectures, workshops, psychotherapists and social functions, all free, to people diagnosed with cancer, as well as to their friends and families.
October 16, 1999 |
Aside from the artfully arranged hay bales near its entrance, the turn-of-the-century barn in Fairmount Park looks anything but rustic now. The newly renovated building, once home to chickens, horses and homing pigeons, was reopened yesterday as part of a support center for cancer patients and their families. It has plush carpeting, computer hookups, a modern kitchen, and, in a nod to its past, barn-red trim around the windows. The barn is the latest addition to the campus of the Wellness Community of Philadelphia, a cancer support center that occupies four peaceful acres near Belmont Plateau under a long-term, dollar-a-year lease with the city.
June 16, 1996 |
Kasey Hall took a limousine home from the hospital after having her cancerous brain tumor removed. Her parents gave her a new television set with a remote control, and she picked the site of the family's vacation that year. A hospital social worker helped Hall and her parents deal with the disease. But her healthy younger siblings didn't "get" anything when their sister was sick. "There was resentment," said Hall, 21, of the relationship between her and her brother and sister 10 years ago. She said they expressed such feelings as: "what do I have to do, get cancer to get a new TV?"
October 21, 2003 |
South Jersey cancer patients who crossed the river for treatment at Philadelphia hospitals will now have the option of getting the latest care at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey at Cooper University Hospital in Voorhees. Gov. McGreevey said yesterday that the state would provide $5 million to develop the partnership between Cooper and the New Brunswick-based Cancer Institute of New Jersey, one of 39 facilities nationwide affiliated with the National Cancer Institute. Other National Cancer Institute affiliates, providing comprehensive cancer treatment, include the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, the Fox Chase Cancer Center, and the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University.
March 27, 2005 |
Christine Bell likes to keep her promises. When (not if) she could overcome non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the Voorhees resident vowed, she would do something to help fellow cancer patients. "I always thought I had something to give to others, but for a long time I never knew what it was," said Bell, 50, who will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in health and exercise science from Rowan University. On March 17, she began leading a weekly class for cancer patients, Well-Being Yoga, at the Kennedy Cancer Center in Sewell.
December 18, 1997 |
It's a warm yellow now, but until recently historic Ridgeland in West Fairmount Park was just another white elephant. Long vacant except for a few park offices, not architecturally notable enough to be a museum restoration candidate, Ridgeland - dating in part to 1719 - seemed destined to languish and decay as have many other Fairmount Park homes. But in a turnaround that park and preservation officials say could be a model for other park houses, Ridgeland found a new purpose and an agency willing to restore it. The park got a functioning landmark instead of an eyesore, and hundreds of people are drawn into West Fairmount who otherwise might never have come.
April 26, 1989 |
The diagnosis: cancer. Once the initial shock starts to fade, the questioning starts: Why? Why did this happen, and why did it happen to me? And what if my doctor is wrong in his prognosis? What if I should have a different treatment? The why questions are usually unanswerable. The more important ones, the what-if questions, can be answered. Often the best thing to do is ask yourself what if . . . and get a second opinion. There are occasions, in fact, when a second opinion can lead to a dramatic cure or improvement, rather than death.
July 15, 2001 |
More and more bodies tested in morgues around the Philadelphia region show traces of the chemical found in OxyContin, chilling coroners with the realization that the powerful painkiller, when abused, has become a major people killer as well. Chewed, snorted or injected for its heroin-like impact, OxyContin has been on the market since 1996, intended as medicine to ease pain in cancer patients and others. Death reports only now being compiled in the region show the extent of its abuse, with or without other drugs or alcohol.
December 30, 2002 |
This is an odd cancer support group. During a 2 1/2-hour session earlier this month, no one mentioned cancer - or, for that matter, even illness or pain. That's not unusual, said Caroline Peterson, who runs the experimental group at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital that combines a trinity of alternative stress reducers: yoga, meditation and art therapy. The focus is on developing relaxation skills and self-understanding. "The illness experience comes up, but it's not the predominant approach," said Peterson, an art therapist.
June 7, 2009 |
Brita Hudson-Smith went to her first meeting with her new oncologist in December armed with family. She knew she would need help hearing, really hearing, what the doctor had to say about her shocking diagnosis: lung cancer. The doctor entered the exam room at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center to find a crowd. Hudson-Smith, a nonsmoker whose work had involved encouraging healthy lifestyles, was there with her husband, her sisters, and her daughter. With Hudson-Smith's diagnosis, they all hurtled into the excruciatingly complex realm of modern medical decision-making.