November 14, 2011 |
Isaac Djerassi, 86, a medical researcher and clinician, died Saturday, Nov. 12, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications after surgery. Dr. Djerassi, who worked in the fields of hematology and oncology, played a key role in developing centrifuge and filtration techniques for platelet and white-cell transfusions to support aggressive cancer chemotherapy. He was born in Bulgaria and attended a Catholic French college there but was sent to a transit camp by the Nazis in 1943.
October 3, 2011
Kathleen Coyne, director of Philadelphia's Cancer Support Community (formerly the Wellness Center), directed us to the most helpful groups, beginning with her own organization ( www.cancersupport-phila.org ) . Open to Options, a service of CSC, is a crucial tool for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. The one-time, one-hour counseling session can be done in person or by phone to prepare a woman for the talks she'll have with her doctor to plan her treatment. The session "really lessens the distress and anxiety" of those first meetings with the doctor, said Coyne.
August 30, 2011 |
BEFORE SHE got sick, Hannah Max was many things: stellar math and biology student, passionate horse rider, lover of sushi. Since her diagnosis with Stage IV, high-risk neuroblastoma - a rare and deadly childhood cancer that attacks the nervous system - the 13-year-old is now a medical trailblazer, too. And you, Daily News readers, are partially responsible for that. So thank you for what you've done, not just for Hannah but for other children in desperate need of cancer care in Philadelphia.
August 25, 2011
Cancer is a scary prospect, and we need all the help we can get to understand what it is, how it's treated, and how to cope with it. Some iPad tablet applications have risen to the task, or parts of it. A guide to 120 types of cancer is part of Cancer.net Mobile , from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. This free app has information about treatment, costs, and side effects, and helps patients and families manage life with cancer. Unfortunately, links to a video and podcast of "When the Doctor Says Cancer" were not working when we tested the app. Tools in the app let you log symptoms and side effects and note the questions that you need to take to the doctor's office, when you could be nervous and forget.
August 22, 2011 |
SOMETIMES profound change happens so swiftly, it's unrecognized and unappreciated. Such is the case with the response to the federal Food and Drug Administration advisory committee's decision to withdraw agency approval for using Avastin to treat metastatic breast cancer. After the FDA Oncological Drug Advisory Committee declared Avastin to be unsafe and ineffective for women suffering from that incurable form of the disease, the headlines and pundits spun the decision - and the discussion - as one where science triumphed over emotional and desperate women.
August 19, 2011 |
Leron S. Magilner told his 191 Facebook friends that he was dying of pancreatic cancer, which he said was spreading "like wildfire. " Friends and coworkers quickly organized benefits to help with his expenses. On Thursday, police said it was a fraud and charged the Havertown man with theft. He was being held at the Delaware County jail on $20,000 bail. In March, Magilner, 34, who worked at the Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop in Havertown, allegedly told coworkers he had months to live.
August 15, 2011
Music, we can pretty much all agree, is a good thing. New research suggests that it can benefit cancer patients, too. A review of 30 previous trials involving 1,891 participants found that both formal music therapy and informal listening appeared to help reduce anxiety and pain, and improved quality of life for people with cancer. The analysis, published last week by the Cochrane Library, came with plenty of caveats. A key one is that virtually none of the studies were "blinded" - a gold standard of research, intended to prevent bias, in which participants don't know if they received an intervention.
August 15, 2011 |
VENTNOR, N.J. - Fifty years ago, cancer was discussed in whispers. The stigma associated with having the disease made it a forbidden topic in "polite" company. In her grief over the death of her daughter Ruth - a mother of four who died at 35 from melanoma - Rose Newman and her daughter's friends created a local organization that helped change that perception regionally. Through innovative fund-raising, including the popular Show House at the Shore designers' showcase, the all-volunteer Ruth Newman Shapiro (RNS)
July 21, 2011 |
Three weeks after an earthquake and tsunami severely damaged Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, Lisa Daniels opened an e-mail with test results of river water samples from Southeastern Pennsylvania. It was just after lunch April 1. Nationwide, officials were testing rain, rivers, milk, and other substances to learn if radioactivity from the stricken plant was present. They'd seen it after Chernobyl, and now it was showing up nationwide, including in rainwater from a deluge in central Pennsylvania.
July 4, 2011 |
A new brand of heroin called "Hellfire" has led to at least 11 overdose cases in Camden City this weekend. Though no one has died, law enforcement officials are warning people to avoid this "potentially lethal" batch, which is likely to be laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opiate used on cancer patients. "Our concern is we don't have a repeat of 2006," when during a five-month period there were 60 overdose deaths in the South Jersey region, said Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson.