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.
July 2, 2011 |
Nine-year-old Katie Haughney deals with a common problem for the siblings of cancer patients. Her brother Charlie, 4, is fighting stage-four neuroblastoma, and the world seems to revolve around him. "My brother gets all the attention, and I'm the oldest, so I have more responsibilities to take care of at home now," Katie said. "Sometimes it gets to my head, and I get all upset. " Camp No Worries, founded by a college undergrad and recovered cancer patient then living in Moorestown, tries to remedy that problem by bringing together pediatric cancer patients and their siblings at a summer retreat.
June 30, 2011 |
Jay M. Johnson, 63, of Hatboro, a teacher of music, math, and computer science in the Bensalem Township School District for 32 years, died of complications of lymphoma Monday, June 6, at the Cleveland Clinic. Mr. Johnson graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Northeast Philadelphia, where he played trombone in the jazz band. He then served in the Army as a trombone instructor at the U.S. Army School of Music. After his discharge, he earned a bachelor's degree in music from Temple University in 1972 and later earned a master's degree in music from what is now the College of New Jersey.
June 20, 2011
In a move that could one day help cancer patients mine their own DNA for new treatment options, Fox Chase Cancer Center last week announced it was striking a partnership with the California-based biotechnology giant Life Technologies Corp. The plan is to map the genes of patients' tumors so doctors can devise precise treatments. Fighting cancer remains fiendishly complex. "At a genetic level, any given tumor type is different in different individuals," says Jeff Boyd, senior vice president for molecular medicine at Fox Chase.