December 15, 2011 |
GLORIA AIKEN figured her 7-year-old son's stomach was bothering him because he was upset over a recent change in schools. The pain persisted. She took him to a doctor who agreed it was just a stomachache. When her son didn't want to play his video games or watch television, Gloria knew it was something more serious. She took him to see a pediatrician, who ordered some blood work. Seven-year-old C.J. Aiken had cancer, specifically Burkitt's lymphoma. He needed surgery to remove part of his intestines that were cancerous.
May 28, 1999 |
Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmur has taken a leave of absence because of cancer, several newspapers reported yesterday. Shurmur arrived Wednesday in Green Bay, where he formerly served the Packers as defensive boss, and where he might undergo treatment, the Post-Crescent, of Appleton, Wis., said, quoting unidentified sources. The Seattle Times, citing unidentified sources, also reported the cancer diagnosis. Shurmur, 66, beginning his 25th year in NFL coaching, was with the Packers from 1994 to 1998, after which he joined former Packers coach Mike Holmgren in Seattle.
June 1, 2011 |
LONDON - A respected international panel of scientists says cellphones are possible cancer-causing agents, putting them in the same category as the pesticide DDT, gasoline-engine exhaust and coffee. The classification was issued yesterday in Lyon, France, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer after a review of dozens of published studies. The agency is an arm of the World Health Organization, and its assessment now goes to WHO for possible guidance on cellphone use. Classifying agents as "possibly carcinogenic" doesn't mean they automatically cause cancer, and some experts said the ruling shouldn't change people's cellphone habits.
May 3, 2000 |
The Philadelphia sports community has lost another legend. Otho Davis, the renowned athletic trainer and veteran of 23 seasons with the Eagles, died last evening after waging an inspiring battle against liver and pancreatic cancer. Davis, 66, passed peacefully with his wife, Mary Louise, family members and close friends at his bedside at St. Agnes Medical Center in South Philadelphia. Davis' body will be flown to his beloved hometown of Elgin, Texas, where he will be buried alongside his father.
October 15, 2000 |
On April 21, 1980, a warehouse filled with 2 million gallons of illegally stored chemicals burst into flames in Elizabeth, N.J. For 10 hours, more than 230 firefighters, most without breathing gear, battled through toxic smoke while exploding barrels rained chemicals on them. Over the next decade, those exposed to the blaze at Chemical Control Corp. suffered an unusually high rate of illness, which ranged from respiratory problems to cancer. More than 30 of the afflicted blamed the chemicals they encountered on the job. But claims for workers' compensation benefits were rejected because the firefighters could not prove a connection.
February 17, 2010 |
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl has been diagnosed with neck and throat cancer and will miss some games and practices while undergoing a rigorous treatment program of radiation and chemotherapy. His voice breaking at times, Karl revealed the diagnosis last night with his doctor, Jacques Saari, at his side and surrounded by his team and members of the Nuggets organization. "My desire is to do whatever I can to stay with my team throughout the treatment that I have to go through," Karl said.
September 24, 2008 |
ZaBeCor Pharmaceuticals of Bala Cynwyd said today that it formed a biotechnology subsidiary to develop molecular technologies for treatment of cancers in the blood and lymphatic system. The new unit, Biothorpe Pharmaceuticals, will focus on attacking a substance called Syk kinase, which studies have shown is required for the proliferation of malignant cells in several cancers, ZaBeCor said. Biothorpe's work will be targeted at three types of cancer: acute myelogenous leukemia, B-cell lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
January 22, 2010 |
Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich practiced with his team for the first time since undergoing cancer treatment. Herzlich, of Wayne, led part of the hourlong captain's practice yesterday in the bubble-covered field at Alumni Stadium. He was the Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of the year in 2008. He was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, the next spring and missed all of last season. "I'm very excited, even to do just a little stuff today," he said.
August 21, 2001 |
Having faced cancer several times in my own family, I know all too well how frightening and overwhelming such a diagnosis can be. So many bewildering and complex issues, decisions and emotions surface and need to be handled. What's the best course of treatment? Who is the best doctor? Should you have surgery or chemotherapy or both? How do you handle fears of whether you're going to make it? For a woman, there are even more concerns. In a world so preoccupied with appearances, she may worry about how she's going to look if her hair falls out, or she loses a breast, or her face becomes swollen from medications.
August 29, 2012 |
Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter said Tuesday that he was again fighting cancer, but said nothing about his condition. Specter, 82, the longest-serving senator in Pennsylvania history, from 1981 through 2010, kept his illness private until word of it began to leak Monday night. He issued a statement at midmorning saying: "I'm battling cancer. It's another battle I intend to win. I'm grateful for all the well-wishes I've received. I'm looking forward to getting back to work, to the comedy stage, to the squash court, and to the ballpark.