September 6, 2015 |
The nausea that cancer patients sometimes experience after chemotherapy can make the treatment feel worse than the disease. New research from a University of Pennsylvania team looks at the role the brain plays in the nausea and vomiting that follow treatment with cisplatin, a type of chemo used in many cancers. Working with rats, the team, which included psychologists Amber Alhadeff and Harvey Grill plus Bart C. De Jonghe, a nutrition scientist in the School of Nursing, found the severe side effects were associated with a particular neurotransmitter - glutamate - in the amygdala, a part of the brain that processes emotion and memory.
October 17, 2012
Through Wednesday, Philly.com and The Inquirer will mark breast cancer awareness month by publishing a profile a day of transformative moments reported by patients. The series will culminate in a special Philly.com/Inquirer section on Thursday, and can be viewed at www.philly.com/breastcancer . Jennifer Bergstrom was just starting her life over. Her six-year marriage in Kansas City had ended, so she took a job that moved her to South Florida. This happened to now be the home of her first love, her college boyfriend, and their love rekindled.
November 21, 2004 |
A few weeks ago, Triton senior quarterback Mario Barel had a chemotherapy treatment that kept him hospitalized on a Monday. He stayed overnight at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and returned to Triton's practice field that Tuesday. No big deal, said Barel, 17, who downplays a rare disease he has been battling since his freshman year. "I feel real good. I feel normal," he said in a recent interview. "Nothing is going to cause me not to play. " Well, almost nothing.
May 2, 2016 |
It didn't take long to persuade my 23-year-old daughter and her boyfriend to join me on a 14-day Carnival Cruise to the southern Caribbean. Both were reluctant to use all their vacation time for one celebration - my 60th birthday. But with some adjusting, we found a way to make it work. Leaving from Baltimore, we wouldn't need to deal with the hassles of flying or arrive exhausted to get started on a trip of a lifetime. And that it was. From the moment we left, we were silly with joy at our good fortune.
September 29, 2014 |
"What's a brush? What's a comb? What's a bad hair day? Can you please remind me?" Tom Gillin, a bald cancer patient, raps into a mirror with an equally bald doctor at his side. Both are sporting curly blond wigs. "I celebrate my time here," Gillin says later in his music video about life with cancer at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. A 19-year-old who was discharged from the hospital Sept. 12 after five months of care for leukemia, Gillin created a parody rap video to two of Jay Z's songs.
July 3, 2016 |
Pennsylvania this week became the 41st state to pass controversial legislation aimed at making oral cancer drugs more affordable for patients. The bill, which passed both chambers of the legislature unanimously Thursday, was headed to Gov. Wolf, whose office said Friday that he would sign it into law. Out-of-pocket costs for intravenous chemotherapy - which requires going to a medical office for infusions - are much lower than patients' costs...
September 27, 2010
As a professor of health and exercise science, Leslie Spencer practiced what she preached. She watched her diet. She ran and lifted weights and kettlebells. As she neared her mid-40s, she entered a phase of midlife reckoning. Her life felt heavy with responsibility, and she missed the excitement and spontaneity of youth. Two of her students at Rowan University were helping her train with weights, and she began flirting with the idea of bodybuilding, of displaying her increasingly toned figure in a contest.
May 3, 2016 |
It's doubtful that the pint of Fireball cinnamon whiskey was included in the goodie bags of healthy fruit, granola, water, and yogurt distributed to the soggy, ebullient runners at the end of the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. But it was just what the doctor ordered, passed among the sodden, the brave, and the teary-eyed, punchy with cold, fatigue, and memories at the American Cancer Society's DetermiNation tent. If there's any truism about Sunday's Broad Street Run, it's that nearly every runner had a story.
October 5, 2012
Through Oct. 17, Philly.com and the Inquirer will publish a profile a day of transformative moments reported by breast cancer patients. The full series can be seen at www.philly.com/breastcancer Jessica Territo was diagnosed with breast cancer a month after giving birth. She noticed a little swelling when breast-feeding, and her obstetrician sent her for tests. A needle biopsy revealed Stage Two cancer. She was 33, mother of a newborn and a 3-year-old. Jessica, in South Florida, took the most aggressive path - chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and then surgery to remove it. The chemo was so powerful that it hospitalized her for four days.
June 26, 2012 |
SOME PARTIES are more memorable than others. Such was the case Saturday night at a celebration for Tess Fanning, who recently graduated from Archbishop Wood. Among those attending were Bob and Monica Rotzal, whose 21-year-old son Alex is scheduled to undergo chemo on Monday to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Alex, a former manager of La Salle High's crew team, now attends Temple. As is often the case, he was told that with chemo comes hair loss. That gave someone a hair-brained idea, and before you could say James Carville or Telly Savalas, 18 guys — young and old, some jocks, some not — were lined up to have their heads shaved as a show of support.