January 30, 2012
While people commonly think that cancer patients lose weight because chemo makes them so sick, many patients actually have the opposite problem. It is true that some people with end-stage cancer get very thin, but, earlier in the course of treatment, many may find themselves surprised by unwanted flab. Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia has taken on the issue in several programs this winter. One late Monday afternoon will focus on fitness and weight management for cancer survivors.
December 28, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER Rita Arnold will not be required to report to prison or post $1 million bail Friday, allowing the former Chester County district judge to continue receiving chemotherapy under the care of her current doctors. In a ruling issued Tuesday, a Superior Court judge set aside, at least temporarily, an order last week that Arnold, 57, must post the higher bail or surrender to begin serving 16 to 32 months for concealing a citation filed against her son. The unnamed judge also gave Arnold's sentencing judge, Senior Judge John Braxton, three weeks to explain why he increased her bail last week from the $100,000 she posted in October.
September 30, 2011
DEAR ABBY: I have a close friend, "Lindy," who is dying from liver cancer. She could no longer eat or drink even before the chemo was started, and she sleeps most of the time. The chemo has done nothing more for her than make her lose her hair. Lindy is adamant that she'll beat the cancer. To that end, she wants nothing "negative" passed on to outsiders, including her relatives, who live eight hours away. She has no family here except her boyfriend, whom she won't allow to talk to her doctor.
October 15, 2012
Through Oct. 17, 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 Inquirer section Thursday, and can be viewed at www.philly.com/breastcancer . "2012 was supposed to be my year!" says Amy Kuhnel of Kettering, Ohio. "I recently got engaged to the man of my dreams. We bought our first house together, and I got my dream job. I also turned 40, so I went in February to get my first mammogram.
November 23, 2007 |
Somewhere between a cancer patient's first visit to Berks Hematology Oncology Associates and the time it takes to become a second home, three things become etched onto the heart. The compassion of the staff. The grueling ordeal that is chemotherapy. The photos lining the treatment center's walls. One of the 80 staff members is David Lu, who has spent 4 1/2 years with this private practice within Reading Hospital's Regional Cancer Center. He was born in China 54 years ago, and was in medical school there when his father was diagnosed with bladder cancer.
October 8, 2012
Through Oct. 17, 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 culminates in a Philly.com/Inquirer/Daily News section Oct. 18, and can be viewed at www.philly.com/breastcancer . "I am a huge golfer," says Laura Martin, 53. "I played on the boys' team in high school, in college at Duke University. I play in a lot of local Philadelphia Women's Golf Association events, with a 6 handicap.
May 4, 2013 |
There's no chance anyone in Tyler Coleman's family will forget his first collegiate baseball game. Coleman only had one at-bat for West Chester last season and struck out. The TV movie version probably would have him hitting a double or triple or something. This was real life. His mother, Diana, remembers going to the bathroom just before the game so she wouldn't miss any of it. Her cellphone rang while she was in the ladies' room. The tests done to figure out why there was swelling in her son's neck had come back with a definitive answer.
January 29, 2010 |
Will Adams said he felt funny and a bit uncomfortable, as if the eyes of the city were on him. The 19-year-old Imhotep Charter graduate was only shooting some hoops last night with Marreese Speights of the 76ers, in front of a few friends and family - and three television news cameras. Speights read a Jan. 17 Inquirer column by Buzz Bissinger challenging any member of the Sixers to spend some time on the court with Adams. Inspired by Adams' story, Speights asked to be the one. Adams, who is headed to Towson University on a scholarship, was more than happy to make time for Speights.
April 12, 2015 |
No one would chide a bald chemo patient for making bad decisions about her hair. But a stranger told one of Beth Eaby-Sandy's cancer patients - a woman whose treatment had made her skin turn bright red - that she "really should wear sunscreen. " The patient, who already felt conspicuous, was upset, said Eaby-Sandy, a nurse practitioner who works with lung cancer patients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The stranger was rude, no doubt, but her ignorance is understandable.
October 30, 2014
OCTOBER is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - and a call to action to get your annual breast checkup. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. About 232,670 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. Megan Donascimento was happily enjoying life when, last fall, the 46-year-old Mount Airy resident was rocked by the news that she had breast cancer. "I was always adamant about getting mammograms because by mother had breast cancer at 34," said the married mom of two teenagers, a daughter, 18, and a son, 17. Her November 2013 diagnosis was "an aggressive, Stage 2 tumor.