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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 8, 2009 |
My friend Nancy began her last adventure when the doctors at an upstate New York hospital told her there was no way she could get on a plane to go home to Los Angeles (the altitude would kill her) and proposed to transfer her to a New York City hospital for surgery. She decided to rent an RV. Her daughter, who was with her, called her brothers back in Los Angeles. They got on the red-eye, and they all met up at Hertz. They stopped at Nancy's childhood house in New Jersey. They ate prime rib at Charlie Brown's in Pennsylvania.
October 12, 1997 |
Much as he had overwhelmed Indians hitters all afternoon, Mike Mussina's record-setting day was overwhelmed by the subsequent theatrics of Game 3 yesterday. The Baltimore ace was virtually unhittable, striking out a league championship series-record 15 Indians in seven innings, two shy of Bob Gibson's all-time postseason record. "He might be the best pitcher in our league right now," Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. Mussina's fastball was clocked consistently in the low to mid-90s, and he had enough confidence in his breaking pitches to throw a few knuckle-curves on 3-2 counts.