May 28, 2014 |
One dark afternoon in late January, Jane Withstandley threw her arms around her horse, Calvin, buried her face in his sleek, muscular neck and apologized for the random pain of the universe. "I'm sorry," she said. "You don't deserve this. " She fed him some of his favorite treats, wintergreen Life Savers and "stud muffins" - an equine delicacy made of grains and molasses, then she slumped into a pile of straw in the corner of his stall and cried. An hour before, she had learned that Calvin, her stunning 10-year-old thoroughbred, had cancer.
July 12, 1997 |
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Eric Davis has decided to receive chemotherapy as follow-up treatment for cancer surgery, a process that will take 22 weeks, but won't necessarily end his season. Davis, 35, had a cancerous tumor the size of a baseball removed from his colon June 13. Dr. Keith Lillemoe, who performed the surgery, strongly suggested chemotherapy to keep the disease in check. But Davis wrestled with the idea of receiving chemotherapy, opting to discuss the situation with family and friends before making a final decision.
April 20, 1989 |
A team of Minneapolis scientists has developed a genetic testing procedure that may enable physicians to predict which cancer patients are likely to recover after undergoing chemotherapy, the New England Journal of Medicine reports in today's issue. The research findings, for cancer of white blood cells, may have applications for a wide variety of kinds of cancer, said Jorge J. Yunis, the team leader and a scientist at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Yunis will join the staff of Hahnemann University in Philadelphia on July 1. Jeffrey Cossman, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute, said that Yunis' findings are a "significant step forward" in deciding whether chemotherapy will be successful on patients with specific kinds of cancer.
April 12, 1990 |
For some women with the earliest stage of ovarian cancer, there is no need to undergo chemotherapy after surgery, a new study suggests. The study, published in today's New England Journal of Medicine, found that, in cases involving cancer that was confined to the ovaries, the chances of survival were just as good for women who did not get chemotherapy after being operated on as they were for those who went on to get the drug treatment. Dr. Robert C. Young, president of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and the principal investigator for the national study, said in an interview that, if a patient is carefully evaluated during surgery to determine the extent of ovarian cancer, "you can define a group of women with this disease who do not require additional therapy and who have a 95 percent survival rate.
August 3, 2002 |
Ozzy Osbourne, who could not take the unpleasantness of his wife's first chemotherapy treatment, is going back to Ozzfest sooner than expected. Osbourne left the 2002 tour to be with Sharon while she has chemotherapy treatments in New York for cancer that has spread beyond her colon. He had been expected to rejoin the tour Aug. 22 in Denver. Now, he'll be back on stage Wednesday in Michigan. After being with Sharon for just one treatment, he nearly passed out. His wife decided he'd be better off on the road, so she's sending him back to Ozzfest.
June 21, 1999 |
Imagine this: There are people who look forward to chemotherapy. People like Martha Brooks, a 48-year-old Berks County woman who has been coming to the gynecology "chemo room" at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania since October for treatment of ovarian cancer. Of course, she's not thrilled about the chemotherapy itself. But she does enjoy coming each week to see fellow patients who have become friends while sitting side-by-side for hours, waiting for big plastic bags of chemicals to empty into their veins.
November 30, 1988 |
Burkitt's lymphoma, the type of cancer that 6-year-old Jason Gaes suffered from, is very rare. Less than 3 percent of all children with cancer develop this type, according to Dr. Anna Meadows, senior oncologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's cancer research center. The disease is more common among African children who live in areas of heavy rainfall where malaria is endemic, a phenomenon that doctors cannot explain. In this country, Burkitt's lymphoma, which is characterized by tumors of the abdomen, jaw and lymph nodes, is a "rare, sporadic event," Meadows said.
February 6, 1991 |
When Dominic Carbone was admitted to Graduate Hospital for chemotherapy, he expected the worst. He knew that intense nausea and vomiting almost always accompanied the anti-cancer drug he was to receive. Instead, Carbone, a lung cancer patient, looked so hale that a security guard admonished him, "Visiting hours are over and you'll have to leave. " Carbone assumed he'd be sedated with anti-nausea medication as deeply as the cancer patient in the adjacent bed. "It was a Monday and the man in the next bed said, 'I'm going to say goodbye to you for a while.
December 21, 1999 |
The device on Roger Neilson's left hip does indeed look like a Walkman, as Neilson predicted. But instead of connecting to headphones, it is attached to a plastic tube that leads up Neilson's torso to a patch of adhesive tape under his collarbone, where a catheter is dispensing drugs aimed at fighting Neilson's bone marrow cancer. Neilson, the Flyers' coach, was back at his desk by early afternoon yesterday, also as he predicted, joking as he walked into the team's practice facility with fan services director Joe Kadlec.
December 13, 1999 |
The world finally slowed down yesterday for Roger Neilson and the Flyers, giving them a little time to think. Since the diagnosis of head coach Neilson's bone-marrow cancer, the team had been on the run - flying to Toronto on Friday afternoon, a news conference there that evening, a ragged, emotional 6-4 loss to the Leafs on Saturday night, followed by a late-night charter flight home. Yesterday, finally, there was no practice, no media questioning. Neilson was in his office, of course, because that is where he spends his waking hours, regardless.