October 25, 2015 |
A Philadelphia boy with a rare cancer was given 10 times the correct amount of chemotherapy over a period of five days due to a typographic error by staff at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, according to NBC10. On its website, the station posted what appeared to be a letter to Isaac Harrison's parents acknowledging the mistake, signed by Joan Anders, the hospital's patient-safety officer. In an Oct. 6 report, also posted on the NBC10 website, physician Gregory E. Halligan expressed concern that the boy's bone marrow might not recover and that he could suffer "life-threatening liver or kidney problems" due to the error.
October 3, 2015 |
If her physical condition allows it, Kathy Urich plans to be in Langhorne on Saturday evening to watch her son Dean and Pennridge take on Neshaminy in a Suburban One League National Conference football matchup. Some days are better than others for the mother of three, who is battling metastatic breast cancer - a cancer that spreads beyond the breast to other organs in the body, in her case the bones. Urich, 54, often experiences extreme back and rib pain caused by lesions. "It's almost like you feel paralyzed," she said.
September 15, 2014 |
For the eight years since her diagnosis in 2006, drugs, surgery, and chemotherapy had kept Debra Hinkle's breast cancer at bay. But now, the conventional treatments were failing, and the disease was spreading. So when her oncologist decided it was time for the Bucks County woman to consider relatively untested therapies, she was more than willing. "I thought that if I didn't do a clinical trial now, maybe I wouldn't be able to later," said Hinkle, 54, who lives in Newtown Township and works as a software-development project manager.
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.
March 18, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt revealed Sunday that he had been diagnosed with stage-3 melanoma last summer. Though Schmidt said that he is now cancer-free, the melanoma forced him to undergo radiation and chemotherapy treatments and surgery to remove his lymph nodes. "I'm a lucky man," he said outside the team's training complex. Schmidt, 64, who will join the Phillies' TV broadcast team on Comcast SportsNet for 13 Sunday home games this season, had noticed a discolored blotch of skin on his hand one day in August and, on the spur of the moment, decided to visit his dermatologist.
November 22, 2013 |
SOME OF Mickey Hirsch's family and friends were appalled when he began preparing for his own death, even building his coffin. Mickey was a cancer patient who went from being a husky 220-pounder to a frail 150 pounds in the past year and a half. Tortured by chemotherapy, his once powerful energy drained away. "I do want to live," he told the Daily News' Barbara Laker, who wrote about him in October. "But I'm making the most of my death. I'm putting some meaning into it. I share these experiences so people are not scared to die. " Edmond "Mickey" Hirsch died Tuesday at age 61. He had lived most of his life in Northeast Philadelphia but recently lived in Forked River, N.J. Mickey, who worked in construction most of his life and was until recently doing remodeling jobs with his son, Matt, 26, posted photos of his casket-making on Facebook.
November 3, 2013 |
Former Gloucester Catholic baseball star Cody Brown, The Inquirer's South Jersey player of the year in 2011, has been diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. Brown, 20, has begun to receive chemotherapy for anaplastic large cell lymphoma, according to his father, Mike Brown. Cody Brown will be the guest of honor at a fund-raiser in his benefit at the Brooklawn American Legion Post 72 on Wednesday, Nov. 27, said former Gloucester Catholic coach Dennis Barth, now the head coach at Rutgers-Camden.
October 23, 2013 |
Rita Arnold was freed after her family posted $100,000 bail Monday, making it possible for the former district judge to receive chemotherapy under the care of her own doctors instead of the state prison system. Arnold, who was being held at the state prison in Muncy, was sentenced last week to serve 16 to 32 months for concealing a citation filed against her son while she presided in a Chester County court. " Relief is not even the word," said Arnold's daughter, Toni, who, with more than 30 others, protested outside the West Chester courthouse Monday.
October 14, 2013 |
In an unassuming office beside Delaware County Memorial Hospital, oncologist John Sprandio has been trying for years to revolutionize community cancer care. He's not shy about saying he thinks he has done it. Or that it has been surprisingly hard to get insurers to reward him for doing what they say they want: giving good care while preventing hospital stays or trips to the emergency room - changes that lower costs for insurers and taxpayers. Most insurance contracts for specialists still reward doctors for volume of care rather than efficiency, although some contracts now include pay-for-performance incentives.
May 23, 2013 |
JUST HOURS before dawn on May 14, Jackie Underwood's three daughters held her in their arms as the cancer stole the last breath from her broken body. For many days before, and almost every day since, her children - Makia Underwood, 32, Zakia Clark, 29, and Tasha Clark, 27 - have worn hats and shirts that read "F--- CANCER," with the "C" in "F---" replaced by a breast-cancer-awareness ribbon. "That's how we feel. It took our mom away. It's a demon. It's the devil," Zakia Clark said.