April 12, 2015 |
Thomas Levins, 67, of Philadelphia, a city police officer for 28 years, died Wednesday, April 1, at Fox Chase Cancer Center from complications of colon cancer. The fifth of eight children born to Francis and Charlotte Levins, Mr. Levins was well-known as one of four brothers who followed their father into working for the Police Department. A year after graduating from Cardinal Dougherty High School in 1966, Mr. Levins enlisted in the Army, for which he served until 1968 as a member of the 82d Airborne Division and the 173d Airborne Brigade in Vietnam.
October 12, 2014 |
Former Roman Catholic and Massachusetts basketball standout Lari Ketner, 37, died Friday morning after a year-long battle with colon cancer. After starring for Roman (Class of 1995), the 6-foot-10 Ketner went on to play for UMass for three seasons. Drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 49th pick of the 1999 NBA draft, he ended up playing for the Bulls (1999-2000), Cleveland Cavaliers (1999-2000), and Indiana Pacers (2000-01). Ketner, who helped the Cahillites to a 27-3 record and their sixth straight Catholic League championship in 1994, played with a few minor-league teams after his brief NBA career.
August 31, 2014 |
When it comes to colonoscopies, most patients agree comfort during the procedure is key. But how much comfort? And at what cost? With more patients receiving anesthesia during colonoscopies - rather than light or moderate conscious sedation - the expense of using the drug propofol by a credentialed anesthetist or anesthesiologist has come into question. In the spring, Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the dominant insurer in western Pennsylvania, announced it would no longer pay benefits for monitored anesthesia for average-risk patients receiving endoscopic procedures.
August 24, 2014 |
A judge has denied a defense motion in a petty drug case to suppress evidence from a Philadelphia narcotics officer who admitted that he gave false testimony in a previous case to protect the safety of a confidential informant. After hearing brief arguments from two defense lawyers, Municipal Judge T. Francis Shields ruled that he would allow Christopher Hulmes' testimony in the trial of Ricardo Jennings, 55, whom Shields later found guilty on drug-possession charges. Jennings, who used the alias Richard Hill earlier in the trial, was arrested June 14 after police seized six packets of heroin from his car on Lehigh Avenue near A Street.
July 8, 2014 |
DAVID J. BALDWIN was a fighter. No way was he going to let a cancer diagnosis crimp his lifestyle or stifle his spirit. He had things to do. There was his daughter's wedding to attend, where he fully intended to give away the bride and dance with her at the reception. And there were Flyers games to watch, and kids to coach and inspire. And fellow cancer patients to counsel and take care of. And, of course, his job as director of local advertising for the Inquirer, which he had graced with his talents and work ethic for 33 years.
February 17, 2014 |
'I'm pretty lucky," Tony Pace explained, which is not the reaction most people might have when hearing his story. In 2008, Pace battled colon cancer that had spread to his liver and bladder. Surgeons removed half of each organ, and had to rebuild the ureter line on the right side of his kidney. Six months of chemotherapy followed. In 2009 came a liver resection along with removal of his gallbladder. The Clifton Heights man, 53, has been cancer-free ever since. Pace's oncologist calls him an outlier, someone whose reaction to care is so remarkable that it's unexplainable - up until now, anyway.
November 4, 2013 |
THERESA OTERI was in Florida with her aunt, Nancy Desiderio, on Aug. 23, 2011, when a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in Virginia sent tremors up and down the East Coast. The two weren't among the millions of people who felt a hint of the unexpected quake. "But believe me," Oteri said, "our world shook. " Desiderio, an active, outgoing woman who at 60 looked a good decade younger, was diagnosed that day with stage 4 lung cancer. The grim diagnosis was completely unexpected. Desiderio had been in seemingly terrific shape.
July 15, 2013 |
In late June, Muffy McCabe won the women's golf tournament at the Philadelphia Country Club. There was a certain inevitability about it, truthfully, and it shouldn't come as a big surprise. Her relatives have been members of the club for three generations. McCabe began playing golf when she was 6. When she was at Shipley School, she played in the third position on the boys' varsity (there was no girls' team). As an adult, in her mid-30s, she played golf every day and excelled in interclub contests.
June 7, 2013 |
Karen Keane Smith, 46, a Springfield, Delaware County, native and mother who chronicled online her six-year battle with breast cancer, died Tuesday, May 28, of the disease at her home in Atlanta. "As sad as this was, Karen had been fighting this recurrence of cancer since 2/13/12," posted husband Kirk Smith immediately after her death, "and the past two weeks had been nothing but surviving. "Karen is in a better place, and I'm happy she's now free from her pain and suffering.
May 13, 2013 |
Denise Benn spent Mother's Day last year enduring the effects of chemotherapy, trying to treat the cancer that invaded her colon and worried her five sons. One of those sons is Arrelious Benn, now an Eagles wide receiver and in better spirits than a year ago. One of the reasons is the health of Denise, whose cancer is in remission. On Saturday, one day before Mother's Day, Denise joined her five sons on Team Arrelious, created for the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure, a 5K walk/run in his native Washington.