November 15, 2015 |
In addition to the medical and emotional toll, the financial cost of cancer can be overwhelming. On average, some of the newer drugs run to $10,000 a month, with some exceeding $30,000 a month, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a group of about 35,000 cancer professionals. ASCO and another group, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), have begun developing guidelines and tools to help physicians, patients, and their families assess efficacy, toxicity, and costs of the various treatment options.
April 16, 2015 |
Sandy Grady, 87, a respected Philadelphia journalist acclaimed for his sportswriting who also covered politics and seven presidents, died Tuesday, April 14, in Reston, Va., after a long battle with kidney cancer. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Mr. Grady arrived in Philadelphia in 1957 to weave tales at the Philadelphia Daily News and then the Bulletin. Frank Bilovsky, a former Bulletin sportswriter, said of Mr. Grady: "He destroyed my 1950s stereotypical view of Southern white men as backward, right-wing bigots.
November 27, 2014 |
When Malcolm Kenyatta was a child, his mother used to give him his vitamins with a spoonful of applesauce. That way, the young Kenyatta would be distracted by the sweetness and not notice he was being fed a pill. The stage play You Gotta Eat Dirt Before You Die is unapologetically applesauce - a mixture of entertainment with heavy themes. The play, which premieres Dec. 4 at the Adrienne Theater, is written by Temple University professor and poet Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon.
October 1, 2013
A LONE WOMAN stood in the middle of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge one frigid January day, looking down at the Delaware River. Something seemed off to a police officer bicycling past, so he followed the woman. But this wasn't some troubled soul looking for a quick way out. It was NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn. And although Cahn, then 53, was all too familiar with feelings of despair, she wasn't suicidal. In fact, she was outside on that cold afternoon because she had been in a funk and had come up with a clever way to get herself out of it: She would do something new every day during the year 2010.
June 6, 2013 |
THE FAMILY OF Dr. Sidney Wallace ran out of words in trying to describe him: "Physician, scholar, author, teacher, researcher, inventor, businessman, painter, sculptor, cartoonist, songwriter, singer. " And, oh yes, "outstanding husband, father and grandfather. " It was not hard for those who knew Sidney Wallace to believe that one man could embody all these splendid characterizations. Add one more accomplishment: He once cured himself of kidney cancer. Sidney Wallace, a pioneer in the field of interventional radiology, developer of a cancer drug and an artist and musician in what spare time he allowed himself, died May 25 of cancer.
February 18, 2013
Folic acid and autism risk Mothers who took folic acid supplements around the time they became pregnant were less likely to have children with an autism spectrum disorder, a new study found. Researchers in Norway examined records of more than 85,000 children born there between 1999 and 2009 to check for an autism diagnosis. They also looked at surveys of their mothers to see how much folic acid they were consuming in the month before they became pregnant and during the first eight weeks of pregnancy, a critical period of brain development.
September 26, 2012 |
NORTH CAROLINA said basketball coach Roy Williams' surgically removed kidney tumor was not cancerous, though he will have a biopsy to ensure a second kidney tumor is also benign. In a news release Tuesday afternoon, the school said tests have determined the tumor removed last week from Williams' right kidney was an oncocytoma, which is a benign growth often indistinguishable from kidney cancer on X-rays that doesn't spread like a cancerous tumor would. Williams also has a tumor on his left kidney, but according to the school, doctors say there is "a good chance" that growth is the same as the one removed Sept.
September 9, 2012 |
For Sandra Mann, a philanthropist and former member of the board of directors at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, working to improve the lives of cancer patients was a longtime passion. Mrs. Mann, 61, who lived in Rittenhouse Square, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, of a stroke resulting from kidney cancer, at Pennsylvania Hospital, her relatives said. Her husband, Fredric R. Mann II, a Philadelphia lawyer and businessman, said his wife served on the board of directors of Fox Chase for 15 years.
June 28, 2012
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Barry Becher, 71, the infomercial pioneer who was half of the duo that brought Ginsu knives to the American public, died Friday in Deerfield Beach, Fla. His stepdaughter said he was suffering from kidney cancer and died of complications from surgery. He and business partner Ed Valenti created countless television campaigns, but they're forever linked with Ginsu. The exotic-sounding knives seemingly cut through anything and mesmerized audiences in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
June 4, 2012 |
In early 2006, I was the editor of The Inquirer as the paper was sold twice in quick succession. It was the beginning of the era of wrenching uncertainty, cutbacks, and worry about the future at all newspapers. Behind the scenes, privately, I had my own battle. Terence Bryan Foley, my husband of nearly two decades and father of our two teenagers — a Chinese historian who earned his Ph.D. in his 60s; a man who had serenaded the newsroom with tuba Christmas carols; who played more than 14 other musical instruments, spoke six languages, and was learning a seventh; a San Francisco cable car conductor and sports photographer; an expert on dairy cattle and swine nutrition, film noir, and Dixieland jazz — was fighting kidney cancer.