March 22, 2015 |
Ho-hum, I thought. Another patient with a swollen lymph node in her neck. I see these day in and day out, and they are seldom of concern. Most people worry it's a sign of cancer. That's possible. But malignant nodes are usually stony hard, fixed to the skin or underlying structures, and generally not painful. Lymph nodes mainly act as filtering stations for the immune system to protect us from microbial invaders, so the ones in the neck usually enlarge and get sore during upper respiratory infections.
September 26, 2014 |
BENGALS defensive tackle Devon Still was overcome with scores of joyful emotion yesteday. Still took to Instagram to announce his 4-year-old daughter, Leah, had successful cancer surgery at Philadelphia Children's Hosptial of Philadelphia. "After a 5 hour, 50 minute surgery the surgeon was able to remove ALL of her tumor and all of her lymph nodes and her right adrenal gland where it all started from," Still wrote. "Best news I've received in a long time. " Leah Still was was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a form of pediatric cancer, in June.
May 2, 2014 |
Joseph Farrell got chemotherapy on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and then ran the Broad Street Run on a Sunday. He has tripped over a trolley track at the four-mile mark, gashed his knee, and finished. In fact, Farrell, 66, of Glenolden, Delaware County, has run the Broad Street Run 34 times, every time, and Sunday will be his 35th - one of only six people to have run each one since it began in 1980. And though the 10-mile course from North Philadelphia to South this Sunday will be lined with fans, he has never heard one cheer.
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.
March 26, 2013
Derek Jeter will likely join Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the New York Yankees' star-studded disabled list for the season opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 1. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says it's "more likely than not" Jeter will start on the DL because of a sore left ankle, still recovering from surgery last October. Eduardo Nunez, known for his bat more than his glove, would fill in at shortstop for the 13-time all-star, who broke the ankle Oct. 13 during the AL Championship Series opener against Detroit and had surgery a week later.
March 26, 2013 |
CINCINNATI REDS third-base coach Mark Berry has been diagnosed with cancer on his tonsils and neck lymph nodes. Berry, 50, traveled from Arizona to Cincinnati on Wednesday to have a biopsy of his lymph nodes, which was positive. "I first noticed in early December. My tonsils swelled up," Berry said. "I had like a cold or a flu and I thought it was just that. " The doctors tested Berry from the waist up to make sure the disease hadn't spread. They told him it was isolated in his lymph nodes, leaving two treatment options.
February 3, 2012 |
SOQUEL, Calif. - Boulder Creek Collective founder Marc Whitehill, a former nurse, has seen a lot of people come through his doors seeking medical marijuana, enough that he thinks he has a pretty clear idea of the patient demographic at most local dispensaries. He estimates 60 percent are 40 or older and use cannabis "to avoid taking much harsher pharmaceutical alternatives to treat nausea, sleeplessness, anxiety and aches and pains," he said. They use the medicine instead of resorting to common prescription painkillers and tranquilizers.
December 11, 2011 |
The text message from Jeremy Maclin told David Culley that something was very wrong. "The text said, 'Coach, I'm very concerned about my health.' Period. Nothing else was there," recalled Culley, the Eagles wide receivers coach. "Although you can't feel a text, I felt just from what he said to me, there's something seriously wrong with him. " The confidence Culley knew so well was missing. By the time Maclin sent that message, he was well into a harrowing summer that involved no fewer than six tests for cancer, hours spent with needles inserted into his chest and back, and a frustrating lack of answers.
October 17, 2011 |
There's a scene in Kerri Conner's children's book that's ripped from real, raw life. By the third chemo treatment, her thick, black hair had started coming out in clumps, so she asked her father to shave her head with his clippers. That afternoon in the summer of 2008, she drove to the Meadowlane Montessori School in Jenkintown for pickup, and the thought came to mind that her daughter, 2 1/2-year-old Madison, would see her and scream. But when the girl ran to her, she said, "Mommy, I like your haircut.
September 29, 2010
A NITA T. Conner and her daughter Kerri Marie have shared practically everything. Both were cheerleaders when they attended Abington High School. They pledged the same sorority in college and each went on to become a certified public accountant. They work together and live in the same Elkins Park neighborhood. And they were both diagnosed with breast cancer on April 16, 10 years apart. Mom was diagnosed in 1998; daughter in 2008. This weekend, the mother-daughter duo again will be in lockstep as they host their annual event, Praise Is the Cure: A Weekend of Hope and Healing, during which they'll bus about 200 homeless-shelter residents to the Mount Airy Church of God in Christ for free breast-cancer screenings.