August 26, 2015 |
Anyone who knows how rough cancer treatment can be may wonder about former President Jimmy Carter's decision to fight his melanoma with drugs and radiation - at 90. At his age, couldn't the treatment be worse than the cancer? Cancer experts say new ways of combating cancer - plus new ways of thinking about aging - are changing the equation when doctors evaluate the elderly for treatment. "Aging is an incredibly heterogeneous process," said Andrew Chapman, an oncologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital who runs a program that focuses on the special needs of geriatric cancer patients.
August 31, 2014 |
So far, it is a typical workday. I sit in my office at Chestnut and Seventh on the 15th floor, looking out at the barges on the Delaware River, hoping to finish a few tasks before lunch. My cellphone rings, and it's a return call from the nurse at Jefferson University Hospital. I can tell from her tone that the news is not good. My cancer, a type of melanoma that affects the eye rather than the skin, seems to have spread from my eye to my liver. A biopsy later confirms it. My job is at the American Association for Cancer Research, where, as a nonscientist, I help edit medical journals.
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.
August 5, 2013 |
When Janelle Robinson used a hair-removal kit from the Home Shopping Network, all she wanted to remove from her birthmark was hair. Three months later, she learned there was something else to remove: melanoma. It spread throughout her left leg, even after four surgeries. Then in March, Robinson joined a clinical trial for the drug lambrolizumab; since then, her tumors have nearly disappeared. "Words can't even express what I felt," Robinson said. "I knew my blessing was coming.
July 9, 2013 |
DURHAM, N.C. - A Duke University professor who developed a laser to study melanoma has discovered a new use for the system: uncovering what's underneath artwork without damaging the pieces. Warren S. Warren was at the National Gallery in London, looking at an exhibit on art forgeries, when he realized that the art world used imaging technologies that were 30 or 40 years old. So he began investigating whether lasers could be used to uncover the mysteries underneath layers of paint without damaging the art. So far, the answer is a qualified yes. Warren and others in Duke's Center for Molecular and Biomedical Imaging, which he heads, have discovered they can use Warren's pump-probe laser to create three-dimensional cross-sections of art that let researchers see colors and layers and maybe, at some point, discover the source of materials.
April 2, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Jack Pardee, one of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys" at Texas A&M who went on to become an All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, has died at 76, University of Houston spokesman David Bassity said. Bassity said Monday that Pardee's son Ted confirmed the death to him. Pardee's family announced in November that he had gallbladder cancer that had spread to other organs and that he had 6 to 9 months to live. Pardee was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
December 10, 2012
Tanning faces backlash Teenage girls risking deadly melanoma for a year-round tan have helped spur a global backlash against the tanning-bed industry. Health officials from Brasilia to Sydney are banning tanning salons amid evidence that they cause malignant lesions. Tanning-bed use causes all three types of skin cancer, especially for those under age 25, a study from the University of California, San Francisco, said. Doctors say the work in the British Medical Journal should prompt tougher warnings on ultraviolet radiation-emitting tanning machines, which support $5 billion in U.S. annual economic activity.
May 8, 2012 |
Edward Williamson was no sun worshipper. In fact, most of his life he diligently avoided it. "I never saw my father with his shirt off," recalls his daughter Tara Coates. "He didn't enjoy being out in the sun and on the beach. " Adds his son Greg: "He worked indoors all life; his skin was the color of milk. " The one thing that drew him outdoors was golf, a favorite pastime. He wore a hat and covered his arms. The only part of his body that was exposed was the small area of his neck where his golf shirt parted to form a V. And it was there in 2005, when Williamson was 59, that his wife, Adell, noticed a suspicious-looking flat brown patch.
January 30, 2012 |
When Jessica Lilley was 15, she made her debut at a tanning salon. The shopkeeper who had sold her the ivory silk gown that she would wear in a beauty pageant insisted that the blue-eyed blonde would look even more fabulous with a good tan. For the next few days, Lilley kept imagining herself bronzed and beautiful. So, despite her mother's vigorous protests, she headed for the nearest salon. "There were more tanning salons in my town of Belmont, Miss., than there were grocery stores," she says, "so it felt totally normal to me. " People at the pageant complimented Lilley on how healthy and glamorous she looked, as though she had just returned from a beach vacation.
May 26, 2011
Royals' Splittorff dies at 64 Paul Splittorff , 64, the winningest pitcher in Kansas City Royals history and a broadcaster for the team, died Wednesday of complications from skin cancer. The Royals said Mr. Splittorff died at his home in the Kansas City suburb of Blue Springs, Mo. His family said 10 days ago that he had been battling melanoma and oral cancer, the Associated Press reported. "This is a very difficult day for our organization," Royals owner and CEO David Glass told reporters.