August 17, 2000 |
Cancer expert Dr. Burton Eisenberg, chairman of the department of surgical oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, was asked about melanoma. Q: What makes melanoma potentially deadly? A: "The problem we face with melanoma is that sometimes, depending on the stage of the disease, it can be fairly aggressive and can metastasize [spread] to the lymph nodes and other organs in the body," Eisenberg said. Q: What's Sen. John McCain's risk of death? A: "My suspicion is that he's had a history of this, and his doctors have been following him pretty closely and given him a thorough dermatological exam every couple of years, and unless they've been neglectful they've picked it up pretty early," Eisenberg said.
June 15, 2005 |
THINK OF IT as a "chemical conversation," a backyard, over-the-fence kind of chat between human skin cells with critical messages going back and forth. If something disrupts this conversation, researchers at the Wistar Institute know that the deadliest form of skin cancer, called melanoma, can result. Which begs the question: If the chemical chats are restored, can the spread of melanoma be stopped? Surrounded by skin-tissue cultures and on-going experiments, Wistar professor Dr. Meenhard Herlyn is trying to answer that question.
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.
May 19, 2009 |
Jim Johnson has decided the fight for his life needs his full-time attention. The Eagles announced yesterday that their longtime defensive coordinator has taken an indefinite leave of absence as he continues chemotherapy for the cancer that was discovered during the Eagles' playoff run in January. "Jim and I agreed that he needs to concentrate all of his efforts on his recovery," Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement. "His health is number one. He's struggling, but he's a tough guy and a true battler.
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.
June 3, 1996 |
It is one of the most rapidly increasing cancers, yet many people don't even know its name. When 1,000 adults were asked, "Can you tell me what melanoma is?" half of the men and more than a third of the women did not know. For those who didn't know, melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, though it is highly curable if caught early. The same survey - relesed last month by the American Academy of Dermatology and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
April 20, 2004 |
When I was a junior in high school, my sister bought a sun lamp to tan her face. I wanted to have tanned legs so I could go without pantyhose, so I used the lamp too. I didn't really tan as well as my sister did because I have very fair skin. Twenty years later I paid for my sun-lamp exposure. While pregnant with my son, I found a melanoma, or malignant skin tumor, on my leg. I soon went through extensive surgery, including a skin graft to close the excision. I spent the rest of my pregnancy on crutches wondering whether I might die from this melanoma.
October 10, 2008
SEN. McCAIN has chosen Gov. Palin, who is clearly unprepared to be the vice president during such a turbulent, chaotic, and pivotal time. So it's vital that voters know the facts about McCain's health and demand that his medical records be fully released. We have yet to see a full, public release of McCain's medical records. A "release" in May was restricted to about 20 reporters, and they were allowed only three hours to review 1,173 pages. They were not allowed to make copies, consult with medical experts or use cell phones or have Internet access during their review.
February 18, 1998 |
PHILADELPHIA Studies: Sunscreens don't deter melanoma A provocative presentation at a science conference yesterday questioned the widely held belief that sunscreens lower the risk of deadly melanoma skin cancer. But specialists still caution against going into the sun without these lotions. Dr. Marianne Berwick, an epidemiologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, said her own study, and a review of other research, offers no convincing evidence that using sunscreens keeps people from getting melanoma.
December 3, 1997 |
Wallace H. Clark Jr., 73, a dermatologist whose research into moles, freckles and other skin discolorations led to the early identification and treatment of certain forms of skin cancer, died of an aneurysm Friday at his home in Kennebunk, Maine. Dr. Clark, formerly of Strafford, did much of his work on melanoma while at the University of Pennsylvania, where, from 1978 to 1991, he directed the Pigmented Lesion Clinic, which he had founded, and was a professor of dermatology and pathology in the medical school.