June 12, 2016 |
Most women with ovarian cancer get inadequate treatment that cuts their survival short. Experts keep lamenting this well-known problem. This spring, for example, a major report by the Institute of Medicine said that although women who receive care according to national guidelines have "improved survival, less than one-half of women with ovarian cancer receive such care. " What the report didn't say is that, since 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two sophisticated blood tests that can help women get the optimal surgery for ovarian cancer.
February 28, 2016 |
Thank God. Help is here. I know, you've been worried. You thought the world was going to hell in a handbasket. You thought nobody cared about the serious problems we face, women in particular. But you needn't have worried. Because now there is a neck and chest cream. Thank God, right? I saw the commercial on TV a few minutes ago, and I was like, they are talking to me. Specifically, my dry neck. Which the ad called "crepey. " Like Death. You would think we'd met!
February 11, 2016 |
Adaptimmune Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company with U.S. operations in Philadelphia, said Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration has granted "breakthrough therapy designation" for its TCR engineered T-cell therapy to treat cancer. The company said the designation, intended to expedite the development and review of drugs for serious or life-threatening conditions, is based on results of a Phase 1/2 trial in patients with metastatic or recurrent synovial sarcoma who received prior chemotherapy.
January 9, 2016 |
Vivien Parnell McCarthy, 69, a legal secretary who ran a psychic entertainment business from her home in Mount Airy, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, of ovarian cancer at home. Although she worked as a paralegal and secretary, Mrs. McCarthy was best known as Vivienne McCarthy, psychic, fortune teller, palmist, numerologist, and astrologist. Mrs. McCarthy used everything from playing cards to kangaroo bones, tea leaves to candle flames, and sand to stones in predicting the future, she told Philadelphia Daily News reporter Joe Clark.
July 16, 2015 |
Jenny and Matt Stuetz have two things on their mind at all times: her cancer and their children. The Willow Grove couple were devastated when Jenny, 43, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. But their focus since then has been on keeping her healthy while also keeping the lives of their children - son Jackson, now 8, and daughter Madison, now 7 - as normal as possible. So for at least one week this summer, the children were able to shed some of their worries at Camp KIDS, a program of Gilda's Club in Warminster.
July 7, 2015 |
It has been a long journey to the priesthood for the Rev. James J. Grogan. He comes from a family that has produced about 15 priests in Ireland and the United States over the last century. But becoming a priest seemed unlikely for Grogan until fate and a call from God changed his direction. He was married and has three adult sons. A permanent deacon for nine years, he was ordained last month as a priest along with four others by Trenton Diocese Bishop David M. O'Connell. Grogan, 58, officially assumed his duties on July 1 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Moorestown, the parish that has been his family's spiritual home for three decades and where his children attended parochial school.
June 5, 2015 |
Before M. Allan Vogelson became a judge in 1995, he sometimes dined in Atlantic City in the early 1980s with Pete Rose, who was the Phillies' first baseman from 1979 to 1983. They shared the table with Carol Woliung, who in 1984 would become Rose's second wife. They were dining at the Playboy Hotel & Casino because Woliung was a Bunny waitress there. And because Vogelson's wife, Sandra, was, as she wrote in her resumé, " 'Bunny Mother,' the executive in charge of over 400 Playboy cocktail and dealer Bunnies.
May 13, 2015 |
Since the discovery more than 30 years ago of a protein shed by tumor cells in the ovaries, researchers have tried unsuccessfully to use it for an ovarian-cancer screening test. Now, a mammoth, long-awaited United Kingdom study has had some success by tracking rapid changes in blood levels of the protein, CA125, rather than simply elevations above a presumed normal. A key to this screening strategy is an ovarian-cancer risk formula, or algorithm, developed over many years by a Harvard biostatistician with help from oncologists, including ones at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.
April 20, 2015 |
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy committed the nation to landing a man on the moon by decade's end. In July 1969, it was mission accomplished. A half-century later, invoking Kennedy's challenge, scientists at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center announced they, too, were shooting for the moon. They launched the Cancer Moonshots Program, with the aim of reducing cancer deaths within five to 10 years. "It's a very goal-oriented effort that seems to impact one thing - and that is cancer mortality," Dr. Ronald DePinho, president of MD Anderson, said Saturday at the annual meeting convened by the Philadelphia-based American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
March 28, 2015 |
Her jaw was broken. Fractures lined her skull. Burns covered her thighs. Two weeks shy of her first birthday, the girl had just arrived at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Social workers immediately placed the infant in foster care. But arresting the alleged abuser - her mother - took eight months. At first, Ashley Reichard, 26, of Bristol Township, blamed the girl's father, police said. And then she allegedly pretended to have ovarian cancer, shaving her head and eyebrows and forging medical forms as a Bucks County grand jury investigated.