July 18, 2016 |
I am sitting here with tears in my eyes and anger in my heart. I just learned that the cancer clinical trial that my husband enrolled in - gambled on, you could say - didn't work. The data show that the pancreatic cancer patients such as my husband who received an experimental combination of two immunotherapy drugs actually died a few months earlier, on average, than those who received the standard chemotherapy treatment. The results were so disappointing that the trial has been halted.
June 6, 2016 |
Hello there Back home in the city after a day of teaching honors English at Abington Senior High School, Julie walked to Devil's Alley to meet friends and watch the Flyers. Arriving first, she sat at the bar. "This handsome, confident man in a suit sidled up to me. " That was Charlie, president of the M.B. Funding Inc. commercial finance firm, also there to watch the Flyers and also earlier than his pals. There was Julie, attractive and sitting by herself. "I was not expecting anything more than a five-minute pleasant conversation, but five minutes led to an hour.
May 2, 2016 |
Delphine Olsommer Kipp, 100, of Mount Holly, who grew up poor on a northern Pennsylvania farm, died of pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, April 26, at the Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice in Mount Holly. The cancer was diagnosed less a week before her death, said a daughter, Doris Alaimo. Elisabeth Olsommer, Mrs. Kipp's mother, died of cancer at 36, when Mrs. Kipp was 9 years old, Alaimo said, "and she thought she would die young too. " For her longevity, Mrs. Kipp spoke of early years of "hard work," a lifelong diet free of processed foods, and, Alaimo said, "she did drink milk every day. " So at her mother's death, Mrs. Kipp became the woman of the house, on the family's crop farm in Greentown, Pike County.
May 1, 2016 |
Funeral arrangements have been completed for former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Willie L. Williams. A viewing is scheduled for 8 to 11 a.m. May 7 at Zion Baptist Church, 3600 N. Broad St., to be followed immediately by the funeral service. Interment will follow at Chelten Hills Cemetery, 1701 E. Washington Lane. Williams rose up through the ranks to become Philadelphia's first black police commissioner in 1988. He remained in the job for four years before leaving for Los Angeles in 1992 to become that police department's first black top chief.
April 28, 2016 |
For so long, when telling people why he has dedicated his career to the Broad Street Run, Jim Marino would tell his father's story. How it was his father's battle with colon cancer, a disease that would eventually take his life, that motivated him to first volunteer on race day 32 years ago - the event benefitted the American Cancer Society, and he saw it as his way to help. How he went on to become the race's director, transformed it into a nationally recognized running event, and still gets the most satisfaction out of the money and awareness the run raises for cancer research.
March 7, 2016 |
When Francis House opened at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Camden in 1996, only one of its expected guests showed up. But during its peak years, 2005 to 2012, 60 people who were infected with HIV and AIDS, or their friends and family, would show up for meals and fellowship three days a week in the Francis House portion of the former parish convent. Susan Piliro was its director for 19 years, and, she said in a phone interview, "for 18 of those years Donna stood right beside me. " Donna Lindsay Civa was the volunteer partner in the two-woman team, Piliro said, because "she wanted to be around these people and make them happy.
February 26, 2016
ISSUE | MEDICINE Merck backs Januvia Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition, and patients should not stop taking any medicine without speaking to a doctor ("Raising alarms," Sunday). The Food and Drug Administration stated in February 2014 that assertions that incretin-based medicines, including Merck & Co.'s Januvia, cause pancreatic cancer were inconsistent with available data. The FDA also said it would continue to monitor the issue. At Merck, we continue to assess the safety of our medicines, including Januvia.
February 20, 2016 |
Before he died early last year of pancreatic cancer, Stephen T. Johnson filed a lawsuit against Merck for not telling him his disease might be a side effect of taking Januvia, the company's blockbuster diabetes drug. The 63-year-old Philadelphia police officer knew his life was at an end, but he wanted the product labeling changed to warn other diabetics. "He worked his whole life. He didn't need the money," said his son, Stephen T. Johnson Jr., also a Philadelphia police officer.
December 31, 2015
Murray Weissman, 90, a veteran Hollywood publicist who worked on Oscar campaigns for such films as Dances with Wolves and Shakespeare in Love , died Monday of pancreatic cancer at his Los Angeles home. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Mr. Weissman worked as a publicist for ABC and CBS. He moved to movies in the mid-1960s and oversaw Universal's release of Jaws in 1973. He began specializing in awards campaigns in the 1990s, representing dozens of best picture Oscar contenders along with hit shows such as Breaking Bad and Mad Men . An active member of the film and television academies, Mr. Weissman was feted by many clients and friends feted last month after they learned of his cancer diagnosis.
September 21, 2015 |
Hello there Stefania arrived at Fred's hospital room with a pan of hot lasagna, her homemade show of support for her friend and his family. Fred's dad, Dennis, savored a forkful that inspired a question: "Oh my goodness, are you single?" Fred, who had been diagnosed with lung and pancreatic cancer, winced with embarrassment. "Dad, that is completely inappropriate!" he said. Everyone in the room had a much-needed laugh. "Ignore him!" Fred told Stefania, his coworker since 2007 at CBIZ MHM, where she is now manager of business development.