April 19, 2015 |
Researchers who study hereditary breast and ovarian cancer call it "the Angelina Jolie Effect. " They reported a sustained global surge in requests for BRCA genetic testing after the actress wrote about her preventive mastectomy two years ago. Last month, she gave another boost to awareness when she wrote about her recent surgery to remove her ovaries. But raising awareness hasn't necessarily lowered barriers, BRCA experts say. People seeking to identify and manage their inherited cancer risk often confront conflicting, confusing medical guidelines, test options, and insurance coverage.
April 15, 2015 |
The measure of a man may be found in the memories of others. Memories of David R. Boldt are of a dedicated journalist who believed in presenting bold ideas to the public. As The Inquirer's editorial page editor from 1988 to 1998, and prior to that as the editor of Inquirer Magazine, Boldt made that pursuit not just his mission, but his passion. Boldt, 73, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Pasadena, Calif. He leaves behind a host of former colleagues who remember him as a talented, creative, humorous, and courageous newspaperman.
February 25, 2015 |
Theodore J. DeConna, 87, of Cherry Hill, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the former West Jersey Hospital in Voorhees, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, at home of pancreatic cancer. Born in Pittsburgh, Dr. DeConna graduated from Hahnemann Medical School in 1956. He served his internship at West Jersey and his residency at Philadelphia General Hospital. Dr. DeConna set up his private practice in Cherry Hill in 1960, at the same time he joined what was then called the Department of Women at West Jersey, said Joseph Gillerlain, a retired colorectal surgeon and a friend of Dr. DeConna's for 63 years.
January 8, 2015 |
Stephen T. Johnson Sr., 63, of Northeast Philadelphia, a retired deputy commissioner who served the city's Police Department for more than three decades, died Thursday, Jan. 1, of pancreatic cancer at a hospice in Valley Forge. In 1977, Mr. Johnson followed his father, James A. Johnson, onto the force. He mimicked his father by later serving on the prestigious Highway Patrol as well as patrolling in Kensington and South and West Philadelphia. A competitive man, he climbed the ranks, becoming a sergeant in the 12th District in Southwest Philadelphia and then a lieutenant assigned to the 25th District.
September 18, 2014 |
From the time they were teenagers, triplets Adam, Brian, and Jonathon knew the envelope was always there on the desk. "Everything you need to know is in there," their father, owner of Joseph Levine & Sons Funeral Home, would tell them before he left for a trip. "If I don't come back, you'll know what to do. " "We all understood that our father needed to do that because that's the kind of man he is. Totally responsible, totally committed, not just to his business, but to us," said Brian.
September 11, 2014 |
Move over, ice bucket challenge. Borrowing the basics of the numbingly shared social-media fad, physicians and staff at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on Tuesday volunteered to be showered with tennis balls to benefit pancreatic cancer research. The "Bucket of Tennis Balls Challenge" honored Joe Strub of West Chester, an avid tennis player and information-systems technician who lost his battle with the disease four years ago at age 62. While the oft-publicized ice bucket challenge calls awareness to Lou Gehrig's disease and has raised more than $110 million to aid research in just a couple of months, Tuesday's event hopes to call similar attention to a disease that claims the lives of 33,000 Americans per year, according to Dr. Jonathan Brody.
August 11, 2014 |
If you needed surgery for pancreatic cancer, you probably wouldn't give a thought to what kind of saline solution your surgical team would use. After all, pancreatic cancer is bad news, and the procedure used to excise it, called a Whipple (or the tongue-twisting pancreaticoduodenectomy), is long, dangerous, and technically challenging. But researchers at Thomas Jefferson University say the saline in your IV drip matters. They were able to reduce the complication rate by 25 percent by using saltier saline and using less of it. Their work was published in Annals of Surgery.
August 11, 2014 |
Vicki Wolf was only 36 when she was first diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. After her third diagnosis 11 years later, the native Philadelphian had a genetic test that revealed what she dreaded and expected: She had inherited a mutation in a gene that made her susceptible to the disease. She urged her brother, Harvey I. Singer, to get genetic testing and counseling, but he shrugged off the idea. "I said, 'I'm a guy.' To me, breast cancer was just something women get," Singer recalled.
July 13, 2014 |
Just seven years from now, pancreatic cancer is projected to become this country's second-leading cancer killer, surpassed only by lung cancer and claiming 48,000 lives a year - nearly the population of Harrisburg. Now No. 4, pancreas cancer will climb in the ranking partly by becoming more common, but mostly because it is ferociously difficult to detect and treat, according to an analysis by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. "The dramatic increase in the anticipated number of deaths . . . is a wake-up call to the research and health-care systems in the United States," senior author Lynn M. Matrisian, a molecular biologist, wrote last month in the journal Cancer Research.
November 2, 2013 |
Jeremy J. Fischer, 52, of Kimberton, who publicized his two-year battle with pancreatic cancer to help raise research funds and gracefully modeled how patients can live with cancer, died Sunday, Oct. 27, of the disease at his home. Mr. Fischer spoke on the air last year as part of the Stand Up to Cancer campaign supporting researchers here and across the country whose focus is hard-to-treat cancers. Before the report, Mr. Fischer's weight had dropped to 119 pounds, but he described his illness to CBS3 reporter Stephanie Stahl as "like a crouching tiger in a room.