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.
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.
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.
October 15, 2013 |
"This is a true story. It's a love story - our love story. " That story is Blink by Phil Porter, being given its U.S. premiere by Inis Nua Theatre Company. And that's the trouble: It's a short story, "true" or not, not a play. Its two characters speak almost entirely to us. They sit, inexplicably, at desks, inexplicably shoeless, and narrate the chapters of their odd romance. Despite director Tom Reing's attempts to give the actors stuff to do, much of which seems awkward, Blink lacks theatricalization.
August 17, 2013 |
João M. Cardoso, 76, of Glenside, a Chestnut Hill Academy foreign-language teacher for 29 years, died Monday, Aug. 5, at home of pancreatic cancer. Born on the tiny island of Faial, in Portugal's Azores, he was a mediocre student who struggled with stuttering. At age 14, his mother sent him to a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school on the Portuguese mainland. The experience gave him an insatiable wanderlust, his family said. In the mid-1950s, Mr. Cardoso served in the Portuguese army artillery, where he attained the rank of corporal.
August 14, 2013 |
Raefeline "Rae" Sweeney, 82, of Cherry Hill, a homemaker and the mother of New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, died of pancreatic cancer Friday, Aug. 9, at her home. Mrs. Sweeney was born in Camden on Oct. 3, 1930, and moved during her childhood to Pennsauken. She attended Merchantville High School. While in high school, she started dating Robert Sweeney, whom she later married in January 1953. She attended cosmetology school at Maison de Paris in Camden after high school and worked as a hair stylist for a few years before giving up her career to raise her children in Pennsauken.
July 30, 2013 |
Nancy M. Foehl, 64, of Media and Galena, Md., an office manager and community volunteer, died Sunday, July 21, of pancreatic cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The former Nancy Merrill fought the cancer for 15 months, said her husband, lawyer Gene A. Foehl. "During that time, she never lost her compassion and caring for others, taking strength in her faith and making it easier on all those around her," he said. Over several decades, she was the office manager in his law practices - Gene A. Foehl & Associates, and Foehl & Eyre P.C., both in Media.
June 17, 2013 |
BYRON JACKSON started following his half-brother DeSean around with a camera when DeSean was barely school age, at the start of a football career that would take DeSean to the Eagles and the Pro Bowl. Right from the start, this was more than just family movie stuff; Byron, now a Fox Sports editor, had just seen his NFL dream die after two practice-squad seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. He wanted to chronicle the molding of a star, under the demanding guidance of Bill Jackson, the father Byron and DeSean shared, and four "adopted" sons with football backgrounds, who formed what came to be known as "Team Jackson.
April 23, 2013 |
Every lifetime should have at least one: The great teacher, the one who inspired, the one who changed your life. For decades of students in Delaware County, Robert Malkovsky - Mr. Mal, or just Mal - was such a teacher. Six-foot-four with a booming voice and a big laugh, he was a gentle giant who ignited a fire for physics in his students. He explained the incomprehensible. He would quietly foot the bills for prom dresses. He made all kids feel as though they were worth listening to. And so Mal's death - so unexpected because he appeared to have won his long battle with pancreatic cancer - was devastating news to those who knew him, as though a light had gone out for them.