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.
September 19, 2015 |
Hugh McBirney Johnston III, better known as Barney, loved adventure, and so lived in its pursuit. He ran with the bulls in Pamplona, spent time as a roughneck on a Louisiana oil rig, climbed Mount Rainier and the Matterhorn, jumped from planes in the Army Reserve, camped and wrangled in the American West. "He had fun with his life," said his wife, Louise Johnston. "And the more daring it was, the better. " Mr. Johnston, 77, a Gladwyne resident who paid his way as an investment banker, died Aug. 23, of pancreatic cancer.
September 3, 2015 |
An East Norriton woman has been arrested and charged with creating an online fund-raising page for a friend whose husband had pancreatic cancer, but keeping the money herself. Traci Small Kratzer, 39, was charged Tuesday with theft. Montgomery County officials said she took more than $8,000 by setting up a fraudulent online charity fund-raiser. Kratzer created a website in April on www.youcaring.com , police said, connected it to her own bank account, and advertised it as a fund-raiser for John Henson.
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.