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 22, 2014 |
Dominic M. Roberti, 81, of Bryn Mawr, a chemistry professor and longtime cancer survivor who helped others face lives as cancer patients, died Tuesday, July 15, of a heart attack at his home. Dr. Roberti worked for nearly 30 years at St. Joseph's University before retiring in 1995. He taught and held a variety of administrative positions, including acting dean in 1968 and 1969. He helped author the report that led to the admission of the first women to St. Joseph's in 1970. Dr. Roberti returned to teaching in 1971, and developed environmental and food-chemistry classes designed for nonscience majors.
July 16, 2014 |
Two new prostate cancer studies have found that many low-risk patients have been receiving more treatment than is needed or helpful - racking up millions of dollars in excess health-care costs and, potentially, causing more physical harm than good. One of the studies, both of which were published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that among patients whose cancer was not aggressive, those who received hormone therapy as their primary treatment did not live any longer than those who were merely carefully monitored.
January 18, 2014 |
Lisa D'Amour's Cherokee is receiving its world premiere at the Wilma, and under Anne Kauffman's direction, it's an impressive production: a terrific cast and an eye-popping set (designed by Mimi Lien). But this new script, D'Amour's first play after her big hit Detroit , still needs work. It is crammed with awkward exposition about the five characters' backgrounds and seems to lose its sense of humor without warning. Like Detroit , this play involves two couples, one young, one middle-aged: John (David Ingram)
December 15, 2013 |
Tom Feraco worked out with a purpose during the offseason because of the inexperience of his Middle Township boys' basketball team. "Some teams, they know exactly where to go," Feraco said. "This team, I knew I would have to be out there on the court with them. " The coach knew he would have to show as well as tell. Feraco has taken the same approach to the news that he has prostate cancer and will be forced to leave his team in early January to undergo surgery at Temple University Hospital.
December 7, 2013 |
Dennis Scuderi Sr.'s second stint as Camden Catholic's football coach lasted just one season. Scuderi resigned Thursday, citing "work commitments" as well as concerns about his health. "I'm thankful for the opportunity," he said. "I wish Camden Catholic nothing but the best. " Scuderi underwent surgery for prostate cancer in early February. Although he said his health is good, he thinks he "might have come back too soon. " Scuderi hopes to coach again. He believes his health will continue to improve.
December 5, 2013 |
The family of a University of Pennsylvania neuroscientist who died of brain cancer sued the university Tuesday, alleging that the school bore responsibility for his death by failing to protect him from laboratory radiation. The family of Jeffrey H. Ware further alleged that Penn physicians enrolled him in a study without proper consent, treating his gliosarcoma with still more radiation, thereby subjecting him to painful side effects long after there was any hope of recovery. Ware, who died in October 2011 at age 47, lived in Haddonfield.
November 15, 2013 |
WHEN ASSISTANT coach Geoff Arnold recruits kids to come to Saint Joseph's, part of his job is to teach the young flock lessons away from the basketball court. After the scare of a lifetime, Arnold is now able to advise them in matters far more important than class attendance and avoiding troublesome frat houses. Arnold, 49, was diagnosed in August with the beginning stages of prostate cancer - a disease that runs in his family. He had successful surgery in early September, however, and said he is rid of the disease.
October 20, 2013 |
While the value of routine PSA screening for prostate cancer continues to be debated, all major doctors' groups agree that it is not useful for men over 75. In the doctor's office, however, that consensus is being widely ignored. Last week, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study that found primary-care doctors in Texas conducted PSA screening on 41 percent of Medicare beneficiaries over age 74 in 2009. In March, an Emory University study of Medicare claims found the same high screening rate in older men nationally in 2010.
October 16, 2013
DENVER - Wendell and Linda Ramage could give Congress and the Obama administration some lessons on paying off massive debt. As we watch our leaders debate over the federal government's debt ceiling, I can't help but admire the story of these two retired teachers from Georgia, both 71, who sacrificed and went without so they could pay off $50,000 in credit-card debt they had accumulated because of medical expenses and overspending. Certainly their debt situation isn't as complicated or as large relative to the federal government, but it's the couple's resolve to buckle down and pay off their bills and stop living beyond their means that should be a lesson for our government.