September 17, 2015 |
The Philadelphia-based American Association for Cancer Research trumpeted progress on the disease in a report released Wednesday, noting that nine new cancer drugs were approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the 12 months ending July 31. In that period, one new cancer vaccine and one new cancer screening test were also approved. Six other cancer drugs and one imaging agent were deemed worthy of use in patients with forms of cancer beyond the originally approved use. "Since I started working in the field of oncology about three decades ago, there has been a sea change in our basic understanding of what cancer is," José Baselga, AACR president, said in the report.
August 26, 2015 |
Anyone who knows how rough cancer treatment can be may wonder about former President Jimmy Carter's decision to fight his melanoma with drugs and radiation - at 90. At his age, couldn't the treatment be worse than the cancer? Cancer experts say new ways of combating cancer - plus new ways of thinking about aging - are changing the equation when doctors evaluate the elderly for treatment. "Aging is an incredibly heterogeneous process," said Andrew Chapman, an oncologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital who runs a program that focuses on the special needs of geriatric cancer patients.
May 4, 2015 |
The guests of honor at the St. Christopher's Hospital for Children "prom" hit the red carpet on Saturday well after the paparazzi - staff, family members, and a few professional photographers - had staked out key vantage points along the red velvet ropes. Finally, 55 children with cancer strode out or rolled in as their names were announced one by one. The girls wore frilly, shiny dresses. Most of the boys were in black suits. Little Liam, who had just turned 1, went first, in his father's arms.
January 18, 2015 |
You may have seen it performed in real time on ABC's Good Morning America . Or maybe you caught actor Hugh Jackman telling David Letterman about having it. Or you may be among the legions of people who have personally undergone it. It is Mohs micrographic surgery, the preferred treatment for the two most common types of skin cancer: basal cell and squamous cell. Although rarely life-threatening, these tumors can become disfiguring without timely removal, and they are being diagnosed at the staggering clip of more than four million a year.
March 18, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - After finding a seat on top of a picnic table outside the Phillies clubhouse at Bright House Field yesterday morning, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt quickly repositioned himself. He said something about trying to avoid the sun. In the 20 minutes that followed, Schmidt explained why he was wary of the sun and why he was unable to perform his regular duties as an on-field guest instructor this spring training, too. Schmidt, 64, was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma in August and underwent two surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments in the months that followed.
November 24, 2013 |
Demi goes for respectability It's time we respected youngster Demi Lovato , 21, as a serious artist and a woman of conscience. "I think no matter what way you say it, you're gonna be in the public eye and people are gonna look up to you. I just decided that I turned 21, I gotta be an adult, I've gotta act like one and here I am," Demi tells Hollyscoop. And she tells Entertainment Weekly she's tired of singers who write songs just for their shock value. "You're more respected as an artist" if you stay away from that material, she says.
August 19, 2013 |
The handler led McBaine on a leash to the veterinarian, who extended her hand to show him a vial. "Seek!" the trainer ordered. If a dog is capable of thinking "whatever," then that's what the 9-month-old springer spaniel must have thought as he sniffed the bottle-cap-size vial and its contents. As soon as he did, trainer Annemarie DeAngelo heaped praise and gave him a chew toy for a brief game of tug-of-war. Within minutes on this recent morning at the University of Pennsylvania's Working Dog Center, McBaine knew the drill: Sniff the vial, sit, get rewarded.
July 9, 2013
Cynthia Lufkin, 51, whose marriage to a cofounder of Wall Street firm Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette created a New York power couple in social and philanthropic circles, died Wednesday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan of complications from breast and lung cancer. Her home was in Washington, Conn., north of New York City. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 while pregnant with her second child, Ms. Lufkin focused her philanthropic work on the disease. With a degree in biochemistry, she was particularly interested in how healthy living could bolster the outlook for cancer patients, and her work led to the opening of the Cynthia Lufkin Fitness & Seminar Room at Sloan- Kettering's Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center.
May 27, 2013 |
Joseph Sobanko's patients often ask him which sunscreen is best. That's especially true this time of year, when people are going outside and the sun's rays are at their brightest - and most damaging. Whether the patient is blond or dark, freckled or fair, the Penn Medicine skin-cancer specialist has the same answer: Whichever sunscreen you'll actually use. Far too few of us do, he says. About one in five Americans will develop skin cancer - the most common kind of cancer - in their lifetimes.
May 21, 2013 |
Councilman William Greenlee hopes not to get burnt Thursday when his indoor-tanning bill comes up for a vote. Citing what he called "a preponderance of evidence" that indoor tanning greatly raises one's risk of developing skin cancer, Greenlee has introduced a bill that would restrict minors from using indoor-tanning facilities in Philadelphia without parental permission. The measure would also prohibit those younger than 14 from using commercial tanning beds and other ultraviolet-emitting equipment without a doctor's permission.