November 11, 2015 |
I WOULD HAVE written about Jennifer Pownall's inspiring campaign to raise awareness of brain tumors anyway. But I was drawn to her story even more than usual because it came across my desk around the same time Daily News assistant managing editor Gar Joseph was diagnosed with a brain tumor. That's Gar's story to tell, so I will tell Pownall's. First there were the painful foot cramps, the 42-year-old mother from Northeast Philly recalled when we talked recently. Then there were the charley horses that would pull her to the ground withering in pain.
October 11, 2015 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - Early yesterday afternoon, the Flyers made an announcement no organization ever wants to make. Logan Pyett, a Canadian defenseman with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, was diagnosed with sarcoma, a malignant tumor, in his upper left leg. Sarcoma is a rare form of cancer that affects soft tissue. Pyett, 27, who signed a one-year contract this offseason after two years in Russia's KHL, is out indefinitely. Pyett played as recently as the Phantoms' Sept.
October 9, 2015 |
On April 9, 2014, while sitting with doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Nick and Ashley DeCapria got the news that no parent ever wants to hear: that their 2-year-old son, Vhito, had just two weeks to live. Vhito, now 4, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, an atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT). A tumor the size of a pineapple was immediately drained of two liters of fluid. Aggressive radiation and chemotherapy started three days later. "It hit us like a rock," Nick DeCapria.
October 5, 2015 |
Sean Sanchirico has simple aspirations at this stage of his life: take classes at Rutgers Camden, spend time with family and friends, improve his game as a member of the Scarlet Raptors golf team. "Just be a normal college student," Sanchirico said, setting the bar at a level that always seemed unattainable in recent years. In one way, the 20-year-old from Haddon Township has made good on his goal. His days are pretty pedestrian for a popular pre-business major who can be found many afternoons at the Camden County Golf Academy driving range on Cooper River in Pennsauken.
April 23, 2015 |
Mia is the kind of woman who once made a list of 257 must-haves in a future mate, including a sense of humor and an affinity for avocados. She assembled a wedding binder before Dan had even proposed and picked out a name for their firstborn before the baby was conceived. When that child, Judah, was 2, Mia - intent on conceiving again - endured Clomid injections, ovarian cysts, and surgery for endometriosis. She started acupuncture. She and Dan consulted a reproductive endocrinologist.
April 12, 2015 |
By the time A.A. arrived in my office, she had spent almost a year looking for answers. In November 2012, she was 45 and struggling to lose weight and keep her blood pressure down. What sounds like a common scenario, however, was anything but. A.A. was experiencing fatigue and malaise, and the area around her eyes bruised easily. Another puzzling symptom: She said she was acutely aware of her neck. It wasn't pain, but awareness. She was losing more hair than usual in her brush and had stopped menstruating, and her skin broke open easily.
February 27, 2015 |
FORMER TORONTO mayor Rob Ford is trying to cash in on the memoribilia market. Ford, who went on well-publicized drug- and alcohol-fueled binges while mayor, is auctioning off the NFL team logos tie he wore when he announced he had smoked crack cocaine in November of 2013. The tie is one of manny items he has posted on eBay. As of last night, the highest bid on the neckwear was $7,772.72 Canadian, or $6,223.15 in U.S. currency. A description of the tie on the website reads: "This is the original piece, not a reproduction - there is only one of these in existence.
December 14, 2014 |
When Christopher Teti was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer in 2011, Kevin D. Judy performed traditional surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He removed a portion of Teti's skull and cut out the tumor. When a second tumor showed up this year, Judy tried a far less intrusive approach. He and colleagues drilled a dime-size hole in the patient's skull, inserted a slender, laser-emitting wand, and destroyed the malignant growth with heat. Aside from the drilling part, Judy did the procedure from a separate room, pushing down on a foot pedal to turn on the laser inside Teti's skull.
December 1, 2014 |
Tim Lynch has a theory about why he beat the brutal brain cancer glioblastoma. Even with intensive treatment, the average survival is about 15 months. As the tumor grows, it destroys the very abilities that define people as human - thinking, feeling, communicating. Brittany Maynard, who at age 29 became the face of the right-to-die movement, was so determined to cut short the inevitable horror that she ended her life with a lethal prescription this month in Oregon, 10 months after her glioblastoma diagnosis.
September 22, 2014 |
A third of patients who undergo surgery to remove cancerous tumors end up with microscopic pieces left behind. These overlooked remnants can lead to the recurrence of cancer after what was thought to be a successful surgery. Two surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania have joined forces to try to solve this problem. Their solution: making tumors glow. Using a combination of injectable dyes and high-resolution cameras, the surgeons found a way to image tumors during surgery and more easily identify their margins.