November 23, 2012 |
NEW YORK - If you've ever fired up your computer and cringed in anticipation of what nasty e-mails await, pity Eve Ensler. The Tony Award-winning playwright and activist gets a daily record sent to her of atrocities against women - a never-ending drumbeat of rape, genital mutilation, imprisonment, and murder. "In my inbox on any given day, I can tell you every single story of any violation that's happening to women anywhere in the world," Ensler says. "It's horrifying. My inbox is like a nightmare.
August 2, 2012 |
One year after my mother's hysterectomy for uterine cancer, a scan taken in July 2011 showed two small spots in the pelvic region that were most likely the return of her cancer. She received the news on her 84th birthday. Her doctor recommended a biopsy and then 18 weeks of chemotherapy treatments, followed by radiation. She would lose her hair, she might struggle with nausea, and the radiation held some risks due to other organs in the pelvic area. Sitting with my mother in an office in New York City, across the desk from her oncologist, I heard her say, in a calm and confident voice: "I don't want any further treatment.
February 6, 2012 |
Question: My 41-year-old daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer at an early stage. She opted for a bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy. There was some lymph-node involvement. Her doctor is now trying to talk her into five years of Tamoxifen. I worry about the side effects like cataracts, stroke, aneurysm, and uterine cancer. Isn't a bilateral mastectomy followed by chemo enough? Answer: Research shows that using the anti-estrogen drug Tamoxifen in women who have had breast cancer reduces the chance that the breast cancer will return by up to 50 percent.
March 16, 2009 |
Curtis Opera Theatre's production of Wozzeck rolled onto the Perelman Theater stage Friday with such unstoppable momentum that the temptation was to duck - as though that would offer protection from the merciless glare of its awful truth. So it is with this masterpiece of German expressionism: awful becomes awe-ful. Though this wasn't the most penetrating encounter I've had with Alban Berg's opera, Curtis' production (in collaboration with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center)
June 16, 2008 |
Deep in the bowels of the Internet, the swift- boating of Barack Obama is under way. That's where the presumptive Democratic nominee is "revealed" to be a Muslim who joined Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ as a Manchurian candidate. This, I suppose, would explain why he took his oath of office for the Senate on the Koran instead of the Bible, as alleged. (That, too, turns out to be a falsehood - he used his personal Bible for the oath.) No wonder he refuses to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
June 9, 2005
Anne Bancroft played only a supporting role in one of the most delicious stories about her. It was Oscar night more than 40 years ago and Bancroft was up for Best Actress for her portrayal of Annie Sullivan in the film version of The Miracle Worker. Expecting to win was Bette Davis, whose costar in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, Joan Crawford, was snubbed that year by the Academy Award nominators. Crawford had agreed to accept on behalf of Bancroft, who couldn't break away from a New York stage engagement.
May 15, 1998 |
For two agonizing months, she thought she was dying of cancer. The 45-year-old woman from North Philadelphia thought she had uterine cancer and that she was going to have a hysterectomy. At least that's what the Puerto Rican woman, who speaks very limited English, understood from the doctor through her 8-year-old daughter's translation. When the hospital called to reschedule her surgery, the woman got upset and called Rosa Ortiz, a support worker at the American Cancer Society.
April 7, 1998 |
A drug used for years to fight advanced breast cancer actually prevented the disease in nearly half of the high-risk women in a four-year study, but its serious side effects prompted a leading women's health group yesterday to blast the therapy as "substituting one disease for another. " National Cancer Institute chief Dr. Richard Klausner, in announcing the results at a news conference in Washington yesterday, admitted the side effects included an increased risk of uterine cancer and blood clots, but he defended the therapy's life-saving benefits.
July 13, 1995 |
One indisputable conclusion has emerged from the growing body of research on hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer: Women don't know what to believe anymore. Last month, many felt whipsawed by a much-trumpeted Harvard study that found long-term, postmenopausal hormone use increased the risk of breast cancer. "We got lots and lots of calls," said Alexandra Comber, office manager for a Cherry Hill physician. "One woman who had been taking it called and said, 'That's it. I refuse to take it.' " Yesterday, the publication of yet another highly regarded study deepened the confusion.
November 9, 1994 |
After being shaken by scandal and closed down for seven months by the federal government, America's largest - and only - breast cancer prevention study is starting up again. Sought by researchers: 5,000 healthy women willing to take a potentially risky drug to determine if it can stop breast cancer before it begins. Officials at the University of Pittsburgh today announced the resumption of enrollment in the study at 10 hospitals, including the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.