The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first immunotherapy drug for breast cancer.
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UMN’s new device could make at-home cancer treatments easier
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hannah Carlin, a fourth-year student studying microbiology, doesn't recall much of her cancer treatment — granted, she was 16 months old at the time of her diagnosis.
But her mother, Beth Heinz, certainly does.
"You're not guaranteed anything in life. You're not guaranteed a lifetime with your children," Heinz said to The Minnesota Daily.
She fought cancer and Congress for DC’s right-to-die law
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government form lay on the dining room table in Mary Klein's home in Northwest Washington. At the top, in bold letters, was a simple declaration: "REQUEST FOR MEDICATION TO END MY LIFE IN A HUMANE AND PEACEFUL MANNER."
"I need two witnesses for my application," Klein's friend Kelly Saunders recalls her saying. "Would you be a witness?"
Father John Mary Lugemwa helps kids from Uganda to Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ibra Kamulegeya impressed his tutor with how quickly he is mastering pre-algebra math.
Ibra and the tutor are seated on a rug on the floor in the Benedictine Abbey in Goochland County where Ibra and his caretaker, Hellen Ainembabazi, are staying.
Ibra and Ainembabazi came to the United States in May from a rural village in Uganda so that Ibra could get medical care for his right foot, which is disfigured by what initially was thought to be a lingering fungal infection.
Battle-tested: Soldier, single mom battles history of cancer
GREENACRES, Fla. (AP) — Cancer keeps intruding upon Jessica Connell's life.
It happened the first time a decade ago when she was a teen and her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer — and died in 2010.
Then it happened again in 2017 when her dad was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and needed a lifesaving stem cell transplant.
And finally this year: The 29-year-old single mother of two young daughters has been waging a battle against her own breast cancer since January.
Immunotherapy scores a first win against some breast cancers
For the first time, one of the new immunotherapy drugs has shown promise against breast cancer in a large study that combined it with chemotherapy to treat an aggressive form of the disease. But the benefit for most women was small, raising questions about whether the treatment is worth its high cost and side effects.
Results were discussed Saturday at a cancer conference in Munich and published by the New England Journal of Medicine.
DC United’s Odoi-Atsem diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma
WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. United says defender Chris Odoi-Atsem has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and is scheduled to have four months of chemotherapy.
The 23-year-old was drafted 12th overall by D.C. United in 2017 and has made a total of 10 appearances, with five starts, over the past two seasons for the MLS club.
Warrior Woman: Battling breast cancer, treasuring blessings
PRICEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Pink lights illuminate the walkway leading to Traci DeWeese's front door where a pink wreath hangs. The 45-year-old Priceville woman — known for her caring and giving spirit — installed the lights a week after undergoing her first chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.
Stem cell transplant cements Arizona men’s father-son bond
GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Thirty-five years after an Arizona man cared for his son when he was shot in their native Lebanon, the son is returning that devotion.
Giants special teams coordinator dealing with cancer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Thomas McGaughey has been doing more in the offseason than getting the New York Giants' special teams ready for the opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The 45-year-old coordinator has been undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer that strikes roughly 8,000 people in the United States annually.
Woman who had 18-pound tumor removed now offers hope
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — For a year, Tiffany Spencer, the U.S. Air Force reservist, marathoner and bicyclist, searched for answers. She listened to the doctors' diagnoses of colon, ovarian, cervical and appendix cancer. She read testimonials and studied medical terminology. She endured 20 rounds of chemotherapy and supplemented her care with natural therapies — Epsom salt baths, coffee enemas, Vitamin C IVs.
Still the tumor in her abdomen grew — eventually reaching 18 pounds.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman says the aggressive cancer he was diagnosed with last month is in remission.
Speaking to the media for the first time since the Giants disclosed in early June that he had lymphoma, Gettleman said Friday he's had four rounds of chemotherapy and will need another three more to complete his treatment.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Pendleton Mayor John Turner has been diagnosed with throat cancer.
The first-term mayor said in an email to friends Sunday that he expects to begin chemotherapy this month at a hospital in Walla Walla, Washington. He said he has a 70 percent to 80 percent chance of recovering. City council president Neil Brown will fill in for Turner as needed.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Rex Culpepper is back. The smile on his face said it all.
The redshirt sophomore quarterback had his first full workout with Syracuse on Friday after overcoming testicular cancer. He said he broke down and cried when he was told he was cancer-free a week ago at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.
"When they took my IV out, it was magical," Culpepper said. "To finally walk out of there, I couldn't put it into words. I can't even describe the euphoria."
HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii Cancer Center is the leader in a groundbreaking national study that found that early-stage breast cancer patients with the most common form of the disease do not benefit from chemotherapy.
CHICAGO (AP) — Countless breast cancer patients in the future will be spared millions of dollars of chemotherapy thanks in part to something that millions of Americans did that cost them just pennies: bought a postage stamp.
CHICAGO (AP) — Patients with pancreatic cancer that hadn't spread lived substantially longer on a four-drug combo than on a single standard cancer drug, a rare advance for a tough-to-treat disease, researchers reported Monday.
The results indicate the powerful chemotherapy treatment known as folfirinox will likely become standard of care for the minority of patients whose pancreatic cancer is diagnosed early enough to be removed by surgery, experts not involved in the study said.
CHICAGO (AP) — Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient's risk.
The study is the largest ever done of breast cancer treatment, and the results are expected to spare up to 70,000 patients a year in the United States and many more elsewhere the ordeal and expense of these drugs.
Many Breast Cancer Patients Can Skip Chemo
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As a doctor injected cloudy fluid into Makena Eighmy's intravenous line, it looked like the 13-year-old animal lover from near Watertown was getting a standard procedure for her cancer.
But the infusion this month at UW Health's American Family Children's Hospital was far from routine.
APEX, N.C. (AP) — Petrina Hamm had been through so much: A diagnosis of breast cancer, although she had no family history of the disease. Six months of chemotherapy. Surgeries to remove her ovaries and her right kidney. A double mastectomy and then reconstructive surgery.
Hamm was grateful to be cancer-free, but she hated looking in the mirror and seeing the scars around her breast implants.
CHICAGO (AP) — For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer. It's the biggest win so far for immunotherapy, which has had much of its success until now in less common cancers.
TORRINGTON — When the leadoff hitter looks out next week at Brian Bassler, whether he’s from Holy Cross or Oxford, he is going to see eyebrows. Yeah, a full pair of eyebrows.
“The eyebrows were the last to go,” Bassler said. “And the first to come back.”
Nebraska custody efforts for teen with cancer dismissed
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska authorities have stopped efforts to take custody of a 15-year-old girl whose mother delayed pursuing the teen's urgent cancer treatments.
"You can't always trust a politician," said Capt. John Coleman with the Dayton Police Department as he laughed about him and city councilman Troy Barton shaving their heads Wednesday afternoon.
Randy and Brenda Oaks were enjoying vacation in Myrtle Beach in May 2017. They did some relaxing, fishing and sight-seeing.
But toward the end of this fun-filled break, Randy felt discomfort, and there was blood in his bowel movements.
Soon after arriving back home, he was diagnosed with colon cancer.
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Minnesota cancer patient now doctor at hospital
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who battled cancer 20 years ago is back at the St. Paul hospital that diagnosed and treated, but this time she's a doctor.
Jen Pratt was about 11-years-old when she decided she wanted to become a physician, WCCO-TV reported. Pratt underwent chemotherapy to battle bone cancer for about a year and had surgery at Children's St. Paul to remove a tumor in her leg.
IHOP flips for 9-year-old cancer survivor Starla Chapman
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — Six years ago, Starla Chapman died in her father's arms. The chemotherapy treatment she was receiving for acute myeloid leukemia had weakened her heart to the point that it stopped. "She is on life support and we need a miracle," her mother, DeAndra Chapman, posted on the Facebook page her sisters started for Starla.
Sharon Osbourne has credited the late Robin Williams for helping to save her life after she was diagnosed with colon cancer.
Cancer patient takes part in clinical trials, hopes to help
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Phyllis Peterson has spent her life helping others.
The 83-year-old had a career as a certified nursing assistant. She raised four children. And when she learned her ovarian cancer had returned, she opted for a clinical trial rather than another round of chemotherapy.
"My mother wants to help other people," said Peterson's daughter, Wanda Walker. "If it can help younger women to not be poisoned with heavy chemo, then that's what she wants her legacy to be."
Norfolk Catholic students want cancer patients going through chemotherapy to know they’re praying for them.
Dodge supports young girl battling cancer even after family’s move
DODGE — Bravery best defines the biggest battle that Avery Johnson has faced in her seven years.
Wearing a crocheted red, white, pink and blue hat, her tired, weary body fights off side effects from her latest chemotherapy treatment as she snuggles with her mom, Christy, in the Dodge Auditorium.
Teacher uses her breast cancer fight to impart life lessons
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — For the past three years, Heather Henry has taught seventh grade math at New Hope Middle School. More specifically, she teaches pre-advanced-placement math, attracting the brightest, most ambitious students.
"She's the best of the best," said her principal, Sam Allison. "I don't say that lightly, either. There are some teachers you can shut the door and not worry about. Heather is one of those teachers."
Sea turtles get alternative procedure used to treat tumors
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — An alternative procedure used to treat tumors on sea turtles has been performed at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital in partnership with the University of Florida.
The electro-chemotherapy treatments were administered to two green sea turtles Saturday.
The remedies are part of a study being conducted on green sea turtles with fibropapilloma, cauliflower-like tumor growths that develop as a result of a herpes-like virus affecting many sea turtles around the world.
ST. LOUIS -- Christmas Day marked exactly one year since Auggie Powers, 4, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
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US OKs 1st drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer
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US OKs 1st drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer
U.S. regulators have approved the first drug aimed at women with advanced breast cancer caused by an inherited flawed gene.
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved AstraZeneca PLC's Lynparza for patients with inherited BRCA gene mutations who have undergone chemotherapy.
Preteen returns to the ice 3 years after cancer surgery
DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Number 35 is back on the ice in Dover.
Nearly three years after undergoing surgery for a brain tumor, Levi Whitcomb, now 12, has returned to the sport he loves.
In April 2015, Levi underwent surgery where doctors removed roughly 95 percent of the tumor, which had spread to his brain stem. The surgery was followed by months at a rehabilitation hospital and several rounds of chemotherapy.
DODGE — Twenty-five weeks, that’s the plan. That’s how long it will take 7-year-old Avery Johnson to undergo chemotherapy during her treatment at Children’s Hospital in Omaha.
Girl fights Leukemia for 2 years
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Whether you know her as Annabelle Thomas or Anna Banana Awesome Sauce, the 6-year-old has been kicking cancer's butt since her diagnosis in 2015.
The Houma native was diagnosed with high-risk B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia just after her fourth birthday in November 2015.
For the past two years, Annabelle has been undergoing chemotherapy, steroid and other treatments at Ochsner's oncology unit in New Orleans.
Minnesota actor works on play script during cancer treatment
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — From his room in St. Cloud Hospital, Raine Hokan is retaining his sense of humor.
"I sit in a room and crack myself up with my own jokes," he told the St. Cloud Times . "The nurses think I'm crazy."
Construction is on schedule for the $101 million Parkview Cancer Institute, officials said Wednesday. The 200,000-square-foot facility on Parkview Health's north campus is expected to welcome its first patients June 5.
The opening is coming none too soon, according to officials.
This Year’s Happy Smackah Faces Grim Cancer Prognosis, Puts Hope in Cannabis Oil
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LANESBORO — For years now, Lanesboro's Christmas Inn Tour has kicked off the holiday season by offering a visual feast of the city's bed-and-breakfast establishments bedecked in lights and festive decor.
Wendy McCaffree shouted from a throng of 30-some people gathered outside Northwest Oncology and Hematology Wednesday afternoon. "Way to cowgirl up, Willow!"
Valley Santa: Mother’s Cancer Diagnosis A Setback For Local Family
Jennifer, a married mother of five children, said this has been a difficult year for her family.
She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in March.
She underwent chemotherapy and was sick for a while, according to a letter she wrote to Valley Santa.
Cancer no match for Country Day volleyball player
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Country Day sophomore Kate Launey still flashes a huge smile when she talks about the Cajuns' Sept. 14 match against Dominican.
It was a typical early season match between two quality programs, and the Cajuns won in four sets. Launey recorded 10 digs and two aces, but it was more than that.
AstraZeneca wins US approval for lymphoma drug
U.S. regulators have approved a new treatment for people with a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday granted accelerated approval to AstraZeneca PLC's Calquence for people with mantle cell lymphoma after chemotherapy or other treatments fail. The British drugmaker is now conducting further testing required by the FDA to confirm the drug's benefits and risks.