October 15, 2003
As a cancer survivor I found Michael Ramirez's editorial cartoon (Commentary, Oct. 12) showing Yasser Arafat as a cancer growing within a human skeleton ("Patient: Peace") extremely distasteful. It is hard enough for us survivors to live every day with a sword hanging over our heads. We don't need such a tasteless, graphic, metaphorical presentation of the illness. Ramirez should read Susan Sontag's good book on the subject, "Illness as Metaphor"; it would do him good to get a glimpse into the world of cancer patients and survivors.
March 27, 2013 |
Better cancer treatments and an aging population will push the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. to nearly 18 million by 2022, according to a new report from researchers at the National Cancer Institute. As of January 2012, there were 13.7 million survivors of bladder, breast, colorectal, kidney, lung, prostate, thyroid and other cancers, the report says. Over 10 years, that figure is projected to grow 31% to 17,981,391, the researchers estimate. Today, the biggest group of cancer survivors is women who had breast cancer (22%)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1997 |
Hundreds of cancer survivors from across Ventura County and the western San Fernando Valley are expected to gather Sunday for an annual barbecue celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day. The local event will coincide with celebrations nationwide for cancer patients, cancer survivors and cancer-related health-care professionals.
September 15, 1991
I cannot express enough the anger and disbelief I experienced after reading your article, "Cancer's Long Shadow" (Aug. 20). The title itself set a somber mood--that cancer, like a dark shadow or shroud, can be a menacing, intimidating force over cancer survivors. True, anyone who has had cancer cannot deny or escape the potentially negative effects or influences the disease will have on their lives, but what was not mentioned in the article was how many survivors continue on with their lives with an unrelenting passion to overcome all obstacles and pursue all goals.
January 31, 2012 |
Exercise has been touted as a good way to help prevent certain diseases and conditions, but can it be useful after the fact? Yes, says a study, which suggests that a fitness regimen can enhance the health of patients following treatment. The paper analyzed 34 studies that looked at the effect of exercise on patients who had breast cancer, as well as other types of cancer, such as prostate and lung. The various studies included aerobic, resistance and strength workouts, the average length was 13 weeks and the average number of people in each trial was 93. Most of the control groups consisted of people who were sedentary or told to do no exercise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1996
I am a breast cancer survivor who can empathize with Victoria Burke, who was forced by her HMO to undergo mastectomy surgery on an outpatient basis. I was insured with a PPO and had bilateral mastectomies three years ago, and I was also asked to have outpatient surgery. After heated discussions, the insurance company allowed a longer stay--23 hours! In my quest for knowledge that the doctors and nurses were unable to give me during my brief hospital stay, I was referred by a member of the hospital staff to the American Cancer Society.