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February 14, 2014 |
I have to make sure when I get hold of happiness to seize the moment and soar to heights with it. I am grateful that I can still be joyful at times with simple and new things that were not significant to me before. - Bien Cox, journal entry The "new normal" arrived April 9, 2008. The painful lump in Bien's left breast was malignant. Cancer. The phone, the unholy messenger, was put back in its cradle, and we sat on the couch for a few moments. Tears came and went. Disbelief remained.
February 5, 2014 |
Scientists have identified a simple, inexpensive compound that made cancer drugs more effective in mice and helped human patients weather the toxic side effects of chemotherapy. But even as they touted their experimental results, they acknowledged that their remedy was unlikely to inspire the vigorous - and expensive - research necessary to win regulatory approval and join the ranks of mainstream medicine. The drug in question is vitamin C. When absorbed from foods such as oranges, strawberries, broccoli and kale, it feeds neurotransmitters and helps the body make collagen, among other important functions.
November 15, 2013 |
As many as 12,000 people in San Francisco are helping to make superhero dreams come true Friday for Batkid, age 5. Miles has been fighting leukemia since he was 18 months old. "He likes to be a superhero," his mom told the local NBC affiliate -- and he is one, having fought cancer, which is now in remission. According to the Associated Press, Miles lives in Tulelake in Northern California. He ended his cancer treatments in June. The thousands of volunteers in San Francisco and the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Foundation are helping his family celebrate by creating a Gotham City experience for the kindergartner.
September 30, 2013 |
A woman in Japan with a medical condition that ought to prevent her from having children has given birth to a healthy baby boy through a cutting-edge fertility treatment called in vitro activation, or IVA. The woman was one of 27 to try the experimental procedure, which was described in a study published online Monday by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Four other women were able to produce eggs after the IVA treatment, and one of them is currently pregnant, according to the PNAS report . The patients in the study have a rare condition called primary ovarian insufficiency , or POI, which causes their ovaries to shut down prematurely and prevents their follicles from producing eggs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 |
The family of Robert H. Schuller was "surprised" by the diagnosis that treatment for life-threatening cancer could give the famed evangelist another two more years, according to the church headed by his daughter. The 89-year-old has a growth in his esophagus and was initially told he had three months to live, said his daughter, Sheila Schuller Coleman, who first shared the news with worshipers during a sermon in late August. In follow-up exams, an oncologist advised Schuller that although the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes, he was "a good candidate for chemotherapy and radiation treatment that could extend his life," according to an online update on the Hope Center of Christ's website, the church headed by Schuller Coleman.
August 28, 2013 |
As hospitals race to offer the latest in high-tech care, a major California health insurer is pushing back and refusing to pay for some of the more expensive and controversial cancer treatments. Blue Shield of California is taking on this high-cost radiation treatment just as Scripps Health in San Diego prepares to open a gleaming, $230-million proton beam therapy center this fall, only the second one in California and the 12th nationwide. This week, Blue Shield began notifying doctors statewide of its new policy for early-stage prostate cancer patients, effective in October.