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July 30, 2004
Re "Bush Proposes Cuts in Medicare Payments," July 28: It appears that cancer patients will be losing some prescription medicines and will be forced to go to hospitals instead of receiving treatment in their doctors' offices, "forcing a dramatic change in care," according to the article. (Of course, the government savings of $530 million next year is much more important than saving the lives of cancer patients.) So with this proposal potentially affecting the quality of life of so many people, why did The Times bury it on Page 19 instead of displaying it prominently on the first page?
April 23, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has been on leave from San Diego State, where he coaches the school's baseball team, for much of the season because of ongoing cancer treatments, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday. The paper talked to Gwynn by phone. “I have no comment, other than to say I'm doing good," said Gwynn , 53. "That's all I can say. But nobody believes me because there hasn't been any information out there. But, trust me, I'm doing good.” The school released a statement Tuesday saying that "Tony Gwynn is currently on a leave of absence from the Aztec baseball program while dealing with health issues.
September 13, 2012 | By Sarah C.P. Williams
The war on cancer is poised to enter a new phase that promises more precise treatments, fewer side effects and, most of all, more survivors. And none too soon. Although death rates from many cancers have slowly but steadily declined over the decades, experts agree that current treatments are mostly too blunt, too scattershot and too dangerous for the patients they are intended to save. Today, treating cancer often means an all-out chemical assault on tumors. Doctors bombard patients' bodies with drugs that aim to destroy cancer cells.
April 2, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who is currently fighting cancer, had his radiation therapy this week postponed because he has a fever, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News is reporting . Kelly has microscopic tumors on the infraorbital nerve, which runs from the upper lip to the eyelids. Kelly's treatments have been moved to Monday. He is scheduled for a seven-week program. “They have his pain pretty much under control,” Dan Kelly, Jim's brother, told the Buffalo News.
April 18, 2011 | By Amber Dance, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Cancer cells are riddled with genetic errors, and each tumor has its own unique set of mistakes. Reading those errors, scientists believe, will help them not only understand how a tumor came to be, but also how best to poison it. "Every tumor is telling its own story, its own history," says Kevin White, director of the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology at the University of Chicago. One by one, he's reading and analyzing those stories as part of the university's $5-million Chicago Cancer Genome Project.
January 5, 2013 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Elwood Jensen, a medical researcher whose ground-breaking work in the field of endocrinology and breast cancer led to revolutionary and life-saving treatments, died of complications from pneumonia on Dec. 16 in suburban Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati announced. He was 92. He was repeatedly nominated for the Nobel Prize for his discovery of hormone receptors while at the University of Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s. At Chicago, Jensen focused on the impact that breast tissue had on estrogen while most other researchers analyzed how the hormone influenced tissue.
February 17, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Endocare Inc. in Irvine and Cryomedical Sciences Inc. prostate cancer treatments won government approval for coverage by the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly, the Clinton administration said. Medicare now will cover devices and procedures used to freeze tissue to destroy cancer cells, a technique known as cryosurgery, the government announced Friday night.
A court order requiring a 15-year-old Hmong girl with ovarian cancer to undergo chemotherapy has been lifted by authorities hoping to persuade the girl to return home. Lee Lor, a small 10th-grader, ran away from home in late October after the Juvenile Court here--over the strong protests of her parents and Hmong community leaders--ordered the cancer treatments. "We asked the court to remove the order because it was proving to be a major stumbling block," said Dr.
April 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
A doctor who received network television attention for unusual cancer treatments that include coffee enemas was told by a jury Thursday to pay the husband of a dead patient $282,000. The jury found Dr. Nicholas J. Gonzalez negligent for telling Hollace Schafer, a college music professor, that by testing her hair he could diagnose the state of her cancer and prescribe appropriate treatment. Schafer died in 1995. The verdict was the second against the 51-year-old Gonzalez.
Former Sheriff's Deputy David Joens thought life couldn't get any tougher once he got the phone call from his doctor explaining that the lump under his left arm was cancerous. "And I'm sorry to say the treatment at this time is fair at best," the doctor told Joens. Determined not to give in to a form of cancer with a 20% survival rate, Joens underwent painful surgery, chemotherapy and even tried an experimental vaccine.
February 14, 2014 | By Jim Cox
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 | By Monte Morin
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 | By Amy Hubbard
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 | By Karen Kaplan
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.
September 6, 2013 | By Anh Do
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 | By Chad Terhune
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.
January 5, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The inspiring story of this season's Indianapolis Colts has captivated the sports world. It's not just that the team rebounded from a 2-14 record last season to make the playoffs, or that the Colts did so with a rookie quarterback in Andrew Luck. But they have gotten this far after losing their head coach, Chuck Pagano, to nearly three months of cancer treatments. Pagano returned for the regular-season finale, a home victory over Houston, and now he brings his team back to Baltimore, where last season he was the Ravens' defensive coordinator.
March 13, 2000
Cancer Seminar On Tuesday, UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center will hold a seminar on the benefits, controversies and research related to bone-marrow and stem-cell transplants as cancer treatments. UCLA, RPB Auditorium, Westwood. 7-9 p.m. Free. (310) 794-6644.
May 20, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Former President Clinton visited Colombia last week, meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos while visiting Cartagena, where Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro showed him around the city in an electric taxi. Then Clinton took time out to visit with Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez , 86. Marquez has been said to be suffering from dementia. Last summer, his brother, Jaime Garcia Marquez, announced that cancer treatments the writer had undergone hastened a memory decline.
April 24, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
It stands to reason that the longer a woman waits to start breast cancer treatment, the worse her prognosis. A new study of California women puts some hard numbers on the cost of delaying treatment - and finds that Latinas, African Americans and poor women were most likely to put their recovery at risk by waiting six weeks or more to have surgery or begin chemotherapy. Researchers from UC Irvine and Children's Hospital of Orange County focused on breast cancer patients between the ages of 15 and 39. Women in this age group account for only 5% to 6% of all breast cancer patients, but their cancers are typically more aggressive, and the urgency to begin treatment is higher.
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