August 27, 2010
Matthew Morrison of "Glee," Teri Hatcher of "Desperate Housewives," Wayne Brady of "Let's Make a Deal" and Eric McCormack of "Will & Grace" are scheduled to perform at a "Broadway Tonight!" fundraising event Oct. 4 for weSPARK , a Sherman Oaks-based cancer support center. Others on the bill at the Alex Theatre in Glendale include Michael Chiklis, Megan Hilty, Randy Jackson, Camryn Manheim, Marc Cherry, Adam Pascal and Alonzo Bodden. Proceeds will benefit weSPARK, founded by the late actress Wendie Jo Sperber to provide free support services to cancer victims and their families.
August 24, 2009 |
Two bills making their way through the Legislature have the support of many Californians as a legitimate way to help ease the state's budget crisis while also discouraging smoking. One would raise the tobacco tax by $1.50 a pack, and the other would increase it by $2.10. The justification for the tax increase is the negative effect smoking has on public health. I do not object to a tobacco tax. Yet little, if any, of the revenue generated under these bills would actually go toward lung cancer research for early detection and a cure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2008 |
In 2005, veteran Los Angeles County firefighter Crystal Golden-Jefferson died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. At first her death was a mystery: The 41-year-old Inglewood mother had always prided herself on her fitness. But now Jefferson's parents believe long-term exposure to brominated chemicals used as flame retardants in household furniture foam caused their daughter's death. Studies show that when burned, such compounds convert to brominated dioxin. Firefighters inhale the fumes and are exposed through soot contact with the skin.
November 14, 2004
Re "Ashcroft Wants Oregon Suicide Law Blocked," Nov. 10: President Bush and the religious conservatives should leave the "death with dignity" debate alone. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer three years ago, my mother rapidly declined from an active 58-year-old businesswoman to a helpless victim of paralysis as the cancer spread to her brain. Confined to a bed without control of her arms, legs, bladder or bowels, she cried out every day for us or her nurses to put an end to her misery.
February 17, 2004
Re "A Son Crusades for Mom," Feb. 11: Physicians at Kaiser Permanente acted responsibly by referring Zevart Yedalian to the City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center, to be considered for an autologous stem cell transplant. Kaiser Permanente had no role in establishing or applying the criteria for the City of Hope's clinical trials involving autologous stem cell transplantation. The City of Hope clinical investigators decided upon the specific criteria that needed to be met in order to ensure patient safety while attempting to determine whether in fact this unproven treatment had clinical benefit.
April 12, 2002 |
A unit of giant British American Tobacco has admitted destroying thousands of internal documents, leading an Australian court to award damages to a lung cancer victim on grounds she was prevented from getting a fair trial. The verdict Thursday, involving the biggest case of document destruction acknowledged by a tobacco company, is likely to trigger a surge in smoker lawsuits in Australia, along with deeper scrutiny of cigarette makers' document retention policies worldwide.