October 12, 2012 |
People who receive chemotherapy for cancer often misunderstand the role of the therapy in their treatment plan, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer. For people with cancer, chemotherapy can play different roles. For some, chemo is a way of trying to eliminate cancerous cells from the body, effectively curing the patient. But for many, chemotherapy is just one of many methods to prolong life, with no reasonable expectation that it can or will lead to a cure. In the study, the authors surveyed 125 recently diagnosed cancer patients and their doctors, looking for an answer to a simple question: Do the patient and the physician give the same answer when asked how chemotherapy can help the patient?
June 13, 2011 |
The premise Joe (Ray Romano) and Manfro (Jon Manfrellotti) are good friends who go to a strip club the night before Manfro is scheduled to begin chemotherapy to treat Stage 3 colon cancer. Manfro, whose tumor had spread to his lymph nodes by the time it was detected in a colonoscopy screening exam, has already had surgery to remove the bulk of his tumor. At the club, he meets a stripper whose father also has Stage 3 colon cancer and went to the same oncologist that is treating Manfro.
February 17, 2008 |
Two years ago, both of Dana Nelson's golden retrievers were diagnosed with cancer a day apart. She took them to the University of Wisconsin veterinary school in Madison for radiation and chemo, making the two-hour drive from her home in St. Charles, Ill., more than 20 times. At home she made them meals of raw meat, steamed vegetables and vitamins. Conventional treatment cost about $14,000, and Nelson said she couldn't even estimate how much she spent on holistic therapy, supplements and extra consultations for Jazz, who lived an extra 10 months, and Cameo, who survived 17. Nelson, a dog trainer, is still paying off vet bills.
May 6, 2012 |
As an athlete, an Olympic swimmer with goals different from, say, someone who earns a living as a businessman or artist or construction worker, Eric Shanteau made decisions that might raise an eyebrow. In 2008, less than a week before the U.S. Olympic trials, Shanteau learned he had testicular cancer. Surgery was recommended. Immediately if possible. Shanteau chose to wait. He made the U.S. team and competed at the Beijing Olympics, where his father was able to watch and cheer for his son. Richard Shanteau had lung cancer in 2008, a disease that would kill him in 2010.
January 15, 2013 |
ESPN anchor Stuart Scott announced on Twitter on Monday night that he is battling cancer for the third time. "Blessed by prayers..I'm back in the Fight. C reared its head again. Chemo evry 2 wks but I'll still work, still work out..still #LIVESTRONG" Scott was first diagnosed with the disease in 2007 when doctors discovered he had cancer of the appendix while performing an appendectomy. He underwent chemotherapy and all was well until 2011, when he revealed that doctors found tumors in his small intestine.
September 6, 2012 |
In what's becoming known as one of the sweetest acts of friendship to set the blogosphere abuzz, "American Idol" alum Kellie Pickler shaved her head in support of her best friend, Summer Holt Miller, who had a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. On Wednesday the women cut off their locks for the world to see on "Good Morning America," and since then Twitter has been filled with support for Miller. The same day, a touched Pickler tweeted, "I cannot thank everyone enough for all the love and support you've given Summer.