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October 25, 2010
Robert Benmosche, AIG’s chief executive, is reportedly undergoing what’s been termed "aggressive chemotherapy," but what is aggressive chemotherapy? Details are scant about Benmosche’s condition at the moment, much less his type of cancer – or treatment. ALSO: AIG’s agrees, in principle, to repay taxpayer money But the National Cancer Institute says this about how often – and how long – a patient receives chemotherapy: "Treatment schedules for chemotherapy vary widely.
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March 16, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Former longtime Boston Mayor  Thomas M. Menino, 71, has been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer, according to local media reports. Doctors don't know the origin of the cancer, which has invaded Menino's liver and lymph nodes, the Boston Globe reported . Menino was mayor of Boston for 20 years. He retired this year after a series of health woes hobbled him while still in office, none of which were reported as cancer-related. In one dramatic moment last year, a wheelchair-bound Menino improbably  rose to his feet to address thousands of mourners during an interfaith service after the Boston Marathon bombings.
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January 9, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Chemotherapy can destroy ovarian function in premenopausal women and much research has been dedicated to finding ways to preserve fertility in these women. Among breast cancer patients, for instance, about one in 200 are younger than age 40, and some of them may wish to become pregnant after successful cancer treatment. At least one of the strategies to preserve fertility in these women looks to be a failure, however. Researchers led by Dr. Pamela Munster at UC San Francisco conducted a study of premenopausal women undergoing chemotherapy.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
After the death Tuesday of L.A. film czar Tom Sherak, his deputy, Rajiv Dalal, the last executive to work with him, shared his thoughts on his passing: We grew very close in his waning months, and I feel that there is one story still to be told -- how Tom dedicated the last three months of his life to help the people of Los Angeles. When first we met, Tom was in the early stages of recuperating from what was hoped to be his last chemotherapy treatment.  And while he likely needed more time for recovery, Tom recognized the urgency of being the mayor's newly appointed film czar and charged forth to begin stemming runaway production.
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April 15, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
A shortage of the chemotherapy drug cytarabine is threatening the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in children around the country, with some hospitals rationing supplies of the drug and others turning away new patients. Cytarabine is a key ingredient in the drug cocktails given to such children. "Without it, most patients die," Louis J. DeGennaro, chief mission officer of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, told Bloomberg News . "There's really no substitute for cytarabine in those chemotherapy regimens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 | By Tiffany Kelly
The 23-year-old man who was killed Sunday after he was struck by two cars as he crossed the 2 Freeway had recently returned to school after a year of chemotherapy, his mother said. “He was really inspired and charged,” Shelley Buck said of her son, Ryder. “He was feeling the best he's ever felt about his life. He was as happy as I think he's ever been.” Ryder Buck of La Cañada Flintridge was standing near the 2 Freeway's center divider just north of Fern Lane about 5:25 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, he walked into traffic, California Highway Patrol Officer Tom Miller told the Glendale News-Press.
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November 10, 1998 | From Associated Press
Massachusetts medical authorities disciplined a doctor who prescribed overdoses of chemotherapy that killed one woman and seriously sickened another, questioning his competence and finding him guilty of malpractice, officials said Monday. The state's Board of Registration in Medicine suspended Dr. James Foran for prescribing four times the proper dosage of chemotherapy drugs to the women at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in November 1994.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
Mary Travers, 67, of Peter, Paul and Mary, is undergoing chemotherapy for a form of leukemia, but a full remission is expected within a few months, her publicist, Ken Sunshine, said Tuesday. "Mary looks forward to touring again with the trio soon and is grateful for the well wishes that have come to her from all over the world," the statement said. No other details were released.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1987
In his response (Letters, Jan. 22) to my article (Editorial Pages, Jan. 9), "Chemotherapy: Snake-Oil Remedy?," Dr. Gregory Sarna referred to two randomized controlled studies, which he indicated have shown "survival benefits with chemotherapy plus radiation for limited pancreatic carcinoma." Both were led by Dr. Charles Moertel of the Mayo Clinic. In the more recent paper, the authors concluded, "although this study does provide some evidence of a therapeutic gain in pancreatic carcinoma, the gain can hardly be considered substantive.
NEWS
August 20, 2010
Certain types of chemotherapy can be brutal, causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. However, an ancient Chinese remedy shows promise in animal studies for relieving some of those symptoms as well as enhancing the effects of chemotherapy in destroying cancer cells. Dr. Yung-Chi Cheng, a professor of pharmacology at Yale University, tested an herbal preparation called huang quin tang that has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 1,800 years to treat stomach and intestinal disorders.
HEALTH
November 29, 2013 | By Elise Oberliesen
Ever wonder why some people, even under adverse circumstances, set goals and achieve them effortlessly? Some of them, undoubtedly, are hard-wired to succeed. They just set themselves in a direction and their mind handles the rest. But that ability is atypical; most of us, at one time or another, are daunted by illness or other mental or physical challenges. That's where hypnosis can come in. Experts in a variety of fields say that patients become highly focused and open to suggestions when they are in a trance-like state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 | By Tiffany Kelly
The 23-year-old man who was killed Sunday after he was struck by two cars as he crossed the 2 Freeway had recently returned to school after a year of chemotherapy, his mother said. “He was really inspired and charged,” Shelley Buck said of her son, Ryder. “He was feeling the best he's ever felt about his life. He was as happy as I think he's ever been.” Ryder Buck of La Cañada Flintridge was standing near the 2 Freeway's center divider just north of Fern Lane about 5:25 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, he walked into traffic, California Highway Patrol Officer Tom Miller told the Glendale News-Press.
SPORTS
July 10, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
A 12-year-old Ohio State fan was diagnosed with cancer 14 months ago and decided to refer to his disease as "Michigan. " Why would he do such a thing when many Buckeyes fans won't even refer to the rival school by name? Simple. He wanted to beat it. And he has. Grant Reed was released from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus on Friday after receiving a final chemotherapy session. Although he was readmitted over the weekend because of a bacterial infection, the boy is doing "very well," his father, Troy Reed, said.
WORLD
March 2, 2013 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has been out of public view since his December surgery for cancer, is undergoing another round of chemotherapy in a bid to stop the spread of the disease, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said. Speaking at a Mass at the military hospital where Chavez was admitted Feb. 18, Maduro said late Friday that the treatments would be "difficult. " "But he has a strength superior to the treatments that he is receiving, and he is in a good state of mind," Maduro said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced Monday that she has begun chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer but will continue to actively lead one of the state's largest law enforcement agencies. During a news conference at department headquarters in Santa Ana, Hutchens said she was confident that she could still serve and aggressively combat the cancer. If she found that she couldn't handle the load, she said, "I'd make other arrangements. " Sheriff's officials said the department was notified of Hutchens' health problems about two weeks ago in a staff memo that was sent the day after she began chemotherapy.
WORLD
March 2, 2013 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has been out of public view since his December surgery for cancer, is undergoing another round of chemotherapy in a bid to stop the spread of the disease, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said. Speaking at a Mass at the military hospital where Chavez was admitted Feb. 18, Maduro said late Friday that the treatments would be "difficult. " "But he has a strength superior to the treatments that he is receiving, and he is in a good state of mind," Maduro said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1988 | Compiled from Times staff and wire reports
Chemotherapy apparently can cause blood clots, thus suggesting a need to find ways to reduce the potentially deadly side effect, researchers say. Dr. Mark N. Levine and his colleagues at the Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation in Canada studied 205 women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. The researchers found that about 7% of the women experienced blood clots while receiving chemotherapy, compared to none while they were not.
NEWS
October 23, 2012
Fighting cancer has never been easy. But new research - much of it being done in Southern California - is pointing toward a future in which patients will receive precisely targeted treatments that are more effective and have fewer side effects. “The biggest advance is the move away from traditional chemotherapy, which is very difficult for the patient, and which not everyone will respond to,” said Judith Gasson, director of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
SCIENCE
October 18, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
A common type of brain tumor may be caused by mature adult cells being genetically "rewound" to a more immature state, according to a study in the journal Science . The discovery could pave the way for improved brain cancer treatments. The cancer that was studied, called glioblastoma multiforme, is the most common type of brain tumor. It is also the most aggressive. Researchers had previously thought that the tumors were generated by neural stem cells gone awry rather than adult cells, which were not thought to have a natural ability to revert to an earlier state of development.
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