March 7, 2013 |
Kim Thompson, who since the late 1970s has been co-owner and co-publisher of Fantagraphics Books , has been diagnosed with lung cancer, it was announced Wednesday by the Seattle comics publisher. In a statement , the 56-year-old Thompson wrote: “This is still very early in the diagnosis, so I have no way of knowing the severity of my condition. I'm relatively young and [otherwise] in good health, and my hospital is top-flight, so I'm hopeful and confident that we will soon have the specifics narrowed down, set me up with a course of treatment, proceed, and lick this thing.” Fantagraphics has long been one of America's leading publishers of comics, showcasing both new work and old. Among its artists have been Jessica Abel (creator of the stunning “La Perdida” )
March 6, 2013 |
Valerie Harper, best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on the beloved 1970s sitcoms "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda," has revealed she has terminal brain cancer. The actress, who also starred for two years on the '80s sitcom, "Valerie," told People magazine , "I don't think of dying. I think of being here now. " Tests have determined Harper has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a condition that happens when cancer spreads to the fluid surrounding the brain. According to the magazine, her doctors say she may have just three months to live.
February 5, 2013 |
Cancer death rates among African American men declined faster than those of white men in the last decade, even though overall survival rates for black men and women remained the lowest of all racial groups for most types of cancer, according to a recent report. In a study published Tuesday in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, researchers found that while the racial gap was closing for lung and smoking-related cancers, as well as prostate cancer, the disparity between black and white patients was widening for colorectal cancer and breast cancer. "To the extent to which these disparities reflect unequal access to healthcare versus other factors remains an active area of research," wrote lead author Carol DeSantis, an epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society.
February 5, 2013 |
Joe Paterno's widow is to give her first interview since the Jerry Sandusky scandal and her husband's subsequent death, appearing on Katie Couric's daytime talk show in an episode scheduled to air Monday. Sue Paterno, who was married to the legendary Penn State football coach for 50 years, is scheduled to talk with Couric in studio for the nationally syndicated show "Katie. " The two have already gotten together at Paterno's home in State College, Pa. Joe Paterno was head coach of the Nittany Lions for almost as long as he was married, from 1966 into 2011.
January 22, 2013 |
The season finale of NBC's “Parenthood” brings more than a little relief for Monica Potter. The 41-year-old actress has seen her character, Kristina Braverman, through an emotionally grueling season, complete with everything from a newborn baby and a breast cancer diagnosis to hair loss and navigating the puberty talk tight-rope with a son who has Asperger's syndrome. “It has been quite a ride,” Potter said recently by phone. “I'm glad we're almost done with it because it's been some of the most draining and challenging work I've ever done....
January 18, 2013 |
More than 1.66 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2013, while more than 580,000 Americans are expected to die of the disease, according to the annual statistics report of the American Cancer Society. The report, released Monday, notes that the overall death rate for cancer in the United States has declined significantly since 1991, primarily because of reductions in smoking and improved cancer screening. The report is based on data from the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Center for Health Statistics.
January 11, 2013 |
The American Cancer Society on Friday urged smokers who have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years -- and those with a similar history who have quit within 15 years -- to talk to their physician about getting a yearly chest CT scan that can detect lung cancer while it can still be treated. Patients as young as 55 and as old as 74 should consider getting the yearly scans if they are considered at high risk for developing lung cancer, the organization announced. The influential group's recommendation comes in the wake of mounting evidence that low-dose spiral CT scans of the chest are more likely to detect newly established lung tumors than are chest X-rays, which have long been used to diagnose lung cancer.
January 4, 2013 |
Deep in the fine print of a $633-billion defense bill signed by President Obama on Wednesday, a provision aimed at the National Cancer Institute may hasten the development of earlier detection and treatment methods for deadly malignancies such as pancreatic cancer. The Defense Authorization Act signed into law Jan. 2 carried along the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, a measure pressed by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Lung Cancer Alliance to shift the focus of the federal government's cancer research toward malignancies with poor early-detection and low survival rates.
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December 23, 2012 |
The eldest sibling in Vietnam's most enduring singing family, Duy Quang was known for holding audiences enthralled as he boomed out the ballads of yesteryear, many penned by his father, Pham Duy, who knew how to tug at a listener's heart with songs about folk life. So when news spread of Duy Quang's death, stores in Orange County's Little Saigon shuffled their displays to highlight his music. The performer, who had lung cancer, died Wednesday at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center.