September 1, 2010
Michael Douglas’ revelation on the Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night that his throat cancer is stage four elicited a gasp from the audience. But what exactly does stage four mean? As Douglas went on to explain, “You like to be down at stage one,” when the tumor is relatively small and isolated. But, according to Douglas, doctors said his chances of survival are 80%. That may be because even though stage-four cancer is considered advanced, there are different substages within it, said Dr. Gady Har-El, chairman of Lenox Hill Hospital’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in New York.
August 16, 2010 |
Michael Douglas has a tumor in his throat and will undergo eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, his rep tells People. Doctors recently discovered the mass in the film star's throat, his representative said. A full recovery is expected. "I am very optimistic," Douglas said in a statement. It's been a tumultuous year for the actor, whose son Cameron was sentenced in May to five years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of heroin and distribution of crystal meth.
September 19, 2012 |
North Carolina basketball Coach Roy Williams, according to reports, is in surgery today to have a tumor removed from his kidney. WRAL.com originally reported the story, while ESPN, citing a source, says it has confirmed the information. North Carolina spokesman Steve Kirschner confirmed Williams was having surgery but refused to provide more specific details. Williams is set to begin his 10th season at North Carolina. He led the Tar Heels to NCAA titles in 2005 and 2009. ALSO: Shaun White apologizes for his behavior Atlanta Falcons coach is disappointed in Michael Turner Jon Cryer is injured after falling off bike during Malibu triathlon
March 8, 2012 |
Patients are holding out hope that someday - soon, they hope - physicians will be able to personalize medical treatment more precisely than they've been able to in the past. For people with cancer, this might mean taking a quick biopsy, studying the genetic profile of a tumor and then tailoring interventions to target the cancer effectively, with as few side effects as possible. But a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday underscores why the vision remains a challenge. Cancer researchers in England showed that individual kidney tumors and their metastases had different mutations in different locations - and that those mutations, in turn, affect the biology of those tumors in varying ways in different locations. “A single tumor-biopsy-specimen reveals a minority of genetic aberrations … that are present in an entire tumor,” wrote Dr. Marco Gerlinger of the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute and co-authors. For example, the scientists found that one region of a renal carcinoma could display gene expression signatures associated with a good prognosis, while signatures in another region of the same tumor could be associated with a poor prognosis.
May 30, 2012 |
When cancer blooms in the body, tiny bits of tumor DNA can be found in the blood . Cancer specialists would love it if these DNA fragments could one day be used in noninvasive diagnostic tests -- “liquid biopsies ” -- that are relatively inexpensive and sensitive. There's a lot of work going on in this area right now. One team of researchers reported a step toward that goal in a paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
July 6, 1989 |
Q: Our 8-year-old mixed cocker spaniel has been getting small growths on his eyelids, some of which seem to be getting larger. We had one removed about 1 1/2 years ago and were told that they were not cancerous. However, since there seem to be a few new ones, I am not so sure. He doesn't seem to have any problems with his vision and they don't seem to hurt him. What are these growths? Could they be cancerous?