Displaying archives for 2014 August:

Beloved NYPD sergeant suffering from Stage 4 lung cancer succumbs to his illness, police say

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 30th, 2014 |

An NYPD sergeant suffering from Stage 4 lung cancer family members claim he contracted while working at Ground Zero has died, authorities said Saturday. Sgt. Paul Ferrara, who’s last posting was the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst, succumbed to his illness on Friday. “Our thoughts & prayers are with the family of Sgt. Paul Ferrara & […]

Where Should Cancer Care Be Delivered and Why?

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 29th, 2014 |

There is a growing chorus that seems to be debating separate issues—340B drug pricing, the sequester, site of service differential, etc. But the debate revolves around a singular issue—where should cancer care be delivered? It is an uncontested fact that delivery of state of the art oncology care is getting significantly more complex and expensive. […]

UNC researchers mapping cancer genes

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 29th, 2014 |

Cancer researchers know that the key to beating the disease lies in discovering its many genetic identities. Now, researchers in the genome sequencing lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have the tools to uncover a tumor’s specific genetic identity. The work is part of the Cancer Genome Atlas Study. By 2008, […]

Oreland woman organizes fundraiser at Halligan’s Pub for lung cancer 5K

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 28th, 2014 |

After the death of her grandfather, one Oreland woman is honoring his memory in the best way she knows how. Ashley Sibley, 29, is remembering the life of her grandfather, Richard Sibley— who died of lung cancer at the age of 77 on March 20, after a four-year battle with the disease — by organizing […]

‘I’ve licked cancer, I may run for president’ – Santiago

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 27th, 2014 |

Just barely two months before announcing she had Stage 4 lung cancer, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said she has now overcome it and is now considering running for president in 2016. “I have licked cancer, and I’m actually thinking of several career optionshttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png. By 2016, I will be disqualified by law to seek another term as […]

10 questions to ask your doctor after a cancer diagnosis

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 26th, 2014 |

The health care community has made remarkable strides over the past 20 years in treating cancer, but more than a million people in the United States are still diagnosed every year. As devastating as that news is, whether you have cancer or are close to someone who does, there are some basic facts to understand […]

Detecting and Treating ALK-Positive Lung Cancers

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 26th, 2014 |

Hello. This is Mark Kris, from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. I want to spend a few minutes talking about the treatment of ALK-positive lung cancers and ROS1, another of the oncogene fusion-driven lung cancers. We have had some recent data come out. I think the first piece to discuss is […]

Lung cancer on the rise among women, non-smokers: guest opinion

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 23rd, 2014 |

As a medical oncologist, I treat patients battling a variety of cancers – from common types such as breast and prostate to rare cancers of the brain and bones. But of all the types of cancer I see, none causes patients as much fear and dread as lung cancer. Such distress is understandable. The disease […]

Online Screening for Rare Lung Cancer Mutation Opens Door to New Kind of Clinical Trial

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 22nd, 2014 |

In the previous few years, several breakthrough treatments have become available for key subtypes of lung cancer. Patients who may benefit from these treatments can be pre-identified by looking for defined genetic abnormalities in their cancer. For example, patients whose lung cancer is driven by rearrangement of the gene ALK derive significant benefit from the […]

Arizona Oncology nurses create hope by singing and dancing

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 19th, 2014 |

“Cancer” is a word people will do anything to avoid, especially in relation to their own health. Saying the word “cancer” can even be considered synonymous with using profanities. If it slips from your mouth, people gasp in horror. But, the nurses at Arizona Oncology are fighting against this stigma. They try to give their […]