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  • Newly discovered vulnerability in breast tumor cells points to new cancer treatment path

    04/18/2016 10:42:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 4 replies ^ | April 18, 2016 | Provided by: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Mammograms showing a normal breast (left) and a breast with cancer (right). Credit: Public Domain ============================================================================================================== Cancer cells often devise ways to survive even in the presence of toxic chemotherapy. Now, a research team led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has found a way to attack a process that tumor cells use to escape the effects of standard cancer drugs. The discovery is published online today in the journal Nature Cell Biology. Cancer drugs are no longer limited to toxic chemicals that can cause significant side effects. Many are specially designed targeted therapies that seek out...
  • Israeli Finds Cure for Leukemia. British Doctors Campaign to Expel Israeli Docs From World Body

    02/24/2016 4:16:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    CAMERA ^ | February 19, 2016
    Israeli Researcher Finds Cure for Leukemia. British Doctors Campaign to Expel Israeli Physicians From World Body 1. A form of treating Leukemia pioneered by Israeli immunologist Zelig Esshar cured 94% of cases of Leukemia in a recent trial. Eshhar has been conducting T-cell research for over a decade, and in 2014 was recognized by leading industry publication Human Gene Therapy along with Dr. Carl June of the University of Pennsylvania for their work in the field. Their immune-based treatment is especially effective against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, the most common and once the most deadly childhood cancer, that only a few...
  • Mother Sings a Precious Song to Her Dying Daughter

    01/31/2016 2:34:37 PM PST · by BBell · 9 replies
    A precious 18 year-old girl, Lindsey Lourenco, has been battling Leukemia for years. But, after her long battle, she slipped into a coma. Her mother wrote a touching song for her daughter and sings it at her bedside, knowing she is in her final days. This is absolutely tear-jerking... God Bless you, Lindsey. (Find out more about Lindsey's story here.
  • New kind of "designer" immune cells clear baby's leukaemia

    11/05/2015 1:13:06 PM PST · by amorphous · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5 Nov 2015 | Kate Kelland
    A baby whom doctors thought almost certain to die has been cleared of a previously incurable leukemia in the first human use of an "off-the-shelf" cell therapy from Cellectis that creates designer immune cells. One-year-old Layla had run out of all other treatment options when doctors at Britain's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) gave her the highly experimental, genetically edited cells in a tiny 1-milliliter intravenous infusion. Two months later, she was cancer-free and she is now home from hospital, the doctors said at a briefing about her case in London on Wednesday. "Her leukemia was so aggressive that such...
  • Millionaire heir to the Frito-Lay chip fortune, 44, dies at home just two years after he won battle>

    09/04/2015 5:57:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/04/15 | Kelly Mclaughlin
    Millionaire heir to the Frito-Lay chip fortune, 44, dies at home just two years after he won battle against leukemia Carter Lay, an heir to the Frito-Lay potato chip company and leukemia survivor, died on Thursday, aged 44. The father-of-two was found in his Los Angeles home after police received a call that there was an unconscious male at the residence. Police found Lay in his bedroom unresponsive. CPR was administered but unsuccessful and Lay was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy report is underway, but his death is not believed to be suspicious, according to TMZ.
  • Pennsylvania Beauty Queen Accused of Faking Cancer

    A beauty queen from Pennsylvania is being stripped of her crown after she was accused of lying about having leukemia to benefit from fundraisers. Brandi Weaver-Gates has been the reigning Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International pageant winner. Online court records show the 23-year-old, of State College, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property. Investigators in Centre County said events were set up to raise money for her medical bills. Police said Weaver-Gates took the money even though she didn’t have cancer. State police said an April bingo benefit raised $14,000. Police said Weaver-Gates went as...
  • Yes Bassist Chris Squire Has Died - Following his battle with leukemia

    06/28/2015 11:22:49 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 70 replies
    Pitchfork ^ | June 28, 2015 at 11:41 a.m. EDT | Evan Minsker
    Chris Squire—the bassist, vocalist, and founding member of Yes—died last night following his battle with leukemia, according to a statement from the band. Since he started the group with Jon Anderson in 1968 until he was diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia in 2015, Squire was the only constant member of the group. He was 67. Squire grew up in central London, where, in 1964, he was suspended from school for having long hair. He played in a few bands in the 1960s, including the Selfs, the Syn, and Mabel Greer's Toyshop. It was through that last band that he met...
  • Girl Who Battled Cancer Is Dismissed for Missing School

    04/25/2015 11:08:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 24, 2015
    A 12-year-old Michigan girl who just made it through the biggest fight of her life has been dealt another blow. In August 2012, Rose McGrath, of Battle Creek, was diagnosed with leukemia. But last week, her family received a letter from her school that would turn her world upside down. As CBS affiliate WWMT reports, the letter addressed concerns regarding Rose's attendance and academic performance, and stated that Rose had been dismissed from St. Joseph Middle School. "I didn't do anything wrong, but they still got rid of me," Rose said. screen-shot-2015-04-24-at-11-24-21-am.png Rose McGrath WWMT Rose has been with the...
  • Contagious Leukemia Killing East Coast Clams

    04/09/2015 11:32:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    "The evidence indicates that the tumor cells themselves are contagious -- that the cells can spread from one animal to another in the ocean," said researcher Stephen Goff of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Columbia University in New York City. "We know this must be true because the genotypes of the tumor cells do not match those of the host animals that acquire the disease, but instead all derive from a single lineage of tumor cells," Goff explained. The findings, published April 9 in Cell, suggest that cells can survive in seawater long enough to reach and infect a...
  • Ido Bachelet DNA nanobots summary with a couple of extra videos (for critically ill leukemia pt)

    03/18/2015 6:47:14 PM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 9 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | March 15, 2015 | Next Big Future
    ORIGINAL TITLE: Ido Bachelet DNA nanobots summary with a couple of extra videos In a brief talk, Bachelet said DNA nanobots will soon be tried in a critically ill leukemia patient. The patient, who has been given roughly six months to live, will receive an injection of DNA nanobots designed to interact with and destroy leukemia cells—while causing virtually zero collateral damage in healthy tissue. According to Bachelet, his team have successfully tested their method in cell cultures and animals and written two papers on the subject, one in Science and one in Nature. Contemporary cancer therapies involving invasive surgery...
  • Scientists discover how to change human leukemia cells into harmless immune cells

    03/18/2015 6:33:55 PM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 20 replies
    Stanford Medicine News Center ^ | March 16, 2015 | Christopher Vaughan
    After a chance observation in the lab, researchers found a method that can force dangerous leukemia cells in the lab to mature into harmless immune cells called macrophages. Mar 16 2015 Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered that when a certain aggressive leukemia is causing havoc in the body, the solution may be to force the cancer cells to grow up and behave. After a chance observation in the lab, the researchers found a method that can cause dangerous leukemia cells to mature into harmless immune cells known as macrophages. The findings are described in a...
  • My Siamese Male Cat Was Diagnosed With Feline Leukemia

    11/14/2014 7:06:15 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 72 replies
    THe Veterinarian | Nov 14, 2014 | Yosemitest
    "Sam" was 8 years old, and he had become quite a grouchy, old cat. He was still gentle and wanted petting, feeding and watering, but he acted like he had a tooth ache and he had bad breath. The vet said there was no known cure for the virus infection, Feline Leukemia and that it was VERY infectious to other animals. Her said that he probably got it in a fight with another infected cat, or that it could be caught by drinking or eating from the same water bowl or feed bowl that another infected animal used. I...
  • Philadelphia Eagles give teen battling cancer one-day contract

    10/11/2014 12:20:54 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 10/11/2014 | staff
    The Philadelphia Eagles, in conjunction with Ronald McDonald House, have made the day for Colin Delaney, a 15-year-old battling leukemia. The Eagles gave the former middle school fullback a one-day contract and invited him to sit on the bench for Sunday night's game with the division rival New York Giants. Delaney was given his contract by Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, who presented the teen with a No. 1 jersey with his name on it.
  • 12-year-old's wish to go to Vatican, see Pope Francis to come true (Make A Wish Foundation)

    03/28/2014 5:21:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | March 25, 2014 | Jose Luis Aguirre
    Isabela Munoz of Oakley, Calif., left, talks with her sister, Jasmine, about an upcoming trip to Rome. Isabela donated her bone marrow to help Jasmine survive leukemia. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Jasmine will realize a dream when she and her family travel to Rome in April to see the Vatican and attend Pope Francis' general audience. (CNS photo/Jose Luis Aguirre, The Catholic Voice)OAKLAND, Calif. - Jasmine Munoz could have met Mickey Mouse at Disneyland, gone to a beach or taken a cruise, but the 12-year-old leukemia survivor would rather see the Vatican and meet Pope Francis. Thanks to...
  • Days After Taylor Swift Grants Wish, Young Fan Dies of Leukemia

    12/27/2013 11:37:07 PM PST · by ETL · 20 replies ^ | Dec 27, 2013 | Craig Rosen - Our Country
    Delaney "Laney" Ann Brown died on Christmas from complications from leukemia, five days after her 8th birthday. It was on her birthday, Dec. 20, that Brown made headlines when she received a phone call from Taylor Swift, who had heard about Brown's struggle with leukemia through Make- A-Wish America. Brown lived in West Reading, Pennsylvania, just down the road from Reading, where Swift was born. The pair had a conversation via Facetime, so they could see each other while they spoke; and judging from a post on Facebook, fulfilling the "bucket list" item put a smile on the young girl's...
  • AIDS Turning Point: ‘A Cure Is Possible’

    09/08/2013 2:22:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 06, 2013 – 03:23 PM | Christoph Behrens and Viktoria Hackenbroch
    A recent series of spectacular medical cases has electrified researchers around the world—cases in which therapy has allowed the HIV patient to permanently keep the virus under control. In 2009, doctors at Berlin’s Charité Hospital reported on a HIV-positive man named Timothy Ray Brown, known as the Berlin patient, who received a bone-marrow stem-cell transplant as treatment for leukemia. The donor was, thanks to genetics, immune to HIV—and the immunity seemed to have passed to Brown, who no longer needed antiretroviral therapy to control the HIV. Doctors eventually declared him cured. In 2013, doctors at Harvard Medical School reported similar...
  • Gene therapy cures leukaemia in eight days

    03/27/2013 7:36:28 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 2 replies
    NewScientist ^ | 3-26-2013 | Andy Coghlan
    WITHIN just eight days of starting a novel gene therapy, David Aponte's "incurable" leukaemia had vanished. For four other patients, the same happened within eight weeks, although one later died from a blood clot unrelated to the treatment, and another after relapsing. The cured trio, who were all previously diagnosed with usually fatal relapses of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, have now been in remission for between 5 months and 2 years. Michel Sadelain of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, co-leader of the group that designed the trial, says that a second trial of 50 patients is being readied,...
  • Engineered immune cells battle acute leukaemia - Modified T cells seek out and destroy blood cancer.

    03/21/2013 4:30:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Nature News ^ | 20 March 2013 | Heidi Ledford
    Genetically engineered immune cells can drive an aggressive type of leukaemia into retreat, a small clinical trial suggests. The results of the trial — done in five patients with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia — are published in Science Translational Medicine1 and represent the latest success for a 'fringe' therapy in which a type of immune cell called T cells are extracted from a patient, genetically modified, and then reinfused back. In this case, the T cells were engineered to express a receptor for a protein on other immune cells, known as B cells, found in both healthy and cancerous tissue. When...
  • Girl 'leukemia free' after being treated with HIV

    01/26/2013 9:15:32 PM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    Emma Brooke-Whitehead had undergone extended chemotherapy without success when doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia decided to try the groundbreaking new treatment about eight months ago. "This treatment was really her only chance," pediatric oncologist Stephen Grupp told ABC News. The treatment works by using a disabled version of HIV to retrain a patient's disease-fighting white blood cells to kill cancer cells.
  • HIV Vector Licks Leukemia

    12/10/2012 6:20:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    A gene therapy that uses infusions of patients’ own T cells genetically engineered to attack their tumors enjoyed its first successful and sustained demonstration of clinical-trial success in nine of 12 leukemia patients—two of whom have been in remission for more than two years. The therapy was pioneered by the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, whose researchers will present latest results from the study today at the American Society of Hematology (ASH)'s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta.According to Penn Perelman, the results pave the way for a potential paradigm shift in the treatment of these types of...
  • Sheriff’s Deputy [USMC Veteran], Father Of 3, In Desperate Need Of Bone Marrow Transplant

    11/19/2012 6:56:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | November 13, 2012 7:21 PM
    MENIFEE ( — A Menifee man who has confronted challenges as both a marine and law enforcement officer is now facing the biggest battle of his life. Sal Aguirre and his wife, Kristi, have three children: teenagers Keira and Cheyene and 10-year-old Jacob. “They’re doing good. It’s hard,” Kristi says through tears. Sal has AML5 or acute monocytic leukemia. So far, chemotherapy is doing the job. He’s in remission, and he’s a fighter. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and now, he’s a Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy. Heading to work last May 9, he called his wife. He said...
  • Writer, Director Nora Ephron Dead at 71

    06/26/2012 5:43:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 26, 2012 | Colleen Curry
    Nora Ephron, the writer and director of American film classics such as "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," died today at the age of 71.
  • Vanity - Prayer request

    03/23/2012 1:13:02 PM PDT · by saminfl · 45 replies · 1+ views
    self | 3/22/12 | saminfl
    My wife of 54 years has been diagnosed with acute leukemia. she enters the hospital Monday to begin treatment. The doctor says she will be in the hospital for a month.
  • Shortage of drug threatens isle cancer patients [and nationwide]

    02/14/2012 9:31:31 AM PST · by alancarp · 4 replies
    Hawaiian Star-Advertiser ^ | Feb 11, 2012 | Star-Advertiser reporter Kristen Consillio and reporter Gardiner Harris contributed to this report.
    <p>A national drug shortage is threatening to disrupt cancer therapy for 24-year-old Tammie Miura and at least 100 Hawaii patients who use the medicine as a main source of treatment.</p> <p>Hospital officials nationwide are fearful that the drug, methotrexate — a crucial medicine in the treatment of childhood cancers — will be exhausted within the next two weeks after a major supplier stopped producing it in November. Hawaii has not yet seen a shortage because local hospitals typically stock up on the drug, though medical providers and patients are worried that could soon change.</p>
  • Stem cell confusion could have dire affects

    01/21/2012 8:31:44 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies ^ | 01.18.12 | Donald Hudspeth
    When you hear the term “stem cells”, what comes to mind? Religious controversy? Ethical debate? embryonic stem cell research? These associations are common, and unfortunately could be limiting how often stem cells are donated for use as a life-saving transplant. Many people equate stem cells with embryonic stem cell research but non-embryonic (or adult) stem cells are different and they’re used every day in modern medicine to save lives. Furthermore, to date, embryonic stem cells have not been used for many human therapeutic purposes.Nearly everyone knows someone that has had or needed a bone marrow transplant, but did you know...
  • Fish oil may hold key to leukemia cure (compound produced from fish oil)

    12/22/2011 8:34:40 AM PST · by decimon · 6 replies
    Penn State ^ | December 22, 2011
    A compound produced from fish oil that appears to target leukemia stem cells could lead to a cure for the disease, according to Penn State researchers. The compound -- delta-12-protaglandin J3, or D12-PGJ3 -- targeted and killed the stem cells of chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML, in mice, said Sandeep Prabhu, associate professor of immunology and molecular toxicology in the Department of Veterinary and Medical Sciences. The compound is produced from EPA -- Eicosapentaenoic Acid -- an Omega-3 fatty acid found in fish and in fish oil, he said. "Research in the past on fatty acids has shown the health...
  • [Japan]Fukushima: Japanese produce linked to newscaster's cancer (PR disaster)

    12/02/2011 6:10:49 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Fukushima: Japanese produce linked to newscaster's cancer Date: 13 November 2011 Posted By : Special to The Canadian A Japanese newscaster who usually reports the news, has now made the news in Japan. Norikazu Otsuka, a Japanese TV newscaster, has been diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia and is now hospitalized, getting ready for chemo. He felt a strange lump in his neck on October 28, he says. -- Various news sources including: Zakzak 11/7/2011, Yomiuri Shinbun 11/6/2011 have also filed reports. “In his morning program on Fuji TV he’s been promoting Fukushima produce by eating them in the show. He...
  • Prayer Request for my brother

    12/01/2011 4:36:56 PM PST · by TheMom · 344 replies
    12/01/2011 | TheMom
    In February of this year my older brother went to the hospital due to severe pain and swelling in one leg. Those doctors could not figure out what was causing the pain and swelling, so they sent him home to see his own doctor. His doctor could not figure out the problem either; mean while his other leg started hurting. He was sent to Houston for yet another set of test; still no results. His doctor and the doctors in Houston tried different treatments (medicine) to treat his pain. By this time he has used up his vacation, sick leave...
  • Vaccine could reduce HIV to 'minor infection'

    09/28/2011 8:06:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Sept. 28, 2011 | Stephen Adams
    Spanish researchers found that 22 of 24 healthy people (92 per cent) developed an immune response to HIV after being given their MVA-B vaccine. Professor Mariano Esteban, head researcher on the project at the National Biotech Centre in Madrid, said of the jab: "It is like showing a picture of the HIV so that it is able to recognise it if it sees it again in the future." The injection contains four HIV genes which stimulate T and B lymphocytes, which are types of white blood cells. Prof Esteban explained: "Our body is full of lymphocytes, each of them programmed...
  • Modified ecstasy 'attacks blood cancers'

    08/20/2011 8:21:15 AM PDT · by decimon · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | August 18, 2011 | James Gallagher
    Modified ecstasy could one day have a role to play in fighting some blood cancers, according to scientists. Ecstasy is known to kill some cancer cells, but scientists have increased its effectiveness 100-fold, they said in Investigational New Drugs journal. Their early study showed all leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma cells could be killed in a test tube, but any treatment would be a decade away. A charity said the findings were a "significant step forward". In 2006, a research team at the University of Birmingham showed that ecstasy and anti-depressants such as Prozac had the potential to stop cancers growing....
  • 'Amazing' therapy wipes out leukemia in study

    08/11/2011 7:56:59 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 10,2011 | STEPHANIE NANO
    – Scientists are reporting the first clear success with a new approach for treating leukemia — turning the patients' own blood cells into assassins that hunt and destroy their cancer cells. They've only done it in three patients so far, but the results were striking: Two appear cancer-free up to a year after treatment, and the third patient is improved but still has some cancer. Scientists are already preparing to try the same gene therapy technique for other kinds of cancer. "It worked great. We were surprised it worked as well as it did," said Dr. Carl June, a gene...
  • New leukemia treament exceeds 'wildest expectations'

    08/10/2011 1:39:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/10/11 | Robert Bazell
    Doctors have treated only three leukemia patients, but the sensational results from a single shot could be one of the most significant advances in cancer research in decades. And it almost never happened. In the research published Wednesday, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania say the treatment made the most common type of leukemia completely disappear in two of the patients and reduced it by 70 percent in the third. In each of the patients as much as five pounds of cancerous tissue completely melted away in a few weeks, and a year later it is still gone
  • Fuel Rods Damage At Fukushima's 2 Reactors Estimated At 70%, 33%

    03/15/2011 5:19:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies · 2+ views
    Nikkei ^ | 03/16/11
    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Fuel Rods Damage At Fukushima's 2 Reactors Estimated At 70%, 33% TOKYO (Kyodo)--An estimated 70 percent of the nuclear fuel rods have been damaged at the troubled No. 1 reactor of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant and 33 percent at the No. 2 reactor, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday. The reactors' cores are believed to have partially melted with their cooling functions lost after Friday's magnitude 9.0 earthquake rocked Fukushima Prefecture and other areas in northeastern and eastern Japan.
  • ‘She was worth it’: UK mom delayed leukemia treatment to save life of unborn daughter

    02/17/2011 1:41:23 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 17, 2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    Victoria Webster with her husband and two children, including daughter Jessica who is alive today because of Victoria's sacrificial heroism. BIRMINGHAM, UK, February 17, 2011 ( - One British cancer patient has sent a powerful message about the value of life after she refused aggressive treatment for her leukemia in an effort to save the life of her unborn daughter – who was, in fact, born perfectly healthy last April. “My doctor told me I needed to make a choice and decide whether I should keep my baby. To me, there was no decision to make,” Victoria Webster, 33, told...
  • Football Player Donates Stem Cells, Saves Life

    12/20/2010 8:53:23 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 1+ views
    cbs ^ | 12.17.10 | Wyatt Andrews
    A good athlete is often called on to save a game. This is the story of a star football player who was asked to save a life of someone he didn't even know. CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews has the latest example of "The American Spirit." There were four finalists last night for the Gagliardi Trophy, basically the Heisman for Division III college football. But for finalist Matt Hoffman learning if he'd win wasn't the suspense of the night.  Meeting cancer patient Warren Sallach was.  Last year Matt donated his bone stem cells - in an anonymous donation that went...
  • Amazing first: leukemia patient completely cured with cord blood stem cells

    11/27/2010 2:02:25 PM PST · by wagglebee · 33 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/26/10 | Matthew Hoffman
    BERLIN, November 26, 2010 ( - Doctors associated with the German umbilical cord blood bank Vita 34 say that they have cured a child’s leukemia completely using an infusion of stem cells from umbilical cord blood.The procedure was reportedly performed in 2005 on a four-year-old girl whose chemotherapy treatment had failed and who had a prognosis of only three months to live.  The procedure was possible because the parents had decided to preserve their child’s umbilical cord blood at the time of birth.After continuous monitoring of the child for five years now, with no sign of leukemia cells in...
  • Jill Clayburgh Dies at 66

    11/05/2010 7:58:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 5, 2010 | Margalit Fox
    Jill Clayburgh, an Oscar-nominated actress known for portraying strong, independent women, died on Friday at her home in Lakeville, Conn. She was 66.
  • Bob Feller Battles Cancer; Tales of Rapid Robert Still Resonate

    09/02/2010 1:52:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    The Captain's Blog ^ | August 30, 2010 | williamnyy23
    Over the weekend, it was revealed that Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller has been undergoing treatment for leukemia. At 91, Feller is the third oldest living member of the Hall of Fame (behind Bobby Doerr and Lee McPhail, who are both 92)...
  • amstein Airmen pay St. Baldrick's $6,645 for hair cut

    07/01/2010 12:01:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Staff Sgt. Jocelyn Rich, USAF
    7/1/2010 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- Does a free hair cut sound like a good deal? Perhaps it sounds even better when a free hair cut raises awareness and money to combat cancer in children. Ninety-eight people volunteered to give up their locks to participate in the first St. Baldrick's event at Donnelly Park here June 26. The hair-raising experience tallied $6,645 for charity at the end of the day. The event was organized by 3-year-old Josephine Beardsley's parents, Heike and Tech. Sgt. Timothy Beardsley, with the 86th Maintenance Squadron. It also marked the second anniversary of Josephine's...
  • Asking for prayers

    06/10/2010 12:58:56 PM PDT · by MamaB · 31 replies · 393+ views
    prayers are needed for cousin who is the last sister in family
  • Need phone number or Rush's cure-a-thon

    04/16/2010 11:50:42 AM PDT · by PA BOOKEND · 3 replies · 254+ views
    I know rush is having his cure-a-thon today, but I didn't get the phone number & I can't find anything on the website. Help and thanks
  • Face of Defense: Employee Aids Leukemia Patient

    11/30/2009 3:34:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 231+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Karl Weisel
    U.S. ARMY GARRISON WIESBADEN, Germany, Nov. 30, 2009 – For 102nd Signal Battalion telephone technician Alexander Weber-Fetscher, June 22, 2007, will be remembered as the day he welcomed a new life into the world and helped to save another. Maike Siemer meets Alexander Weber-Fetscher during a surprise visit by the stem cell donor. His donation helped her to recover from leukemia. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. That's the day his son was born and also the day he learned he was an ideal match as a stem cell blood donor for a young leukemia patient. "The...
  • NBA Great Abdul-Jabbar Has Rare Form Of Leukemia

    11/10/2009 2:59:24 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 14 replies · 494+ views
    NEW YORK (CBS) ― Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is being treated for a rare form of leukemia, and the basketball great said his prognosis is encouraging. The NBA's all-time leading scorer was diagnosed last December with chronic myeloid leukemia, he told The Associated Press on Monday. The 62-year-old Abdul-Jabbar said his doctor didn't give any guarantees, but informed him: "You have a very good chance to live your life out and not have to make any drastic changes to your lifestyle." Abdul-Jabbar is taking an oral medication for the disease. He is a paid spokesman for the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, which...
  • A Lifesaver Out of Reach, for Want of a Profit

    10/20/2009 7:42:57 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies · 588+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 16, 2009 | Jim Dwyer
    Scrambling to get 60 seconds out of every minute, Katie Meacham finally got the boyfriend to take her for a carriage ride in Central Park. He hated it, she reports. “He said, ‘You know this is a pity ride, don’t you?’ ” she said, laughing. Even though she is just 26, her days and time are at a premium. Ms. Meacham lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, but she is also a citizen of another country: cancer land. She has a kind of aggressive lymphoma, a disease that ruins the blood.
  • Mother's Cancer Can Infect Her Fetus

    10/16/2009 10:19:01 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 531+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 13 October 2009 | Sam Kean
    A startling case in Japan has confirmed that pregnant women with cancer can pass the disease to their fetuses. These transmissions, normally blocked by the placenta, are rare, so the work likely won't change how doctors screen or care for pregnant women. But scientists say the case could help illuminate how cancer foils the body's immune system. In early 2007, a 28-year-old Japanese woman gave birth to a girl. Thirty-six days later, the mother was hospitalized with vaginal bleeding, which became uncontrollable. Doctors diagnosed leukemia, and she soon died. The baby developed normally until age 11 months, when a huge...
  • Leukemia patient fulfills dream of serving as a Soldier

    10/09/2009 4:56:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 518+ views
    New York National Guard ^ | Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg
    JOINT FORCES HEADQUARTERS, LATHAM, N.Y. (10/07/09) - Members of the New York National Guard welcomed a new "recruit" to the Army National Guard Oct. 6 when the National Guard helped fulfill the dream of a local area boy battling Leukemia. Nine-year old Jacob Kaminski was surprised by his family with a day-long visit with the New York National Guard as the state's "Soldier for a Day." The event was arranged, in part, by New York Army National Guard Sgt. Mathew Starr, assigned to the Joint Forces Headquarters staff and a long-time fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Starr, a...
  • Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary dead at 72

    09/16/2009 6:25:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 79 replies · 3,111+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 16, 2009
    DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - Mary Travers, one-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has died. The band's publicist, Heather Lylis, says Travers died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut on Wednesday. She was 72 and had battled leukemia for several years. Travers joined forces with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey in the early 1960s.
  • First stem cell transplant on Chilean leukemia patient (umbilical cord blood stem cells)

    07/23/2009 10:58:38 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 3 replies · 386+ views
    AFP / Yahoo ^ | 7/23/09 | n/a
    SANTIAGO (AFP) – A middle-aged leukemia patient has became Chile's first patient to receive stem cells from an umbilical cord in a radical procedure that could cure the disease, health officials here said Thursday. The 48-year-old man received the transplanted cells on Monday from samples stored in the so-called "Bank of Life" institute, said doctors at Santiago's Catholic University Hospital, where the operation was performed...
  • Green Tea Extract Shows Promise In Leukemia Trials

    05/28/2009 8:57:47 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 399+ views
    science daily ^ | May 27, 2009
    Clinic researchers are reporting positive results in early leukemia clinical trials using the chemical epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an active ingredient in green tea. The trial determined that patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) can tolerate the chemical fairly well when high doses are administered in capsule form and that lymphocyte count was reduced in one-third of participants. "We found not only that patients tolerated the green tea extract at very high doses, but that many of them saw regression to some degree of their chronic lymphocytic leukemia," says Tait Shanafelt, M.D., Mayo Clinic hematologist and lead author of the study....
  • RUSH IN A HURRY -- Leukemia and Lymphoma Cure-A-Thon

    04/17/2009 4:21:05 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 9 replies · 612+ views ^ | 04-17-09 | Rush Limbaugh
    On Today's Show...   Rush Donates $300,000 to Kick Off the Annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Cure-A-Thon To beat blood cancers, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America needs your help. Even if you can give $1, it matters. We're accepting donations all weekend. (Rush 24/7 Members:  Listen)      "Through hard work and the generosity of people like you, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has blood cancers playing defense.  There is progress on survivability each and every year.  So it's not the time to rest, redeploy, or withdraw, especially from a cause and effort showing so much promise and providing so many breakthroughs. ...