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Pregnant but Dying, Army Wife Gives Birth to Son

Diagnosed with cancer 15 weeks into her pregnancy, her one wish was to have him

(Newser) - When 21-year-old Army wife Yesenia Ruiz-Rojo went to the hospital in Fort Hood, Texas—almost 4 months pregnant, seemingly healthy, but experiencing excruciating abdominal pain—doctors discovered a gigantic tumor covering more than two-thirds of her liver. She was diagnosed with aggressive liver cancer and given two to four months... More »

Study: We'll Never Cure Cancer

Researchers say it's as old as life itself

(Newser) - When it comes to the war on cancer, it's time to lower our expectations, a new study suggests. Or as the lead author of the study in Nature puts it, "Cancer is as old as multi-cellular life on earth and will probably never be eradicated." German researchers... More »

Bad News, Desk Jockeys: Sitting Now Linked to Cancer

Sedentary people more prone to colon, endometrial cancers

(Newser) - Another day, yet another way that sitting at your desk is killing you : This time a new study has linked sitting around with certain types of cancer, reports LiveScience . Specifically, for every two-hour increment spent at the desk or on the couch, people saw an 8% greater risk of colon... More »

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Dead at 54

Former Padres great succumbs to cancer

(Newser) - Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54 in the San Diego suburb of Poway, his agent tells the AP. The outfielder's sweet left-handed swing and undying loyalty to the San Diego Padres made him one of San Diego's best-loved athletes—he was nicknamed... More »

The Fault In Our Stars Will Make You Cry

And critics, for the most part, love it for it

(Newser) - The much-anticipated film adaptation of John Green's The Fault In Our Stars opens today, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teen lovers dealing with cancer. Critics are in love, too—as of this writing it has an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes —with most praising its wit and... More »

Is Prostate Cancer an STD?

Researchers link it to infection

(Newser) - Prostate cancer may be tied to an infection transmitted during sex, researchers report. They call for more investigation into the possibility that the cancer could be associated with trichomoniasis, the world's most common non-viral sexually transmitted infection. Trichomoniasis affects some 275 million people, the BBC reports, and many have... More »

Woman's Cancer Killed ... by Measles

Treatment had only been tested on mice before

(Newser) - In a breakthrough that could offer new hope to people with some kinds of cancer, Mayo Clinic researchers say they managed to wipe out a woman's cancer with a blast of measles vaccine strong enough to inoculate 10 million people. The 50-year-old woman's blood cancer, which had spread... More »

When a Doctor Learns His Wife Is Going to Die

In 'New York,' Peter Bach writes of their last 8 months

(Newser) - Peter Bach writes in New York magazine about the moment he looked at his wife's X-ray results while stopped at a red light, with her sitting next to him. In that instant, "I broke two of my most important marital promises," he writes. "I started acting... More »

Mom Dies of Rare Cancer Found When She Had Twins

Jenna Hinman was only 26 years old

(Newser) - A military mom whose rare form of cancer was discovered when she gave birth to twins has died, after two months of battling the illness and attracting a devoted online following . Jenna Hinman, 26, succumbed on Monday to a placental cancer that doctors found when she gave birth to Azlynn... More »

Woman Faked Cancer for Donations: Cops

Even duped her mom, husband: police

(Newser) - An Ohio woman has been charged with felony theft after police say she posed as a terminal cancer patient to dupe donors into giving her thousands of dollars. Mindy Taylor even convinced her husband and her mother she was dying. The 35-year-old mother claimed she was suffering from cancer of... More »

Switching to E-Cigarettes? Read This Study First

Researchers find cause for concern in preliminary study

(Newser) - As the FDA considers how to regulate e-cigarettes, a recent study finds very tentative reason for concern: When it comes to promoting cancer development in certain types of lung cells, it may not matter whether you're smoking the real thing or the nicotine-laced vapor in an electronic cigarette. How... More »

'Groundbreaking' Drug Stalls Breast Cancer

Palbociclib appears to double time before disease worsens: study

(Newser) - A new breast cancer drug may help prevent the disease from getting worse, a study shows—and some experts are seeing major benefits ahead. Palbociclib almost doubled the time patients survived without seeing their disease progress, Reuters reports, noting that the women in the study had the most common form... More »

Mom Dies So Her Baby Can Live

Elizabeth Joice died March 9, six weeks after giving birth

(Newser) - Cancer survivor Elizabeth Joice was told the chemotherapy that helped her beat sarcoma in 2010 would also leave her infertile, so when she and husband Max got the news that she was in fact pregnant last year, "it very much felt like a miracle," he tells CNN . The... More »

School Kicks Out 3rd-Grader for Shaving Her Head

Support for friend with cancer doesn't go well

(Newser) - Kamryn Renfro shaved her head because, she says, "it felt like the right thing to do" to support a friend who is fighting cancer—but the compassionate gesture got Kamryn kicked out of school, 9 News reports. Kamryn, a third-grader, wasn't allowed to return to Caprock Academy in... More »

After Birth, Mom Told She Has Rare Placenta Cancer

Jenna Hinman in medically-induced coma

(Newser) - The days that follow giving birth—to twins, no less, in the case of Jenna Hinman —should be joyful ones. Instead, the military wife and mom from Fort Drum, NY, was handed almost unimaginable news following her March 3 emergency C-section: a diagnosis of stage 3 choriocarcinoma, an incredibly... More »

Skeleton Yields Oldest Known Case of Cancer

Disease killed man 3.2K years ago

(Newser) - Scientists hope the skeleton of a very sick man from 3,200 years ago will give new clues to the evolution and causes of cancer. The remains found in an ancient Sudanese tomb bear traces of what is believed to be the oldest case of metastatic cancer ever found, reports... More »

Mom Faked Son's Cancer for Donations: Cops

Sandy Nguyen allegedly accepted more than $25K in donations

(Newser) - A Colorado mother has been arrested after allegedly convincing her family and friends that her young son was dying of cancer and accepting more than $25,000 in public donations. Police arrested 28-year-old Sandy Nguyen on felony charges of theft and criminal impersonation Thursday. She allegedly convinced members of the... More »

Longtime Boston Mayor Fighting 'Advanced Cancer'

Docs stumped as to source of Menino's cancer

(Newser) - Boston's longtime former mayor, Thomas Menino, is battling what the Globe calls an "advanced cancer"—and one that has thus far stumped his doctors since his diagnosis last month. The cancer has metastasized to his liver and lymph nodes, but doctors are clueless as to where it... More »

Drug Firm Caves, Helps Dying 7-Year-Old

Experimental drug could save his life

(Newser) - After a social media campaign—and an avalanche of bad publicity—a drug company has done a U-turn and agreed to give a dying 7-year-old boy an experimental drug that could save his life. The FDA allows "compassionate use"of unapproved drugs in such cases, but the Chimerix pharmaceutical... More »

Late-Stage Chemo Linked to 'Less Peaceful' Death

Subjects who continued chemotherapy in last months less likely to die at home

(Newser) - Sad news for cancer patients: A new study finds that those who receive chemotherapy during the end stages of the disease are at a higher risk of enduring a less peaceful death. Of 386 terminally ill patients in a new study, 65% of those who received chemotherapy during the final... More »

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