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Gene Test Can Tell Who Needs Chemo, Who Doesn't

98% of 'low-risk' breast cancer patients who didn't get chemo were alive 5 years on

(Newser) - Chemotherapy is "not pretty," a breast cancer survivor tells the AP —so a new study on women with early-stage breast cancer is encouraging, claiming a gene test can parse out patients who may be able to skip chemo because it won't ultimately provide much, if any,... More »

Modern Homes Are Killing Firefighters

Cancer is the leading cause of death for firefighters

(Newser) - Everybody knows firefighters have a dangerous job, but few understand the biggest risk they face while saving lives. In an eye-opening article, the Atlantic reports the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths for US firefighters is cancer. According to the International Association of Fire Fighters, 60% of firefighters will die from... More »

Celine Dion Shares Her Husband's Last Wishes

She returns to Vegas strip for shows starting Thursday

(Newser) - Almost exactly one year after Celine Dion took a career hiatus to care for her cancer-stricken husband, the singer is returning to Las Vegas to do a run of shows, back at Caesars Palace, starting Thursday. "I didn't want to be here at first, I don't need... More »

20% of US Cancer Cases Are '2nd' Cancers

And not a recurrence or spread of an original tumor—a brand-new form of cancer

(Newser) - Second cancers are on the rise, with nearly one in five new cancer cases in the US now involving someone who's had the disease before—but when doctors talk about second cancers, they mean a different tissue type or a different site, not a recurrence or spread of the... More »

Jimmy Carter Has Melanoma on the Brain

He starts radiation treatment today

(Newser) - Jimmy Carter addressed his recent cancer diagnosis very specifically today, outlining the history of his recent medical condition. A very bad cold in May led him to get an exam; an MRI showed a cancer growth on his liver, and about a tenth of his liver was removed in early... More »

Husband's Tribute to Late Wife: 400 Acres of Sunflowers

Iowa's Don Jaquish will sell the seeds to benefit cancer research

(Newser) - Sunflowers were her favorite, so when Babbette Jaquish died last year, husband Don knew the perfect tribute: The Wisconsin farmer planted 400 acres of them in Eau Claire along Highway 85, reports ABC News . He owned some of the land, and neighbors rented him the rest at a good price.... More »

Community Gives Dying Girl Best Birthday Ever

Lila May Schow has a day fit for a princess

(Newser) - A community's outpouring of love and support gave a 5-year-old girl with terminal cancer a birthday/prom/wedding fitting of a princess and brought her father to tears last week in Hood River, Oregon. ABC News reports Lila May Schow was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, three... More »

Taylor Swift's Generosity Changes GoFundMe

Donation to girl with cancer prompts site to raise giving limit to $50K

(Newser) - When Taylor Swift heard that Naomi, one of her young fans, had to miss her concert because she had been diagnosed with cancer, Swift jumped onto Naomi's GoFundMe page and promptly donated $50,000, People reports. "To the beautiful and brave Naomi, I'm sorry you have to... More »

Doctor Who Gave Chemo to Healthy Patients Learns Fate

Dr. Farid Fata is handed a 45-year sentence

(Newser) - A doctor who did anything but adhere to his Hippocratic Oath will spend decades in prison for the harm he inflicted on his unsuspecting patients. Dr. Farid Fata was today sentenced to 45 years in prison for what US District Judge Paul Borman described as a "a huge, horrific... More »

How a Dollar Bill Left Widower, 86, in Tears

Peter Bilello was stunned when his granddaughter showed it to him

(Newser) - All it took was the sight of a dollar bill to make Peter Bilello cry. The story goes back 50 years to when the Italian native, now 86, visited his mother back in Italy, ABC News reports. "My mother, she knew this girl," he says. "And my... More »

Doc Told Hundreds of Healthy People They Had Cancer

Farid Fata faces 175 years for horrifying fraud scheme

(Newser) - Dr. Farid Fata put hundreds of people through hell in order to line his own pockets, and now federal prosecutors are seeking to put the Detroit-area oncologist away for 175 years. Fata has admitted that he misdiagnosed patients—553 of them, according to prosecutors—and ordered chemotherapy and other unnecessary... More »

Maryland Governor Has 'Very Advanced' Cancer

Larry Hogan says he will continue to serve in his office

(Newser) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he has "very advanced" and "very aggressive" cancer of the lymph nodes, but he says he will continue to work as the state's chief elected official. Hogan says the cancer is B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and that it may be Stage 4,... More »

5 States With Most Cancer Deaths

Along with the 5 with the least

(Newser) - 24/7 Wall Street has dug into stats from the CDC on which states fare the best and worst in terms of cancer mortality. Generally speaking, states with the worst scores also have high rates of lung cancer and poverty, suggesting that a one-two punch of lifelong smoking and inadequate... More »

'One-Two Punch' on Cancer May Replace Chemotherapy

Drug combo shrinks 58% of melanomas via immunotherapy

(Newser) - Researchers have discovered a way to give aggressive skin cancer what one calls "a powerful one-two punch." In an international trial on 945 patients with advanced melanoma, drugs ipilimumab and nivolumab were able to shrink or stabilize tumors in 58% of people for an average of 11.5... More »

People Dropping $100K-Plus on Meds Triples: Report

Insurance plans paid almost 98% of the cost for biggest spenders

(Newser) - Prescription drugs are pricey: According to a report released Wednesday by benefits manager Express Scripts, more than 500,000 people in 2014 took home meds costing a total of $50,000 or more per year, while the number of big spenders who took home at least $100,000 worth of... More »

Mom's Photo of Son Leads to Cancer Diagnosis

Julie Fitzgerald knew she saw something odd in his eye

(Newser) - A mom's photo of her 2-year-old boy helped her spot a rare cancer symptom and possibly prevent the disease from spreading to his blood and brain, WREX 13 and Fox 8 report. Illinois resident Julie Fitzgerald noticed earlier this year that her son Avery's left eye looked a... More »

Late Start on Solid Foods Could Boost Babies' Cancer Risk

Study points to leukemia concerns for infants who don't have solids until 7 months

(Newser) - A new study raises concerns for babies who get a late start on solid food—that is, at the age of 7 months or older, LiveScience reports. Researchers found that babies who didn't begin eating solids until the age of at least 10 months had four times the risk... More »

East Coast Clams May Be 'Catching' Cancer

Researchers make surprising discovery

(Newser) - A new study suggests cancer that's killing clams on the East Coast has a unique characteristic—it's contagious. Assuming the research is correct, it would be only the third example of this in nature, the first two involving dogs and Tasmanian devils. But the findings suggest that this... More »

Taylor Swift Reveals Her Mom Has Cancer

'I hope and pray that you never get news like this'

(Newser) - Taylor Swift, a celeb known for time and again helping others with cancer, today revealed on Tumblr that her mother has cancer. "I'd like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know," writes the singer, who goes on... More »

Woman With Cancer Kicked Off Flight

She didn't have a note from her doctor, says Alaska Airlines

(Newser) - A little overzealous, maybe? Alaska Airlines kicked a cancer patient off a flight Monday because she didn't have a note from her doctor clearing her to fly, reports CBS San Francisco . Elizabeth Sedway, 51, says she had donned a surgical mask to avoid germs while waiting to board, which... More »

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