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Pricey New Cancer Therapy Could Save Thousands

It's the 2nd treatment to turn cells into cancer-killers

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a second "living drug" to fight cancer—a personalized treatment that alters a patient's own cells to turn them into cancer-killers. The new "CAR T-cell therapy" has been approved for non-Hodkins lymphoma patients with few other treatment options, a group... More »

Mindy Cohn: I Fought Cancer for 5 Years

'Facts of Life' star reveals she's now cancer-free

(Newser) - Mindy Cohn has been keeping a "secret for a long time," the Facts of Life star tells People : She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. She launched what she calls a "siege" on the disease, getting a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. "I've always... More »

Journalist Writes Own Obituary: 'I Wish I Had Done More'

Mark Mooney died Friday of prostate cancer at 66

(Newser) - "If you are reading this, that means that I am no longer here," Mark Mooney writes in the final entry of his blog, Closing in on -30- , which he started in October 2016 after being given two years to live by a doctor. The former reporter and... More »

Report Reveals Good News on the Breast Cancer Front

Deaths have plummeted—but there's still a disparity based on race

(Newser) - Some good news to share this week: Deaths from breast cancer have plummeted over a 26-year period. A report released Tuesday by the American Cancer Society shows a 39% decline in breast cancer-related deaths between 1989 and 2015, reports the Washington Post . The report notes 322,600 deaths were prevented... More »

Blogger Who Made Fake Cancer Claims Finds Out Fate

Belle Gibson handed down $320K fine by Aussie judge

(Newser) - In March, Belle Gibson was found guilty of breaching consumer law with her false claims on how she'd beaten her supposed brain cancer. On Thursday, Melbourne's Federal Court of Australia handed down the fine the Aussie blogger will pay as a consequence: around $320,000, the BBC reports.... More »

McCain on Trump's POW Slight: We're 'Very Different People'

Senator speaks on '60 Minutes,' including his reaction on hearing 'serious' cancer diagnosis

(Newser) - "They said that … the prognosis is very, very serious," John McCain said Sunday night on 60 Minutes as he talked about his brain cancer diagnosis, which came right after he'd had a regular checkup and was on his way back home. Per USA Today , the 81-year-old... More »

A Mother's Sacrifice Ends in Double Tragedy

Mom died after giving up cancer treatment so her baby could live; now, her baby has died

(Newser) - A doubly tragic end to the story of the Michigan mom who declined cancer treatment in an attempt to save her baby's life: That baby, Life Lynn DeKlyen, died Wednesday night. Her mother, Carrie DeKlyen, died within days of giving birth to Life Lynn at 24 weeks gestation on... More »

'Fate Opened the Door': Pair Weds 50 Years After Romance

Stephen Walbert says he can face his leukemia with Jennifer Meyerink by his side

(Newser) - A US Navy officer, the Trinidad girl he loved, and 50 years separating them since. Those years have now disappeared with a reunion for Stephen Walbert and Jennifer Meyerink and their rekindled romance in the face of adversity, including Walbert's recent cancer diagnosis. The two met as teens in... More »

Mom Who Gave Up Cancer Treatment to Save Baby Dies

Newborn Life Lynn DeKlyen is 'going to be fine,' Carrie DeKlyen's husband says

(Newser) - Life Lynn DeKlyen was born Wednesday in Ann Arbor's University Hospital, and her first name is a poignant reminder of the sacrifice her mom made to bring her into this world. Carrie DeKlyen, a mom of five from Wyoming, Mich., died Saturday, two days after doctors took her off... More »

It's a Breakthrough Cancer Drug—And It'll Cost You

Novartis CEO stands by $475K charge for Kymriah

(Newser) - "The cancer world is forever changed." That's what a researcher is saying following the FDA's approval of America's first-ever treatment that genetically alters a person's cells to fight cancer. The customized treatment to be administered at certified medical centers involves drawing a patient's... More »

When Packs Cost $1 More, 1 in 5 Smokers Quit

Researchers say taxes are more effective than bans

(Newser) - Addiction has many costs, but at least when it comes to cigarettes, price can be a serious deterrent. In fact, one in five people quit smoking if the price of a pack jumps by $1, researchers report in the journal Epidemiology . They looked at the smoking habits of 632 smokers... More »

Scientists Spot Stage 1 Cancers Via Blood Test

Earlier treatment could save millions of lives

(Newser) - Human blood is rich with genetic material, and scientists have in recent years taken many steps forward in decoding it. The latest announcement—that a blood test can spot cancer at its earliest stages—has the potential to save millions of lives as treatment is administered earlier in the disease'... More »

Father and Son, Both 9/11 Responders, Have Died

FDNY's Raymond and Robert Alexander passed away within a year of each other

(Newser) - They were healthy, with no history of cancer in the family, but within a year of each other, a father and son have died—the 76-year-old dad last year after fighting seven different cancers over 13 years. The common link: Both Raymond Alexander and his son, Robert, who died Monday... More »

A Drink a Day to Keep the Doctor Away?

Light drinking may be healthier than abstaining: new study

(Newser) - Boozing it up heavily has been linked to all manner of ills, from car crashes and broken relationships to cancer, but a daily drink (or two for men) may offer heart and other health benefits that teetotalers are missing out on. That's according to researchers who surveyed more than... More »

What Ronnie Wood Wouldn't Have Done to Fight Cancer

There would've been no chemo if cancer had spread: 'This hair wasn't going anywhere'

(Newser) - Three months ago, Ronnie Wood was diagnosed with lung cancer, right before he turned 70. In a recent interview with the Daily Mail's Event Magazine , Wood, the other hard-living, hard-partying guitarist in the Rolling Stones, says he refused chemotherapy as a treatment option because he wanted to keep his... More »

Kathy Griffin Has a New Look

Comedian reportedly shaved her head in support of sister with cancer

(Newser) - Kathy Griffin has lost all of her locks, but it's apparently for a good cause. Us Weekly reports on the comedian's new smooth noggin, shown via a tweet Monday by journalist Yashar Ali, who notes Griffin shaved her head "in solidarity with her sister, who is going... More »

Not Everyone Has Well Wishes for John McCain

Professor 'annoyed,' RNC member shares post cheering his approaching death

(Newser) - After John McCain's brain tumor was revealed, well wishes poured in . Politics aside, "you have to respect the life of this man," who "fought so you would not be forced into philosophical slavery and compliance," wrote Christine Flowers in one example at the Philadelphia Daily ... More »

Pregnant Mom to Deliver Early in Attempt to Save Her Life

Docs have removed tumors from her brain and abdomen

(Newser) - These are supposed to be the best days for Danielle Dick, a Kansas mother who's pregnant with twins and has a 2-year-old daughter. But after the 31-year-old found that she could "hardly put three words together" in a fog that seemed far worse than mere "pregnancy brain,... More »

California Has Bad News for Signature Monsanto Product

Glyphosate, active ingredient in Roundup, to be added to state's carcinogens list

(Newser) - California's latest environmental and health crackdown has Monsanto in its crosshairs: Reuters reports that as of July 7, glyphosate , the herbicide serving as the main ingredient in the agrochemical company's Roundup weed killer, will take a spot on the Golden State's list of cancer-causing chemicals, per the... More »

Suddenly Widowed and With Cancer, Mom Worries for Sons

'It's been scary'

(Newser) - Within the span of days, Tessie Sylvester lost her husband to ALS and was diagnosed with cancer. But the Minneapolis mother of two isn't focusing on the unfairness of it all. "I’m not ready to give into it," she tells WCCO . John Sylvester, a former Minnesota... More »

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