Meredith Newman Delaware News Journal Published 12:03 PM EDT Oct 10, 2018 Maggie Abercrombie thought the first question she asked her oncologist was an obvious one. "What about babies?" At 30, she had just been diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in 2010. She and her now-husband Mike Henderson "weren't trying but also not preventing" a pregnancy at the time. She saw herself as the mom of three kids one day. Abercrombie still recalls the doctor's cold reply: “Why are you worried about kids? You have cancer.” For some young women with breast cancer, the status and future of their fertility is at the forefront when determining their cancer treatment. It can be a complicated (and expensive) process, one that is often dependent on timing — and in Abercrombie's case, potential risks. Christiana Care cancer patients find respite in virtual reality during chemotherapy "I was absolutely determined I was going to do everything … [Read more...] about Delaware woman refuses suggestion to not have children during cancer treatment.
Final stage cancer treatment
A gangrene-causing bacteria which can be harmful at high doses may help treat late stage cancer patients where other options have failed, medical trials have shown. Safety tests on a new type of “bacterial therapy” found that tumours which have become resistant to other treatments became necrotic and shrank when injected with bacterial spores. University of Texas doctors used a strain of bacteria related to the lethal hospital superbug clostridium difficile, which has been modified to make it less harmful to humans. Clostridium novyi-NT needs a very low oxygen environment to survive; this means it won’t develop in healthy tissue with a good blood supply, but dense, rapidly growing tumours are a perfect host. “By exploiting the inherent differences between healthy and cancerous tissue, Clostridium novyi-NT represents a very precise anti-cancer therapeutic that can specifically attack a patient’s cancer,” said Dr … [Read more...] about Injecting tumours with gangrene-causing bacteria could help fight late-stage cancers, study reveals
LazyTown star Stefan Karl Stefansson is in the final stages of cancer, his wife has said.The actor played villain Robbie Rotten in the CBeebies show."Stefan has bile-duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), a rare and little-researched disease," his wife Steinunn Olina wrote on Facebook."The disease is now advanced to stage four, and therefore, his life expectancy is unfortunately significantly reduced." https://twitter.com/gfrancagm/status/879846213780213761 Friends and fans have raised more than $140,000 (£110,000) to help support his treatment and care."Despite the best efforts of his excellent Icelandic medical team, and Stefan's personal heroism, there is no apparent cure," organiser Mark Valeti wrote on the fundraising page."There are always experimental processes, and they will be woven into the fabric of Stefan's care if at all possible.""Love and humility are unusual and so helpful through it all. I'm moved and very grateful," Steffan wrote in Icelandic on his Facebook page.He … [Read more...] about LazyTown actor Stefan Karl Stefansson in final stages of cancer
close Video Can dogs be used to screen for prostate cancer? Researchers in Indiana are using dogs' incredible sense of smell to push for a medical breakthrough. When Ben Pfeiffer was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April, his urologist noted in the biopsy report that he was leaning toward recommending that Pfeiffer have his prostate surgically removed. But Pfeiffer, 58, a married construction supervisor from Las Vegas with two grown daughters, said his wife insisted that he get a second opinion. It’s a good thing she did. The doctors Pfeiffer subsequently visited at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) did not believe surgery was needed. Pfeiffer said the results of the tests, which included genomic testing, showed he had a nonaggressive cancer that made him a good candidate for something called active surveillance, also known as “watchful waiting.” In other words: No need for surgery … [Read more...] about Why more men are delaying prostate cancer treatment
SCARLETT Moffatt has praised NHS staff for making her family “smile again” after they helped her dad when he was diagnosed with cancer. The 28-year-old was six years old when her dad Mark had skin cancer and she is forever grateful for the treatment he received. Speaking about her family’s experience, she told the Mirror at the NHS Heroes Awards: "I’ve used the NHS myself for treatment, my dad had cancer and it was nurses that helped me and my mam smile at times that we didn’t think we’d be able to smile." The presenter continued: "I owe a lot to the NHS. It’s not just the amazing things that the NHS do and the pioneers in the medical world, but it is the attitude of everyone who works for the NHS. "They just help you through times that are just the toughest times of your life." Scarlett rose to fame on Gogglebox alongside her dad Mark and mum Betty. She went on to win I’m A Celebrity before starting a successful career as a TV presenter, … [Read more...] about Scarlett Moffatt praises NHS staff for making her family ‘smile again’ during dad’s cancer treatment