Valerie Harper Pushes for More Cancer-Research Funding

“Seventy-five percent of all lung cancers are found too late,” actress and cancer survivor Valerie Harper told a Senate committee hearing on cancer on Wednesday, saying funding is desperately needed for early detection in “people like me” who didn’t think they were at risk. The hearing by the Senate Special Committee on Aging focused on federal funding for cancer research and the challenges facing aging survivors. Harold Varmus, M.D., director of the National Cancer Institute, who also testified, noted that …

Multiple Myeloma: ‘Incurable, But Highly Treatable’

Former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow that has seen remarkable progress in its treatment in the last 15 years. The veteran news anchor, 74, stepped down in 2004, but has remained with the network as a special correspondent. He said in a statement that his doctors were very encouraged with his progress and he remains “very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my …

Losing a Partner – and Finding It Hard to Let Go

By Joan Marans Dim My husband, Stuart, died last June after a decade-long struggle with cancer. He was 77 years old, a former journalist and public relations executive, a marathon runner, and a man beloved and respected by family and friends. In going through his belongings, I often find things that I have forgotten about, small things that taken together are not small. In the back of a drawer, I discover a poem that he wrote when we were students …

Tu soda favorita podrí­a contener cancerí­genos

Otra vez las sodas o refrescos vuelven a las noticias y de manera negativa. En esta ocasión la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés) está investigando el colorante que se usa en algunas sodas, maltas -y hasta alimentos- para darles ese tono caramelo, tan apetitoso a la vista. Dicho colorante artificial contiene un quí­mico cancerí­geno llamado 4-metilimidazol (4-MEI), según un reciente estudio realizado por Consumer Reports. Esta organización basa su aseveración en una investigación realizada …

Does Your Soda Contain Carcinogens?

Caramel coloring, the stuff used to give sodas their brown color, may sound harmless, but a new study shows it can contain a chemical that’s been linked to cancer – and the Food and Drug Administration is checking it out. Consumer Reports said it found higher-than-necessary levels of a compound called 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI, in a dozen brands of soda; 4-MEI is an impurity that can form in the manufacture of the coloring. The drinks tested by Consumer Reports were …

Second-Guessing a Blogger’s Life-and-Death Battle

[View the story “Second-Guessing a Blogger’s Life-and-Death Battle” on Storify] Story summary: Controversy erupted Monday when a column in the New York Times by Bill Keller repeated criticism voiced last week by his wife, writer Emma Keller, in The Guardian concerning Lisa Bonchek Adams, a New England woman who blogs and tweets about her treatment for cancer in New York City. The Kellers wrote about Adams and her social media activities, including 165,000 tweets about her treatment. Responding to the …