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Pink to reign as Race for the Cure continues cancer fight

Some days the drugs she takes to treat her stage one breast cancer keep Heather McDonnell in bed. But on Saturday, the 32-year-old Spokane woman felt strong enough for an …


Test may hold key to determine lung cancer risk

WASHINGTON – Scientists may have found a way to tell which smokers are at highest risk of developing lung cancer: measuring a telltale genetic change inside their windpipes. A test …


Drug may shrink risk of prostate cancer

LOS ANGELES – Men at an above-normal risk of prostate cancer may be able to reduce their risk of developing the disease by taking a drug already on the market. …


Spokane teen’s resolve in tackling cancer touches doctors, friends

At 18, life is pretty predictable. Embracing your last year in high school, applying to colleges, planning for the prom and preparing to walk at graduation. It’s a different world …


Diet linked to cancer survival

LOS ANGELES – Mom’s admonishments to eat your fruits and vegetables should still be heeded, since a new study found that a diet high in fruits, vegetables and healthful grains …


Quitting smoking raises survival after cancer

LONDON – People with early lung cancer who quit smoking could double their chances of surviving, a new study says. Until now, there has been little proof that quitting smoking …


Bone drugs may aid breast cancer fight

SAN ANTONIO – New results from a landmark women’s health study raise the possibility that bone-building drugs such as Fosamax and Actonel may help prevent breast cancer. Women who already …


Colon cancer trend cheers experts

ATLANTA – Colon cancer deaths could drop dramatically in the next decade because of better screening and treatment, according to an optimistic new prediction by top researchers. The estimate was …


Schweitzer ski day benefits cancer center

On Friday, Schweitzer Mountain Resort will host the fourth-annual Day for Heather, offering $10 lift tickets all day for all ages and a chance to ski what Powder Magazine calls …


Eyelash drug might help cancer patients

A St. Louis University dermatologist is leading a study to see if a prescription drug approved for cosmetic use to grow longer and fuller lashes will stimulate eyelash regrowth for …


Cancer, excess body fat linked

Newly compiled data suggest that “excess body fat alone is responsible for more than 100,000 cancer cases in the U.S.” The report comes from the American Institute for Cancer Research, …


Cancer patient takes control of her body through exercise

DETROIT – Cancer first robbed Nancy DeWolf of one of her breasts. Then it took something even more precious – her confidence and sense of control over her body. DeWolf …


Eight ways to cope with cancer diagnosis

I have just been diagnosed with breast cancer, and I want to pursue a holistic approach. What can I do to increase my chances of a successful cure? Here are …


Mirror miracles

Lipstick, moisturizer and a wig can’t cure cancer. But beauty – and beauty products – can help heal wounded self-esteem, which often takes a big hit as patients undergo cancer …


Study: Higher cancer rates for Hanford workers

Former Hanford construction workers have an increased risk of death from a blood cancer linked to radiation and another cancer linked to asbestos, according to a new study.


Aspirin might stall cancer

One of the most promising treatments for colorectal cancer could be sitting in your medicine cabinet. A preliminary study suggests that aspirin – used for more than a century and …


Study: Biology may explain race gap in cancer deaths

A new study suggests that racial differences in biology could be a key reason why black women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. That has …


Tanning bed risk high, experts say

LONDON – International cancer experts have moved tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation into the top cancer risk category, deeming them as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas. …


An escape from cancer

During three-hour chemotherapy treatments, Alison Rubin would close her eyes and focus on the gentle rhythm of her breath. “Be still,” she often told herself, concentrating on the words of …


Stomach stapling may cut cancer

LONDON – Women who have their stomachs stapled not only lose weight, they also may reduce their cancer risk by up to 40 percent, new research says. In a study …


Preventive bilateral mastectomies becoming more common

Karen Aulner, 36, has never been diagnosed with cancer. She has, however, watched her older sister fight the disease since 2000. So when Aulner tested positive in 2004 for a …


Prostate treatment study shows improved survival

An experimental treatment that takes an entirely new approach to fighting prostate cancer extended survival in a late-stage study, its maker announced Tuesday. Seattle-based Dendreon Corp. said that its Provenge …


For many, faith leads to aggressive treatments

After being diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer that had spread to her left lung, Gloria Bailey was told by her doctors that she should have a mastectomy followed by …


Just one drink a day can raise women’s cancer risk

For women, the potential benefits from one alcoholic drink perhaps should be reconsidered. As little as one drink a day increases a woman’s risk of several types of cancer by …


Fetal stem cells triggered boy’s tumors, report says

WASHINGTON – A family desperate to save a child from a lethal brain disease sought highly experimental injections of fetal stem cells – injections that triggered tumors in the boy’s …


Scientists work to genetically tailor chemo

WASHINGTON – The days of one-size-fits-all cancer treatment are numbered: A rush of new research is pointing the way to tailor chemotherapy and other care to what’s written in your …


Writer uses poetry to help cope with prostate cancer

When Steve Heaps was diagnosed with prostate cancer 13 months ago, all he could do at first was cry.


Justice Ginsburg treated for pancreatic cancer

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer Thursday. The court said the cancer, which is one of the most lethal of diseases, was in …


Breast cancer ‘metastasis gene’ found

A gene that makes breast cancer tumors more likely to resist chemotherapy and to spread to other organs has been identified by a team of New Jersey researchers. The “metastasis …


EWU president extends medical leave

As his colleagues tackle the worst budget crisis in decades, the president of Eastern Washington University remains on leave from campus, continuing his own medical battle.