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Former principal battles lymphoma at 90, feels ‘not afraid’

John Rodkey was born in 1921 and lived his first years in the infamous Dust Bowl that blew away farmers’ futures at the same time the Great Depression hit. His …


Cancer impacts all parts of life

As a cancer survivor it is sometimes difficult to go a day without thinking about how life has changed. For me, there are still daily reminders such as medications, doctor …


Long fight against cancer draws two sisters closer

The year was 1996, the day after ice storm hit. Libby McGrory Hodges had a lot on her mind while she finished up clients at the hair salon where she …


Justice Fairhurst battling lung cancer with radiation

OLYMPIA – Washington state Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst is being treated for lung cancer. She has been going to a radiation clinic every day for the past seven weeks …


Motorcycle ride cancer fundraiser

The Inland Empire Motorcycle Coalition will hold its 10th annual ride on Saturday to benefit the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest, formerly Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest. …


Cancer survivor prepares for first triathlon

The day before Thanksgiving 2006, Susie Leonard Weller had a colonoscopy to check out a few troubling symptoms. When she woke up to the words “colorectal cancer” she was stunned …


Trike races help cancer organizations

Bill Heitner was just stopping in for a beer on his way home from work a couple of years ago. He had just moved to the Minnehaha neighborhood, and a …


Getting There: Indoor relay ride to raise funds for cancer fight

Mike Larsen, who runs a small business in Post Falls and teaches fitness part time, still hurts inside when he thinks about losing his father to cancer. “He was my …


Care close to home

Tony Lamanna has taken a break from fighting crime in Hillyard to take on something tougher: a rare form of plasma cancer threatening his life. The disease, a multiple myeloma …


‘Go, stop, rest’

A life’s chapter can be filled with heights a person will never forget and lows they’d rather never existed. That was 2010 for Carissa Outen and her mother, Gwen Ashcraft, …


Elizabeth Edwards gravely ill with cancer

Elizabeth Edwards over the past six years has seen her husband’s presidential ambitions thwarted, retreated from public life as their marriage disintegrated over his affair, then emerged to advocate for …


How to pay for cancer treatments a growing concern

Soon after Valerie Berry was diagnosed with breast cancer, her thoughts turned to money. Even with private health insurance covering 80 percent of her costs, the bills soon stacked up. …


Assessor discusses recovery from eye cancer

People who look closely might notice that one of Spokane County Assessor Ralph Baker’s eyes doesn’t move with the other. They might even figure out that his left eye is …


Son’s cancer motivates mom to plan walk event

In 2006, Shelley Schneider noticed what she thought was a bug bite on her son’s stomach – but the bite didn’t go away. When she took 8-year-old Clayton to the …


Cancer makes event even more meaningful for Rose

Brigham Young University men’s basketball coach Dave Rose has always given his time generously to support cancer-stricken patients and assist fundraising for cancer research, but it’s taken on new meaning …


Cancer makes event even more meaningful for coach

Brigham Young University men’s basketball coach Dave Rose has always given his time generously to support cancer-stricken patients and assist fundraising for cancer research, but it’s taken on new meaning …


Radiation enhances prostate cancer treatment

CHICAGO – Doctors are reporting a key advance in treating men with cancer that has started to spread beyond the prostate: Survival is significantly better if radiation is added to …


Melanoma drug promising

CHICAGO – Researchers have scored the first big win against melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. An experimental drug significantly improved survival in a major study of people with …


Ovarian cancer tests show promise

Researchers may finally be closing in on a way to screen healthy women for ovarian cancer – a disease that rarely shows symptoms until it’s too late to cure. A …


Prostate cancer therapy OK’d by FDA

LOS ANGELES – The Food and Drug Administration approved a new immune-boosting therapy for prostate cancer on Thursday, the first therapeutic vaccine for cancer ever approved by the agency. The …


Study affirms colon cancer screenings

A single sigmoidoscopy between ages 55 and 64 can reduce deaths from colorectal cancer by at least 43 percent, British researchers reported Tuesday. The results from the first large randomized …


Study finds psychedelics benefit cancer patients

NEW YORK – The big white pill was brought to her in an earthenware chalice. She’d already held hands with her two therapists and expressed her wishes for what it …


Study backs 2 drugs in breast cancer fight

Older women at higher risk for breast cancer now have two good drug options for preventing the disease, but they will have to weigh the trade-offs, a major study shows. …


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 …