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UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 8:58 p.m.

WH aide dismissed McCain view, says ‘he’s dying’

A White House official dismissed a view expressed by Sen. John McCain about President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee, saying Thursday at a staff meeting that “it doesn’t matter” because “he’s …


Cancer docs feel unprepared, but recommend marijuana anyway

Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don’t know enough about medicinal use.


Cancer couldn’t derail Battle Ground nurse’s career dreams

A lot of people helped Christina Gay move forward in life. Now it’s her turn. Recently, she was helping a patient take his first steps down a hospital hallway following …


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

The science behind ‘the munchies’: WSU researcher aims to help cancer, anorexia patients with pot

Jon Davis is “hotboxing” rats for a purpose: to figure out why people who smoke marijuana experience hunger. The research, which Davis hopes to publish soon, is just part of …


Conductor Jesus Lopez-Cobos dead at 78

Jesus Lopez-Cobos, the longest-tenured music director in the history of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, has died. He was 78.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 12:23 p.m.

A cancer ‘vaccine’ is completely eliminating tumors in mice

After injecting a combination of two immune boosters directly into solid mouse tumors, the research team said the vaccination eliminated all traces of the specifically targeted cancer from the animal’s …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 6:11 p.m.

Robot duck’s aim: Helps kids with cancer via power of play

A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children who have cancer – a social robot that can be silly, happy, angry, scared or sick …


Homeless man gets new lease on life after fighting cancer

He’d been diagnosed with stage four cancer, a disease that had killed his father, his grandfather and his sister. He was homeless, camping in a tent down in a canyon …


WSU Spokane nets $10 million for scientific health research

Researchers at Washington State University’s College of Medicine have received $10 million in new research grants this fiscal year.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

Trump: Sen. McCain returning home to Arizona after treatment

Republican Sen. John McCain is returning home to Arizona after being hospitalized for the side effects of his brain cancer treatment and likely will miss a crucial vote on the …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 14, 2017, 8:52 p.m.

Ritzville family donates $1 million for cancer research at WSU

After losing their daughter to cancer, a Ritzville couple have donated $1 million to Washington State University’s College of Medicine to support cancer research and establish a professorship.


Blaine County denies camp for children with cancer

A nonprofit organization that serves children with cancer was denied the opportunity to develop a camp in Idaho.


FDA approves first-of-a-kind test for cancer gene profiling

U.S. regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind test that looks for mutations in hundreds of cancer genes at once, giving a more complete picture of what’s driving a patient’s tumor and …


Nearly half of U.S. cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior

A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet and other unhealthy behaviors.


Agricultural groups challenge California weed-killer warning

A coalition of national and Midwestern agricultural groups is suing to overturn a California declaration that the popular weed-killer Roundup can cause cancer.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 10:03 a.m.

Iron Maiden singer writes about bullying, cancer and flying

The 59-year old rocker recalls turning down an offer to do a book 10 years ago, saying “I’m not really done yet.” After being diagnosed with cancer, “I thought there’s …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 11 p.m.

Diagnosis gave doctor ‘ultimate breast cancer fellowship’

Dr. Cory Donovan knew by the fourth year of medical school that she wanted to specialize in breast cancer treatment. What she didn’t know is that before finishing her specialty …


Experts say Chile poet Neruda did not die of cancer, deepen mystery

A team of international scientists said Friday that Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer or malnutrition, rejecting the official cause of death but not laying to …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 12:12 p.m.

Ultra-personal therapy: Gene tumor boards guide cancer care

Cancer patients increasingly are having their care guided by gene tumor boards, a new version of the hospital panels that traditionally decided whether surgery, radiation or chemotherapy would be best. …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 15, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

Family walk the walk after cancer battle, Seahawks visit

In his 14 years, Ayden Mills has endured more major health issues than most adults ever face.


Battling cancer, McCain says his prognosis is ‘pretty good’

Sen. John McCain says battling brain cancer is a challenge but that his prognosis is “pretty good.”


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

Woman who chose baby instead of chemotherapy has died

A Michigan woman who sacrificed the chance to prolong her life in order to give birth to her sixth child died early Saturday, her husband said.


U.S. nuclear dump running out of room, watchdog agency says

A government watchdog agency says the only underground nuclear waste repository in the United States doesn’t have enough space for radioactive debris left over from decades of bomb-making and research, …


Testing probe to help cancer surgeons know they got it all

Patients emerging from cancer surgery want to know, “Did you get it all?” Now scientists are developing a pen-like probe to help surgeons better tell when it’s safe to stop …


Lasker Awards honor Planned Parenthood and research on preventing and fighting cancer

Planned Parenthood, the embattled nonprofit health provider that specializes in reproductive health, has won the 2017 Lasker Award for public service.


Oregon woman suspected of faking cancer may lose license

The Oregon State Board of Nursing may suspend the license of a Tualatin woman suspected of profiting financially by faking a cancer diagnosis.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 4:53 p.m.

U.S. clears breakthrough gene therapy for childhood leukemia

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells to seek and destroy childhood leukemia. The move opens a new era in …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 10:06 a.m.

Gilead to buy Kite for $11.9 billion in cancer megadeal

Gilead Sciences will buy Kite Pharma for about $11.9 billion, making its biggest-ever deal for a breakthrough new cancer treatment that will help diversify away from its eroding franchise of …


‘Cheers’ actor, radio host Jay Thomas dies at 69

Thomas’ best-known roles were as Eddie LeBec, the former-hockey-player husband of barmaid Carla on “Cheers,” and tabloid-talk-show host Jerry Gold on “Murphy Brown,” for which he won two Emmys.


Study boosts hope of ‘liquid biopsies’ for cancer screening

Scientists have the first major evidence that blood tests called liquid biopsies hold promise for screening people for cancer. Hong Kong doctors tried it for a type of head and …