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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 …


Mortality rates are rising for colon cancer – but only for white Americans

Earlier this year, researcher Rebecca Siegel of the American Cancer Society published a startling report showing that colon and rectal cancer incidence is rising among Gen X and millennials while …


Preventing collapse of second Hanford radioactive waste tunnel on DOE’s priority list

The Department of Energy plans to step up monitoring of a Hanford tunnel storing highly radioactive waste while it studies ways to keep it from collapsing.


When you’re up against cancer, toughness is not a decisive factor

“Am I strong enough to beat this cancer?” I wonder if Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., asked himself this question when he was diagnosed recently with a deadly glioblastoma brain tumor.


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Drug fraud settlement nets Washington state $368,000

Washington state has received a small fraction of a $280 million national settlement involving a pharmaceutical company accused of committing fraud by promoting drugs for unapproved uses, including leprosy and …


UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

McCain’s primary rival urges him to step aside after diagnosis – and suggests she could replace him

A day after news came out about Sen. John McCain’s, R-Ariz., brain cancer diagnosis, his one-time political opponent urged the ailing senator to think about his political future sooner rather …


No dye: Cancer patients’ gray hair darkened on immune drugs

Cancer patients’ gray hair unexpectedly turned youthfully dark while taking novel drugs, and it has doctors scratching their heads.


In Senate, ailing lawmakers given plenty of time to recover

Sen. John McCain’s treatment for brain cancer could keep him out of Washington for weeks, perhaps months, and yet it’s unlikely anyone will challenge his extended leave.


With a thousand paper cranes, South Perry community wishes friend toward health

When the tight-knit South Perry district community heard Mandi Anderson’s cancer was back, they knew they had to do something.


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 4:02 p.m.

Secretary of state says her cancerous tumor gone

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman says her doctor has told her that her cancerous tumor responded well to treatment and is now gone.


Despite cancer diagnosis, McCain says, ‘I’ll be back soon’

Battling brain cancer, John McCain on Thursday vowed to return to the Senate, leveling fresh criticism at the Trump administration and aiming a good-natured dig at Republican and Democratic colleagues …