People diagnosed with the aggressive brain cancer glioblastoma face a grim prognosis. Half die within 14 months of diagnosis. Even if initial treatment with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy is successful, such brain tumors typically recur, leaving patients with few options. Now, a research team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found that laser treatment designed to destroy the tumor can add an average of two months to a patient’s life, compared with chemotherapy, the standard treatment for glioblastomas that have recurred. The increase is small but meaningful for people who have only months left to live. “We’re not able to cure these types of really nefarious tumors, but we keep on working on finding new treatments that give people just a little more time,” says senior author Eric Leuthardt, MD, a professor of neurosurgery, of neuroscience, of biomedical engineering, and of mechanical engineering & applied science. … [Read more...] about Lasers Offer Terminal Cancer Patients a Bit More Time
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When Bobbie Jo Ledford adopted a St. Bernard named Odin in November, there was no way to know that in five months a veterinarian would deliver a crushing prognosis: Terminal cancer. Instead of wallowing, Ledford wrote a final bucket list for her beloved pet, and set out to make the best of his last time on earth. New Jersey-based Ledford, and her husband Jeff, adopted 4-year-old Odin from a foster home and are his fourth family. "I connected right away. He is such a good puppy, so I can't understand why [he had so many homes]" Ledford said. Bobbie Jo noticed something on her pet's front paw in March and took him to the vet. Odin was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, and was given months to live. "When I found out I was devastated," Ledford told CBS News. "I couldn't stop crying." The veterinarian offered treatments including amputation and chemotherapy, but they would only slow down the cancer, not cure it, reported CBS affiliate WTSP. The couple ultimately declined … [Read more...] about Woman creates “bucket list” for terminally ill St. Bernard
BALLYDAVID, Ireland -- Emma Mhic Mhathuna just won a big battle against an American company 3,000 miles away. But she's still fighting for her life. "I'm 37, learning about the process of dying," she said. "It's not fair for children to have to go through that process." The single mother of five was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016. But she says she would have had a better chance of survival if New Jersey based Quest Diagnostics hadn't missed the warning signs on her earlier screening tests. Over the past decade, the American lab Quest, along with Texas-based Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL), processed smear tests for Ireland's Health Service. A government audit in 2014 found that the labs mistakenly cleared 209 women in Ireland who were later diagnosed with cervical cancer. Since then, 18 of those women have died. But most of the women affected were never told, until one of them, Vicky Phelan, discovered a page from the audit in her medical file in January. "Jesus, I said, … [Read more...] about Lab companies Quest and CPL at center of lawsuits in Ireland over missed cervical cancer diagnoses
Tech & Science Gaming Video Games Video game commentator and internet personality John Bain—also known under the online aliases “TotalBiscuit” and “The Cynical Brit”—has announced his retirement from gaming criticism, as the chemotherapy treatment he was receiving for terminal cancer is no longer working on his body and his liver is failing. The news, which caused a swell of support from his fanbase and fellow gaming journalists, comes roughly a week after his latest hospitalization. Bain, via a statement posted to Reddit, said that he will continue to stream content online, but admitted he was on “too much medication” to produce detailed coverage. In 2014, Bain announced that he had been diagnosed with “full blown cancer.” He tweeted: “Doctors optimistic. Don't make my mistake. Get checked.” This week, he confirmed that the latest Reddit post would likely be his final health update to fans and that his … [Read more...] about TotalBiscuit Cancer Update: YouTuber John Bain Liver Failing, Warns Fans ‘I Don’t Have Long Left’
Doris Tyler lay on the examining table as the doctor stuck a long, thin tube into her belly. The doctor pulled back a plunger, and the syringe quickly filled with yellow blobs tinged with pink.“Look at that beautiful fat coming out. Liquid gold!” one of the clinic’s staff exclaimed in a video of the procedure provided to The Washington Post.Hidden in that fat were stem cells with the amazing power to heal, the Stem Cell Center of Georgia had told Tyler. The clinic is one of hundreds that have popped up across the country, many offering treatments for conditions from Parkinson’s disease to autism to multiple sclerosis.Federal regulators have not approved any of their treatments, and critics call such clinics modern-day snake-oil salesmen. But on that day in 2016, Tyler trusted the clinic to extract stem cells from her fat and inject them into her eyes, where she was told they could halt or even cure the macular degeneration threatening her sight.Five days after … [Read more...] about Miracle cures or modern quackery? Stem cell clinics multiply, with heartbreaking results for some patients.