Dahleen Glanton: I watched my sister die, so I understand what Rush Limbaugh is going through
It appears that Rush Limbaugh is dying. He announced on his radio show Monday that his lung cancer had gotten worse and is “going in the wrong direction.”I have never cared for Limbaugh’s kind of politics. I’ve always felt like the right-wing talk radio host’s sole purpose was to further polarize America and push conservatives further away from a middle ground.In spite of that, I am saddened that his cancer is terminal. I would like to see his condition turn around, but he doesn’t seem to think that it will.“It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence ar...
Actor Jeff Bridges reveals lymphoma diagnosis, says 'prognosis is good'
Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges announced Monday that he is being treated for lymphoma.“I have been diagnosed with lymphoma,” Bridges announced on Twitter, with a reference to “the Dude,” his character in “The Big Lebowski.” “Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”Bridges, 70, went on to express gratitude and urge everyone to take care of one another by doing their civic duty.“I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends,” he...
New York Daily News
A young mother, a cancer diagnosis, and a year of grieving her loss
MINNEAPOLIS — A year ago last August, Emily Hofher stretched out on the grass of Oak Hill Cemetery in south Minneapolis and struck a sassy pose, propped on an elbow, long legs crossed. She wore a blue dress printed with sailboats, and a jaunty white cap covering where she’d once had hair. Her husband, Rob Raub, snapped a photo.Emily had just picked out the spot where she would soon be interred, when cancer took her life. And she smiled, big and wide, even though she was far from ready to go, being the 44-year-old, newly married mother of a toddler.Emily’s irreverent sense of humor showed up ea...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Adding radiation therapy to prostate cancer surgery has been a tough call. New science eases the dilemma
One of the thorniest dilemmas posed by prostate cancer is whether, and when, to give radiation therapy — with its potential bad side effects — to men after surgery to remove the prostate gland.Now, three new randomized clinical trials — the gold-standard type of study — and a statistical “meta-analysis” of their results conclude that routinely giving post-surgical radiation does not improve outcomes after five years, compared with giving radiation only if the PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test signals a cancer recurrence. The papers were published last month in the Lancet and Lancet On...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
92-year-old artist uses 2,000 wine corks to recreate the Eiffel Tower — while battling leukemia
PHILADELPHIA — Walter Deuschle likes a challenge. At 92 years old, he’s out trimming bushes and pulling weeds. He’s planting grass seeds, praying for new growth. And on most mornings, he’s inside his Huntington Valley home art studio, picking up a paint brush or a sculpting utensil.His latest project? A 7½-foot-tall Eiffel Tower made entirely out of wine corks. Across nine months, Deuschle used a Swiss Army knife to chisel nearly 2,000 corks, holding each inch-long cylinder between weathered fingers and turning them into building blocks. It’s a meditation he credits with helping him get throug...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: Chadwick Boseman and his work were inspirational, but not because of 'pushing through' cancer
As family, friends and fans mourned the death of actor Chadwick Boseman late last month, those outside of his innermost circle were surprised to learn that he’d been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. Through grueling filming schedules, press tours, physical fitness training for various roles, chemotherapy and surgeries, he delivered legendary work as an actor while also dedicating time to visiting children who also had cancer.As the condolences and praise for him and his work poured in, people also began to remark about how his working through that level of pain in silence was admirable, st...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Key cannabis chemical may help prevent colon cancer, researchers say
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A chemical in marijuana may be able to help prevent colon cancer, according to a new study from top University of South Carolina researchers.The study, published in iScience, found that mice injected with THC and a cancer-causing chemical did not develop cancer. Mice in a control group were injected with the carcinogen but no THC, causing them to develop cancer.“We were really excited to see those results, which were so dramatic,” said co-author Prakash Nagarkatti, who is the University of South Carolina’s vice president of research.THC — the chemical in cannabis that causes a...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau leads tributes by GOT stars to Dame Diana Rigg
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, John Bradley, and Pedro Pascal have paid tribute to the late Dame Diana Rigg.The veteran actress - who was best known for playing Emma Peel in 'The Avengers' and more recently as Lady Olenna Tyrell in 'Game of Thrones' - passed away "peacefully" at the age of 82 on Thursday (10.09.20) morning after a secret battle with cancer.And following the news of her passing, several of her 'Game of Thrones' co-stars have taken to social media to pay their respects to the acting icon.Nikolaj, who starred as Jaime Lannister, wrote: "Dame Diana Rigg . She always raised the bar with he...
Has Chadwick Boseman's death made you curious about colon cancer screening? Here's an explanation of what's involved and some alternatives to colonoscopy
Chadwick Boseman’s legacy extends beyond Hollywood. His dying of colon cancer has started conversations about the health of one’s gut. Per the American Cancer Society, African Americans are 20% more likely to get colorectal cancer and 40% more likely to die from it than other groups (with Black men having the highest incidence).Medical professionals are advocating for more screenings in communities of color. The Tribune spoke to Dr. Karen Kim, professor of medicine, director of the Center for Asian Health Equity and a gastroenterologist of more than 20 years working at UChicago Medicine.“I wou...
Dahleen Glanton: In a summer of COVID-19 and racial reckoning, Chadwick Boseman's death hits especially hard
Chadwick Boseman’s death hit African Americans particularly hard. In part, it is because it came so unexpectedly. But he also died as Black people were already grieving.Over the last six months, so many Black lives have been taken by the pandemic. Our grief has been compounded by the unjustified killings of unarmed Black people by police officers and vigilantes administering their own form of justice.All of America is consumed by death right now. But for many African Americans, the despair is overwhelming. Nearly every day, there is someone new to mourn.It seemed particularly cruel that anothe...