Patients having their say at sentencing for cancer doctor

Liz Lupo, second from left, shows a sign in honor of her mother, Marianne Lupo, a former patient of Dr. Farid Fata, outside federal court, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Detroit. Patients of Fata received "stunning" doses of a powerful, expensive drug that exposed them to life-threatening infections, an expert testified Monday as a judge heard details about a cancer specialist who fleeced insurance companies and harmed hundreds of people. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — Patients and their relatives are telling a judge how a Detroit-area cancer doctor spoiled their lives with excessive treatments and misdiagnoses while he collected millions of dollars from insurers.



Lilly cancer drug improves survival, raises blood clot risk: FDA
By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eli Lilly & Co.'s experimental lung cancer drug necitumumab improved overall survival by an average of 1.6 months but also increased the risk of sometimes fatal blood clots, according to a preliminary review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA's review was posted on its website on Tuesday ahead of July 9 meeting of outside experts who will discuss the drug and recommend whether it should be approved. The FDA usually follows the advice of its advisory panels.

'Stunning' number of large drug doses by doctor, expert says

Terry Spurlock, right, of Holly, Mich., a former patient of Dr. Farid Fata, speaks with his wife Nikii outside federal court, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Detroit. Patients of Fata received "stunning" doses of a powerful, expensive drug that exposed them to life-threatening infections, an expert testified Monday as a judge heard details about a cancer specialist who fleeced insurance companies and harmed hundreds of people. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — Patients of a Detroit-area doctor received "stunning" doses of a powerful, expensive drug that exposed them to life-threatening infections, an expert testified Monday as a judge heard details about a cancer specialist who fleeced insurance companies and harmed hundreds of people.



Mammograms may not reduce breast cancer deaths

A woman undergoes a free mammogram inside Peru's first mobile unit for breast cancer detection, in LimaBy Reuters Staff (Reuters Health) - Breast cancer screenings may not lead to fewer deaths but may lead to overdiagnosis, U.S. researchers suggest. In areas of the U.S. with high levels of screening, more tumors were diagnosed - but breast cancer death rates were no lower than in areas with fewer screenings, researchers report. "The mortality results that we observed are far from definitive," cautioned Charles Harding, the study's lead author from Seattle, Washington.



Report: Boy given anti-cervical cancer vaccine at Salem County clinic

Audit: 5 children given wrong vaccinations at Salem County clinicA Salem County health clinic who serves adults and children without insurance is under investigation for alleged negligence.



Overweight Colorectal Cancer Patients Survive Longer
People with advanced colorectal cancer who are overweight or obese may survive longer than their thinner counterparts, a new study suggests. "These results are surprising," Dr. Yousuf Zafar, the study's lead researcher and an associate professor of medicine at Duke University, said in a statement. Obesity has long been considered a risk factor for both the development of colorectal cancer and the recurrence of the disease among those who have had it previously.

Cancer Forecast: Why More People Will Die, Even As Death Rates Fall
Cancer death rates will continue to decline in the United States through 2020, including death rates from some of the most common cancers in both men and women, a new study says. However, because the population is growing and getting older, the total number of cancer deaths will increase during that same period, the researchers said. The increases will be most pronounced among black and white men and black women, they said.

Actress Diana Douglas Webster, mother of Michael Douglas, dead at 92

L-R: Actors Michael Douglas, Diana Dill, Kirk Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones arrive at an awards ceremony honoring Michael Douglas on June 11, 2009 in Culver City, CaliforniaActress Diana Douglas Webster, ex-wife of actor Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, has died of cancer at age 92, US media reported. Webster, who appeared in dozens of television shows and films, died on Friday at Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, her husband Donald Webster told NBC News. Donald Webster remembered his wife fondly.



Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup

In this June 19, 2015 photo, Dr. Gustavo Quintana, who helps people with terminal illnesses end their lives, speaks during an interview in Bogota, Colombia. Most of the procedures he performs are in people’s home, with the patient surrounded by loved ones. Sometimes music is played. During the nine minutes the procedure typically lasts he whispers the same soothing mantra while injecting a cocktail of lethal drugs: “Rest, you’re going to sleep for the last time, a restorative sleep.” (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a middle-aged woman suffering from incurable stomach cancer.



Colombian man dies by euthanasia with government backing
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A 79-year old man suffering from incurable throat cancer has become the first Colombian to die by euthanasia with the full backing of the government.

Louisiana man freed from death row last year dies of cancer: report
Glenn Ford, 65, who was diagnosed with lung cancer, passed away Monday at a home provided by the nonprofit group Resurrection After Exoneration, which assists freed prisoners, Ford's attorney, William Most, told the Times. Ford, a black man, was convicted by an all-white jury in the 1983 robbery and murder of Isadore Rozeman, a 56-year-old Shreveport watchmaker, who was found shot to death behind the counter of his jewelry shop.

California cancer patient with amnesia identified by family
A Southern California cancer patient unable to recall her identity or family since she was found dazed on a street four months ago has finally reconnected with relatives after a nephew spotted her on the evening news, media reported on Thursday. The woman, whose Facebook image has circulated widely on the Internet and was previously known only as Sam, was identified on Wednesday night as Pennsylvania native Ashley Manetta, 53, according to San Diego's NBC television affiliate. The TV station, which originally broke the story about a California cancer patient with amnesia, said the two siblings then spoke by telephone.

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