Cancer

In this April 13, 2018, photo Josephine Rizo sits in her home with her stack of bills from her ongoing battle with cancer in Phoenix. As treatment costs soar and insurance coverage shrinks, hospitals and patient advocates around the U.S. are rushing to offer more help to patients like Rizo, who had no financial counseling. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 22, 2018 - 10:37 am
Cancer patients often start two battles after diagnosis: They have to fight their disease and avoid financial ruin. Hospitals and patient advocates around the U.S. are rushing to offer more help for the latter as treatment costs soar and insurance coverage shrinks. They say patients who get...
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 file photo, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels. Ireland’s prime minister on Friday, May 11, 2018 has apologized and pledged an investigation into the controversy over inaccurate cervical cancer screening tests. It emerged earlier this month that an internal audit had found potential errors in the smear tests of 209 women but those findings weren't shared with the affected patients, prompting a wave of public anger. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, file)
May 12, 2018 - 6:32 am
LONDON (AP) — Ireland's leader has apologized for a scandal over inaccurate cervical cancer screening tests and has pledged an investigation to find out what went wrong. It emerged this month that an internal audit had found potential errors in the smear tests of 209 women but those findings weren'...
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FILE - This Sept. 15, 2015 file photo shows marijuana plants a few weeks away from harvest in a medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. A survey of U.S. cancer doctors released on Thursday, May 10, 2018, finds nearly half say they've recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don't know enough about medicinal use. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
May 10, 2018 - 4:03 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A survey of U.S. cancer doctors finds nearly half say they've recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don't know enough about medicinal use. All 29 states with medical marijuana programs allow doctors to recommend it to cancer patients. But no...
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May 08, 2018 - 8:38 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story May 7 about a court ruling that will require cancer warnings on coffee sold in California, The Associated Press erroneously reported some details about the chemical acrylamide. As part of a court settlement, potato chip makers agreed to reduce the chemical from their...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 1, 2018 file photo, Britain's Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in London. Britain’s health minister has apologized for what he called a “serious failure” that resulted in hundreds of thousands of women not being invited to their final screening test for breast cancer. Hunt has said in Parliament that the mistake appears to be the result of a “computer algorithm failure” dating back to 2009. He says about 450,000 women between 68 and 71 weren’t given a chance to have a mammogram. Of those women, Hunt says experts estimated up to 270 might have died prematurely. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
May 02, 2018 - 9:21 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's health minister apologized Wednesday for what he called a "serious failure" that resulted in hundreds of thousands of women in England not being invited to a screening test for breast cancer. Jeremy Hunt said Wednesday in Parliament that the mistake appeared to be the result...
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April 25, 2018 - 8:35 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been arrested and charged with falsely saying she had cancer, and collected more than $230,000 from an insurance company. The North Carolina Department of Insurance said in a news release Tuesday that 60-year-old Susan Leigh Huebotter of Deep Run in...
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CORRECTS LOCATION TO WHITEHOUSE, NOT SWANTON - This March 2017 photo provided by Heidi Bisbee shows Carly Kudzia, 7, with her mother, Heather Unsinger, in Whitehouse, Ohio. Carly participated in a study suggesting that the drug lonafarnib may extend life for children with progeria, a rare, incurable disease that causes rapid aging. Other kids "always think I'm a baby," Carly says. But "I'm a regular kid." (Heidi Bisbee via AP)
April 24, 2018 - 3:47 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Children with a rare, incurable disease that causes rapid aging and early death may live longer if treated with an experimental drug first developed for cancer patients, a study suggests. The small, preliminary study isn't proof the drug works and it found only a small benefit:...
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April 24, 2018 - 12:46 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State officials have accused a North Carolina woman of filing nearly 300 insurance claims for cancer although she didn't have the disease. The N.C. Department of Insurance said in a news release Tuesday 60-year-old Susan Leigh Huebotter is charged with insurance fraud and...
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April 16, 2018 - 12:47 pm
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A report on cancer misdiagnoses at a North Carolina hospital says three patients underwent treatments only to learn they didn't have cancer, while another who did have cancer was initially declared cancer-free. The Winston-Salem Journal cites a report that says at least...
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This 2015 photo made available by Merck shows the drug Keytruda. Research released on Monday, April 16, 2018 suggests that many more lung cancer patients may benefit from treatments that boost the immune system, which have scored some of their biggest wins until now in less common cancer types. Using one of these drugs _ Merck's Keytruda _ with usual chemotherapy extended survival for people newly diagnosed with the most common type of cancer that had spread beyond the lungs, one study found. (Michael Lund/Merck via AP)
April 16, 2018 - 10:42 am
CHICAGO (AP) — For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer. It's the biggest win so far for immunotherapy, which has had much of its success until now in less common cancers. In the study...
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