Ralph Lauren Selling Harlem Cancer Center

Ralph Lauren is handing off one of his philanthropic endeavors.
The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, opened in 2003, is being sold for just under $ 2.3 million to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the largest privately owned cancer centers in the world.
In documents seeking approval from the New York Supreme Court for the acquisition of a registered nonprofit, the Ralph Lauren Center said it was recently valued by a third party at the sale price and that at the end of the 2017 fiscal year, it had about $ 1.1 million in liabilities.
“[The Ralph Lauren Center] faced serious financial challenges from the outset,” the company wrote in the petition. It admitted that MSK, the only corporate member of its board of trustees, has actually already offered “considerable assistance” to the center just to keep it operational over the years.
The center wrote that before striking a deal with MSK, it “could no longer feasibly operate” as a solo entity, in part “because of the deteriorating reimbursement environment for its services and supports.” Over the last 16 years, the Harlem-based center says it’s managed more than 160,000 patient visits and always operated regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 Raised $2.39 Million for Prevent Cancer

Charity fundraising organization Games Done Quick raised over $ 2 million dollars for the Prevent Cancer Foundation in an event that concluded on Sunday, according to a press release. Games Done Quick (GDQ) raises money through speedrunning, which is when players complete video games within seemingly impossible time constraints in an attempt to break records.  Many […]

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How This College Student Dealt with Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis 2 Months Before Graduation

While planning a post-graduation trip with college friends, Loyola University Chicago senior Anna Wassman was totally focused on saving for her trip — until she noticed a lump in her right breast that she had definitely not felt before.

A former professional ballerina who’s “very in tune with her body,” Wassman immediately called her doctor, who told her to wait a few days to see if it would go away. She waited, but says she “knew this wasn’t good.”

When the lump was still around two days later, Wassman got an ultrasound, which then necessitated a biopsy. Despite the reassurances from family, friends and medical professionals that she was too young for the lump to be anything serious, she anxiously called her doctor’s office every day.

Almost a week after her biopsy, on March 1, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, Stage IIa HER2-positive. “This can happen to anyone at any age,” Wassman tells PEOPLE.

So what goes through the mind of a 25-year-old who’s at the top of her class, working full-time, already has a job offer — and now has to fight a life-threatening illness?

“I definitely started crying … and I immediately went into planning mode,” the marketing major recalls. “I knew it was something I had to address, and I couldn’t avoid it anymore. Now that I knew what was going on, it was like, ‘How can we fix this?’ ”

The diagnosis came at the beginning of her spring break, so Wassman packed the following class-free week with doctors appointments, MRIs, CT scans and mammograms. She also asked questions about what she could change in her diet, her physical activity level and any other lifestyle factors that could improve her prognosis.

Because she wasn’t going to give up on her goal: “I just wanted to walk across the stage and graduate ,” Wassman shares. 

RELATED: Dad Shares Emotional Dance with 2-Year-Old Daughter Battling Cancer: ‘She’s Full of Life’

The determined college student met with her professors — one of whom was a breast cancer survivor herself — to explain her situation and prove her dedication to completing her coursework on schedule.

“I wanted to be completely transparent with my professors to let them know that I wasn’t just blowing off class to do something fun or take a job interview,” Wassman says.

She ended up graduating summa cum laude with the top GPA in her program.

“I don’t know how it’s worked, but everyone’s been there in how I needed them. I’m so grateful,” she muses. Her parents flew from California to be with her for weeks at a time. She never attended chemo alone thanks to her her live-in boyfriend and friends. And she built an entirely new support network of at least a dozen breast cancer survivors around her own age.

RELATED: This 24-Year-Old Found a Breast Cancer Lump While Getting Ready for a Night Out

After having a bilateral mastectomy — “I didn’t have to, but I wanted no chance of reoccurrence,” Wassman states — she had four and a half months of chemo, which finished the second week in September, and will continue her targeted therapy of prescription drugs for a few more weeks. She also has one more surgery around the corner to get breast implants.

The future for Wassman includes working with Imerman’s Angels, a nonprofit that provides one-on-one support for cancer patients. She also earned a two-year internship with tech company BOSCH, six months of which will be spent living abroad in Germany, starting in early November.

In the meantime, Wassman continues to appreciate the strength of her body every single day.

RELATED: Ohio Mom, 27, Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Months After Giving Birth Speaks Out: ‘Be Proactive’

“There have been days where I’ve been like, ‘I don’t want to go to treatment, I don’t want to do this anymore,’ but you have to,” she says. “But I’m glad that I pushed through and didn’t give up and kept fighting.”


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Stella McCartney Raises Breast Cancer Awareness with Campaign and New Lingerie Set

THE GOOD FIGHT: Stella McCartney has tapped Sofia Vergara for her annual Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. The campaign has two parts, with the first launching Monday and the second to be released in October.
The first of the two-part campaign has images of Vergara wearing McCartney’s limited edition bra and brief set named Rose Romancing, which will launch on the brand’s website and social channels.
The campaign is meant to highlight the global impact of breast cancer and underline the need for preventative education and advanced breast cancer care.
Sales of the lingerie set will benefit the Linda McCartney Centre in Liverpool, The Hello Beautiful Foundation in London, and Memorial Sloan Kettering in the U.S. The money will go towards early detection programs and treatments for breast cancer patients.
The limited-edition Rose Romancing set, a rose, lace embellished triangle bra and bikini brief, will be available to order from Stella McCartney stores on Oct. 1.
The set will also be available online at Net-a-porter, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Le Bon Marché and Shopbop. The triangle bra retails at 110 pounds, and the bikini briefs at 85 pounds.
A testimonial film, to be screened on McCartney’s website, will launch alongside the campaign. There will also be an exhibition at McCartney’s

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Aretha Franklin ‘Gravely Ill’ With Cancer (Reports)

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin, “The Queen of Soul,” is gravely ill, family members told Detroit news outlet Local 4 on Monday. “I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill,” the station’s Evord Cassimy tweeted. “I spoke with her family members this morning. She […]

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IBM Bet Big on Using Watson to Improve Cancer Care. It Has Fallen Short.

Big Blue spent billions on its Watson artificial intelligence product with a focus on cancer care. Sometimes, it didn’t say more than doctors already knew. In other cases, Watson was tripped up by a lack of data in rare or recurring cancers and rapidly evolving treatments.
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Big Blue spent billions on its Watson artificial intelligence product with a focus on cancer care. Sometimes, it didn’t say more than doctors already knew. In other cases, Watson was tripped up by a lack of data in rare or recurring cancers and rapidly evolving treatments.
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Kevin Jonas Sr. Has ‘Real Concerns’ Sons Kevin, Joe, Nick and Frankie Will Also Get Colon Cancer

The Jonas Brothers’ father, Kevin Sr., is in remission after a harrowing colon cancer battle — and now he’s worried his sons may face the disease, too.

On March 7, 2017, Kevin Sr. went in for his first colonoscopy at the age of 52. The screening found a worrisome mass; three weeks later, after surgery to remove it, doctors discovered he had been living with stage 2 cancer. Kevin Sr. underwent six months of grueling preventative chemotherapy, and on Dec. 22, he was declared in remission. And today, Kevin Sr. hopes sharing his story encourages others — including his four sons with wife Denise, 51 — to get screened for colorectal cancer.

“I want them all to get tested as early as possible,” Kevin Sr. says of famous sons Kevin Jr., 30, Joe, 28, Nick, 25, and youngest brother Frankie, 17.

The average recommended age to begin screenings is 50. But according to Fight CRC — a national colorectal cancer advocacy organization that raises awareness about the importance of early detection through screening — 25 percent of people diagnosed with the disease have a family history. So anyone with a family history of colorectal cancer “should begin screening 10 years before their youngest affected relative was diagnosed,” says Dr. Richard Goldberg, director of the West Virginia University Cancer Institute.

For more on the Jonas family’s cancer crisis, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands everywhere Friday.

“We do have testing now that’s available, and our kids will all go in and be tested and probably go in early and actually have a colonoscopy early,” Kevin Sr. says of the boys. “I think that Kevin is planning to soon. He just turned 30. I have real concerns. go ahead and eliminate the issue and get in before it’s an issue!”

His sons have already taken DNA tests to check for cancer or pre-cancer, and “it looks like that’s not a factor — but still, I’ll have peace of mind when they know for sure.”

Kevin Jr. — who shares daughters Alena, 4, and Valentina, 1, with wife Danielle, 31 — says his father’s devastating diagnosis gave him new perspective.

“For me as a dad, I look at it like: How would my family feel, my children feel, if I had to be in this position? I would want them to be taken care of,” says Kevin Jr. “There are a lot of things you can’t control — you’ve got to be prepared for anything that could come your way. A big thing for me is going to the doctor and getting regular checkups, taking care of yourself, and making healthy choices.


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RHONY Star Jill Zarin’s Husband Bobby Dies After Battle with Cancer

Jill Zarin‘s husband Bobby has died from cancer.

Jill announced the news in a family statement on her official website, revealing that Bobby died on Saturday surrounded by his family.

“With the heaviest of hearts, we are devastated to share the news that our beloved Bobby Zarin passed away peacefully today surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer,” the family said in a statement. “There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are. Thank you, everyone for all your love, and support during this difficult time.”

His stepdaughter Aly Shapiro remembered him in a touching Instagram post also on Saturday, sharing a gallery of photos of the two over the years.

“We ❤ Bobby…” she wrote. “Thank you for giving me such a wonderful family and being the most incredible step-Dad anyone could ever ask for. I don’t remember a time without you, and you will not be forgotten. Every shot of patron, every time we listen to Hotel California, every vroom of a Ferrari you will be right there with us. You fought with dignity and courage, surrounded by all of us with love and respect till the very end. You can rest In peace now, we love you so much.”

She also provided service details, which will be held Monday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. at Riverside Memorial in New York City.

Bobby was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009 and went on to have his thyroid removed as well as underwent radioactive iodine treatment.

“The radioactive iodine usually kills off whatever undetectable cancer cells are left in your body after surgery,” he previously told PEOPLE. “We thought it was cured – and it usually is in about 93 percent of cases. But I wasn’t able to absorb the radioactive iodine. So it came back.”

The cancer wound up returning and spread to his lungs. In Fall 2016, Jill revealed to PEOPLE that he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Although the Real Housewives of New York City alum remained hopeful throughout Bobby’s treatment, she said “his cancer took an unexpected turn” over the summer. In July, Bobby was admitted to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where he recovered from a procedure.

“He is not going down without a fight,” Jill told PEOPLE exclusively. “We’re hoping for a miracle,” she said about the love of her life.

RELATED VIDEO: Jill Zarin’s Husband Bobby Hospitalized with Cancer Complications

After he was admitted to the hospital in July, Jill hadn’t left his side and did everything she could to make him comfortable.

“I’m in shock,” she said. “I’m in physical shock. I’ve lost 8 lbs. already. He was doing well for a very, very long time. Then the cancer came back in his brain last fall and since then, it’s been one thing after another.”

As Bobby’s treatment continued, Jill remained dedicated to raising money for thyroid cancer research for him and others who have the deadly disease through her Annual Luxury Luncheon, which was opened to the public for the first time last year.

Last January, the couple celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary. “Happy 16th wedding Anniversary to the most wonderful husband, father and friend in the world. I love you with all my ❤❤❤ we will get thru this and be together forever,” Jill wrote about her husband. 

And in celebration of his birthday last February, Jill posted multiple photos of Bobby on Instagram with loving captions. “I’m so happy and at peace these days with the love of my life living La Vida Boca!” she wrote.

“He is the most loving and caring person I have ever known besides my father. Sometimes life just isn’t fair,” she previously told PEOPLE about Bobby. “But we have such a great love story. He is the love of my life and I will do everything in my power to heal and care for him.”

Bobby ran Zarin Fabrics, which was opened by his father, Harry Zarin, in 1936. The New York native is survived by Jill, his three children — Jonathan, David and Jennifer Zarin — and stepdaughter, Ally.


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6-Year-Old Best Friends Who Met During Cancer Treatment Get to Be ‘Pilots for a Day’

Two 6-year-old boys with leukemia earned their wings on Friday after being “pilots for a day” at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

Houston Pirrung and Jack Kirkbride, of the Annapolis area, became best friends while undergoing treatment at John Hopkins Hospital. After learning about the boys’ friendship, the Check-6 Foundation — which provides support to ailing children and military veterans — decided to give them a real-life pilot experience.

“The two developed an immediate bond — playing with cars, going on hospital hallway adventures and battling cancer — as teammates,” officials said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

Houston and Jack, both dressed in badge-filled pilot uniforms, arrived at the air base bright and early to tour the base, check out the planes, and they even took over the public address system to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

The duo also got to copilot a Boeing C-40 Clipper alongside seasoned pilots. The boys were given the coveted rank of lieutenant general for the day.

“They’re three-star generals,” Houston’s father, Staff Sgt. Zachary Pirrung, said of the boys. “You can’t get better than that.”

Houston, who was diagnosed in July 2016, is in the maintenance stage of his treatment (doctors are working to ensure that the cancer does not return). And Pirrung said his son’s friendship with Jack has proven to be the perfect therapy for Houston.

“It’s been a blessing for all of us,” he said. “It was nice for them to have another little person going through what they each are going through.”

Jack was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in August 2015, and recently began new medication, according to the statement.

“It’s just one day at a time,” Jack’s father, Matt Kirkbride, said. “That’s really what we’ve gotta do.”


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Olivia Newton-John on Being a Cancer ‘Thriver’ and Using Weed to Cope with Her Relapse: It’s a ‘Healing Plant’

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When Olivia Newton-John began to have trouble walking, she never imagined that it was due to a cancer relapse.

The 68-year-old actress told Today that she initially thought her pain was due to sciatica. However, she soon learned she had breast cancer that had metastasized to the sacrum.

“I guess it was a little surprising,” she told Natalie Morales in an interview that aired Thursday morning. “I never would have associated it because in my mind, it was over. I had finished with it.”

However, Newton-John is not letting her diagnosis get her down. Although she admits to having dark moments, she chooses to be positive and look forward with a “glass half full” attitude.

“I don’t read into prognosis and statistics because I think that can really be depressing,” she said. “I’m not going to be one of those statistics, I’m going to be fine.”

The Grease star added, “I will probably deal with this in my life as an ongoing thing. I think you can live with cancer the way you live with other things if you take care of yourself.”

In addition to traditional medical treatments such as chemotherapy, Newton-John credits beating cancer the first time to her overall wellness plan. The cancer treatment center in Melbourne, Australia, which bears her name now offers patients holistic treatments including yoga, massages, art and music therapy to aid in their recovery.

The actress also shared that she’s been treating the pain with medical marijuana her husband John Easterling grows.

“People have this vision from the ’60s of people just sitting around and getting stoned,” she said. “I think that it’s not about that. This plant is a healing plant. I think we need to change the vision of what it is because it helped me greatly and it helps with pain and inflammation.”

RELATED VIDEO: How Olivia Newton-John Is Staying Strong After Metastatic Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Newton-John, who said her cancer battle has taught her that she’s stronger than she knew, calls herself a cancer “thriver.”

“Survivor sounds like someone clinging onto a lifeboat to me,” she said. “A thriver is someone who’s already off the boat and on land.”


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Bethenny Frankel to Undergo Skin Cancer Removal Surgery: ‘I Am Extremely Lucky to Have Caught It in Time’

A growth on Bethenny Frankel‘s face has been diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma.

Last month, a source confirmed to PEOPLE that the Real Housewives of New York City star was being tested for skin cancer after she “had a growth removed” below her eye. Now, the Skinnygirl mogul will undergo surgery to remove the the skin cancer.

“I had a growth on my face that was enlarging. I guessed it to be a basal cell carcinoma and had it lanced and removed,” Frankel, 46, tells PEOPLE. “The doctor confirmed it is indeed basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, and says while it is cancer, I am lucky to have it removed — so it won’t affect my overall health.”

“I am now scheduled to undergo Mohs surgery to remove the cancer, followed immediately by plastic surgery to remove any scarring,” she shares.

In light of her diagnosis, Frankel implores everyone to be diligent about protecting their skin from the sun.

“I am extremely lucky to have caught it in time, and it just goes to show you have to know your body and be very aware of any changes. This was a sharp reminder why it is so important that I religiously wear large hats to cover my face and reapply sunscreen,” she says. “Always make sure to rub in spray-on sunscreen on your kids — spraying it on by itself doesn’t cover them enough. Apply it thoroughly every two hours and check the expiration dates as sunscreen does not expire; and sit in the shade whenever possible.”

“I love to swim in the ocean and go to the beach, but this is a reminder that the sun is not your friend,” she adds.

On Aug. 30, Frankel — who has been actively campaigning to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey — shared an Instagram video about the catastrophic Houston-area flooding, announcing that 100 percent of the donations raised by her charity, B Strong, are going to women and families in need in the Houston area.

In response to a concerned fan’s question about the band-aid on her face, Frankel revealed that she “had a growth removed.”

Since Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the reality star has been in action mode, raising money and supplies via her  B Strong Foundation in partnership with Dress for Success.

“I realized this is the time to raise your hand and help,” she told PEOPLE. “We’ve raised more than $ 300,000 in supplies and donations.”

Frankel arrived in Houston for a full-day marathon earlier this month to hand out supplies at the city’s Dress for Success office. There, she met with 200 volunteers to distribute clothing and necessities — including toothbrushes and toothpaste, socks (1,000 pairs from Bombas), underwear, bras, gift cards and gas cards — to more than 500 women and their families.

“I hope this will help these women from feeling helpless,” she added.  “And any surplus goods will be sent to Florida for families affected by Hurricane Irma.”

Now the reality star is busy raising more donations and gathering supplies for women and families in need after Hurricane Irma … even more than last time.


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Tamra Judge Delays Bodybuilding Competition After Discovering More Skin Cancer: ‘Get Your Skin Checked’

Tamra Judge is putting her bodybuilding competition plans on hold after discovering another cancerous mole.

The Real Housewives of Orange County star, 49, discovered melanoma on her left butt cheek, and urged her Instagram followers to get their skin checked.

“I work out hard for this Booty. I was planning on competing again in November at 50 years old, but I’m not sure that’s happening now. It looks like God has a different plan for me,” Judge writes. “I’m showing you this picture because this is what melanoma looks like. I don’t want sympathy, I want you to save YOUR ass and get your skin checked. This was just a small black flat freckle … I had no idea!”

The mom of four previously had three spots that turned out to be basil cell skin cancer, and one squamous cell skin cancer, all of which can be treated with early detection and by quickly removing the skin cells.

Judge says she’s disappointed that she won’t be able to compete, but relieved that her doctors noticed the melanoma.

“I’ll be fine because my faith is strong and my Ass ain’t bad either. Thank you @cacoastalderm. I’ve been a little sad, worried and pissed off. But we caught it early and that makes me happy,” she says.

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The Bravo star says she may rethink the beach vacation she planned for her 50th birthday on Sept. 2.

“Happy birthday to me. #saveyourass birthday party in Cabo not sounding like a good idea now.”


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Free Medication Health Donated to Cancer Navigators in Rome, GA by Charles Myrick of ACRX

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Why Ronnie Wood Wouldn’t Undergo Chemo to Fight His Lung Cancer

“It’s more I wasn’t going to lose my hair. This hair wasn’t going anywhere.”

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Teen On ‘America’s Got Talent’ Brings The Tears As She Performs For Her Father With Cancer

You’ll need all the tissues you can find watching Evie Clair’s performance from Tuesday night’s “America’s Got Talent.”

While onstage, the 13-year-old singer tearfully revealed that part of the reason she’s performing is for her dad, who was diagnosed with colon cancer about a year ago.

The audience was in tears even before Clair sang one note of Christina Perri’s “Arms,” a song she sings to her father when he’s going through rough days. When she started singing, and shots of her family watching offstage appeared on screen, it was just too much.

Just try not to cry all over your keyboard. Then you’ll be sobbing for other reasons.

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Olivia Newton-John Is ‘Totally Confident’ She’ll Beat Breast Cancer Again

Olivia Newton-John is staying optimistic following her recent cancer diagnosis. 

The Australian songstress revealed earlier this month she was battling cancer for the second time, forcing her to postpone her nationwide tour to focus on her health.

Newton-John was first treated for breast cancer in 1992 at the age of 43, undergoing a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction. After canceling shows two weeks ago due to back pain, testing revealed that the cancer had returned and metastasized to her sacrum, a bone in the lower back.

“I am really grateful for and touched by the worldwide outpouring of love and concern. Thank you. I am feeling good and enjoying total support from my family and friends, along with a team of wellness and medical practitioners both here in the U.S. and at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” the singer told People in an exclusive statement. “I’m totally confident that my new journey will have a positive success story to inspire others! Love and light, Olivia.”

The “Grease” actress is currently laying low in her southern California ranch home with husband John Easterling while she undergoes photon radiation therapy, in addition to pursuing natural wellness therapies. After just a week of treatment, Newton-John’s pain level has already “gone from [level] eight to about a two,” according to her husband. 

“We both have the same unshakable belief that she’s going to have a wonderful success story,” Easterling told People. “We’re not trying to be positive. We have an absolute knowingness that we can turn this around.”

“She’s not naive and doesn’t get immobilized,” friend and talk-show host Leeza Gibbons added. “She finds light in the darkest corners and just always has.”

If all goes well, Newton-John reportedly plans to return to the stage later this year and resume touring for her album “LIV,” which was partly inspired by her cancer battle, as well as the death of her sister from brain cancer in 2013.

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Olivia Newton-John’s Cancer Diagnosis: Health Experts Weigh In on Her Battle Ahead

Olivia Newton-John is battling breast cancer again, 25 years after her first diagnosis in 1992, and oncologists are weighing in on her long — but treatable — journey ahead.

“It’s a very long time from her primary and that usually means that it’s very treatable, and you can put it into long term remission,” explains Carolyn Runowicz, an oncologist and associate dean at the Herbert Wertheirm College of Medicine at Florida International University, who is not treating Newton-John. “It’s never good news to have a recurrent tumor — that’s devastating to the patient. But the further out you are from your initial diagnosis, the better the prognosis.”

Doctors have diagnosed the star, 68, with breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum (a bone in the lower back), according to a statement the singer posted on Facebook. She has also put her U.S. and Canadian concert tour on hold after initially postponing two weeks ago because of severe back pain from what she thought was sciatica.

“We’re lucky that there’s new drugs being developed and new treatments over time that make a difference, but this is something that 10 years of her life will be about trying to control this,” says Laura Esserman, director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center. “Part of anybody’s treatment should be about how you can handle every day in spite of the situation you find yourself in.”

Metastasis is the development of secondary malignant growths from a primary site of cancer, and the sacrum, where Newton-John is affected, is situated between the two hipbones of the pelvis.

“Bone metastatic disease is the most common type of metastatic disease from breast cancer,” explains Raquel Prati, a breast surgeon at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “When it goes to the bone only, she may not need very aggressive treatment.”

According to Prati, metastatic to the bone tends to behave better than in other areas that breast cancer can affect, such as the liver or the brain.

Along with natural wellness therapies, the entertainer will be treated with a “short course of photon radiation therapy,” according to the statement.

Sheri Marquez, a radiation oncologist and medical director at the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Center in California, notes that Newton-John’s diagnosis “is not considered curable, but considered treatable” and breaks down what her type of radiation treatment typically entails.

“We use higher energy x-rays to kill cancer cells, basically,” Marquez says. “When you get radiation therapy, the x-ray is stronger, and it’s focused treatment so we can shape where the radiation goes.”

As Marquez explains, radiation therapy is planned for the area that needs to be treated, so the side effects of treatment will relate only to what’s treated.

“When we’re treating the pelvis, and the rest of the body is being protected, she won’t lose the hair on her head,” Marquez says. “She may get nausea, vomiting or diarrhea from irritation in those treatment areas.”

Since bone marrow would be the target in this case, there’s a chance that white blood cell, red blood cell, and platelet count could be affected. With that, there’s a higher risk of infection, bleeding, and fatigue.

With a short course of treatment, Marquez says that over 90 percent of patients will report some benefits and eventually over 50 percent will have complete resolution of their pain.

“We try very hard with the treatment to spare what we don’t need to treat so patients can get back to their lives,” Marquez says.

In 2013, Newton-John lost her beloved sister Rona to brain cancer shortly after her diagnosis. Whether her family history will come into play now, Prati says, “Brain cancer tends not to be related to breast cancer, but it depends on how much more family history she might have.”

“All cancers are genetic, but all cancers are not inherited,” adds Runowicz. “So you have to take a very careful history.”


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Toddler Pays Tribute To Her Cancer Survivor Grandma In Awesome Photos

Three-year-old Scout Larson has made headlines thanks to her series of adorable photos that show the little girl dressed as as fierce female icons

For her latest shoot, the toddler emulated a special hero in her life: her grandmother, who is a breast cancer survivor.

Scout’s mom, Ashley, told HuffPost that her mother was the initial inspiration behind the famous icons shoot. She wanted to teach Scout about strong, courageous women as her grandmother battled cancer. 

“From the beginning, I was planning on making Scout and my mom (”Nonnie”) each a photo book of all the recreated photos we shot,” Ashley told HuffPost. “I felt like it would only make sense to do photos of my mom as well since she’s the inspiration behind the entire project.”

The grandmother was a bit camera shy at first. “My mom is very selfless,” Ashley explained. “Being the center of attention is definitely not her favorite thing.”

Scout, however, loves posing for pictures and helped bring her out of her shell. The toddler particularly loved the matching shirts, which Ashley and her mom made for the grandma-granddaughter photo shoot. 

“She had such a blast getting to shoot with her Nonnie,” Ashley said. “She was seriously thrilled to get to match with her.”

Today, Ashley’s mother is doing well. “She’s cancer free and back to doing whatever she feels like doing! Her hair is growing back in beautifully and her strength is coming back,” she said, adding that her mom has one surgery coming up, but they’re ready to face this last step together as a family.

“She’s the toughest lady I know,” Ashley added. “My sister and I are lucky to be a part of her. My babies and my nieces have the best Nonnie in the world.”

Ultimately, Scout’s mom wants people who look at these photos to see that women are fierce and strong. 

“My mom, although she was sick, was my rock throughout the entire diagnosis and treatment. Fighting breast cancer, I know she was in pain and she was exhausted, but she never once showed that side to the little people who call her ‘Nonnie,’” Ashley said, adding that the grandmother continued to laugh and play with her grandchildren and took part in a normal Christmas celebration just a few weeks after having a double mastectomy. 

“Being a hero doesn’t always mean you’re saving the world,” Ashley said. “Sometimes, just showing up for life and meeting the problems head on is enough.”

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Bride Refuses To Let Incurable Cancer Stop Her Wedding

A terminally ill bride-to-be refused to let a rare type of incurable cancer stop her from marrying the love of her life.

In hospice, surrounded by loved ones, Madisonville, Tennessee, resident Ronda Bivens married the father of her two young children Thursday in an impromptu service organized by family and friends.

“She wanted to have a beautiful wedding, and I wanted to give her that,” Ronda’s husband, Matt Mager, told HuffPost.

Ronda’s best friend, Amanda Dalton, was among those who helped organize the nuptials.

“It was friends calling friends, getting everything together,” said Dalton, who helped get Ronda into a donated wedding dress. “We called the county clerk’s office ― they sent someone out ― and we got a preacher. It happened literally within a couple hours once we got it rolling.”

Ronda’s wedding day, which was also her 28th birthday, came after more than a year of chemotherapy, radiation and the amputation of her right leg, with Matt all the while by her side.

“He is like one of a kind,” said Dalton. “He’s been there nonstop for her since the beginning. He loves her unconditionally. That’s the truth.”

Doctors in February 2016 diagnosed a lump on Ronda’s ankle as epithelioid sarcoma, a rare type of a cancer that affects only 1 in 2.5 million people. Unfortunately, doctors years earlier had misdiagnosed the lump ― first as tendinitis and then as a torn tendon, Matt said.

Ronda’s doctors amputated her leg in May 2016, but by then the cancer had spread to her lungs.

“They told us right off the bat there was no cure,” Matt said. “They said, ‘We can just do what helps.’ But everything they’ve done has just made it worse. It’s financially wrecked us, and I’ve had a front row seat to my best friend dying. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s very emotional.”

Because epithelioid sarcoma is so rare, it’s not a disease doctors were aware of until the 1970s, and even today many doctors are reportedly not as familiar with it as perhaps they should be.

In an online post after her diagnosis, Ronda urged anyone who comes across a lump or bump to take it seriously.

“Never in a million years would I or anyone else thought this would be cancer but it is,” she wrote. “So please everyone, if you find a bump of any sort go to the doctor. Go to a bunch of doctors for second opinions. Maybe if I did, instead of believing all these other misdiagnoses, things would be different.”

When her condition worsened last week, Ronda was admitted to the intensive care unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where the couple received devastating news: Her cancer had spread to her brain.

“The doctor told us they found a tumor on her brain and the cancer had basically taken over her lungs,” Matt said. “They said the left lung had stopped working and the right lung was infected. They told me she had only a few days to live.”

According to Matt, they were presented with two choices: Doctors could sedate Ronda and put a breathing tube down her throat or he could take her home and make her comfortable.

“She wanted to come home, so we’re home now,” he said. “I hold her hand every day and am trying to focus on the time we have. She’s on a morphine pump to soothe her pain, so she’s in and out of it. But when she comes in, she’s still the same fighter. I can’t even tell you how strong she is.

One of those moments of clarity was on the couple’s wedding night.

“She woke up last night and she was so excited about the wedding,” Matt said. “We sat there and talked about it for an hour. She asked to see the wedding photos. We looked at them, laughed and cried and held each other.”

The couple, who have known each other since childhood, have been together since they were teenagers.  

“She’s got the most beautiful eyes ― eyes you can’t get away from,” Matt said.

They have two children, a 6-year-old son, who just graduated first grade, and a 4-year-old daughter. Matt said the couple’s daughter is too young to understand what’s going on, but their son is heartbroken.

“I told him his mother is going to heaven soon,” Matt said. “I’ve sat there and talked with him and cried with him. I had to tell him it ain’t going to be same. It’s hard ― no 6-year-old should have to hear that.”

Friends of the family have created a GoFundMe page in an effort to help with medical and living expenses. Matt, who works as a roofing contractor, has had little time to work since Ronda’s diagnosis. As of Friday, more than $ 500 had been raised.

Ronda, who was unable to participate in this story, recently shared her thoughts on Facebook:

“I’ve seen better days, but I’ve also seen worse. I don’t have everything that I want, but I do have all I need. I woke up with some aches and pains, but I woke up. My life may not be perfect, but I am Blessed.”

Matt said that, while he has little control over what happens next, there is one thing he is certain of: “Our children will never forget her. I tell her every day the kids are never not going to know who you are.”

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Val Kilmer Acknowledges Cancer Battle For First Time

Speculation surrounding Val Kilmer’s health has been circulating for about two years now, but the actor has mostly been quiet about the subject. 

During a recent Reddit Ask Me Anything session, however, Kilmer addressed his health, admitting he had “a healing of cancer.”

A fan asked Kilmer about Michael Douglas’ 2016 comments that suggested the “Top Gun” star was battling cancer. At the time, Kilmer said Douglas was “misinformed.” 

“What was the story behind that?” the Reddit user wrote. 

“He was probably trying to help me cause press probably asked where I was these days, and I did have a healing of cancer, but my tongue is still swollen altho healing all the time,” Kilmer answered. “Because I don’t sound my normal self yet people think I may still be under the weather.” 

Prior to this AMA, Kilmer had not publicly admitted he had cancer, though last November he was reportedly having trouble speaking while at an event promoting his one-man play “Citizen Twain.” During that event, he reportedly told the crowd his tongue was swollen and he was “still recovering,” but did not say from what.  

Rumors about his health first surfaced in January 2015, when it was reported Kilmer had been hospitalized for bleeding from his throat. Outlets reported he underwent surgery for a throat tumor. 

The actor continually denied any illness or surgery, though was spotted later that year with what appeared to be a tracheostomy tube around his neck. After that, he began covering his neck with scarves or bandanas while out in public, but still did not address his illness. 

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