NWPR Books
11:59 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Rat Pack's Sammy Davis Jr. Lives On Through Daughter's Stories

Frank Sinatra performing with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.
Photo: David Sutton RatPac Press & Running Press (The Perseus Books Group)

In his own words, Sammy Davis, Jr. was "the only black, Puerto Rican, one-eyed, Jewish entertainer in the world."

His daughter, Tracey Davis, shares memories and details of his life in her new book, Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father. It's based on conversations Davis had with her father as he battled throat cancer near the end of his life.

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NWPR Books
3:27 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Drawing From The Experience Of 'Indolent But Relentless' Cancer

A few years ago, the cartoonist Matt Freedman started having nagging pain around his ear. He bought mouth guards and tried pain relievers, but nothing seemed to work. Slowly, the pain got worse. In 2012, a bump appeared on his neck. It was a slow-growing, dangerous cancer that had already spread to his lungs.

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NWPR Books
3:45 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Wise Words From Robin Roberts' Mom: 'Honey, Everybody's Got Something'

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 8:27 am

When Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts was a little girl, whenever she'd complain to her mother about how unfair life was, her mother would say, "Oh, everybody's got something."

Years later, in 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. "I had that moment of: Wow, I can't believe I'm going through this. Why is this happening to me?" she tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "And my mother ... sweetly and gently — said to me, 'Honey, everybody's got something.' And it just really stuck with me."

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NWPR Books
5:06 am
Tue February 25, 2014

'A' Is For Anxiety, 'G' Is For Guilt: The ABCs Of Breast Cancer


A few years ago, Morning Edition interviewed President Obama at the White House. At the time, it was a major news story, but there was another story going on behind the scenes.

Madhulika Sikka, now the executive editor of NPR News, had accompanied the team to the White House, and while NPR's Steve Inskeep was talking to the president, Sikka was waiting on a phone call from her doctor. She had been warned a few days before that the news might not be good.

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Cancer Research
5:02 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

OHSU Asks Oregon Lawmakers For Major Cancer Research Funding

File photo OHSU Hospital at Oregon Health
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 5:54 pm

Officials at Oregon's largest medical center want state lawmakers to help fund a massive expansion of their cancer research facility.

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NWPR Books
8:03 am
Tue August 27, 2013

'Cancer Chronicles' Digs Into The Complex History Of A Devastating Disease

The government's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program (SEER) tracks state cancer incidence and mortality rates. So it was only natural that George Johnson would pore over their latest data to gain some insight for his incisive new book, The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery. "Concentrating on overall cancer rates can smear over some interesting details," he writes, "and I wondered what might be lurking underneath."

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Death With Dignity
5:16 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Death With Dignity Study Shows Many Terminal Patients Not Ending Own Lives

The study followed patients at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance who had a terminal diagnosis and requested information on legally ending their own lives.
Credit Ciar / Wikimedia Commons

People in Washington state with terminal illnesses are not deciding en mass to end their own lives. That’s the upshot of a new study some four years after Washington’s Death with Dignity law was approved by voters.

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Tanning Salons
6:30 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Northwest Lawmakers Continue Fight Against Indoor Tanning

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 8:42 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Research shows if you use a tanning bed before the age of 35, you are more likely to get skin cancer. That’s why legislators in Washington, Oregon and Idaho have been considering proposals to bar teenagers from indoor tanning salons. A bill in the Washington legislature to do this has died for the fourth year. But the idea is still alive in Salem and Boise.

Jessica Hewlett is just 22 years old and already a cancer survivor. Last March, her primary doctor sent her to a dermatologist because of a mole on her stomach.

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Exercise For Cancer Patients
5:17 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Sea Change In Cancer Treatment: Get On The Treadmill

Trainer Laura Rosencrantz (left) developed a personalized training program for cancer patient Trish Carr (right).
Photo credit: Julia Flucht Northwest News Network

When you get cancer, hopping on a treadmill is probably the last thing on your mind. But a growing pile of evidence shows exercise is precisely what doctors should advise you to do.

The American Cancer Society has released new guidelines urging patients to get active, even as they endure exhausting chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This is a big change, one that some believe isn’t happening fast enough.

Laura Rosencrantz is a personal trainer for Inpower Fitness in Portland. She’s certified to work with a specialized group, cancer patients.

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