i just saw an article on facebook about a 9-year-old boy who spent his spring break selling lemonade to raise money for his grandpas cancer treatment and i’m just sitting over here wondering if this is supposed to be some uplifting story or??? because a literal child should not have to work to keep their grandparent alive god…. healthcare in america is truly terrible


Maybe before we start petitioning for Stefán to do this or that, we should let him fully heal from the illness he still very much has.


Every year when Morton Pollner had his checkup, he worried that doctors would find something on his lung. For years, they didn’t. Then his luck ran out.

“My reaction was, ‘Well, you smoked for 30 years. You got away with it for another 30 years and this is it.’ I thought it was a death sentence,” he says.

Pollner, who lives in Monroe, N.Y., was 76 when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Like many patients his age, he didn’t expect there would be any effective treatment. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women. And it is mainly a disease of older people. Only about 2 percent of lung cancer patients are under 45 and the average age at diagnosis is about 70.

Older patients are frequently not offered curative treatment like surgery, because they and their families and even their doctors often think they won’t be able to tolerate it. So they are referred for supportive care to control symptoms, rather than surgery to remove the cancer.

Older Patients Can Benefit From Lung Cancer Surgery

Photos: Michael Rubenstein for NPR

anonymous asked:

Can you please boost the Zimbio poll, Clexa is dropping. www(.)zimbio(.)com/brackets/TV+Couples+March+Madness+2017


Originally posted by 1deafeningsilence


awoken by nausea.
awoken because of subtle sensation; the ebb and flow.
i am certain my entire bed is adrift upon a body of water.
it isn’t the nausea of youth.
they feel similar, but taste different.
they linger uniquely.
in my youth it was fear of the first day of school.
in my youth it was fear about a report for which i felt unprepared.
in my youth it was because there was a girl whom i wanted to talk with.
in my youth…
my mother asked; “what happened? you use to be such a happy child.”
maybe this is the trait or a parent unwilling to confront the present;
to see a child’s life as one, continuous line so as to address the flawed areas, the scrapped knees and bruised egos.
to address the tears as isolated cases and wash your hands of them & be done.
man up.
get up.
childhood extending seamlessly.
childhood extending endlessly.
i still retain a child’s mind, thank god.
the bed i wake upon, the one that rolls on high seas and turns my stomach all night, is my dingy.
i can’t quite remember why or how i am there.
is it just a lifeboat?
should i await a rescue?
was i pulled out to sea while exploring coastal and lost my bearings in the night?
surely i didn’t just wake here only to await dawn and curse the slow moving night as it passed.


The future of cancer treatment is here and it’s already saving lives

One-year-old Layla Richards was going to die. It was June 2015, and an extremely aggressive cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukemia had charged through her body, despite traditional treatments like a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy. With no other recourse, Richards was given a vial of genetically engineered cells that would, hypothetically, kill the cancer.

Months later, she was in remission. Today, she continues to live healthily at home with her parents in the U.K. It’s the first success of its kind in the field: Human leukemia was killed by lab-engineered immune cells. How it works and what’s standing in the way.

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anonymous asked:

hi im from canada im kind of young and im not really familiar with american health care. it's basically where you have to pay on the spot receive service?

Hello! To be honest at this point - I’m American and I’m not really sure how our health care system works anymore. It’s gotten messy. Honestly, with payment, it depends on what health insurance you have - like, how good your plan is. You either buy a plan independently or through work. You pay a premium each month and essentially, the more you pay per month, the less you pay on the spot for medical costs you cash in on, which range from everything from a simple checkup to surgery to cancer treatment. Typically, you have an out of pocket maximum - a fee that you pay up front, but once you hit the limit, insurance kicks in to cover 100% over that line. But insurance can and usually does cover a percentage prior to that anyway. Again, it just depends on how good your health care plan is. If you don’t have health care at all… prepare to be slapped with a huge doctor’s/hospital bill for whatever you have done. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the simplified gist of it.

well, fancy house is a scam. that didn’t take long.

the guy emailed me back with a verrrrry suspicious Tragic Backstory, so i did some reverse image searching, found a version of the main picture with a rental company’s watermark on it, and used that to find the REAL rental ad that is of course unaffordable.

so i emailed the other rental company like “fyi someone stole your ad, thought you could use a heads up” and debating whether to just blow off scammer guy like “thanks but we found another place, good luck,” or send him the real link like “care to explain this..?”

it’s like 5:30am and i woke up to do this internet detective quest because i was so pissed that someone would try to leverage this Tragic Backstory (he rushed off to get his kid to cancer treatment and his wife is dead and THAT’S why he can’t show us the house until we pay “as much rent as possible upfront”!) so now i’m sitting in bed on my laptop whispering “u think u can fuck with me motherfucker??” 

New cancer treatment: Nanoballs filled with poison to stop tumors from growing

Goodness gracious, great balls of cancer-killing poison. Researchers from the Houston Methodist Research Institute in Texas have found a way to inject nanoparticles full of poison into metastases, or the satellite tumors that grow away from the original tumor. Being able to track down these runaway cancers could be huge.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks(2017) 
Starring Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne, and Courtney B. Vance


Henrietta Lacks was an African American woman who was the progenitor of the HeLa cell line, one of the most important cell lines in medical research ever discovered. She was the unwitting donor of these cells from a cancerous tumor biopsied during treatment for her cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. in 1951. These cells were then cultured by George Otto Gey to create the cell line known as HeLa, a line which is still used for medical research. Neither Henrietta Lacks nor her family gave her physicians permission to harvest her cells. At that time, permission was neither required nor customarily sought. The cells were used in medical research and for commercial purposes. In the 1980s, family medical records were published without family consent. A similar issue was brought up in the Supreme Court of California case of Moore v. Regents of the University of California in 1990. The court ruled that a person’s discarded tissue and cells are not their property and can be commercialized. George Otto Gey, the first researcher to study Lacks’s cancerous cells, observed that her cells were unique in that they reproduced at a very high rate and could be kept alive long enough to allow more in-depth examination. Until then, cells cultured for laboratory studies only survived for a few days at most, which wasn’t long enough to perform a variety of different tests on the same sample. Lacks’s cells were the first to be observed that could be divided multiple times without dying, which is why they became known as “immortal.” After Lacks’ death, Gey had Mary Kubicek, his lab assistant, take further HeLa samples while Henrietta’s body was at Johns Hopkins’ autopsy facility. The roller-tube technique was the method used to culture the cells obtained from the samples that Kubicek collected. Gey was able to start a cell line from Lacks’s sample by isolating one specific cell and repeatedly dividing it, meaning that the same cell could then be used for conducting many experiments. They became known as HeLa cells, because Gey’s standard method for labeling samples was to use the first two letters of the patient’s first and last names. The ability to rapidly reproduce HeLa cells in a laboratory setting has led to many important breakthroughs in biomedical research. For example, by 1954, Jonas Salk was using HeLa cells in his research to develop the polio vaccine. To test his new vaccine, the cells were mass-produced in the first-ever cell production factory. Additionally, Chester M. Southam, a leading virologist, injected HeLa cells into cancer patients, prison inmates, and healthy individuals in order to observe if cancer could be transmitted as well as to examine if one could become immune to cancer by developing an acquired immune response.HeLa cells were in high demand and put in to mass production. They were mailed to scientists around the globe for “research into cancer, AIDS, the effects of radiation and toxic substances, gene mapping, and countless other scientific pursuits”. HeLa cells were the first human cells successfully cloned in 1955, and have since been used to test human sensitivity to tape, glue, cosmetics, and many other products. Since the 1950s, scientists have grown 20 tons of her cells, and there are almost 11,000 patents involving HeLa cells. In the early 1970s, a large portion of HeLa cells became contaminated by other cell cultures. As a result, members of Henrietta Lacks’s family received solicitations for blood samples from researchers hoping to learn about the family’s genetics in order to replace the contaminated cells. Alarmed and confused, several family members began questioning why they were receiving so many telephone calls requesting blood samples. In 1975 the family also learned through a chance dinner-party conversation that material originating in Henrietta Lacks was continuing to be used for medical research. The family had never discussed Henrietta’s illness and death among themselves in the intervening years but with the increased curiosity about their mother and her genetics they now began to ask questions.