Items Tagged ‘UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center’

Fighting cancer—and honoring a beloved aunt—one cake at a time

August 9, 2016

Fighting cancer—and honoring a beloved aunt—one cake at a time

By Reggie Kumar reggiekumar

For Abby Nathanson, 17, and best friend Ruby Garland, 17, baking cakes is a bittersweet tribute to a woman who was known not only for her love of creating sweet treats, but also her warrior-like attitude and determination to beat one of the deadliest cancers in the world. In 2013, Abby’s beloved aunt Jodi Nathanson […]

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Tags: cancer, chemotherapy, children, childrens health, clinical trials, lung cancer, lung cancer research, news, non-small cell lung cancer, radiation, radiation oncology, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


October 1, 2012

Surviving One-Two Punch of Thyroid Cancer and Sarcoma

By uclahealth uclahealth

Jennifer Marquez has survived not one but two bouts with cancer. Her first diagnosis and treatment for thyroid cancer went smoothly enough. It was the second diagnosis with a rare form of sarcoma that presented a life-threatening challenge. By the time her sarcoma was diagnosed, Marquez had a mass the size of a football growing […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Fritz Eilber, sarcoma, thyroid cancer, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


November 1, 2011

Family Man Triumphs Over High-Grade Bladder Cancer

By uclahealth uclahealth

Adam Schaffer is convinced his then six-year-old son, Hayden, saved his life. It was Thanksgiving weekend in 2005 and the Schaffers were visiting his parents near San Diego. The Friday after the feast, Schaffer and Hayden were wrestling around on the couch when the boy shot his father a powerful knee just above the groin. […]

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Tags: bladder cancer, cancer, Dr. Mark Litwin, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


November 1, 2011

Teen Battles Osteosarcoma and Seizes Bright Future

By uclahealth uclahealth

The doctors told Allie Newman that the pain in her right thigh was tendonitis, nothing to worry about. A little physical therapy and she’d be as good as new. Just one month later, in January, the 16-year-old avid skier and soccer player was diagnosed with an aggressive osteosarcoma in her right femur. Her dad, Bob […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Jeffrey Eckardt, Dr. Noah Federman, osteosarcoma, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


October 1, 2011

Fighting Breast Cancer on Two Fronts

By uclahealth uclahealth

Noreen Fraser is fighting cancer on two fronts. For more than 10 years, her body has battled metastatic breast cancer that has spread to her bones and liver. Through her foundation, the Noreen Fraser Foundation, she raises money to fund research to discover more effective and less toxic treatments for women’s cancers. When she was […]

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Tags: breast cancer, cancer, Dr. Dennis Slamon, Dr. John Glaspy, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


October 1, 2011

Beating Back Esophageal Cancer

By uclahealth uclahealth

Not much gets Dimitri Dimitri down. And obstacles? No such thing. Born in Iran, Dimitri came to the United States to study electronics in college, graduating with a degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in1962. Within a week of graduation, he landed a job. Shortly afterward, he married his wife, Tammy, whom he first […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Zev Wainberg, Esophageal Cancer, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


November 1, 2008

Melanoma Survivor is Loving Life

By uclahealth uclahealth

The melanoma had spread throughout his body. It was everywhere, and none of the surgeries or chemotherapies or radiation seemed to work. So Joseph Rick planned a trip to Illinois and bought a grave plot next to his father. Once a big guy, he’d lost 165 pounds. He could barely walk. He was 40 and […]

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Tags: cancer, clinical trial, Dr. Antoni Ribas, Dr. John Glaspy, melanoma, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


November 1, 2008

Childhood Neuroblastoma Survivor Leads Full Life

By uclahealth uclahealth

Jillian Morris-Jenkins wasn’t old enough to remember when her life was forever changed. At only 2, she was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma, the second most common solid tumor diagnosed in children. The cancer originated in her liver and ate three-fourths of the organ before spreading up through part of her rib cage and coiling […]

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Tags: bone marrow transplant, cancer, cancer survivor, Dr. Jacqueline Casillas, neuroblastoma, UCLA-LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


November 1, 2008

Testicular Cancer Survivor Renews Life Plans

By uclahealth uclahealth

At 17, Roberto Martinez knew exactly what he wanted – to become a lawyer, earn lots of money and own an expensive home and a luxury car. A great job and an impressive salary would be his ticket to the top, Martinez thought. Then he was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer. For Martinez, it was […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Jackie Casillas, LiveSTRONG, testicular cancer, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


October 1, 2008

Poster Boy for Early Detection of Prostate Cancer

By uclahealth uclahealth

Carson Lev is the poster boy for early detection of prostate cancer. Although he was a regular at the annual Cruisin’ For A Cure car show, which raises money for research at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, he avoided the free, on-site prostate cancer screening tests offered to men over 40. Although hounded by friend […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Jean deKernion, prostate cancer, PSA, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, urology