cancer http://kuow.org en How Being Ignored Helped A Woman Discover The Breast Cancer Gene http://kuow.org/post/how-being-ignored-helped-woman-discover-breast-cancer-gene Back in the 1970s, a geneticist named Mary-Claire King decided she needed to figure out why women in some families were much more likely to get breast cancer.<p>It took 17 years for King and her colleague to identify the single gene that could cause both breast and ovarian cancer. During that time, many people discounted her work, saying that genes couldn't cause complex diseases like cancer. She proved them wrong by mapping the location of the gene she named BRCA1. In 1994, after an international "race" of four years among competing laboratories, the BRCA1 gene was successfully cloned. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:01:00 +0000 editor 31426 at http://kuow.org How Being Ignored Helped A Woman Discover The Breast Cancer Gene Clock Ticking On Major Cancer Research Grant http://kuow.org/post/clock-ticking-major-cancer-research-grant <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/022814CL_cancermoney_web2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Nike chairman Phil Knight is offering a prominent Oregon medical school $500 million for cancer research. However, it comes with a huge string attached.<p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:49:45 +0000 Chris Lehman 29743 at http://kuow.org Clock Ticking On Major Cancer Research Grant EPA Finds No Contamination Related To Oregon Cancer Cases http://kuow.org/post/epa-finds-no-contamination-related-oregon-cancer-cases <p>A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigation into possible environmental causes for a string of childhood cancer cases in West Salem, Ore. has turned up no contamination or other issues. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:39:01 +0000 Tracy Loew 28721 at http://kuow.org EPA Finds No Contamination Related To Oregon Cancer Cases Color Used In Many Sodas Contains Potential Carcinogen http://kuow.org/post/color-used-many-sodas-contains-potential-carcinogen It may not be news that soda is unhealthy, but today, <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/01/caramel-color-the-health-risk-that-may-be-in-your-soda/index.htm" target="_blank">Consumer Reports is saying</a> that in addition to the sugar and empty calories most soda consumers may worry about, they also should be concerned about the color of the soda.<p>Tests show that the caramel color used to make most sodas brown, contains a potential carcinogen, and one of the the worst offenders is the diet brand Pepsi One.<p><strong>Dr. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:41:00 +0000 editor 27539 at http://kuow.org Color Used In Many Sodas Contains Potential Carcinogen Contagious Cancer In Dogs Leaves Prehistoric Paw Prints http://kuow.org/post/contagious-cancer-dogs-leaves-prehistoric-paw-prints Our four-legged friends suffer from many of the same cancers that we do. But one type of dog tumor acts like no other: It's contagious.<p>The tumor spreads from one pooch to another when the dogs have sex or even just touch or lick each other.<p>"It's a common disease in street dogs all around the world," says geneticist <a href="http://www.vet.cam.ac.uk/directory/murchison">Elizabeth Murchison</a> at the University of Cambridge. "People in the U.S. and U.K. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:30:00 +0000 editor 27515 at http://kuow.org Contagious Cancer In Dogs Leaves Prehistoric Paw Prints Power Team: Fred Hutch, Sloan-Kettering Launch Cancer Research Start-Up http://kuow.org/post/power-team-fred-hutch-sloan-kettering-launch-cancer-research-start <p>Imagine if rivals Boeing and Airbus teamed up on a new plane, or Microsoft and Apple built a computer.</p><p>That’s a bit like what Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are attempting. Together, the two have launched a start-up, the goal being to develop a new cancer treatment that targets immune cells in the body and turns them into cancer-fighting soldiers. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:42:04 +0000 Ruby de Luna 24971 at http://kuow.org Power Team: Fred Hutch, Sloan-Kettering Launch Cancer Research Start-Up Lifelong Smoker Goes Into Extra Innings In His Fight Against "Mr. C" http://kuow.org/post/lifelong-smoker-goes-extra-innings-his-fight-against-mr-c <p><em>How do we own up to our own mortality? RadioActive reporter Madeline Ewbank tells the story of one man's baseball game against cancer and the odds stacked against him.</em></p><p>Jon Nyberg is sitting out on my porch, watching the sunset and working on the latest New York Times Sunday puzzle. Fifty-two down: wake-up times, for short. He's proud of the grizzled chin and the head of wispy, gray hair he's been growing, a look his friend likes to call "the Amish experiment." But his skin hangs off his bones like his cigarette hangs off his lips. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:13:28 +0000 RadioActive Youth Media & Madeline Ewbank 19498 at http://kuow.org Lifelong Smoker Goes Into Extra Innings In His Fight Against "Mr. C" Treating Kids' Cancer With Science And A Pocket Full Of Hope http://kuow.org/post/treating-kids-cancer-science-and-pocket-full-hope Try to imagine someone who is supremely calm while at the same time bursting with energy, and you've got a pretty good idea of what <a href="https://www.fhcrc.org/en/diseases/featured-researchers/olson-jim.html">Jim Olson</a> is like.<p>He's a cancer researcher, physician, cyclist, kayaker and cook, not always in that order. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:07:00 +0000 Joe Palca 20272 at http://kuow.org Treating Kids' Cancer With Science And A Pocket Full Of Hope When The Odds Are Against You http://kuow.org/post/when-odds-are-against-you <p></p><p>In today’s podcast we battle the odds, even when we know our chances of winning are slim. We fight for our dignity and we fight for our lives.</p><p>First, we hear from Rachel Lam about local filmmaker <a href="http://www.upstreamvideos.com/">Sandy Osawa</a> and how she battles Native American stereotypes through her work. Then Madeline Ewbank introduces us to Mr. Nybs, and his fight with the lump in his throat.</p><p><em>RadioActive is KUOW's youth radio program, and all the stories here are produced by young people age 16-21. <a href="http://www.kuow.org/programs/radioactive">Listen to RadioActive stories</a>, subscribe to the <a href="http://www.kuow.org/rss">RadioActive podcast</a> and stay in touch on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RadioActiveYouthMedia">Facebook</a>.</em></p><p><em> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:13:44 +0000 Ian Dangla & Kendra Hanna & Rachel Lam & Madeline Ewbank 18608 at http://kuow.org When The Odds Are Against You Seattle Study Finds Blood Pressure Meds May Increase Cancer Risk http://kuow.org/post/seattle-study-finds-blood-pressure-meds-may-increase-cancer-risk <p></p><p>Millions of Americans take medications to control their blood pressure, and there are many kinds that will do the job. But one kind is found to increase the likelihood of breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that women who’ve been taking calcium-channel blockers for more than a decade have an increased risk for breast cancer. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 00:22:44 +0000 Ruby de Luna 18005 at http://kuow.org Seattle Woman Experiences Financial Devastation Following Cancer Diagnosis http://kuow.org/post/seattle-woman-experiences-financial-devastation-following-cancer-diagnosis <p>June 2 is National Cancer Survivor Day. But surviving the disease is just one challenge facing cancer patients. A recent <a href="http://www.fhcrc.org/en/news/releases/2013/05/cancer-diagnosis-greater-risk-bankruptcy.html">study</a> by Seattle’s<a href="http://www.fhcrc.org/en.html"> Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center </a>showed that cancer patients are two-and-a-half times more at risk for filing bankruptcy compared to people without cancer. Sat, 01 Jun 2013 19:21:17 +0000 Ruby de Luna 14125 at http://kuow.org Seattle Woman Experiences Financial Devastation Following Cancer Diagnosis Seattle Study Shows Cancer Can Lead To Bankruptcy http://kuow.org/post/seattle-study-shows-cancer-can-lead-bankruptcy <p></p><p>Medical debt is one of the leading causes of bankruptcy, according to a study published online today in the journal Health Affairs. There are plenty of anecdotes of people who have used up their savings, borrowed from friends or filed for bankruptcy following a serious illness like cancer. Now researchers at the <a href="http://www.fhcrc.org/">Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center</a> in Seattle have documented exactly how great the risk of bankruptcy is for cancer patients.<br> Thu, 16 May 2013 00:15:11 +0000 Ruby de Luna 13156 at http://kuow.org Seattle Study Shows Cancer Can Lead To Bankruptcy Who Should Get A Genetic Test For Breast Cancer? http://kuow.org/post/who-should-get-genetic-test-breast-cancer <p><em>Correction 5/15/2013: A previous version on this story stated that Jolie had a one in 87 chance of getting breast cancer when in fact she had an 87 percent chance.</em></p><p>Now, the public knows about Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy. She <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html">wrote</a> in the New York Times that, thanks to genetic testing, she believed there was an 87 percent chance she’d get breast cancer, so she went for it.</p><p>Tuesday, Dr. Julie Gralow, director of breast medical oncology at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.seattlecca.org/">Seattle Cancer Care Alliance</a>&nbsp;spoke with KUOW's Sara Lerner. &nbsp;Dr. Gralow says, “The majority of breast cancer in the United States is not gene-mutation cancer.” Wed, 15 May 2013 16:55:48 +0000 Sara Lerner 13101 at http://kuow.org Seattle Children’s Hospital Opens Nation’s First Cancer Clinic For Young Adults http://kuow.org/post/seattle-children-s-hospital-opens-nation-s-first-cancer-clinic-young-adults <p></p><p>Every four weeks, Anna Stephens comes to Seattle Children’s Hospital for chemotherapy. But she’s not a child. Stephens is 23 years old, and she’s one of thousands of young people with cancer who wind up being treated in facilities that typically deal with much younger or much older patients. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:25:18 +0000 Ruby de Luna 11705 at http://kuow.org Seattle Children’s Hospital Opens Nation’s First Cancer Clinic For Young Adults Seattle Children's New Cancer Treatment Program For Teens, Young Adults http://kuow.org/post/seattle-childrens-new-cancer-treatment-program-teens-young-adults <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle Children’s Hospital is opening a new cancer unit Sunday specifically designed for teens and young adults.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">young cancer patient age 15 to 29</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;goes in for treatment, they end up either in a pediatric or adult facility. A designated place for this age group</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;could play a crucial role in their survival, according to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Becky Johnson.</span></p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 23:38:26 +0000 Ruby de Luna 11649 at http://kuow.org Seattle Children's New Cancer Treatment Program For Teens, Young Adults