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UW Researcher
3:01 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

How Being Ignored Helped A Woman Discover The Breast Cancer Gene

Mary-Claire King says obscurity gave her the freedom to spend years looking for breast cancer genes.
Mary Levin/University of Washington

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 6:17 am

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.

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Health
8:49 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Clock Ticking On Major Cancer Research Grant

Dr. Brian Druker heads the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:27 am

Nike chairman Phil Knight is offering a prominent Oregon medical school $500 million for cancer research. However, it comes with a huge string attached.

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EarthFix Reports
8:39 am
Thu February 13, 2014

EPA Finds No Contamination Related To Oregon Cancer Cases

EPA investigators found no contamination they could connect to a string of childhood cancer cases in West Salem. Walker Middle School was one of the sites tested.
West Salem Neighborhood Association

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.

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Caramel Color
1:41 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Color Used In Many Sodas Contains Potential Carcinogen

A recent article in Consumer Reports says that the caramel color used to make most sodas brown, contains a potential carcinogen. One of the the worst offenders is the diet brand Pepsi One. (Brandon Warren/Flickr)

It may not be news that soda is unhealthy, but today, Consumer Reports is saying 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.

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.

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Science
12:30 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Contagious Cancer In Dogs Leaves Prehistoric Paw Prints

The sexually transmitted cancer is common in street dogs around the world.
Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 9:36 am

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.

The tumor spreads from one pooch to another when the dogs have sex or even just touch or lick each other.

"It's a common disease in street dogs all around the world," says geneticist Elizabeth Murchison at the University of Cambridge. "People in the U.S. and U.K. haven't heard of it because it's found mostly in free-roaming dogs in developing countries."

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Science
7:42 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Power Team: Fred Hutch, Sloan-Kettering Launch Cancer Research Start-Up

Dr. Phil Greenberg, head of the immunology program at Fred Hutchinson, is a co-founder of Juno Therapeutics, a commercial venture.
Credit Fred Hutch Photo/Bo Jungmayer

Imagine if rivals Boeing and Airbus teamed up on a new plane, or Microsoft and Apple built a computer.

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.

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:13 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Lifelong Smoker Goes Into Extra Innings In His Fight Against "Mr. C"

Jon Nyberg maintains a positive attitude while he battles a cancerous lump in his throat.
Courtesy of Susan Ewbank

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.

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.

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Cancer Research
12:07 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Treating Kids' Cancer With Science And A Pocket Full Of Hope

Dr. Jim Olson meets with Carver Faull at Seattle Children's Hospital in August. Carver, now 12, had surgery to remove a brain tumor in 2012.
Matthew Ryan Williams for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 6:05 am

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 Jim Olson is like.

He's a cancer researcher, physician, cyclist, kayaker and cook, not always in that order. He approaches each activity with incredible passion.

But to really understand Olson, you have to watch him in action with patients.

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RadioActive Youth Media
9:13 am
Thu August 15, 2013

When The Odds Are Against You

Sandy Osawa is a local filmmaker and a member of the Makah Tribe. She and her husband Yasu have been creating documentaries for four decades.
Courtesy of Sandy Osawa

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.

First, we hear from Rachel Lam about local filmmaker Sandy Osawa 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.

RadioActive is KUOW's youth radio program, and all the stories here are produced by young people age 16-21. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

Linked To Breast Cancer
5:22 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Seattle Study Finds Blood Pressure Meds May Increase Cancer Risk

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.

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Cancer Bankruptcy
12:21 pm
Sat June 1, 2013

Seattle Woman Experiences Financial Devastation Following Cancer Diagnosis

Celeste Smith was living her dream life when this photo was taken five years ago. A month later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Little did she know how the disease would turn her world upside down.
Celeste Smith

June 2 is National Cancer Survivor Day. But surviving the disease is just one challenge facing cancer patients. A recent study by Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center showed that cancer patients are two-and-a-half times more at risk for filing bankruptcy compared to people without cancer.

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Financial Side Effects
5:15 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Seattle Study Shows Cancer Can Lead To Bankruptcy

Cancer patients are at greater risk of going into bankruptcy.
Credit Fried Dough / Flickr

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 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have documented exactly how great the risk of bankruptcy is for cancer patients.

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Women's Health
9:55 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Who Should Get A Genetic Test For Breast Cancer?

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.

Now, the public knows about Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy. She wrote 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.

Tuesday, Dr. Julie Gralow, director of breast medical oncology at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance spoke with KUOW's Sara Lerner.  Dr. Gralow says, “The majority of breast cancer in the United States is not gene-mutation cancer.”

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Young Adult Cancer Clinic
4:25 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Seattle Children’s Hospital Opens Nation’s First Cancer Clinic For Young Adults

Anna Stephens with her pet snake Evra. Anna's life has been on hold for the past four years since her tumor came back. She hopes to return to school again to study reptiles and amphibians.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

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.

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Specialized Cancer Care
4:38 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Seattle Children's New Cancer Treatment Program For Teens, Young Adults

One of the rooms in the new cancer unit for adolescents and young adults at Seattle Children's Hospital. This is the first unit in the US dedicated to teen and young adult patients
Credit Courtesy/Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Children’s Hospital is opening a new cancer unit Sunday specifically designed for teens and young adults. 

When young cancer patient age 15 to 29 goes in for treatment, they end up either in a pediatric or adult facility. A designated place for this age group could play a crucial role in their survival, according to Dr. Becky Johnson.

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