Working women in US who survive breast cancer and chemo 30% more likely to lose their jobs within 4 years

A new study shows that working women with breast cancer who receive chemotherapy and live for four or more years after treatment are 30% more likely to lose their jobs within those first four years of survival. Read the rest

Humana screws Brandon Boyer for $100K worth of cancer bills - help him pay them

Our good pal Brandon "Offworld" Boyer has cancer. Lucky for Brandon, he signed up for medical insurance with Humana not long before he was diagnosed. Read the rest

A woman on Twitter dies of cancer. But did she ever really exist?

Jennifer Mendelsohn recently reported a piece for Medium about @TrappedAtMyDesk, a presumed online cancer hoax which received a great deal of attention at Buzzfeed, Jezebel, and other viral-hypey websites as a real story--but no attention as an almost-certain hoax, once that became more clear. Read the rest

'Boobies Rock' cancer-scamming scumbag jailed for two weeks after launching new scholarship scam

In Colorado, a scamming sonofabitch charged with collecting about $2 million through sales of breast-cancer-awareness merchandise, none of which helped breast cancer charities, has been sentenced to 14 days in jail. Read the rest

Watch this 13yo girl’s video response to 'The Fault in our Stars' trailer

Naomi Horn, 13, can't wait for the movie adaptation of John Green's young adult cancer novel to hit theaters. When the trailer for The Fault in our Stars hit the internet this week, Naomi felt compelled to share a response video. Her mom and uncle had cancer.

Stanislaw Burzynski’s counteroffensive against FDA, Texas Medical Board continues

Science blogger Orac has a detailed update on the latest in the story of a man accused of being a cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski, whom the FDA and Texas Medical Board have recently slapped. Read the rest

At 'The Houston Cancer Quack,' Skeptics call on Congress to investigate Stanislaw Burzynski

As regular readers of this blog know, I have cancer, and I believe the law should show no mercy to people who exploit cancer patients and their loved ones. Read the rest

Do multivitamins help your health? New research says nope.

Doctors behind three new studies and an editorial on the question of whether daily multivitamins make us healthier say: no, they don't. After reviewing available evidence and conducting new trials, one set of authors wrote, “We believe that the case is closed -- supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful.” Read the rest

Boing Boing Charitable Giving Guide 2013

Here's a guide to the charities the Boingers support in our own annual giving. As always, please add the causes and charities you give to in the comments below! Read the rest

'Alternative cancer care' provider Stanislaw Burzynski accused of selling false hope in USA Today investigation

An extensive investigative story in USA Today finds experts questioning why the FDA allows Stanislaw Burzynski, a doctor in Houston, Texas, to continue to sell his "alternative cancer treatment" to vulnerable patients and their families. Read the rest

A cancer Mona Lisa

"A tumor changes your life. Not the value of your life. "

The Italian cancer nonprofit Fondazione ANT modified Leonardo Da Vinci's portrait of Mona Lisa for a new cancer awareness campaign. Read the rest

Phoenix TSA makes breast cancer survivors remove their prostheses

The Arizona Republic has found a large cohort of elderly and retired people who claim to have been abused by TSA staff at Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport. Read the rest

Avant-Garde composer Fred Ho, who has cancer, talks about his ‘Sweet Science Suite’

The New York Times speaks to experimental music composer Fred Ho about his “Sweet Science Suite,” which follows the life and work of boxer Muhammad Ali. Read the rest

National Cancer Institute director warns staff of increasingly dire effects of shutdown on science

Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute, sent this email today to "NCI staff, grantees, advisors, reviewers and others," warning of increasingly damaging effects the ongoing federal government shutdown will have on cancer research and treatment at NCI. Read the rest

This mom with a rare form of cancer can't get treatment she needs due to government shutdown

Michelle Langbehn has a rare form of cancer that affects about 1% of U.S. cancer patients. She was diagnosed in April 2012, shortly after giving birth to her daughter. Read the rest

Meet two cancer patients whose treatment is on hold due to US gov shutdown: an 8yo girl, and a father of 3

Maddie Major has leukemia. She's 8 years old, and she's had it recur four times. The clinical trial she now needs, having exhausted all other options for treatment, cannot be approved by the FDA because the FDA has been shut down, along with the rest of the federal government. Read the rest

US gov shutdown may mean some kids with cancer won't be treated, CDC's outbreak detection programs also halted

The ongoing federal government shutdown in the United States affects national health services in ways you may not realize, including cancer treatment activities at the National Institutes of Health, and disease outbreak detection programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read the rest

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