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Cancer patients twice as likely to die from coronavirus – study

May 29, 2020 - 9:53 AM

However, the receipt of chemotherapy or other anti-cancer therapies within 4 weeks of COVID-19 diagnosis does not affect mortality outcomes

'Charmed' star Shannen Doherty reveals stage 4 breast cancer

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:22 AM

The '90210' star reveals the recurrence of her breast cancer after 3 years of remission, which is now at stage 4

[OPINION] His ordeal is ours too: Thoughts on my father's cancer

Feb 04, 2020 - 1:40 PM

'When the first doctor told us that he had 6 months to live, we wouldn’t hear of it.... We never wasted time and sought all possible means for our father to survive.'

WHO forecasts 81% cancer jump in poorer countries

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:26 AM

'Controlling cancer does not have to be expensive,' says the WHO's Andre Ilbawi

AI beats human breast cancer diagnosis

Jan 02, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Researchers at Google Health have trained an artificial intelligence model to detect cancer in breast scans from thousands of women in Britain and the United States

[OPINION] Understanding the esophagus

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:07 AM

It used to be that when the word esophagus was mentioned, the reaction would be 'eso-what?' Now, Barrett's esophagus has become a familiar term thanks to media reportage.

'Paint it forward': Volunteers create murals to help remote communities, cancer patients

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:16 AM

'Let's step out of our comfort zone and do something for humanity,' says Climb Against Cancer founder Nini Sacro

AWE. A young girl pauses her biking to take a close look at the murals painted by the community. Photo courtesy of Paul Basco.

Walks full of love: How I spent my weekends in New Jersey and Washington, DC

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:38 AM

DC More than Pink Walk and NJ Walk N’ Roll raise funds for good causes

 FRIENDS of Dr. Maria 'Ane' Ona (7th from left, wearing pink cap), a breast cancer survivor, join the Susan G. Komen More than Pink Walk in Washington, DC, in late August 2019. Photo by Georgina Lumauig

Rod Stewart reveals prostate cancer fight

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:18 AM

'I'm in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early. I have so many tests,' the singer says

BURBANK, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Rod Stewart performs onstage at iHeartRadio LIVE at iHeartRadio Theater on November 27, 2018 in Burbank, California. Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for iHeartMedia/AFP

U.S. rocker Eddie Money dies at 70

Sep 13, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Money – whose smashes included 'Two Tickets to Paradise' and 'Baby Hold On' – had been in poor health in recent years and revealed in August that he was battling stage 4 esophageal cancer

DEAD AT 70. In this file photo, musician Eddie Money performs onstage during the iHeart80s Party 2017 at SAP Center on January 28, 2017 in San Jose, California. File photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for iHeartMedia/AFP

Years later, cancer cases linger over 9/11 anniversary

Sep 09, 2019 - 10:14 AM

New York continues to count the number of people who have developed cancer or other serious illnesses related to the toxic cloud that hovered over Manhattan on September 11, 2001

CANCER DEATHS. The casket of retired NYPD detective Luis Alvarez is brought into Immaculate Conception Church on July 03, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Japan ex-empress undergoes breast cancer surgery

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Former Japanese empress Michiko's surgery begins 'as scheduled' at the University of Tokyo Hospital

MICHIKO. Japan's former emperor Akihito and empress Michiko attend a wreath laying ceremony at the monument to Philippine national hero Jose Rizal in Manila on January 27, 2016. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Cancer now 'leading cause of death' in rich countries

Sep 03, 2019 - 6:52 PM

In richer countries, cancer now kills more people than heart disease, according to the twin studies published in The Lancet medical journal

Uruguay's tobacco-fighting president battling lung cancer

Aug 24, 2019 - 10:15 AM

Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez, a trained oncologist and champion in the fight against tobacco, is diagnosed with lung cancer

(FILES) In this file picture taken on November 14, 2017 Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez speaks during a message to medias at the National Palace in Mexico City. - Vazquez, a trained oncologist and champion in the fight against tobacco, suffers from lung cancer, his doctor confirmed on August 23, 2019. (Photo by Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP)

Japan ex-empress diagnosed with breast cancer – palace

Aug 09, 2019 - 6:47 PM

A spokesman for the Imperial Household Agency says the 84-year-old has been diagnosed with breast cancer at a hospital and will soon have an operation

MICHIKO. In this file photo, then Japanese Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko (R) leave the stage after a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the monarch's coronation to the throne at the National Theatre in Tokyo on February 24, 2019. File photo by Nicolas Datiche/Pool/AFP

Gary Valenciano says he's now cancer-free

Jul 05, 2019 - 1:58 PM

'I am cancer free. God is good,' Gary V shares on Instagram, a year after his diagnosis

New breast cancer drug found to boost survival rates by 30%

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The drug, marketed under the brand name Kisqali, costs $12,553 for a 28-day dose, says Jamie Bennett, a spokeswoman for Novartis, which marketed and funded research

19-year-old girl in viral love story dies of cancer

Mar 24, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Maxine Blanco, 19, 'fought hard and I'm thankful for everything,' says her boyfriend Gab Santa Ana

TO THE MAX. Maxine Blanco succumbs to cancer after months of courageously fighting against the disease. Couple photos from Gab Sta Ana Facebook page; Maxine's photo from Live Life To The Max Facebook page

New procedure may preserve fertility in kids with cancer after chemo or radiation

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:00 PM

All patients should be informed about the reproductive side effects of their medical treatments and options to preserve their fertility at the time of diagnosis

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'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:01 AM

He says he plans to 'beat the low survival rates for this illness' and keep working on the long-running game show

ALEX TREBEK. The 'Jeopardy' host announces that he was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Screenshot from

Sandiganbayan sends former DPWH exec to Bilibid

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:05 PM

The anti-graft court says it cannot grant the request of former DPWH Bicol regional director Eleno Colinares Jr to be confined in a hospital for cancer treatment

BILIBID. This file photo shows the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dayanara Torres diagnosed with skin cancer

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:29 AM

'I have been diagnosed with skin cancer,' says the former Miss Universe from Puerto Rico

HPV vaccine is safe, says cancer agency, as it slams 'unfounded rumors'

Feb 04, 2019 - 2:14 PM

To mark World Cancer Day 2019, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issues a statement in which it 'unequivocally confirms the efficacy and safety of HPV vaccination'

Bill on cancer control program awaits Duterte's signature

Jan 26, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Once signed into law, the National Integrated Cancer Control Act will establish a Philippine Cancer Center

House wants to create National Integrated Cancer Control Program

Dec 03, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Lawmakers pass a bill establishing a comprehensive program that would serve as a framework for all cancer-related activities of the government

CANCER PROGRAM. The House of Representatives approved a bill establishing a national program for cancer patients. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Samsung Electronics apologizes for factory cancer cases

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Campaign groups say that 320 people have suffered from work-related illnesses after being employed by Samsung, with 118 of them dying

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Senate OKs bill creating Philippine Cancer Center

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:51 PM

If it becomes law, the bill will require PhilHealth and all health maintenance organizations to cover cancer screening and treatment, among others

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Microsoft co-founder, investor, philanthropist Allen dead at 65

Oct 16, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Paul Allen died just two weeks after publicly revealing that non-Hodgkin's lymphoma he fought into remission 9 years ago had returned

PAUL ALLEN. Billionaire Paul Allen, who founded US software giant Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s, died on October 15, 2018 at the age of 65 after his latest battle with cancer, his family said. File photo by Hector Mata/AFP

Indonesia earthquake: Cancer-stricken disaster spokesperson battles on

Oct 04, 2018 - 4:26 PM

'Illness or death is in God's hands, but while I'm still alive I still want to do my best to serve others,' says Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who has Stage IV lung cancer

UPDATES. This photo taken on October 2, 2018 shows Indonesia's disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (R) addressing the media during a press conference in Jakarta on the latest updates following the powerful earthquake and tsunami which hit Central Sulawesi. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

Nobel-winning therapy weaponizes immune system against cancer

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:19 PM

While chemotherapy destroys cancerous cells along with normal cells – often with toxic and debilitating effects on a patient – immunotherapy unleashes the body's immune system to target tumor cells

Topless, singing Serena sparks internet breast cancer stir

Sep 30, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Tennis superstar Serena Williams promotes breast cancer awareness in a video viewed more than 1.3 million times in the first 10 hours

FOR A CAUSE. Serena Williams says the video puts her out of her comfort zone but fans lauding her for her bravery. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

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Sep 11, 2018 - 8:42 PM

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Olivia Newton-John diagnosed with cancer for third time

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:23 PM

The Australian singer is treating the disease with natural therapies

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN. The Australian singer is diagnosed with cancer. Screenshot from

1.4 billion risk disease from lack of exercise – WHO

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:41 AM

The study also finds that women still lag behind men in nearly every region of the world, with the gender exercise gap highest in Bangladesh, Eritrea, India, Iraq, and the Philippines

Veteran U.S. senator McCain halts cancer treatment

Aug 24, 2018 - 11:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'The progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment,' the family says in a statement

JOHN MCCAIN. This file photo taken on January 10, 2017 shows Senator John McCain (R-AZ) during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the nomination for General John Kelly, USMC (Ret.) to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  File photo by Tasos Katopodis/AFP

Scientists develop blood test to detect skin cancer before it spreads

Jul 18, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Australian scientists pioneer breakthrough blood test that could help doctors detect the early stages of skin cancer when it is still treatable

Gary Valenciano: I'm cleared of cancer

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:48 AM

(UPDATED) 'Mr Pure Energy' says he's cleared of cancer amid concern from both fans and fellow celebrities

After heart bypass surgery, Gary Valenciano also had cancer scare

Jul 06, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The singer tells Korina Sanchez he also had kidney cancer

From surviving cancer to paddling for gold: The Cebu Pink Paddlers

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:05 PM

They conquer the world stage once again as they prevail in DBS Marina Regatta in Singapore

June 21 will have longest daytime, shortest night of 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:45 PM

This is due to the summer solstice, or when the sun is 'directly over the Tropic of Cancer'

Bulacan cop helps raise funds for child with cancer

Jun 08, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Police Officer 1 May Liezl dela Cruz sells face masks during breaks to help raise funds for the chemotherapy of 8-year-old Geanna Catan, who was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in December 2017

Targeted cancer treatments far outperform traditional methods

Jun 02, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Targeted therapy involves testing tumors for clues about their genetic mutations, and matching patients with new drugs designed to block cancer's growth on a molecular level

Diego Castro: from teen idol to news anchor to cancer awareness advocate

May 24, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Knowing how harrowing cancer can be for patients and their loved ones, Diego positions himself as a mouthpiece of hope

UK pledges millions to fund development of cancer-detecting AI

May 22, 2018 - 12:31 PM

In the UK, AI-powered early detection technology could help 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034

Google developing AI microscope that detects cancer cells in real-time

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:51 PM

The device is essentially an ordinary light microscope, commonly used by pathologists, tweaked with artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) technology

VISUALIZED DETECTION. A screenshot from a Google video demonstrates the AI- and AR-assisted microscope being developed by the search giant. Screenshot from YouTube/Google

Katapusan: Ang maybahay kong Thai, ang Big C, at ako

Apr 21, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Isang araw pagkatapos ng cremation, isinaboy ko sa Thailand Gulf, sa ilalim ng malamlam na sikat ng araw, ang mga labi ng taong nagdulot ng kahulugan sa buhay ko sa nakalipas na limang taon

Unang bahagi: Ang maybahay kong Thai, ang Big C, at ako

Apr 21, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Madalas ko siyang biruin na maaari niyang pagsisihan ang pagpili sa isang partner na 17 taon ang tanda sa kanya – siya ang magiging taga-alaga ko sa aking pagtanda. Ang sagot naman niya, pinasimple na ng adult diaper ang gawaing ito.

Conclusion: My Thai wife, the Big C, and me

Apr 18, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The day after the cremation, under a soft sunlight in the Gulf of Thailand, I committed the remains of the person who had provided the meaning of my existence over the last 5 years to the sea

Part 1: My Thai wife, the Big C, and me

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:25 PM

When with friends, I kidded her that she might eventually regret having a partner 17 years older than her since she would end up taking care of me in my old age, to which she replied that adult diapers had greatly simplified that task

Overlooked 'organ' could play role in cancer spread

Mar 31, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Nobody was looking for the interstitium, as the new quasi-organ is called, because no one knew it was there, at least not in complex form revealed in a study

'PHANTOM ORGAN'? Scientists discover an overlooked 'organ' which they call the interstitium. Image from Wikimedia Commons