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There is a new report by the American Society of Clinical Oncology finds progress is being made in the fight against cancer. But, Dr. Howard Burris, chairman of the board, told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush some communities still lag behind.

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The new government dietary guidelines are coming in for some criticism from the American Insitute for Cancer Research. Specifically, the institute takes aim at the allowance for the consumption of alcohol, which it says is based on outdated gender assumptions. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. Nigel Brockton, V.P. of Research at the insititute.

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With the attention focused on a search to treat the coronavirus its impact on cancer patients can be overlooked. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talks with Howard Burris, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists, about treating the disease in the age of the pandemic.

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SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (AP) - A Virginia state board tasked with developing plans for a cancer research and treatment center is set to convene for the first time.

The Henrietta Lacks Commission is named for Henrietta Lacks, a Virginia woman whose cells were taken without her consent and widely used in groundbreaking research. It will meet Wednesday in South Boston.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland authorities say an Arizona-based drugmaker engaged in a nationwide scheme characterized by "extraordinary misconduct" to boost profits amid the coast-to-coast opioid epidemic.

Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Thursday that his office filed charges against Insys Therapeutics alleging multiple violations of a consumer protect law.

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Cancer mortality rates in Delaware have declined.

That’s according to data from the Division of Public Health.

WBOC reports that they dropped by 12 percent from a four year period beginning in the year 2000 to a similar time frame from 2010 to 2014.

Health officials said that among men there was a 15 percent decrease while women experienced a 9 percent drop.

In addition, African Americans saw a 21 percent decline while Hispanics had a 2 percent decrease over the decade.

BALTIMORE (AP) - The governor of Maryland has signed legislation requiring insurers to pay to freeze the eggs and sperm of people with cancer who undergo treatments that could diminish their chances of having children.

The Baltimore Sun reports Gov. Larry Hogan signed the legislation Tuesday. The law requires insurers to pay for harvesting and freezing the eggs and sperm, but not the annual storage costs.

Cancer treatments can harm fertility and some fertility preservation procedures can cost more than $15,000.

A moment of true empathy passed by this last holiday season as former Vice President Joe Biden comforted Meghan McCain whose father Senator John McCain is suffering from brain cancer. Delmarva Public Radio Essaying George Merrill remarks on the tenderness in these rancorous times.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is issuing a proclamation to declare the first week of December as "Cancer Screen Week."

The governor, who is a cancer survivor, says the preventative measures increase the chance of catching cancer early, when they are most likely to be treated successfully.

Hogan is joining governors from Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas in signing a proclamation.

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 600,000 Americans are expected to die from cancer in 2017.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Cancer patients in Delaware will soon have more treatment option under legislation being signed by Gov. John Carney.

A bill to be signed Wednesday requires health insurers to cover any medically appropriate drug that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of stage 4 metastatic cancer and other cancers without requiring proof that the patient failed to respond to a different drug or drugs.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say screening and early detection have contributed to a decline in Delaware's cancer mortality rate, which nevertheless remains among the highest in the country.

Officials said in a report released Monday that the mortality rate dropped 15 percent from the 1999-2003 period to the 2009-2013 timeframe.

But at 176.1 deaths per 100,000 people, Delaware's mortality rate was still 5 percent higher than the U.S. rate of 168.5 deaths per 100,000 people for the 2009-2013 period.

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Atlantic General Hospital broke ground on their new cancer regional center.

It’s been named after John H. “Jack” Burbage Junior.

The facility will spread out over a single floor of 18-thousand square feetand will be located at the intersection of Route 113 and Old Ocean City Road.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there will be a number of treatments and services.

These will include Pet scans and radiation oncologists as well as community education and support groups.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel charged with helping find ways to reduce cancer rates in Delaware is looking at the role physical activity plays in preventing the disease.

Creating a culture of prevention through physical activity, particularly among the young, is the theme at Tuesday's meeting of the Delaware Cancer Consortium.

Following opening remarks from Gov. John Carney, the keynote address was to be delivered by Tom Farey, executive director of the Sports and Society Program at the Aspen Institute.

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The Environmental Working Group has been raising questions about the levels of the possible cancer causing chemical Chromium 6 in the nation’s drinking water.

In Salisbury the chemical which is used in industries ranging from paint to plastic is listed among those found in the city’s drinking water.

WBOC reports that local officials were quick to downplay any health significance to the finding.            

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Republican nominee for Baltimore mayor says he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and will undergo surgery next week.
Alan Walden announced over the weekend in an email to supporters that he will undergo surgery Tuesday. The 80-year-old former WBAL-AM anchor says he is encouraged by doctors' prognosis for a full recovery, but he will be off the campaign trail for about a month.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says he's confident Congress will approve the $1 billion that President Barack Obama has requested for cancer research.

Biden made the comment Tuesday at the launch of a new immunotherapy institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Obama has likened the accelerated quest for cancer cures to a manned mission to the moon. Biden says the proposal has overwhelming bipartisan support.

Obama is requesting $755 million in addition to the $195 million in new cancer funding Congress approved in its budget deal last year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to help launch a new cancer-fighting effort.

Biden's office says in a statement that he'll participate Tuesday in a discussion of the White House's $1 billion proposal for a new initiative to find cancer cures.

Gov. Larry Hogan is also scheduled to speak at the event. Hogan's office says in a statement that the event includes dedication of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The government is asking a federal judge to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit involving groundwater pollution from Fort Detrick in Frederick.

The Frederick News-Post reports that U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod Rosenstein filed the document Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

He says the government has no particular duty to respond to hazardous substances and that the Army can use its own judgment in deciding whether to clean it up.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has had follow-up chemotherapy treatment.

Matt Clark, Hogan's spokesman, said the governor had the treatment on Monday at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

Clark says Hogan will be required to undergo periodic chemotherapy treatments, as was announced in November. That's when Hogan announced he was in complete remission after months of treatment for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - In his first national television interview Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan discussed cancer, treatment and recovery on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace.

The interview, which was taped a week before it aired, focused on Hogan's illness. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in June, five months after he was sworn in as governor. Hogan said when he received his diagnosis he worried how to tell his family; three days later he announced it to the public.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he's in complete remission after months of chemotherapy for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but he acknowledged the possibility of the cancer returning and says he'll continue preventive health care and monitoring.

The 59-year-old Republican governor made the announcement after receiving a PET scan Monday.

Dr. Aaron Rapoport is Hogan's oncologist. Rapoport says Hogan will continue to take medication for about a year. He says the governor is in a "very positive" place.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he's "feeling pretty strong," about a week after finishing chemotherapy.

The governor made his first public appearance in Baltimore on Thursday since he finished his sixth and final round of chemotherapy last week.

He told reporters it will take time for him to get back to full speed or for his hair to grow back. He says while he's not 100 percent, he feels great.

Hogan says he's able to work full days, every day, though he missed a Board of Public Works meeting on Wednesday for some medical checkups.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - After his latest round of cancer treatment, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says his prognosis is great and he feels strong.
Hogan posted on Facebook Tuesday evening that he is happy to be leaving the hospital in Baltimore and heading back to Annapolis.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is halfway through six rounds of chemotherapy.

The Republican governor announced Tuesday on his Facebook page that he had good news and great news. The good news is he has completed his fifth-straight day of chemotherapy. He added that the great news is he's finished the third of six scheduled rounds.

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Delaware now has a legal framework for medical marijuana dispensaries.

In the last legislative session the General Assembly approved the new rules nearly four years after the first medical marijuana dispensary was opened in Wilmington.

Last month Governor Jack Markell signed the legislation into law.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that patients must be certified by a doctor and the state for the drug to treat symptoms of certain diseases.

These range from cancer and Alzheimer’s to post-traumatic stress disorder.

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The Middletown Town Council gave its unanimous approval to the proposed data center and it natural gas co-generation power plant.

Located in the Westown part of the city the center with its 52.5 megawatt facility has drawn some sharp opposition from local residents.

Opponents last night presented a petition with 530 signatures demanding some answers to some of their concerns.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that one centered on whether the smoke stack height could increase the number of such ailments as asthma and cancer as well as premature death.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is on his fifth day of chemotherapy, but he says he's "doing great" and getting things done from the hospital.

Hogan said in a Facebook post Wednesday morning that he was starting the last day of his first round of 24-hour therapy. The governor posted a photo of himself with his wife and daughter in the hospital. He was expected to leave the hospital Wednesday night.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he has begun chemotherapy treatments for an aggressive form of cancer.
Hogan announced last week that he's been diagnosed with an advanced stage of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He said the cancer responds well to treatment and his prognosis is good.
The Republican governor said in a Facebook post Sunday morning that he's "made it through the first 24 hours of chemo."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he has a "very advanced and very aggressive cancer."

Hogan says the cancer is B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He says it may be Stage 4, or at least a very advanced Stage 3.

He spoke at a news conference Monday afternoon in Annapolis, surrounded by members of his family and cabinet.

Hogan, a Republican who took office in January, says he's "shocked" by the news.

He says he's been feeling good and has had few symptoms, but has tumors, a low appetite and some pain. Chemotherapy treatment is planned.

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - A gathering of nearly 100 golden retrievers and their owners at Dewey Beach is calling attention to the prevalence of cancer among dogs.

The Daily Times reports the dogs and owners gathered Saturday for the second annual Golden Jubilee event and to receive a blessing of their pets.

The Morris Animal Foundation is also enrolling golden retrievers in a study to try to determine the causes of cancer that plague the dogs. According to the foundation, 60 percent of golden retrievers die of cancer.