Cancer

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Researchers are looking into a new way to fight cancer. Their source weighs thousands of pounds, has four legs and a trunk.

They’re elephants, and they rarely get cancer.  

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus’ elephant retirement facility in Central Florida teamed up with the researchers to figure out why. They hope they can use their research to help people.

Twelve years ago, right after getting a diagnosis of prostate cancer, Carl Sola of Homestead flew with his wife to the Dominican Republic for a treatment he couldn't get in the United States.

His friends warned him not to risk an unproven procedure, one his insurance didn’t cover. 

Cancer Meds Often Bring Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs For Patients, Report Finds

Nov 19, 2015

Cancer patients shopping on federal and state insurance marketplaces often find it difficult to determine whether their drugs are covered and how much they will pay for them, the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society says in a report that also calls on regulators to restrict how much insurers can charge patients for medications.

Suzanne Wells

The "retired" Associate Dean for Health Professions at Florida Southwestern University says she has spent the last 9 months on a roller-coaster of health services from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and locally. She was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer despite never having smoked or been around a smoker. Suzanne Wells last brought us a couple of personal essays two years ago when she was participating with the Fulbright program as a visiting professor in Russia.

Though her prognosis is poor she shares her story with us today. 

A doctor who says she is “dedicated to the natural treatment of cancer” has been ordered to appear before the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday to explain the death of a toddler from an unapproved drug.

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