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This college freshman is a cancer detective: A Q&A with Brittany WengerThis college freshman is a cancer detective: A Q&A with Brittany Wenger

Posted By Brooke Borel

When Brittany Wenger was a sophomore in high school, her cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer. She saw firsthand how the disease strikes a woman and her family, and she wanted to help. While some of us might offer to bake a casserole or lend a listening ear, Brittany went the extra mile: She created […]

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The high schooler who invented a promising test for pancreatic cancer: A Q&A with ‘teenage optimist’ Jack AndrakaThe high schooler who invented a promising test for pancreatic cancer: A Q&A with ‘teenage optimist’ Jack Andraka

Posted By Brooke Borel

Jack Andraka is not your typical teenager. The soon-to-be high school junior spends his free time in the science lab concocting better, cheaper ways to spot disease. One such project — a test for the early detection of pancreatic cancer — won Andraka first place in the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. As […]

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Remembering Roger Ebert, beloved film criticRemembering Roger Ebert, beloved film critic

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Roger Ebert, the film critic who guided American movie selections for decades, has died, a family friend revealed to newspapers today. He was 70 years old. This sad news comes just days after Ebert wrote a column in the Chicago Sun-Times, celebrating the 46th anniversary of his column and announcing a “leave of presence.” “On […]

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TEDWeekends asks: Can trauma be a gift?TEDWeekends asks: Can trauma be a gift?

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

At TED2010, Stacey Kramer told the moving story of the most treasured gift she ever received: a brain tumor the size of a golf ball. Despite the pain, she wouldn’t have traded her experience for anything – because, in the end, it changed her life for the better. Kramer’s poignant talk is featured on today’s […]

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In short: Looking for love during chemo, Kierkegaard’s love letter to a penIn short: Looking for love during chemo, Kierkegaard’s love letter to a pen

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Here, some staff picks of smart, funny, bizarre and cool stuff on the interwebs this week, with a light Valentine’s Day theme: Suleika Jaouad, who writes about being young with cancer, talks about the embarrassing but very real prospect of being a sexually active cancer patient. [The NYTimes Well Blog] For other unconventional responses to […]

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10 talks to help you better understand cancer10 talks to help you better understand cancer

Posted By Brooke Borel

When you hear the word “cancer,” what do you think about? And how do you know what you think you know? Do you think of cancer as a disease of the old or as something that can affect anyone, as a death sentence or as a surmountable twist of fate? When you picture someone with […]

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5 teenage cancer innovators

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Some teenagers spend their free time playing video games. Others dedicate their after-school hours to a job, scooping ice cream or taking movie tickets. Still others play a sport, or are star members of a debate team. And still others spend their free time in a lab, working on ways to prevent, diagnose and treat […]

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Rethinking cancer treatment: 9 great talks, plus 1 bookRethinking cancer treatment: 9 great talks, plus 1 book

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Mina Bissell was not always the most popular person in the field of cancer research. After studying chemistry in college and getting her Ph.D. in bacteriology, the leading theory on how cancer develops — that a single cancer gene in just one of the body’s trillion cells is enough to cause the disease — simply […]

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Detecting pancreatic cancer early: Q&A with 15-year-old Jack AndrakaDetecting pancreatic cancer early: Q&A with 15-year-old Jack Andraka

Posted By Ben Lillie

Pancreatic cancer is devastating. Only 5.5% of those diagnosed with the disease survive past five years, because — once it’s diagnosed — it generally has already spread around the body. And that’s where 15-year-old high school student Jack Andraka sees a major opportunity for change. In a spirited talk given at TED@New York — one […]