| Jul 6, 2009
It's a deceptively simple idea: What if doctors could recruit the body's own immune system to fight cancer? The complexities of the immune system have kept this from becoming reality, until now. Three cancer vaccines -- for prostate cancer, melanoma and...
| Jul 6, 2009
Even if a vaccine produces an appropriate cancer-attacking immune response, it still may not be enough to achieve clinical benefit, especially in patients with very advanced disease.
This could be because the ability of large tumors to suppress the...
| Nov 1, 2009
We've heard it a thousand times -- sun exposure causes skin cancer and wrinkles -- but who wants to look pasty year-round? And even as the weather gets cooler, Californians love to keep a sunny glow.
FOR THE RECORD:
| Apr 28, 2008
We've long been told to keep an eye on our moles lest they progress to melanoma, a form of skin cancer that's treatable if caught early, deadly if not. But not all moles are equal -- some are risky; others can be safely left alone. The biological roots of...
| Jul 20, 2009
Frank McCourt, the retired New York City schoolteacher who launched his late-in-life literary career by tapping memories of his grim, poverty-stricken childhood in Ireland to write the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir "Angela's Ashes," died Sunday of cancer....
| Aug 17, 2009
Plane crash work helped win Pulitzer
Fred Kinne, 93, a veteran editor who helped a San Diego newspaper win the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of a 1978 plane crash, died Aug. 9 at a nursing center in La Mesa, his family said. He had suffered...
| Dec 28, 2009
I'd always had a vague feeling that my mother needed to be aware of skin cancer. A redhead with creamy-white freckled skin, she was at higher risk than darker-skinned people. Years earlier, Southern California's beaches had represented pure heaven for her...
| Mar 28, 2009
At this late date, about the only thing Mary Stark can protect her son from is bad news.
Brandon is dying. He spends much of the day in an old La-Z-Boy recliner that his father rigged on wheels. A NASCAR quilt his mother made is tucked up under his chin....
| Apr 13, 2007
| 12:56 AM
My dad did everything he could to look his best that morning. He shaved, brushed his hair and changed into a clean shirt.
I stepped into his room, where he lay on his bed, propped up with pillows. His face was pale and his eyelids heavy; an oxygen...
| Jun 6, 2004
Ronald Reagan, the Hollywood actor who became one of the most popular presidents of the 20th century and transformed the political landscape of an era with his vision of conservative government, died Saturday at his home in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los...