Puppy Love: Dogs are just what the doctor ordered

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A first-ever clinical trial of the impact of therapy dogs on kids with cancer could expand the practice nationwide, backers say.

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Girl who shaved head for friend felt ‘punished’ by school 

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When Kamryn Renfro’s best friend lost her hair from chemotherapy, the 9-year-old Colorado girl decided to shave her head so they could be bald together. She never expected her decision would get her suspended from school.

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Slow but steady: Cancer death rates drop 20 percent in two decades

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Cancer death rates in the U.S. have dropped 20 percent in the past two decades, thanks largely to less smoking, increased prevention and better detection, a new report finds.

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Terminally ill ‘Simpsons’ co-creator Sam Simon giving fortune to charity

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With a terminal illness giving him just months to live, “Simpsons” co-creator Sam Simon is stepping up his philanthropic efforts and donating his fortune to charity.

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Brad Pitt ‘quite emotional’ about Angelina Jolie’s surgery decision

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On Tuesday, Angelina Jolie announced she had preventive double mastectomy after being identified as the carrier of a gene that gave her a high probability of breast cancer; today, the reactions are wide and varied — with her fiance Brad Pitt telling USA Today that he was “quite emotional about it, of course.” But she may not be done with her medical procedures yet.

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Angelina Jolie: I had double mastectomy because of high breast cancer risk

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Angelina Jolie says she has undergone a preventive double mastectomy after being told that she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer, along with a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.

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Mom’s virtual cancer family helps daughter cope with loss

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When Gina Poe lost her mom to breast cancer, she was devastated. Michal Poe, a 68-year-old home hospice social worker, had been the rock of the family, carrying on with humor and strength even as her disease became more advanced.

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Young patients fight cancer, one video game at a time

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Jose Guevara was 16 when his doctor first told him that he had leukemia.

"They gave me a breakdown," Guevara told NBC News. “‘You have leukemia, you’re staying in the hospital,’ and they brought a wheelchair."

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‘I never had a second thought’: College athlete cuts career short to save stranger’s life

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Cameron Lyle has asked a lot of his body over the years, but he never expected it to save the life of a stranger.

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Men say their breast cancer was caused by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune

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Over the span of 35 years, between 500,000 and 1 million people were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, one of the most storied Marine bases in the country. A group of men have banded together saying that their surprising breast cancer diagnoses are linked to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water.

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Livestrong CEO: Armstrong’s admission brings both sadness and ‘relief’

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The CEO of Livestrong, the anti-cancer foundation established by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, believes Livestrong can move forward even after Armstrong’s admission to Oprah Winfrey of doping during his cycling career, and continue to be a viable organization despite the tarnished name of its famous founder. 

Venezuela’s Chavez says cancer has returned, he’s facing new operation in Cuba

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CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday he would undergo another cancer operation after doctors in Cuba found a third recurrence of malignant cells in his pelvic area.

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Cheerleaders go bald to support coach with leukemia

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Many Colts players shaved their heads in support of coach Chuck Pagano’s battle with leukemia earlier this season and now the team’s cheerleaders have gotten in on the act.

Terminal cancer patient, 13, becomes honorary CoverGirl

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Plenty of people have a hard time thinking positively about a bad situation. But 13-year-old Talia Castellano isn’t one of them. Diagnosed with cancer when she was 7, the teen has built a strong Internet following through her video makeup reviews and tutorials over the past year.

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Lance Armstrong loses Nike contract; steps down from Livestrong

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Lance Armstrong’s long-time sponsor Nike Inc. said Wednesday that it was terminating its contract with the cyclist after “insurmountable evidence” that he took performance enhancing drugs.

The news came the same day that Armstrong announced he is stepping down as chairman of Livestrong Foundation, the cancer-fighting organization he founded, so that the group can focus on its mission instead of the doping allegations leveled at Armstrong.

"To spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship," Armstrong said in a statement.

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