It is a side-effect of cancer that is often overlooked: social isolation. It wasn't ignored by Len Forkas when his son Matt was battling leukemia at the age of nine. To help him fight the loneliness, he used a web cam to reconnect his son to his friends at school. Today, both Len and Matt are using their charity HopeCam to help kids fighting cancer stay connected. Randi Kaye has their story.
Veteran NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw has revealed that he has cancer. He was diagnosed in August and says his doctors are encouraged with his progress. Brokaw is battling multiple myeloma which mainly affects blood cells in the bone marrow. Anderson discussed today's news with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
What would you do if you found out you had a terminal illness? How would you spend your remaining days? For one high school English teacher, the answer was to set off on a quest that ended up being even more gratifying than he ever expected.Tom Foreman has the story of his American Journey.
Michelle Langbehn is a young mother with a young daughter and she is battling a rare aggressive form of cancer. Last time she spoke to Anderson, Michelle discussed her struggle to get an experimental drug through the National Institutes of Health during the shutdown. Tonight, she says her condition has worsened, and she is attempting to get potentially life-saving drugs through other government agencies, but they are also closed due to the shutdown.
Michelle Langbehn is a young mother who is battling a rare form of cancer. She was diagnosed shortly after she gave birth, but now the cancer has spread. She was in the process of enrolling in a clinical trial when the government shutdown on Tuesday. Now that trial is on hold. Michelle told Anderson she wants people to know the shutdown is "not just about the national parks, its about people in need."
Editor's note: Watch Drew Griffin's report on several cancer charities that have raised millions of dollars. He investigates how that money is being used. Tune in to AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.
For more than a year, my colleague, producer David Fitzpatrick, and I have been crisscrossing the country exposing corrupt charities. We’ve found there is no shortage of greedy scam artists who will ask for your heartfelt donations, only to squander your money or keep it as their own.
We’ve had doors slammed in our face by so-called veterans’ charities. They raise money in the name of our country’s military heroes; yet in some cases, hardly any money reaches veterans in need.
We’ve exposed the gifts in kind trick, where well-intentioned people give donations to a charity group, and then the organization sends leftover junk, hand-me-downs or giveaways to the needy. They pretend it’s somehow proof of their “charitable work.”
In an op-ed in the New York Times, world famous actress and activist Angelina Jolie announced her decision to remove her breasts to prevent cancer. Through a blood test, doctors found she carries the BRCA1 gene, which increases her risk of getting ovarian cancer and breast cancer.
She writes, "Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could." After three months of private medical procedures, Jolie decided to reveal what she went through to encourage other women facing a similar dilemma. She recognizes it's not an easy decision to make.
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