In 1973, while working as a young post-doc in Zanvil A. Cohn's laboratory in Rockefeller University, Ralph Steinman
described a completely new immune cell within the lymphoid organs of mice (original paper can be read here
). Based on it's distinctive shape, with it's many branched projections, he named the cell "dendritic cell
" (derived from the Greek word for "tree").
Such began a prolific
career, devoted to the further understanding of these cells, which transformed the way the world understood how the immune system worked. Yesterday, Dr Steinman was awarded the The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2011
"for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity
". Tragically, he had died just three days earlier of pancreatic cancer
, and never learned that he was to be awarded science’s top honour. [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch
on Oct 4, 2011 -
Seattle mourns the passing of Electron Boy
, otherwise known as Erik Martin. Erik died at home on Friday, from a rare form of cancer called paraganglioma. He was 14. Previously
posted by Sublimity
on Sep 18, 2011 -
At first, nothing happened. But after 10 days, hell broke loose in his hospital room. He began shaking with chills. His temperature shot up. His blood pressure shot down. He became so ill that doctors moved him into intensive care and warned that he might die. His family gathered at the hospital, fearing the worst.
A few weeks later, the fevers were gone. And so was the leukemia.
- (NYT Link)
posted by Slap*Happy
on Sep 14, 2011 -
Burzynski, the Movie is the story of a medical doctor and Ph.D biochemist named Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski who won the largest, and possibly the most convoluted and intriguing legal battle against the Food & Drug Administration in American history.
A documentary by Eric Merola.
posted by xmattxfx
on Jun 14, 2011 -
Alice Pyne, a UK teenager with cancer, recently started her blog, Alice's Bucket List
, with a personal wish-list. Top of the list is 'To make everyone sign up to be a bone marrow donor'. Her request has been brought up in parliament
and helped by likes of Charlie Brooker
(NSFW) has since become a top trend on twitter.
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Jun 9, 2011 -
Aaron-Carl Ragland, known simply as "Aaron-Carl" to most, was a songwriter, remixer, producer, radio show host, record label founder and all-around character.
The news of Ragland's death was first posted on his friend and fellow Detroit musician Piranha Head's Facebook page
in a status update, saying simply:
Just lost one of his best friends, Aaron-Carl, and my arms are far too short to box with GOD. One of the best Human beings in the WORLD is gone. I have no words. Music is Silence.
Aaron-Carl himself posted this video
just five days ago on his blog discussing his diagnosis and upcoming surgery after canceling his upcoming European tour
reports that Aaron-Carl is believed to have died shortly after or during essential lymph node surgery; it appears that he died overnight after beginning his first chemotherapy session. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob
on Sep 30, 2010 -
Oliver Sacks is surviving cancer of the eye
, ocular melanoma. In his latest book, The Mind’s Eye
, he "tells the stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and abilities." In the interview, Sacks talks about his diagnosis, the after-effects of his radiation treatment (which include hallucinations that resolve themselves into words if he "smokes a little pot"), his apprenticeships with poets W.H. Auden and Thom Gunn, and the importance of science writing in an age when the authority of science is being undermined by religious zealots. Via MeFi's own, Steve Silberman, digaman. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Sep 1, 2010 -
Topic of Cancer.
"One fine June day, the author is launching his best-selling memoir, Hitch-22
. The next, he’s throwing up backstage at The Daily Show
, in a brief bout of denial, before entering the unfamiliar country—with its egalitarian spirit, martial metaphors, and hard bargains of people who have cancer." Christopher Hitchens writes about his cancer. [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Aug 4, 2010 -