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From Dolph Lundgren’s reveal of a years’-long experience with cancer to Jacklyn Zeman of “General Hospital” dying from the disease, here’s what’s happening in the oncology space this week.
‘Rocky’ franchise star Dolph Lundgren announced that he was diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
Dolph Lundgren, who starred as Ivan Drago in the movies “Rocky IV” and “Creed II,” recently announced in an interview on “In Depth With Graham Bensinger” that he was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 when doctors found a tumor on his kidney. The tumor was removed, and Lundgren, now aged 65 years old, underwent frequent scans.
In 2021, more tumors were found — including one that was the “size of a lemon” on his liver, that was not able to be removed. As a result, Lundgren was told that he had only a few years to live. “I’ve had a frickin’ great life. I’ve lived like five lifetimes in one. So I wasn’t bitter about it,” he said in the interview.
Lundgren then sought out a second opinion from a California-based doctor, who found a targetable genetic mutation. As a result, he was able to go on therapy that shrunk the tumors enough to be surgically removed.
"Within three months, things were shrinking by 20 to 30 percent," Lundgren said.
Jacklyn Zeman of ‘General Hospital’ died after receiving a cancer diagnosis.
Jacklyn Zeman, the actress who played Bobbie Spencer for more than four decades on the TV show “General Hospital,” died shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, according to a family statement. She was 70 years old.
“I am heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Jackie Zeman. Just like her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a bright light and a true professional that brought so much positive energy with her work,” the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini wrote on Twitter on May 10.
New guidelines recommend that breast cancer screening begin at the age of 40.
Draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) now recommend that women start to undergo breast cancer screening every other year starting at 40. Previous recommendations noted that women in their 40s make an individual decision with their clinician on whether they should start screening based on their individual needs and preferences.
"New and more inclusive science about breast cancer in women younger than the age of 50 has allowed us to expand our prior recommendation," Dr. Carol Mangione, an internal medicine specialist at UCLA and previous chair of the USPSTF, told NPR. "There are a lot more women getting breast cancer, and that influences our recommendation," she says.
A ‘Real Housewives of Miami’ star was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Real Housewives of Miami” star Guerdy Abraira announced on Instagram that she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and will undergo surgery and treatment.
“For now I am prepping for my upcoming surgery and then will come my treatment plan,” the 45-year-old said in the May 10 social media statement. “This process is definitely intense and what I ask of you is empowerment, not pity.”
According to the post, Abraira received the diagnosis in March following a routine mammogram. She then took a hiatus from social media as she processed the news. “Many of you reached out to check on me and I am thankful for your caring gestures,” she wrote.
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