Actor William Hurt Dies of Prostate Cancer, Several Cancer Centers Establish Helpline to Connect Ukrainian Patients to Cancer Care and More

From two celebrity deaths due to cancer to leading American cancer organizations coming together to help patients with cancer fleeing Ukraine, here’s what’s happening in the cancer space this week.

Singer Kelis’ husband, Mike Mora, dies a little more than one year after receiving a diagnosis of stomach cancer.

Mora, 37, announced in October 2021 that he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer a year earlier. A photographer, Mora had informed his fans that doctors told him at the time of diagnosis that his estimated survival time was about 18 months.

Kelis, who is best known for her pop song “Milkshake” did not publicly comment on her husband’s death. The couple has two children: a son named Shepherd who is 6 years old, and a 1-year-old daughter, Galilee.

“Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “Broadcast News” star William Hurt dies of complications from prostate cancer.

Just shy of turning 72, Oscar-nominated actor William Hurt died on Sunday after complications from prostate cancer, according to a statement from his son, Alexander.

Since his feature debut in 1980, Hurt was nominated for four Academy Awards, and won one in 1986 for his role in “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” He was then nominated for Oscars for his roles in “Children of a Lesser God” and “Broadcast News.”

“Bill Hurt, in a singular way, was, at his core, loveable. Some secret sauce of strength and vulnerability,” tweeted James L. Brooks, writer, producer and director of “Broadcast News.”

Three major cancer organizations create a care hotline for patients with cancer in Ukraine.

The American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health established a hotline and resource hub to help Ukrainian patients with cancer access care.

The helpline, which is available in Russian and Ukrainian, will connect patients who are fleeing the country with care in Eastern Europe.

“I think our function here as both a call center and as a website is to be a clearinghouse and a connector across the cancer ecosystem, and to grow those connections over time,” Arif Kamal, chief patient officer at the ACS, said in an interview.

A young couple receives a diagnosis of advanced colon cancer within six months of each other.

Kacie Peters, 35, and Erik Stanley, 41, each received a diagnosis of colon cancer. Peters was diagnosed with stage 3 disease that turned into stage 4, and Stanley was diagnosed with stage 4 disease.

The American Cancer Society originally recommended colon cancer screenings start at age 50 for patients with average risk, but then switched their recommendation to age 45 in 2018 when research was showing an increase of colorectal cancer diagnoses in younger adults.

While Peters and Stanley are still under the recommended age requirement for colonoscopy, they urged individuals to talk to their doctors and get a second opinion if necessary.

"If you find that something is wrong and you feel the doctor isn't taking you seriously, it is OK to get a second opinion," Peters told 9news.

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