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From the reveal of Christine McVie’s cause of death to cancer news from Hugh Jackman and a U.S. congressman, here’s what’s happening in the oncology space this week.
Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie died of a stroke and cancer.
Christine McVie, the singer and keyboardist for the band, Fleetwood Mac, died in November at the age of 79, though her causes of death — an ischemic stroke and cancer — were recently released.
McVie, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, was diagnosed with a metastatic malignancy of an unknown primary origin, which is when cancer is found throughout the body, though the originating location of the disease is unknown.
After undergoing testing for skin cancer, Hugh Jackman urges others to protect themselves from the disease.
Hugh Jackman, who is known for his role as Wolverine in the “X-Men” series, recently underwent medical testing to see if a spot removed from his face was a cancerous growth. The Australian posted a video on his Instagram account — where he was seen with a bandage on his nose — urging others to protect themselves from the sun and to follow through with regular skin checks.
“Just to remind you, basal cell, in the world of skin cancers, is the least dangerous of them all,” he said. “However, if I can just take this opportunity to remind you, summer is coming … For those of us here in the Northern Hemisphere, please wear sunscreen.”
In 2013, Jackman had basal cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer) removed from his nose.
“It is just not worth it. No matter how much you want a tan. Trust me,” he said.
Congressman Dan Kildee announced that he has a “serious, but curable” form of cancer.
Dan Kildee, a Democratic congressman from Michigan, recently announced that he received a diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma after a small tumor was found on one of his tonsils. According to a statement from Kildee, he plans on undergoing surgery in the coming weeks.
“The prognosis after surgery and treatment is excellent,” Kildee said. “I am going to get through this. I’m going to beat cancer.”
A star of the reality show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” was diagnosed with cancer.
Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell, the elder sister of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson from the TLC shows, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and “Toddlers & Tiaras,” was diagnosed with cancer, according to a recent Instagram story posted by Thompson.
Cardwell complained of stomach pain before being diagnosed earlier this year with stage 4 adrenal carcinoma — a rare cancer that originates in the adrenal glands on top of the kidneys — which was presented in her liver, kidney and lung, TMZ reported.
“This is what I mean when I say that you never truly know what somebody is going through at home, no matter how famous they are,” Thompson wrote on Instagram.
Design students from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities teamed up with a nonprofit to create pajamas for infants undergoing cancer treatment.
Students in a technical design studio class from the University worked with Cancer Care Foundation MN to create a onesie for infants undergoing cancer treatment. The pajamas — which come in multiple prints, including dinosaurs, stars and moons, and sea life — have pockets that are especially designed for easy access to chemotherapy ports.
“We designed the pockets in the onesies to help prevent the children from tugging on their port or the cords, which hurt when pulled,” said apparel design student, Jaden Evenson, in an interview with the school. “I hope this project will help reduce parents’ frustration and pain by eliminating some of the difficulties they encounter.”
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