From Emilio Delgado, the actor who portrayed Luis on “Sesame Street”, dying from multiple myeloma to actor Benjamin Bratt discussing his wife’s breast cancer journey, here’s what’s happening in the cancer space this week.
“This is something I typically would keep close-held, but through the pandemic, through self-exam and then by going to her yearly mammogram, she discovered that she was positive for breast cancer,” Benjamin Bratt, 58, said during an appearance on NBC’s “Today Show”.
Known for his roles in “Law & Order” and “Miss Congeniality,” Bratt said he shared his wife’s story to raise awareness about the disease.
“She’s doing great,” he said. “The medication rocks the hormonal system a little bit, but the good news is, she was found to be cancer-free at this point. So we’re just on guard to make sure it doesn’t come back.”
Dogs have been shown to have an ability to sniff out cancer in humans. However, new research out of France may have shed light on a particular insect’s ability to detect cancer.
Researchers trained the Formica fusca ants, also known as silky ants, to detect cancer cells via a reward system.
“After a few minutes of training, these insects, which use smell for daily tasks, were able to differentiate healthy human cells from cancerous human cells,” the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) said in a statement Wednesday.
“Our findings suggest that using ants as living tools to detect biomarkers of human cancer is feasible, fast, and less laborious than using other animals,” the authors wrote in the published study.
St. Jude’s global arm has recently began coordinating with many hospitals across Europe to place Ukrainian patients with cancer in safer locations to continue receiving their life-saving treatments.
The coordinated effort may also begin to send children to the United States over the next several weeks.
St. Jude in Memphis has plans to accept 20 to 25 children and the expectation is several other children’s hospitals in North America will accept more patients.
“We’re trying to put together — similar to what we’ve done in Europe — a good, coordinated plan, bringing institutions that are willing, able, capable of accepting these patients, and then creating a joint effort,” St. Jude Global’s Director Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo said in an interview.
Delgado, 81, portrayed fix-it shop owner Luis on “Sesame Street” for 45 years.
His wife, Carol Delgado, told the Associated Press his cause of death was the blood cancer multiple myeloma.
Emilio joined the cast in the show's third season in 1971 and portrayed Luis until 2016 when his contract was not renewed.
In a tweet by Sesame Workshop, it was said about Delgado, “A beloved member of the Sesame family for over 50 years, his warmth and humor invited children to share a friendship that has echoed through generations.”
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