From Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera announcing he has cancer but plans to continue coaching this season, to ”Dancing With the Stars” judge Len Goodman revealing he had surgery to remove skin cancer from his face, here’s what’s happening in the cancer landscape this week.
A woman who lied about having stomach cancer to delay serving a federal prison sentence for fraud was sentenced to an additional five years.
From 2017 to 2019, Kassie Bond Carpenter submitted at least nine sets of forged medical records that said she was diagnosed with and being treated for adenocarcinoma, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas. Previously, she had been sentenced to 41 months for wire fraud. She faked the diagnosis to delay the 41-month sentence from starting.
In February, Carpenter pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and was sentenced to the additional five years this week. She will serve those five years consecutively with the previous 41-month sentence.
“Dancing with the Stars” judge Len Goodman announced he had a skin cancer tumor removed from his forehead and is calling on his fans to take screening and sun protection seriously.
Goodman, 76, is one of the three original judges from the reality competition show “Dancing with the Stars”. In a post on Facebook, the United Kingdom-based nonprofit Melanoma Fund featured a picture of Goodman with a bandage on his forehead from where the skin cancer was removed.
“Len Goodman has asked us to keep ‘spreading the word’ re. sun protection for golf," the group wrote. The post adds that Goodman "revealed he has just had skin cancer removed. He wanted us to use this image to inspire others to take the issue seriously!" It is not known what continuing treatment, if any, Goodman will be receiving.
Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera has announced he was diagnosed with cancer but still plans to coach this season.
During a recent team meeting he told Washington players that he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, located in the lymph node, but the cancer is in the early stages and is “very treatable and curable,” the team said in a statement.
"I'm planning to go on coaching," Rivera said in an interview. "Doctors encouraged me to do it too. They said, 'If you feel strongly, do it. Don't slow down, do your physical activities.' But everyone keeps telling me by week three or four, you'll start feeling it."
In July, Rivera found a lump on his neck and after a couple weeks went to his physician. It wasn’t until recently he received the diagnosis, but a ‘Plan B’ is in place if he can’t coach. He will receive five treatments per week for seven weeks while coaching.
Jasmine Boyd had to cancel her sweet 16 party due to undergoing treatment for leukemia, but that didn’t stop her friends, family and community from showing up to support her.
Originally, Boyd’s parents told her they would have a small gathering with family but Jasmine was surprised to find a line of cars, and even firetrucks, with signs and balloons to offer their support. Boyd was diagnosed with leukemia last year and doctors advised against an in-person gathering due to COVID-19 concerns while she was undergoing treatment. At times, she said, it can be hard to stay positive.
“I haven't sometimes, sometimes I do cry. It can be really hard but my friends over there they help me through it. All of my friends, all of my family. They do whatever they can to help me," said Boyd in an interview. While she did not expect the drive-by party, she did say it was her best birthday yet.