From Martina Navratilova's latest cancer update to the death of the Pentagon Papers whistleblower, here's what's happening in the oncology space this week.
Professional tennis player, Martina Navratilova is now cancer free.
Martina Navratilova, known as one of the great tennis players of all time, has announced on Twitter her “ all clear” from cancer.
“After a day full of tests at Sloan Kettering, I got the all clear! Thank you to all the doctors, nurses, proton and radiation magicians etc — what a relief:)”, Navratilova tweeted.
In 2010, Navratilova had been diagnosed with a noninvasive form of breast cancer, resulting in a lumpectomy. Just five months ago, Navratilova announced her diagnoses of throat and breast cancers, (the former which was diagnosed after Navratilova noticed a swollen lymph node on her neck) and began treatment shortly after.
Later in March, Navratilova returned to work alongside the Tennis Channel to continue her career.
Daniel Ellsberg, whistle-blower of the Pentagon Papers, died of pancreatic cancer at age 92.
Last Friday, Daniel Ellsberg died from pancreatic cancer in his California home. The 92-year-old announced his diagnosis of inoperable pancreatic cancer earlier this year.
Ellsberg, known as the whistle-blower of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, was labeled the most dangerous man in America. Stealing all 7,000 papers, Ellsberg leaked the American government’s expanded involvement in the Vietnam War, which, until then, had been hidden from the eyes of mainstream media.
The leak also called for conflict within freedom of press, as the Nixon administration tried to dispute it. The United States Supreme Court turned this request down.
Ellsberg’s charges were dismissed, as many defined him as a hero seeking the truth within the United States government.
"Daniel was a seeker of truth and a patriotic truth-teller, an anti-war activist, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, a dear friend to many, and an inspiration to countless more. He will be dearly missed by all of us," his family told NPR.
A cancer survivor created a gym that caters to individuals with health issues.
Thirteen years ago, Kenneth Hopson was diagnosed with stomach cancer after health care professionals found abnormalities within the stomach lining. Realizing that his diet could have been a key factor in his diagnosis, he opened up a gym called Body Sculptors, inclusive to individuals with health issues, to ensure a pathway for healing.
Body Sculptors focuses on the mind, soul and body, catering to their needs through body scans to ensure that workouts and exercises are benefitting the health of these individuals.
Hopson realized, through his fight with cancer, that keeping a balanced diet is what can help to decrease the risk of health issues. Body Sculptors tries to portray that message through their work.
"Anything that causes you any type of stress, when you walk through this door, this is supposed to be your deep breath," Hopson said to ABC 7 NY.
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