Paul Auster Dies, King Charles Speaks to Fellow Patients and More

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From the death of author Paul Auster and musician Duane Eddy to King Charles’ visit to a cancer hospital, here’s what’s happening in the cancer space this week.

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Author of "New York Trilogy," Paul Auster, has died at age 77 from lung cancer.

Paul Auster, author of “New York Trilogy,” died of lung cancer.

Paul Auster, the author of more than 30 books, including “New York Trilogy,” which includes the novels “City of Glass,” “Ghosts” and “The Locked Room,” died of complications from lung cancer, according to The New York Times. He was 77 years old.

According to a March 2023 statement from Auster’s wife, Siri Hustvedt, the writer received the lung cancer diagnosis the previous December. In a recent post on Instagram, Hustvedt wrote about the complications of immunotherapy treatment that Auster was experiencing.

“Paul had had enough. But he never, by either word or gesture, showed a sign of self-pitch. His stoic courage and humor until the end of his life stand as an example for me,” she wrote.

The Alarm musician personally updated fans about his cancer.

Mike Peters, lead singer of The Alarm, personally wrote to his fans, updating them about his recent cancer news. He explained that results from an emergency biopsy and CT scan determined that his chronic lymphocytic leukemia had progressed to high-grade lymphoma.

“On Sunday morning April 21, I awoke with a large swollen gland on the left side of my neck,” he wrote on The Alarm’s website. “I am awaiting to have both a PET and heart scan and also consultations with the team at the Christie Institute in Manchester before confirming the exact specifics of my new treatment regime…”

With his news, he also announced that he will not be able to travel to the U.S. for the Live Today Love Tomorrow Tour in early May.

“I am still reeling from the consequences of this new and completely unforeseen diagnosis and doing my best to process what is happening,” he wrote. “I’m grateful for the love and understanding of everyone affected by the tour postponement and hoping and praying with all that I have, that this is just a pause in the story of my life, and that normal service will be able to resume soon.”

Peters spoke with CURE® in June 2023 about his cancer experience and how his love for music helped him.

King Charles spoke with fellow patients with cancer and the “shock” of a diagnosis.

King Charles’ first notable public appearance was to visit a specialist cancer center in central London, according to BBC. He sat down with other patients with cancer, as they all shared their experiences with cancer and their diagnoses.

“It’s always a bit of a shock isn’t it, when they tell you,” the King agreed with a patient who spoke about the impact of a diagnosis, BBC reported.

His visit alongside Queen Camilla was to raise awareness about the importance of early cancer diagnosis, BBC said. During the visit, King Charles noted that the challenge was to “get enough people early.”

Since this visit to the cancer center and attendance at a church service, the King has not attended other public events following his diagnosis. So far, there has not been an announced date for the completion of his treatment, BBC stated.

The guitarist behind “Rebel Rouser” and “Peter Gunn” died of cancer.

Duane Eddy, the guitarist known for his songs like “Rebel Rouser” and “Peter Gunn” from the late 1950s and 1960s, died of cancer at the age of 86, according to a statement from his wife, Deed Abbate.

“Sad to see the passing of my old friend, Duane Eddy. Duane was a hero and HUGE inspiration to me and his music is still lighting the way! What a tone! What a sound!” John Fogerty, singer-songwriter from Creedence Clearwater Revival said on X.

A soccer player of Orlando Pride announced Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis.

Luana, a midfielder for the Orlando Pride, announced that she received a diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma and will be treated with chemotherapy immediately.

“As a professional athlete I have faced many challenges, on and off the field,” she said in a statement from the team’s website. “I have always fought with courage and determination, and this time will be no different. I really appreciate the support of my family and friends who have strengthened me in this moment. … I kindly ask that my privacy be respected at this time.”

The general manager of Orlando Pride also commented in the statement regarding Luana’s diagnosis. “On behalf of our club, players and the entire Orlando community, I want to extend our unwavering commitment to Luana as she begins her treatment,” she said.

“We fight our battles together, on and off the field, and the Orlando Pride athletes and staff will be side-by-side with Luana and unified in our support of her throughout this process.”

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