Today Paul Pepper visits with MOR KANTOR, a breast cancer survivor and founder of MorSupport, a support group for moms dealing with cancer. Volunteers and financial aid are always welcome! At [4:30] SUZANNE WOODS and JOHN PICKLE invite everyone to their FREE concert TONIGHT at First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City. Come out and hear Carnegie Hall professionals sing a variety of music! August 14, 2015


Champaign, IL local TV personality and anchor Dave Benton shared saddening news with the audience. Benton is stricken with brain cancer, and last fall he announced doctors said he only had about six months to live. Benton continued anchoring until just recently when he declared he is unable to continue working due to a weakening eyesight. 

Columbia Residents Shave Heads for Cancer Research

Apr 13, 2015

  Columbia residents gathered to shave their heads on Saturday in support of pediatric cancer research through a fundraiser held by the University of Missouri medical school.

MU medical students organized the event in partnership with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise money to help fund pediatric cancer research grants. Forty-five people agreed to shave their heads as a demonstration of support for children who have undergone treatment for cancer.

In February, Medicare announced that it would pay for an annual lung cancer screening test for certain long-term smokers. Medicare recipients between the ages of 55 and 77 who have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years are now eligible for the annual test, known as a spiral CT scan.

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Just over a year ago, Tracy Dethlefs learned she has stage 1 breast cancer. Since then, she estimates she’s charted some 10,000 miles travelling from her farm near Loup City in central Nebraska to area hospitals for treatment. Every surgery, round of chemotherapy and radiation treatment was a road trip.

“Radiation treatments usually (take) only about 5 minutes (on) a day that they have to see you,” Dethlefs said. “But for a week, for seven weeks in a row, you’re driving every single day to the cancer treatment center. We’re about an hour away from cancer centers.”


When Barbara Marder was diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago, she had part of her right lung removed, went through a round of chemotherapy and tried to move on with her life.

"I had hoped that everything was fine — that I would not create difficulty for my children, that I would get to see my grandchildren grow up," says Marder, 73, of Arnold, Md.

But a routine scan a year later found bad news: The cancer was back — this time in her other lung.

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MU's School of Veterinary Medicine is in the research phase with bacteria and molecules that could change the treatment of cancer. 

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St. Louis County health officials say they will hire researchers to study illness rates among residents near a creek that was contaminated decades ago by nuclear waste.

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Missouri cancer patients soon could find it more affordable to take chemotherapy pills.

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Some cancer patients want Missouri legislators to make chemotherapy pills more affordable.

New data are adding to concerns that exposure to radioactive waste in Coldwater Creek could be causing cancers and other health problems.

Nuclear waste generated by the Mallinckrodt Company was dumped in North St. Louis County after World War II, contaminating the creek and surrounding areas.

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Death. It's often a taboo topic of conversation, despite its inevitability.

But that's not the case for everyone. David Oliver, retired medical professor at MU, and his wife, Debbie, gave a presentation yesterday evening (Dec. 3) titled, "Our Exit Strategy: Depriving Death of Its Strangeness."

A new Missouri law creates a checkbox on Missouri income tax forms that allows taxpayers to contribute a minimum of $1 of their tax return to fund pediatric cancer research.

“Sahara’s Law” was introduced by Cape Girardeau Republican Senator Wayne Wallingford, and it’s named after Sahara Aldridge. 

“She was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and she fought that battle for 17 months, going through chemotherapy and radiation and even some alternate treatments,” Wallingford said. “But sadly she passed away when she was 13.”

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In separate studies both published on Wednesday, researchers at Washington University helped lead the genomic analysis of two types of cancer.

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A national consortium of scientists has sequenced the genome of a common type of lung cancer. The work suggests that the key to treating cancer may lie in understanding its genes.

Washington University helped lead the study, which mapped and analyzed genetic mutations in squamous cell carcinoma of the lung.

The director of Wash U’s Genome Center, Richard Wilson, says the study identified mutations in lung tumors that are also found in other types of cancer.

He says the work suggests the genetics of cancer are more important than where it first appears in the body.

On cancer

Jul 19, 2012
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On today’s show, we’ll have a look at cancer.

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Pediatric leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. There are about 3,000 new cases in the United States every year, typically in children between the ages of four and six.

With treatment, about three-quarters of affected children are able to beat the disease.

But for those with what’s known as “high risk” leukemia, the odds of survival are much worse.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Columbia officials meet for two-day retreat
  • Commission accepting applications for Mo. Supreme Court
  • Rally against president's contraceptive mandate held at Mo. Capitol
  • WiFi coming to state parks
  • Phone line could play role in cancer prevention

Phone line could play role in cancer prevention

Jun 8, 2012

A new study out of Washington University has found that the 2-1-1 phone information system could be an effective tool to fight cancer in low-income and minority communities.

Across the U.S., people can call 2-1-1 to get help with housing, food, and other social service needs.

Petitions submitted for Missouri tobacco tax increase

May 4, 2012

Supporters of a ballot initiative to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax turned in signatures today.

National Cancer Institute

More than half of cancer cases in the United States could be prevented.