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Gary Valenciano says he's now cancer-free

Jul 05, 2019 - 1:58 PM

'I am cancer free. God is good,' Gary V shares on Instagram, a year after his diagnosis

New breast cancer drug found to boost survival rates by 30%

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The drug, marketed under the brand name Kisqali, costs $12,553 for a 28-day dose, says Jamie Bennett, a spokeswoman for Novartis, which marketed and funded research

19-year-old girl in viral love story dies of cancer

Mar 24, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Maxine Blanco, 19, 'fought hard and I'm thankful for everything,' says her boyfriend Gab Santa Ana

TO THE MAX. Maxine Blanco succumbs to cancer after months of courageously fighting against the disease. Couple photos from Gab Sta Ana Facebook page; Maxine's photo from Live Life To The Max Facebook page

New procedure may preserve fertility in kids with cancer after chemo or radiation

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:00 PM

All patients should be informed about the reproductive side effects of their medical treatments and options to preserve their fertility at the time of diagnosis

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'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:01 AM

He says he plans to 'beat the low survival rates for this illness' and keep working on the long-running game show

ALEX TREBEK. The 'Jeopardy' host announces that he was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Screenshot from

Sandiganbayan sends former DPWH exec to Bilibid

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:05 PM

The anti-graft court says it cannot grant the request of former DPWH Bicol regional director Eleno Colinares Jr to be confined in a hospital for cancer treatment

BILIBID. This file photo shows the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dayanara Torres diagnosed with skin cancer

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:29 AM

'I have been diagnosed with skin cancer,' says the former Miss Universe from Puerto Rico

HPV vaccine is safe, says cancer agency, as it slams 'unfounded rumors'

Feb 04, 2019 - 2:14 PM

To mark World Cancer Day 2019, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issues a statement in which it 'unequivocally confirms the efficacy and safety of HPV vaccination'

Bill on cancer control program awaits Duterte's signature

Jan 26, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Once signed into law, the National Integrated Cancer Control Act will establish a Philippine Cancer Center

House wants to create National Integrated Cancer Control Program

Dec 03, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Lawmakers pass a bill establishing a comprehensive program that would serve as a framework for all cancer-related activities of the government

CANCER PROGRAM. The House of Representatives approved a bill establishing a national program for cancer patients. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Samsung Electronics apologizes for factory cancer cases

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Campaign groups say that 320 people have suffered from work-related illnesses after being employed by Samsung, with 118 of them dying

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Senate OKs bill creating Philippine Cancer Center

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:51 PM

If it becomes law, the bill will require PhilHealth and all health maintenance organizations to cover cancer screening and treatment, among others

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Microsoft co-founder, investor, philanthropist Allen dead at 65

Oct 16, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Paul Allen died just two weeks after publicly revealing that non-Hodgkin's lymphoma he fought into remission 9 years ago had returned

PAUL ALLEN. Billionaire Paul Allen, who founded US software giant Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s, died on October 15, 2018 at the age of 65 after his latest battle with cancer, his family said. File photo by Hector Mata/AFP

Indonesia earthquake: Cancer-stricken disaster spokesperson battles on

Oct 04, 2018 - 4:26 PM

'Illness or death is in God's hands, but while I'm still alive I still want to do my best to serve others,' says Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who has Stage IV lung cancer

UPDATES. This photo taken on October 2, 2018 shows Indonesia's disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (R) addressing the media during a press conference in Jakarta on the latest updates following the powerful earthquake and tsunami which hit Central Sulawesi. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

Nobel-winning therapy weaponizes immune system against cancer

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:19 PM

While chemotherapy destroys cancerous cells along with normal cells – often with toxic and debilitating effects on a patient – immunotherapy unleashes the body's immune system to target tumor cells

Topless, singing Serena sparks internet breast cancer stir

Sep 30, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Tennis superstar Serena Williams promotes breast cancer awareness in a video viewed more than 1.3 million times in the first 10 hours

FOR A CAUSE. Serena Williams says the video puts her out of her comfort zone but fans lauding her for her bravery. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

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Sep 11, 2018 - 8:42 PM

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Olivia Newton-John diagnosed with cancer for third time

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:23 PM

The Australian singer is treating the disease with natural therapies

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN. The Australian singer is diagnosed with cancer. Screenshot from

1.4 billion risk disease from lack of exercise – WHO

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:41 AM

The study also finds that women still lag behind men in nearly every region of the world, with the gender exercise gap highest in Bangladesh, Eritrea, India, Iraq, and the Philippines

Veteran U.S. senator McCain halts cancer treatment

Aug 24, 2018 - 11:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'The progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment,' the family says in a statement

JOHN MCCAIN. This file photo taken on January 10, 2017 shows Senator John McCain (R-AZ) during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the nomination for General John Kelly, USMC (Ret.) to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  File photo by Tasos Katopodis/AFP

Scientists develop blood test to detect skin cancer before it spreads

Jul 18, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Australian scientists pioneer breakthrough blood test that could help doctors detect the early stages of skin cancer when it is still treatable

Gary Valenciano: I'm cleared of cancer

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:48 AM

(UPDATED) 'Mr Pure Energy' says he's cleared of cancer amid concern from both fans and fellow celebrities

After heart bypass surgery, Gary Valenciano also had cancer scare

Jul 06, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The singer tells Korina Sanchez he also had kidney cancer

From surviving cancer to paddling for gold: The Cebu Pink Paddlers

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:05 PM

They conquer the world stage once again as they prevail in DBS Marina Regatta in Singapore

June 21 will have longest daytime, shortest night of 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:45 PM

This is due to the summer solstice, or when the sun is 'directly over the Tropic of Cancer'

Bulacan cop helps raise funds for child with cancer

Jun 08, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Police Officer 1 May Liezl dela Cruz sells face masks during breaks to help raise funds for the chemotherapy of 8-year-old Geanna Catan, who was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in December 2017

Targeted cancer treatments far outperform traditional methods

Jun 02, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Targeted therapy involves testing tumors for clues about their genetic mutations, and matching patients with new drugs designed to block cancer's growth on a molecular level

Diego Castro: from teen idol to news anchor to cancer awareness advocate

May 24, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Knowing how harrowing cancer can be for patients and their loved ones, Diego positions himself as a mouthpiece of hope

UK pledges millions to fund development of cancer-detecting AI

May 22, 2018 - 12:31 PM

In the UK, AI-powered early detection technology could help 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034

Google developing AI microscope that detects cancer cells in real-time

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:51 PM

The device is essentially an ordinary light microscope, commonly used by pathologists, tweaked with artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) technology

VISUALIZED DETECTION. A screenshot from a Google video demonstrates the AI- and AR-assisted microscope being developed by the search giant. Screenshot from YouTube/Google

Katapusan: Ang maybahay kong Thai, ang Big C, at ako

Apr 21, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Isang araw pagkatapos ng cremation, isinaboy ko sa Thailand Gulf, sa ilalim ng malamlam na sikat ng araw, ang mga labi ng taong nagdulot ng kahulugan sa buhay ko sa nakalipas na limang taon

Unang bahagi: Ang maybahay kong Thai, ang Big C, at ako

Apr 21, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Madalas ko siyang biruin na maaari niyang pagsisihan ang pagpili sa isang partner na 17 taon ang tanda sa kanya – siya ang magiging taga-alaga ko sa aking pagtanda. Ang sagot naman niya, pinasimple na ng adult diaper ang gawaing ito.

Conclusion: My Thai wife, the Big C, and me

Apr 18, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The day after the cremation, under a soft sunlight in the Gulf of Thailand, I committed the remains of the person who had provided the meaning of my existence over the last 5 years to the sea

Part 1: My Thai wife, the Big C, and me

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:25 PM

When with friends, I kidded her that she might eventually regret having a partner 17 years older than her since she would end up taking care of me in my old age, to which she replied that adult diapers had greatly simplified that task

Overlooked 'organ' could play role in cancer spread

Mar 31, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Nobody was looking for the interstitium, as the new quasi-organ is called, because no one knew it was there, at least not in complex form revealed in a study

'PHANTOM ORGAN'? Scientists discover an overlooked 'organ' which they call the interstitium. Image from Wikimedia Commons

Nanobots treat cancerous tumors in tests conducted on mice – study

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The nano-sized DNA robots are injected into the bloodstream to deploy blood-clotting drugs that choke the cancerous tumor out, preventing further growth

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Wil Dasovich back in the Philippines after cancer treatment

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:23 PM

The Youtube vlogger and 'Pinoy Big Brother' alumnus returns to the country after 6 months in San Francisco

Study suggests link between ultra-processed foods, cancer

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:49 PM

The researchers stress the data shows no more than a correlation between a diet high in ultra-processed foods and cancer. This could be coincidental, and does not prove conclusively that these types of food actively cause cancer.

Singing for the fight against cancer

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Actor Diego Castro, together with Hope from Within, call for lung cancer awareness through a night of music

WATCH: Emotional Wil Dasovich tells fans that he's cancer free

Feb 03, 2018 - 7:30 PM

After a harrowing 6-month journey, Wil says he no longer has cancer

Vaping may raise cancer risk – study

Jan 30, 2018 - 10:29 PM

The report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences did not compare the cancer-causing potential of traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes

Breast cancer gene does not boost risk of death – study

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:58 PM

In fact, they may have a 'survival advantage' over non-carriers if diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, a form that is particularly hard to treat, a team writes in the journal The Lancet Oncology

Breast cancer mutation

Mouse study shows how alcohol may cause cancer

Jan 04, 2018 - 10:42 PM

It has long been suspected that alcohol consumption contributes to seven types of cancer – of the mouth, throat, larynx or voice box, oesophagus or food pipe, breast, liver and bowel

LIQUOR. A file photo of a liquor store in Glasgow. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

Around 1,000 OFWs diagnosed with cancer in UAE every year – doctors

Dec 28, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Working away from home and loved ones – with the emotional and psychological stress it entails – 'may play a role' in getting the dreaded disease, doctors share

LOOK: Art by kids with cancer featured in PH Christmas stamps

Dec 21, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Each block of 4 costs P12, while the souvenir sheet is available at P55 each. Get them while supply last at your local post offices.

2017 top science stories: Space 'visitors', smartphone addiction, and your pet dog

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

What are the biggest stories, discoveries and ideas in science this 2017? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months.

Blind Colombian women 'seeing' cancer with their fingertips

Dec 17, 2017 - 8:54 AM

Five blind or visually impaired women have been specially trained to use their fingertips to detect breast cancer, one of Colombia's biggest killers

'SEEING' CANCER. Visually impaired, medical tactile examiner, Francia Papamija, 35, performs a breast exam on a patient at a hospital in Cali, Colombia, on November 8, 2017. Leidy Garcia and Francia Papamija are two of the five visually impaired women who were trained with the method of German doctor Frank Hoffmann as Medical Tactile Examiners. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

[Gameplan] Athlete advocates health and fitness to beat cancer

Dec 07, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The moment Louie Sangalang finds out he has cancer, he tries to learn as much as he can about his disease, and tells himself he is going to do everything in his power to fight it

Diabetes, obesity behind 800,000 cancers worldwide, says study

Nov 28, 2017 - 10:52 PM

Cancers stemming from diabetes and obesity combined is almost twice as common among women than men, says researchers in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a leading medical journal

OBESE. Isabel Pantoja, 24, holds her ten-month-old baby Luis Gonzales as they wait at the bus station in Colima city where they headed for Luis' medical chek-up, in Mexico on November 9, 2017. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Big tobacco wins in smoke-friendly Southeast Asia, says report

Nov 27, 2017 - 6:04 PM

The report says some of the world's highest concentrations of tobacco users are in Indonesia, where 76.2 percent of males aged 15 or older smoke; Vietnam, and the Philippines