Category Archives: Cancer

David Bowie Dies After 18 Month Long Battle With Cancer

David Bowie, whose ground-breaking sound and chameleon-like ability to reinvent himself made him a pop music fixture for more than four decades, has died. He had just turned 69 last week.

Bowie died Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer, his publicist Steve Martin told the media.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” said a statement posted on his official social media accounts.

Neither his publicist nor the statement elaborated on what kind of cancer the singer was fighting.

House of Representatives Repealed Obamacare

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives has approved a bill to repeal Obamacare that, after more than 60 votes in the past five years, will finally get to the President’s desk.

The House vote was 240-181, largely along party lines. The Senate passed the legislation last month.

The bill is expected to arrive at the White House later this week. President Barack Obama has already vowed to veto any Republican bill that guts his signature health care law.

The measure also bars any federal money for Planned Parenthood. Conservatives in Congress vowed to defund the organization after a series of videos released by an anti-abortion group last year triggered a controversy about the sale of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood maintains the footage was edited, and has denied any improper activity.

Def Leppard Guitarist Vivian Campbell Cancer Returns

Def Leppard Guitarist Vivian Campbell will be forced to miss the opening dates of the band’s summer North American tour after revealing that he is once again battling cancer. “I’m saddened by the fact that my cancer has returned. However, I’m beyond consolation that its return will prevent me from being able to do my job for a while,” Campbell wrote on Facebook. “I’m still working on a schedule of treatment with my doctors, but I will see you all very soon.”

Campbell announced two years ago that he was undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma, which he later said he was until recently in remission, but in a statement released June 20 the he says the lymphoma that the guitarist has been battling for two years has returned.

This rough news comes just before his band’s three and a half month tour is set to start, and his announcement indicates he will be sidelined for an undisclosed period of time.

Scott Baio & Family Brace For Brain Tumor Treatment

Hollywood, California – Scott Baio, the well celebrity known as Chachi in Happy Days and his wife Renee are bracing for what is to come following her diagnosis with a brain tumor.

Baio who is now 54 and Renee Baio who is 46, posted on Facebook an explanation and a public statement about his serious condition on June 16, a meningioma brain tumor which doctors have not yet determined to be cancerous or not.

“Just a few days ago we learned my wife, Renee, has a meningioma brain tumor,” the 54-year-old star shared. “Although 90% of these type of tumors are benign they can cause serious problems depending on the size of the tumor and the location. We are waiting to learn the exact location to see if its operable,” he explained.

Baio praised his wife’s positive attitude saying, “Renee has been down some rough roads in her life,” he continued. “Yet each time with her strong faith in God, she comes through a better and stronger person. During this time we ask for your prayers and support. My wife is my rock. She refuses to even shed one tear, nor will she question God’s will. Renee, Bailey and I will get through this.”

He then explained how they want to help educate people on these health problems and encourage them to get checked because “6,500 people each year, mostly women get these tumors.” he says. Baio added that he and his family hope their news will encourage others to see a doctor if they suspect something is amiss.

Renee told People magazine that she has been suffering from migraines and cluster headaches for almost two years and that doctors initially told her it was because she’s over 40 and pre-menopausal. “Unfortunately, a lot of women are given this explanation and they need to get checked out,” she said. “An MRI did not pick up the tumor, but an MRI with contrast spotted it.”

Tommy Chong Uses “Even More” Marijuana After His Cancer Diagnosis

Hollywood, California – Comedian/Actor/Dancer Tommy Chong, infamous for his part in “Cheech and Chong,” in the 1970s, said Wednesday that he is treating his rectal cancer through the use of cannabis.

“I have good news and bad news. First the bad news, the cancer came back and it is a real pain in the butt,” he said on Twitter. “The good news is I now have to use more marijuana to treat the cancer.”

Chong, 77, said he would document his battle against the cancer on the “Chong and Chong” podcast.

“Please wish me luck while I kick cancer’s behind,” he added.

This is Chong’s second battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012.

US Weekly reported that Chong has been a big advocate of marijuana, crediting it for his treatment process.

“I’m using cannabis like crazy now, more so than ever before,” he told US. “I’m in treatment now. I’ve been – just the case either way, either I get healed or I don’t. But either way, I’m going to make sure I get a little edge off or put up.”

Chong and Cheech Marin gained fame in 1971 for their comedy album “Cheech and Chong.” They became the faces of pot with their films “Up in Smoke” and “Nice Dreams.”

The duo broke up in the late 1980s and reunited decades later for a comedy tour called “Cheech & Chong: Light Up America.”

Cheech wants to use this down time to focus on writing a sequel to the 1978 hit Up in Smoke.

“It will be the same Cheech and Chong, just 40 years later.”

Cheech credits his wife for his tenacious spirit fighting against the disease.

“My wife actually forbid me to die,” he says of his wife Shelby Chong. “She said ‘you are not leaving me.’ “