Carberry hits ton on return after cancer treatment


Carberry hits ton on return after cancer treatment

Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Sun, 02 Apr, 2017, 10:23 PM

Michael Carberry received a standing ovation from the Ageas Bowl crowd © Getty

Hampshire opener Michael Carberry marked his return to cricket with a century against Cardiff MCCU at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday (April 2). The left-handed batsman, who has played six Tests for England, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour last July and missed the second half of last season.

Carberry, who returned to cricket after a successful treatment, was given a standing ovation by the crowd after he was dismissed by David O’Sullivan, but not before scoring a 121-ball 100. His innings helped Hampshire post 289 in the first innings, before reducing the opposition to 21 for 2 at Stumps on the opening day.

In an official statement last week, the left-hander had said, “I would like to thank my family, the club, the supporters and my team-mates worldwide for all the kind messages of support and love through another very tough time in my career and life.

“There is still a long way to go to being ‘recovered’ fully, but the outpouring of support from the cricket family has helped massively in getting me back playing and I’m looking forward to another great summer with Hampshire.

“In regards to the media, I would like to thank them for respecting my privacy in dealing with my illness and I would like to ask for this to continue on my return.”

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Research shows common pesticide exposure may spur puberty in boys

Previous research shows that early puberty increases the risk of diseases in adulthood, for example, testicular cancer in men. (Source: Pixabay) Previous research shows that early puberty increases the risk of diseases in adulthood, for example, testicular cancer in men. (Source: Pixabay)

Exposure to pesticides commonly used both indoors and outdoors to kill mosquitoes and other insects on crops may result in boys reaching sexual maturity earlier, researchers have found.

The class of pesticides studied, pyrethroids, accounts for more than 30 percent of global insecticide use, said lead investigator Jing Liu, Associate Professor at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. These chemicals are known endocrine-disrupting chemicals that interfere with the body’s hormones.

“We recognise pyrethroids as a new environmental contributor to the observed trend toward earlier sexual maturity in boys,” said Professor Liu.

Previous research shows that early puberty increases the risk of diseases in adulthood, for example, testicular cancer in men and breast cancer in women.

Early puberty also can stunt growth and cause behavioural problems.

For the study, presented at the Endocrine Society’s 99th annual meeting in Orlando, the team examined 463 Chinese boys aged 9 to 16 years.

They found the evidence of recent exposure to pyrethroids in human urine as a metabolite, or molecule, called 3-phenoxybenzoic acid (3-PBA).

The results showed that a 10 per cent increase in 3-PBA was associated with a four per cent increase in the boys’ levels of luteinising hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) — hormones that spur production of testosterone in males.

Having an increased urinary level of 3-PBA raised the odds of a boy being at an advanced stage of genital development by 73 to 110 per cent, Liu said.

Further, when the researchers exposed male mice to cypermethrin — a widely used pyrethroid insecticide — they observed an accelerated onset of puberty in the mice.

“Given the growing use of pyrethroid insecticides, we must prudently assess these chemicals for their risks to children’s health,” Liu said.

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Teenager Dying Of Cancer Survives After His Mother Gives Him A Dose Of Marijuana

A mum of a cancer-stricken boy who had lost all hope for survival revealed that she gave her son a dose of cannabis to ease his terrible pain initially. The drug did that and more by helping her son miraculously escape the jaws of death!

Callie Blackwell of Norfolk, Virginia, gave her son Deryn cannabis who was suffering from a rare form of leukaemia to ease him from his suffering. The doctors had given up on her 14-year old son who had undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy following his diagnosis at the age of 10 when the doctors stated that nothing else could be done.

They had to procure cannabis illegally as they were denied through legal means

Callie and her husband Simon successfully procured cannabis from a dealer in a service station and prepared it at home in a pressure cooker using instructions provided online, after they were denied a cannabis-based painkiller from a doctor.

They had nothing to lose since Deryn was dying anyway. But to watch him bounce out of his illnesses after administering with cannabis was mind-blowing claim his parents. Not only did Deryn go on to gradually recover, but he is now a healthy young man at the age of 17 and is studying catering and has a part-time job as a vegan chef.

Callie in her new book called, The Boy in Seven Billion, narrates the story of her son’s battle with leukaemia and Langerhans Cell Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

But experts are sceptical about this event

On the behest of this news, scientists have called for further investigation into the effects of cannabis compounds on cancer cells, reports The Independent, UK. Although, exceptional stories like this cannot prove the efficacy of such treatments.

Emma Smith, the science information manager at the Cancer Research UK, told The Independent, UK that there have been quite a few studies to examine the effect cannabis has on different types of growing cancer cells in a lab, but the results so far have been quite mixed.

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She goes on to state that although the recovery was “fantastic news”, the recovery could have been triggered by multiple factors. Maybe the cannabis did help maybe it didn’t. There would need to be clinical evidence and a comparison that needs to be drawn to somebody that didn’t get cannabis as a treatment to know if it was the cannabis that worked for certain.

Either way research on cannabis gets a boost due to such incidents

Wai Liu, a senior cancer research fellow at the St George’s University of London, who has led research into the potential anti-cancer properties of chemicals such as cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) told The Independent, UK that although he often receives anecdotal evidence of people who self-prescribe cannabis for themselves, he’s not sure about the validity of such procedures, since it’s not controlled.

Scientists like us, however, are exploring this area because it’s worth it adds Liu. In fact, Oxford University recently announced it’s new medical marijuana research programme to explore the potential benefits of cannabis for treating pain, cancer, or inflammatory diseases.


Robot allows 6-year-old to attend kindergarten while she fights cancer

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Larry Jackson, a substitute teacher at an Oklahoma middle school, is known and beloved for the words of wisdom he imparts to his students.

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PJ Trojanowski is being treated for malignant tumors in both of her kidneys.

One kindergartner undergoing cancer treatment is able to “attend” class, thanks to the help of artificial intelligence.

In January, PJ Trojanowski, 6, was diagnosed with the kidney cancer Wilms tumor in both kidneys.

“She’s our most outgoing child,” dad Eric Trojanowski told ABC News today. “It was a different thing to sit down and tell my 6-ear-old, ‘You have cancer and the doctors have to figure out how to get it out of you. She was feisty about it. The doc even said, ‘I don’t know Paisley very well, but I know kids like her do well in treatment because they have a lot of fight in them.'”

“It takes a lot out of her … [but] she’s taking it in stride,” he added. “She talks about [how] she’s going to beat cancer.”

Because of her weakened immune system, Paisley Jane, who goes by PJ, was unable to return to her kindergarten classroom at Robinson Primary School in Robinson, Texas.

With help from her school and the Region 12 Education Service Center, a VGo robot was brought to Robinson Primary on PJ’s behalf.

The robot allows PJ to interact with classmates and observe lessons given by her teacher, Michelle Adkins, while she receives chemotherapy treatments at McLane Children’s hospital in Temple, Texas.

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Adkins told ABC News that her other 19 students are accustomed to PJ logging into the mobile robot from her iPad, and having it move around the classroom.

She also does home teaching visits with PJ two days a week to practice new skills face-to-face.

“I think she likes to interact with it,” Adkins said. “She likes to know what we’re doing and it’s a way for her to get more learning time in. Her parents really enjoy it also.”

Trojanowski, a dad of three, said he helps PJ drive the robot around the classroom from the hospital.

“She enjoys listening to the story time and listening in on the lessons,” he said. “She told me, ‘Sometimes it makes me sad because I want to be with my friends at school.’

“I tell her, ‘You’re at home now and get to watch and listen,'” he continued. “She’s getting used to the idea. The support of the school district has been nothing short of amazing.”

PJ is undergoing chemotherapy and will receive surgery to remove the two tumors at the end of April.

The Trojanowskis hope she can rejoin her classmates at the start of first grade.


School choir performs concert at home of teacher battling terminal cancer

Larry Jackson, a substitute teacher at an Oklahoma middle school, is known and beloved for the words of wisdom he imparts to his students.

But, when a group of his students arrived at his home to perform a concert on his front lawn, Jackson, who has terminal cancer, was left nearly speechless.

The students, members of the show choir at Heartland Middle School in Edmond, Oklahoma, visited Jackson’s home Tuesday, a few weeks after he was forced to stop teaching due to his illness. Jackson, 68, who was also a truck driver, is battling both cancer and congestive heart failure.

“It made him very, very happy,” Jackson’s wife, Pat Jackson, told ABC News about the concert that included inspirational songs like “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten.

“He misses those kids a lot,” she said. “He’d give anything to be able to go back to teaching.”

Jackson, a father of two, was a regular substitute teacher at the public school of nearly 900 students, which opened this year. His words of wisdom to students were so well-known that Jackson’s fellow teachers created a video series, “Conversations With Mr. Jackson,” that features Jackson speaking on topics like respect and encouragement.

A school official called the videos a “time capsule” in which Jackson’s “words of wisdom will live on beyond his time.”

The seventh-grade principal at Heartland, Gabe Schmidt, told ABC News how the idea for the front-lawn concert originated.

“I went to the teachers and said, ‘Now that he’s done that for us and since he can’t be here, let’s figure out a way to go to his house with students,'” he said. “We wanted to give back to him.”

During the concert, the students were “champions” while the adults struggled to hold back their emotions, according to Schmidt.

The concert led to conversations with the students about joy and mortality.

“We worked together with the students to address the tougher topics,” Schmidt said. “To be there with someone who is suffering, but his joy is overwhelming enough that it pours over into other people’s lives — having to wrestle through that thought process.”

Jackson last taught at Heartland on Feb. 28. His cancer has now spread throughout his body, according to his wife, who provided chocolate chip cookies and bottled water for the students Tuesday.

“Larry loves them very much and he misses them,” Pat Jackson said of the Heartland students. “He misses them every day.”


MbPT buildings to house children battling cancer

WHEN Union Minister Nitin Gadkari formally inaugurates a residential facility for child cancer patients on Thursday, it will mark the start of a first-ever corporate social responsibility project in the field of cancer care by the Mumbai Port Trust, which has provided the space to house over 250 patients and a parent each. The facility, located in Cotton Green, comprises four buildings owned by the MbPT which will now house, at no cost, outstation child cancer patients.

While a handful of patients and their guardians have been living in the Cotton Green centre since September last year, a formal inauguration of the facility will be conducted on Thursday. The MbPT has given the space to Tata Memorial Hospital, which in turn has allotted the space for residential centres to be operated by St Jude India Childcare Centre.

Launched over a decade back to offer residential space for paediatric cancer patients who visit big cities seeking treatment, St Jude’s currently runs 18 centres in Mumbai, Kharghar, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Jaipur. With the Mumbai strength now being nearly trebled from 90 to 255 patients, the organisation believes they will be able to care for 40 per cent of outstation children visiting Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel for chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or follow-up treatment.

“We are continuing to expand and hope that we will get more space through various agencies,” said Usha Banerjee, CEO of St Jude India.

The child patients and a family member each, many having lived for some time on the pavements outside Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel or in grubby lodges in the distant suburbs, have in these centres a safe and clean living space, a supply of cooking rations for the week, access to an individual stove top and cooking gas, as well as transportation to the hospital and back. In addition, the Cotton Green centre offers a huge playing space for the children, a conference room and a multipurpose activity room.

Oncologists say childhood cancers are highly curable, rendering St Jude’s role critical to ensuring that patients do not pull out of treatment mid-way for want of affordable living space in Mumbai.

MbPT chairman Sanjay Bhatia says the original proposal had been to draw up a lease agreement after the Tata Memorial Hospital and St Jude’s made a representation seeking space. It was decided at the board meeting later that the port trust should take it up as part of their CSR activities. “All of us have seen these patients and their families on the street outside the Tata Memorial Hospital, so when the idea came up, everybody’s heart melted.” The buildings have been given to Tata Hospital at a lease rent of Re 1 for five years.

In the new complex, three buildings have a centre on four floors each. The fourth building provides accommodation to 10 doctors from Tata Memorial, including paediatric oncologists. Each centre houses 12 families under the care of a Centre Manager and support staff. Each building has a counselling room and a library.

The 1.2 acre campus has two large playgrounds, bright sunlit rooms and cheery shared kitchens. An old outhouse was remodelled for use as office space and a small studio apartment served as accommodation for a manager. The renovation of a dilapidated structure in the campus was also completed recently to house security and a multipurpose centre.

“MbPT has never undertaken such a project in the past, and those of us who met the children and patients at the centre are thrilled to see the work that Tata and St Jude are doing,” Bhatia said.

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