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By Susanne Perez | October 6, 2011
A comedy about cancer isn't easy, but writer Will Reiser and co-star/co-producer Seth Rogen draw from personal experience to give "50/50" that rare blend of raw humor and emotion without artifice. There are no wrong notes in this movie. Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is 26 with a beautiful girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) and a beautiful mother (Angelica Huston), who both seem self-centered. Adam also has a rare form of cancer. Numbed by the news, he endures insensitive doctors, clueless co-workers and chemotherapy.
May 23, 2013
UC Irvine chemists have found a way to detect prostate cancer that's as inexpensive and easy as a pregnancy test, the university announced this week. By identifying markers for the disease in urine, the method can detect prostate cancer's presence much earlier, more accurately and more cheaply than current tests, according to a press release from UCI. "Our goal is a device the size of a home pregnancy test priced around $10. You would buy it at the drugstore or the grocery store and test yourself," said Reginald Penner, UCI chancellor's professor of chemistry and the study's corresponding author.
May 9, 2005
TOM JOHNSON When I think of cancer, I first think of my dad, Bill Johnson. He adopted me at the age of 9, gave me his last name and raised me as his own. He died of lung cancer after a difficult battle nine years ago this past weekend. He was a wonderful man. At the time, it didn't seem fair. Today, it still doesn't. When I think of cancer, I think of Rosalind Williams. Roz ran the Conference and Visitors Bureau in town ... or should I say Roz built the Conference and Visitors Bureau in town.
January 24, 2002
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation needs volunteers to help with the group's annual September race and a May golf tournament. A free volunteer orientation offered by the foundation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the foundation's Orange County Headquarters, 3191 Airport Loop Drive, Costa Mesa. Participants will learn about the foundation's programs and have an opportunity to get involved in the program that suits them best. The Komen Orange County Race for the Cure will be held Sept.
April 7, 2008
Scientists have made a discovery that could help them better treat cancer and cholesterol, according to a new UCI study. Polyketides, organic compounds used in top selling drugs to treat cholesterol problems and cancer, have been a mystery to scientists for years. But UCI scientists have discovered how polyketides form their ringlike shape, which may allow for easier manipulation and drug creation, according to a study published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
March 16, 2000
Veronica Duran COSTA MESA -- There's a void in the carpool group Richard Rapp started 25 years ago from Orange County to Towne Avenue Elementary School in Carson. Rapp, 53, who taught at the school for 32 years, lost his nine-month battle with cancer at 6 a.m. March 9 at his home in Costa Mesa. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday in the main sanctuary at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, 3800 S. Fairview Blvd. in Santa Ana. Now his carpool mates -- fellow teachers Joy Ferguson, Jeri Goldsbrough and Criss Kiefer -- will ride without him. "When I saw him this past Friday, he was very calm," Ferguson said.
November 26, 2007
Why does cancer occur more often as people get older? Humans start off as one cell and eventually are made up of about 10 trillion. Year after year, cells die and are replaced. In this continuous cycle, errors break down the reliability of the new cells and tissue, so says UCI’s Steven Frank. On Tuesday, Frank, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will discuss “Cancer and aging: How our bodies are designed to be reliable and why they fail.” Frank will explain why certain cancers occur mostly in children, why some inherited mutations move cancer onset to earlier ages and why quitting smoking changes the chances of getting cancer.
By Alicia Robinson | April 20, 2007
Huntington Beach Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's older brother, Kim, died Thursday morning of complications from cancer at Fountain Valley General Hospital, the congressman's office said. Kim Rohrabacher, the congressman's only sibling, was 62 and lived in Whittier. A graduate of the University of Redlands, he served eight years in the Marine Corps Reserve and worked as a transportation specialist, mainly for Northrop Aircraft. Rep. Rohrabacher flew in from Washington, D.C., Wednesday night to be with his brother, whom he said was known for his "generosity and charitable spirit."
July 31, 2004
Jo Miller described the older ladies she works with in the Orange County Fair's Home & Hobbies Building as "kind of a sorority." It becomes evident when you see the number of smiles and hugs the 73-year-old cancer survivor and mother of six gets just for showing up to work. Miller, who received the first of many chemotherapy treatments for uterine cancer weeks ago, refuses to quit the job she's loved each of the last nine summers, even if it means she can only fill in sporadically for those who call in sick.
By Joseph Serna | April 15, 2010
A Newport Beach doctor faces possibly decades behind bars for allegedly defrauding medical insurance companies and Medicare up to $1 million through false billing, authorities said Thursday. Glen R. Justice, 65, who lives in Corona del Mar, indicated in a plea agreement Wednesday that he is ready to plead guilty to five counts of health-care fraud related to his cancer-treatment practice, authorities said. Federal prosecutors said that Justice charged companies up to $1 million for injectable cancer medications that he never administered.
By Jessica Garrison and Jill Cowan and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | April 2, 2014
A metal finishing facility in Newport Beach poses an "unacceptably high" cancer risk to its neighbors and should curtail its emissions as soon as possible, state air quality officials said Tuesday. The agency said it will ask its independent hearing board to order Hixson Metal Finishing to reduce its emissions of Chromium 6 "on an expedited schedule. " The plant is located in a partly residential neighborhood near the border with Costa Mesa, directly adjacent to an apartment building.
March 17, 2014
In Memoriam Gerald “Jerry” Valentine Setera, 68, of Newport Beach, CA.  A prominent attorney for many years.  Passed way from cancer June 15, 2004.  Services :  at Our Lady Queen of Angels,  a Roman Catholic church in Newport Beach.  Arrangements by Pacific View Memorial Park, Newport Beach. Survivors :  Wife, Magdalena Setera;  son, Francis Edmund Setera;  daughters Lisa Marie Setera, Anna Valentina Setera and Mary Setera.  Grandson, Christopher Setera.
By Steve Virgen | March 11, 2014
The ball smacked off the bat and fired right toward Liam Ogburn, the Newport Harbor High pitcher. He had no time to move away from the danger. He could only react to the damage. Boom! The ball pounded at his right foot. It wouldn't be a surprise if he had fallen and grimaced in pain. But no. Instead he made it seem as if nothing had hit him. His only concern was making the out. He did. He found the ball, picked it up and threw out the runner. He helped the Sailors win their season opener, 6-0, against Los Angeles Cathedral Thursday by making a play that came from his father's advice.
By Hannah Fry | February 21, 2014
Two local philanthropists donated $5 million to UC Irvine to establish a clinical trial center for cancer research. The money establishes the Sue and Ralph Stern Center for Cancer Clinical Trials and Research at the Choa Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is part of UC Irvine Health. The cancer center is the only local institution where people with advanced-stage or treatment-resistant diseases can access clinical trials involving the latest therapies, according to a news release.
By Rhea Mahbubani | January 21, 2014
On Saturday, the Irvine Barclay Theatre will be the site of classical music - and caffeine. Organic coffee company Urth Caffe is coming to Laguna Beach in the summer. But married co-owners Shallom and Jilla Berkman plan to introduce their product at the performing arts center this weekend. The store has a loyal following at its locations in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Pasadena and elsewhere. Now it's Orange County's turn to get a taste of its custom coffee and tea: Each patron of the Barclay performance will be given a packet to take home.
January 10, 2014
A former Costa Mesa family is being honored this weekend for efforts in benefiting a foundation that fights childhood cancer. The Taggart family, who lived in Costa Mesa until about 2008 and now live in Newbury Park, will receive the Stand Hosts of the Year award from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation during a gala Saturday in Philadelphia. Since 2005, the family has raised $80,000 toward the Pennsylvania-based foundation. The Taggarts hold their annual lemonade stand fund-raiser at the Irvine Spectrum Center in honor of their young son, John Kelly Taggart, who died in 2005 of neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that affects nerve cells.
By B.W. Cook | November 6, 2013
When it comes to charitable event fundraising in the O.C., one woman rises to the top of the "A" list. Lil Spitzer , the ultra-glamorous blonde, is part showgirl, part CEO and part velvet bulldozer. You just don't say "no" to Spitzer, who once again, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Beckstrand Cancer Assn., raised a dazzling $1.81 million at a relatively - by Newport standards - small gala, with 300 invited guests. Spitzer joined her beautiful actress pal Eva La Rue ("CSI: Miami")
October 30, 2013
A fundraiser to aid an Estancia High School student's fight against cancer takes place next week. Emma Griffith, a sophomore volleyball player, was diagnosed in June with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Her motto has been "Keep Calm and Fight Like a Girl. " The Nov. 8 fundraiser will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Strawberry Farms Golf Club, 11 Strawberry Farms Road, Irvine. It includes a Mexican buffet dinner, margarita bar, auction and live music. All proceeds will help Emma's family.
By Emily Foxhall | October 23, 2013
Hoag Hospital will partner with USC's Keck School of Medicine to enhance cancer treatment provided at the hospital. The affiliation, announced Monday, comes as part of an effort to provide improved local care for cancer patients, according to a news release. Dr. Burton Eisenberg will be executive medical director of the Hoag Family Cancer Institute, which provides cancer care on the campus. The former Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center deputy director will also be a full-time USC faculty member.
By Steve Virgen | October 22, 2013
There were events that involved Costa Mesa High School cheer or athletics when Sue Ross would show what she was all about: amazing, loyal and loving. "She would say, 'I am doing chemo in the morning, but I can be there by 3,'" said Kori Johnson, the Costa Mesa cheer coach. "Or she would say, 'I'm getting a blood transfusion, but I can be there later in the day.'" Ross, a Costa Mesa booster whose two daughters are on the school's cheer squad, died of cancer Sunday morning at age 53. She is survived by her husband, Kea, and their two daughters, Andrea and Allie.
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