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by TIM ROWLAND | May 22, 2007
Editor's Note: This column by Tim Rowland was originally published on Dec. 12, 2006. No one would be surprised to learn that last week I went to Washington County Hospital and got my throat slit. What might be revealing is that I asked for it. For the past few years now, I've had a knot on the side of my neck that made it look as if I'd been bitten by a 250-pound mosquito. It didn't bother me in the least, but it almost always made children cry, and stuff.
By ALICIA NOTORIANNI | October 1, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Fredi Wishard remembers attending a Ride for Kids event in Pittsburgh to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. A young man who had survived brain surgery addressed the crowd at the Celebration of Life program. He thanked the motorcyclists for their support and shared the poignant story of his life after diagnosis and treatment for a brain tumor. Wishard attended the ride again the following year and asked for an update on the young man. She learned that he had died.
by KRISTIN WILSON | March 27, 2006
On Dec. 4, 2005 Ian Rogers was a perfectly normal 6-year-old boy who loved chasing bugs, catching spiders and digging in the dirt. But on Dec. 5 he began showing signs of dizziness and became unresponsive. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors found Ian was bleeding in the area of his brainstem. For three and a half months, the Rogers family, of Hagerstown, watched Ian endure surgeries to drain the fluid accumulating in his brain. They watched as Ian lost the abilities to speak and move his limbs.
By HEATHER KEELS | | June 17, 2011
Garnet Stevens doesn't think of himself as a control freak. "I'm more of a 'Yes dear, no dear, whatever you want to do dear,'" the Waynesboro Pa. resident said. But last December, when doctors told Stevens he had two brain tumors, he found himself marveling at how much cancer took control of his life. "It controls your schedule ... it controls how your body feels ... it controls when you eat and what you eat," Stevens said Friday evening during the opening ceremony for Relay for Life at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown.
Liz Thompson | June 18, 2011
"I am doing quite well during my first full day of my most recent chemotherapy cycle. On a stomach scale of 1-10, with 1 being the mildly unsettling feeling you have when you lean back too far in your chair and at the last minute you regain your balance and 10 representing the extreme uneasiness you feel after riding the "Widow-maker" at the County Fair and celebrating with a big bowl of month-old macaroni salad which has been stored outside, with...
by Dr. Dan Cornell | August 1, 2005
Following the discovery of X-rays more than 100 years ago, it was determined that X-rays could be used to cure certain forms of cancer. However, initial attempts at directing radiation at the tumor were hampered because the radiation beam did not have enough energy to penetrate to deeper structures, such as the prostate. Another problem with early treatments was an inability to focus the beam to avoid critical organs that might be close to the tumor region. It was understood that if radiation were given in small, daily doses, it had the ability to shrink tumors and allow normal tissues to recover from the insult of the small doses.
by JULIE E. GREENE | April 9, 2007
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Linda Troia spends most of her days on her bed, lying on her stomach or her side watching TV, reading magazines or talking on the phone. Troia's life has been like this since mid-February, about three months after she was diagnosed with a rare cancer. Troia, 54, of Mercersburg, has a large tumor on her tailbone. The case is unusual because medical officials haven't been able to determine where the cancer started, said Dr. Shaju Shamsuddin, Troia's radiation oncologist at Chambersburg Hospital.
January 21, 2008
Cancer center employee becomes tumor registrar John R. Marsh Cancer Center employee Heidi Weise recently became a certified tumor registrar. Registrars create a complete summary of history, diagnosis, treatment and disease status for cancer patients. The work of the registrar leads to better information which is used in the management of cancer and cures. Weise was mentored by Linda Shroyer, certified tumor registrar at John R. Marsh Cancer Center. Weise has worked for Washington County Health System for more than 11 years.
January 3, 1997
By BOB PARASILITI Staff Writer Jared Stoner isn't old enough to have seen one of his father's races against the clock. But the 2-month-old son of Earl and Melissa Stoner is in his own race against time. Jared Stoner's opponents are two rare liver diseases - veno occlusive disease and neonatal hemochromatosis - caused by the therapy he needed to fight a cancerous tumor of the adrenal gland. After a week of positive signs, his course of recovery took a bad turn on Wednesday.
September 15, 2012
On Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, Dr. Michael Alan Nemir passed away. Dr. Nemir was the beloved father of three daughters, MaryLou Hauver, Christina Nemir and Andrea Nemir, and is survived by four siblings. He also is survived by his long-term companion, Diane Estep; and her grandson, Michael. Dr. Nemir practiced pediatrics in Hagerstown with Dr. Ron Keyser and Dr. Albert Strauss from 1977 to 1993, when he was forced to retire after a car accident. He will be remembered for his great devotion to and fine care of his patients.
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