Tribute album to help pay radical singer Anne Feeney's cancer bills

Evan Greer writes, "Anne Feeney has been raising hell with an acoustic guitar since you were in diapers. She's toured the world, rambling from protest to picket line with the likes of Pete Seeger and Billy Bragg. She was the first woman to become the president of a musicians union in the U.S. and has raised tens of thousands of dollars for striking workers. Anne has been battling cancer, and winning! for the past several years, prompting Anne's daughter, Amy Sue Berlin, to gather a notable lineup of musicians to contribute to a tribute album for Anne, with acts like punk icons Anti-Flag, Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul and Mary), and Dan Bern covering her rabble rousing songs. With the fights we have ahead of us in the next four years and beyond, we're we're gonna need songs like these stuck in our heads." Read the rest

A quarter-century on, WHO drops claim that coffee is a carcinogen

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer reviewed 1,000+ papers investigating the link between coffee and cancer and concluded that the WHO's 1991 classification of coffee as a carcinogen was mistaken. Read the rest

In case you were wondering, there's no reason to squirt coffee up your ass

Coffee enemas have been around since the 19th century (when medical science was a mess) and they persist today (when woo advocates like to hold up the fact that medical practices have persisted since the 19th century as proof that they work). In case you were wondering, they're bad for you. Read the rest

Antioxidants protect cancer cells, help tumors to spread

The largely unregulated supplement industry sells a variety of weird and sometimes dangerous stuff that it wink-nudge promises will cure what ails you, but even the most accurately labeled, evidence-based supplements can make sick people much, much sicker. Read the rest

Lessons from a brain tumor diagnosis

Jeff writes, "I received my diagnosis late on Friday afternoon of what would be a very long weekend. I had really hoped to avoid brain surgery in my life." Read the rest

Help Spider Robinson's daughter pay her cancer bills

Writer Spider Robinson writes, "My daughter Terri Luanna da Silva, a Stage IV breast cancer patient since 2011, is now in hospice in the Palliative Care wing of Middlesex Hospital, 28 Crescent St, Middletown CT 06457-36454. She is not expected to recover. (No visitors, please. But cards and flowers are welcome.)" Read the rest

US Patent Office awards patent to herbal snakeoil that "kills cancer"

The USPTO awarded Patent 8,609,158 last December for a mix of "evening primrose oil, rice, sesame seeds, green beans, coffee, meat, cheese, milk, green tea extract, evening primrose seeds, and wine" that "rebukes cancer, cancer cells, and kills cancer" -- the accompanying extract states, "it works." Sounds legit. Read the rest

Raising funds for PG Holyfield, who has terminal cancer

Podcaster and author PG Holyfield (of "Murder at Avedon Hill"), a widely respected and much-loved figure, is, quite suddenly and quite quickly, dying of cancer. Read the rest

Jay Lake, on blogging your own death

Simon Owens writes, "I got a chance to interview Jay Lake extensively not long before his death and wrote a long profile on him and his cancer blogging that explores the impact he's had, both on the cancer and science fiction communities. He spoke extensively on what he hoped his legacy would be and how he'd be remembered after he died." Read the rest

A scarf woven from Jay Lake's genome

Here's a scarf woven from data representing the genome of talented sf writer and good guy Jay Lake, who died of cancer this week. Last summer, Jay's friends raised funds to sequence his genome in the hopes of finding a targeted cure. Astrid Bear used the data to weave the scarf, focusing on the 143 pairs of chromosome 18, which was the identified culprit in Jay's cancer. The scarf itself is a thing of beauty, and Jay loved it. Read the rest

Help Nebula Award winning author Eugie Foster meet her cancer bills

Nebula Award winning writer/editor Eugie Foster has aggressive cancer in her sinuses, and while she's insured, her insurance sucks. She's asking her friends and colleagues to help her make ends meet. She's got a ton of books and ebooks for sale -- or you can PayPal her at eugie@eugiefoster.com. Read the rest

Iain Banks's The Quarry, his final novel

When Iain Banks announced in April that he was dying of gall bladder cancer, he said that his forthcoming novel The Quarry would be his last. I've just read it, and though I came to it with high expectations, I find that I was still surprised by just how good this novel is, and how it revisits so many of the motifs from Banks's earlier novels, and what a spectacular blend of emotions it carries.

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Behold: the stupid face I will make in the 3D scanner

The people have spoken. I offered to have my head 3D-scanned while making a ridiculous face originated by John "Rubberface" Scalzi if enough was donated to Jay Lake's cancer treatment fundraiser. After an exhaustive poll, the Internet chose this face. I've started practicing already.

Dear Cory Doctorow: The Masses Have Decided That This is the Face You Shall Have Made Into a 3D Scan Read the rest

Never mind: Ian McKellen does not have prostate cancer

Apparently, the interview in which Sir Ian McKellen stated he has had prostate cancer for several years is outdated. The actor's rep clarified, saying he does not have cancer. You now have permission to feel less bad about not liking The Hobbit. (via Vulture) Read the rest

Ian McKellen opens up about his years-long battle with prostate cancer

Ian McKellen in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," 2002. Photo: New Line Cinema

In an interview with The Mirror, Sir Ian McKellen revealed that he's been living with prostate cancer for several years. While it's upsetting news, he says that his form is "contained," and that he and his doctors are staying on top of it.

"Many, many men die from it but it’s one of the cancers that is totally treatable so I have 'waitful watching.' I am examined regularly and it’s just contained, it’s not spreading. I’ve not had any treatment."

"You do gulp when you hear the news. It’s like when you go for an HIV test, you go ‘arghhh is this the end of the road?’ They come and say you have cancer of the prostate and then they say you can have it zapped, you can have it snipped but you are not a candidate for that. You are waitful watching."

McKellen goes on to say that he remains diligent and hopeful for his chances at a full and lengthy life, which makes those of us who are fans very, very happy to hear.

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24k Gold Sorapot auction to benefit Amit Gupta

Designer Joey Roth is auctioning a limited run of 24-karat gold Sorapots to help out BB pal Amit Gupta, who recently fell ill with leukaemia: "South Asians are severely underrepresented in the pool of registered bone marrow donors. 100% of profits from the auctions will go to drives, both here and in India, to find and register potential donors."

The odds of someone of South Asian descent finding a match are only 1 in 20,000.

Here's my review of the Sorapot from some time ago.

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Appeal for South Asian bone marrow donors for Amit Gupta

Elizabeth Stark sez,

Friend of Boing Boing Amit Gupta was recently diagnosed with cancer, and he needs help finding a bone marrow donor match. In fact, for someone of South Asian descent, the odds of finding a donor are currently only 1 in 20,000. But we can change that. A few ways to help:

1. If you're South Asian, get a free test by mail. You rub your cheeks with a cotton swab and mail it back. It's easy.

2. If you're in NYC, you can go to this event organized by friends of Amit. Or organize a donor drive near you (the most helpful thing you could possibly do!) email 100kcheeks@gmail.com. They’ll send you kits, flyers, tell you what to say, and make the whole process easy cheesy.

3. If you know any South Asians (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, or Sri Lanka), please point 'em to the links above. Thank you.

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