‘Scrubs’ actor Sam Lloyd diagnosed with lung cancer, brain tumor weeks after welcoming son

Scrubs” actor Sam Lloyd has been diagnosed with lung cancer just weeks after his wife Vanessa gave birth to their first child together.

A GoFundMe page for the actor, 55, said Lloyd was diagnosed in January after welcoming a son named Weston.

According to the page, Lloyd began experiencing headaches and suddenly lost 10 pounds which he initially attributed to his busy schedule and sleepless nights taking care of his newborn son. But after going to the doctor, a CT scan revealed a brain tumor.


His doctors ordered immediate surgery to remove the tumor but found that the cancer had spread to his lungs, spine, jaw, liver and brain.

A GoFundMe page is asking for $  100,000 to cover medical and childcare expenses for actor Sam Lloyd and his wife Vanessa who recently gave birth to their son, Weston.

A GoFundMe page is asking for $ 100,000 to cover medical and childcare expenses for actor Sam Lloyd and his wife Vanessa who recently gave birth to their son, Weston. (GoFundMe)

“In the face of this devastating news, Sam and Vanessa have been incredibly strong and positive. Humor and laughter, which have been a huge part of Sam’s life, will undoubtedly help him with what lies ahead,” the GoFundMe page, which was created by “Scrubs” executive produce Tim Hobert, said.

The page noted that Lloyd was cheering his “beloved New England Patriots in his hospital room” just after his diagnosis. His cheering was so loud he was asked by a nurse to “cheer quieter.”


“Sam politely nodded. When the nurse left the room, Sam turned to Vanessa and his friends and said, ‘What are they gonna do? Kill me?'”

The GoFundMe page is asking for $ 100,000 for medical and childcare expenses. As of Wednesday morning, more than $ 73,000 has been raised.

Lloyd is best known for portraying Sacred Heart lawyer Ted Buckland on the sitcom “Scrubs.” He is also the nephew of actor Christopher Lloyd.

WHO and vaccine group back ‘critical’ cervical cancer shots

A vaccine given to girls to protect them against a virus that causes cervical cancer is a “critical” health tool and access to it should be scaled up as swiftly as possible, especially in poorer countries, cancer experts said on Monday.

Figures from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) showed an estimated 570,000 new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed worldwide in 2018, making it the fourth most common cancer in women globally.

Each year, more than 310,000 women die from cervical cancer, and the vast majority of deaths are in poorer countries where immunization rates against the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes it are low.


In wealthy countries, some anti-vaccine campaigners are also persuading parents to refuse the shot for their children, leaving them at risk, IARC said.

“Unfounded rumors about HPV vaccines continue to unnecessarily delay or impede the scaling up of vaccination,” IARC’s director Elisabete Weiderpass said in a statement.


She said IARC was committed to fighting cervical cancer and “unequivocally confirms the efficacy and safety” of HPV shots.

Britain’s GSK makes an HPV vaccine called Cervarix, which targets two strains of the virus, while Merck makes a rival shot, Gardasil, which targets four strains.


In a separate statement addressed to the WHO last week, the GAVI vaccines alliance also urged greater support for HPV shots, saying it aimed to immunize 40 million girls in poorer countries against HPV by 2020.

This would avert an estimated 900,000 deaths, GAVI said.

IARC said reducing the cost of vaccines in poorer countries would play a vital role in increasing access to them. It said it was working with the generic drugmaker Serum Institute of India to develop an HPV shot that “could provide a high-quality alternative at a lower cost”.

Doug Supernaw reveals stage IV lung and bladder cancer diagnosis

Doug Supernaw, who made his mark in country music during the late ’80s through the late ’90s with several Top 30 hits including “I Don’t Call Him Daddy,” has announced he is battling Stage IV cancer in his lung and bladder.

A post on the 58-year-old singer’s official Facebook account gives an overview of his condition: “After struggling with a prolonged cough, Doug was admitted to the hospital on January 25th, where it was determined he was suffering from Pneumonia. Additional tests found fluid on his heart and lungs which put his heart in an A-Fib condition. Additional tests also found a suspicious mass in his right lung. It was then determined that it was in Doug’s best interest that he be transferred to another Houston area hospital. It was at this hospital that his medical team confirmed several masses in his lungs, lymph nodes, bones, and bladder.

“The official diagnoses as of now is advanced, stage four, lung and bladder cancer,” the post continues. “At this time, Doug remains in the hospital, awaiting more testing, while determining a treatment path.”

After thanking his medical team, friends and fanbase, the post asks that Supernaw and his family be allotted privacy during what is obviously a very difficult time.

Supernaw’s most recent release was a greatest hits project in 2017, which included two new songs.

How this mark on your nail may reveal skin cancer

When you think of skin cancer, you probably think of checking for moles. But did you know your nails can also reveal a sign of melanoma?

Manicurist Jean Skinner had first-hand experience catching this stealthy symptom.


“I had a walk-in nail client a couple weeks ago,” she wrote in an August 2017 Facebook post. “She had a straight dark vertical stripe down her nail. She said as soon as she sat down—I need a color dark enough to cover this stripe.”

Other salons had speculated that the woman’s mysterious line could be due to a calcium deficiency, a blood blister, or a strange hereditary mark. Yet Skinner knew better than that. She immediately told her customer that the dark line was likely a little-known symptom of melanoma. Don’t miss these other 15 cancer symptoms women are likely to ignore, either.


Subungual melanoma (aka nail melanoma) is, as its nickname suggests, a skin cancer that occurs under the nail. It affects 0.7 to 3.5 percent of people with melanoma. Rare as it is, it’s important to know about its telltale sign: a dark black or brown line across a finger- or toenail, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

Sadly, Skinner’s hunch was correct—and the prognosis wasn’t good. The client called later to tell her she had aggressive melanoma that had spread to her lymph nodes. Check these other 10 sneaky places where you can get skin cancer (that aren’t your skin).


A black band isn’t the only skin cancer symptom that could be hiding under your nail polish. Other signs of nail melanoma include darkened skin around the nail, blood, pus, and splits in the nail, according to the AAD. Early diagnosis could be crucial, so see your doctor right away if you happen to notice a dark mark under your fingernail or any other suspicious symptoms. Now that you’re looking at your own hand, check for these 10 surprising diseases your hands might predict.

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Rep. Gwen Moore says she is in remission from cancer

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 04: U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) speaks on stage with other female members of Congress during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Moore announced Tuesday that she is in remission from lymphoma.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 04: U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) speaks on stage with other female members of Congress during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Moore announced Tuesday that she is in remission from lymphoma.

(CNN)Rep. Gwen Moore said Tuesday she is in remission from small cell lymphoma, making the announcement to colleagues Tuesday during the first meeting of the House Ways and Means committee.

The Wisconsin Democrat, who is a new member of the committee, said she was diagnosed with the disease 10 months ago.
“This is a cancer I will live with for the rest of my life but because of my high quality health care and insurance coverage, it is not a cancer I will die from,” Moore said in a news release.
The announcement came during the committee’s hearing on protections for patients with pre-existing conditions.
    Without insurance, Moore’s medicine would cost her about $ 15,000 per month, her press secretary Libbie Wilcox told CNN. These costs are inspiring Moore to use herself as an example of the importance of health care protections for those with pre-existing conditions.
    “When she was sitting in the hospital bed undergoing chemo, she was thinking, ‘What would this be for people who didn’t have coverage?'” Wilcox said.
    During that time Moore’s focus on health care and her desire to bring back the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate “quadrupled,” Wilcox said. The mandate, which required all Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a tax penalty, was repealed as part of the GO- backed tax plan in 2017.
      At Tuesday’s meeting, Moore asked her colleagues to ensure health care protections.
      “I am announcing my remission today to remind everyone on this committee that I am a living example of the lifesaving value of essential health benefits,” Moore said. “For my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren that is a cost worth paying.”

      Doctor spots her own cancer while looking in mirror

      Everyone checks the mirror in the morning before heading out the door; no one expects it to save their life. It did for Erin Kobetz, PhD, MPH, a cancer researcher at the University of Miami. Six weeks into her new job at the University, Kobetz noticed something odd about her throat as she got ready for work: “There’s no real way to explain it, other than my neck looked funny,” Kobetz recalls.

      Alarmed, she immediately made an appointment with her primary care physician. Her doctor agreed that her neck appeared unusual—but couldn’t say why. Kobetz had a history of thyroid trouble: “I developed Hashimoto’s thyroiditis after the birth of my son, which is an autoimmune condition that can make the thyroid appear lumpy,” she told Reader’s Digest. But she felt this was something else.


      “Luckily, my doctor believes that sometimes patients actually know their bodies, and she trusted my intuition that something just didn’t look or feel right,” she continued.

      Although the risk of cancer is elevated in patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, it’s an extremely rare complication. Kobetz was the exception: A neck ultrasound revealed that her thyroid was cancerous, and her medical team began the treatment protocol—total removal of her thyroid gland along with the lymph nodes in her neck, and treatment with radioactive iodine. (These are the six thyroid cancer symptoms you should never ignore.)


      The treatment was swift and effective, and it led to her remission. But the ordeal left a lasting mark on her emotionally.

      “When anyone experiences a life-changing event such as cancer, you have a heightened sense of awareness about your lack of control,” she explained.

      To regain some semblance of control, Kobetz turned to leading a healthier lifestyle.

      “I became extremely physically active and began a very healthy diet. You can’t survive a cancer diagnosis and not become aware of your own mortality on a daily basis,” she continued.

      For Kobetz, the experience led to self-reflection.

      “I asked myself who I was going to be now, and how was I going to live my life—we only get one,” she said.

      Not only did her diagnosis impact her personal outlook, it gave her a new perspective on her work.

      “I no longer wanted to pursue science that was only statistics-based, because I had been the statistic myself,” she explained.


      Kobetz was recently awarded a grant by Cigna through its World of Difference program that enables her to continue serving the community of Little Haiti in Miami. Her goal is to research the increased risk of cervical cancer among women in the community, who often turn to herbal remedies that may do more harm than good.

      “My story provides a common ground with these women—and a shared humanity. My cancer changed my work—it was no longer professional, but personal,” she said.

      Next, find out the surprising things that can raise your cancer risk.

      This article first appeared on Reader’s Digest.

      Olympic champion Nathan Adrian has testicular cancer, plans on training for 2020 Tokyo Games

      Five-time Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian revealed Thursday he is battling testicular cancer but plans on continuing his training ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Games.

      Adrian shared the news with his Twitter audience, saying he went to the doctor recently because “something didn’t seem quite right.” He was told the cancer was caught early and treatment was started right away, which includes having surgery next week.


      Adrian, 30, plans on resuming his training in preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games as he gets treatment for testicular cancer.

      He has been part of the U.S. national team for the last decade. He won the 100-meter freestyle in the 2012 London Olympics and earned bronze in the same event in the 2016 Rio Games. He has four other Olympic gold medals as part of U.S. relay teams.

      Adrian got married in September and thanked his wife, Hallie, for her love and support.


      USA Swimming wished Adrian a “speedy recovery” in a tweet.

      The Associated Press contributed to this report.

      Woman shares cervical cancer story to warn others told they’re too young for free pap smear

      When Heather Ryan noticed irregularities with her body — such as bleeding in between her menstrual cycles and after sex — she decided to take a trip to her general practitioner.

      At first, Ryan, who lives in County Tipperary, Ireland, wasn’t too worried. After all, she was only 24 years old and seemed to be otherwise healthy. Her general practitioner recommended she come back for a pap smear — a test that checks for cervical cancer in women — when she was 25. At that time, women in Ireland could receive a free smear test as part of a national screening program called Cervical Check.

      But a few months later, the bleeding worsened. Ryan became anemic.


      Concerned, she returned to her doctor to discuss her symptoms once more. The general practitioner then referred Ryan to a gynecologist, who took biopsies of the tissue in her cervix.

      Not long after, she was referred to a gynecology oncology specialist.

      “I knew what was coming,” she recalled in a Facebook post this week.

      “I was told I had cervical cancer,” she continued. “I needed an MRI to see if cancer had spread from my cervix. The results would decide what treatment I needed.”

      Thankfully for Ryan, the cancer was confined to her cervix and she was told it could be removed with surgery.

      About four weeks after she initially received the diagnosis, Ryan was cancer-free, she wrote, adding she was “so lucky” to have caught it in time.

      The experience was the “most dramatic, emotionally painful experience of my life and no one should ever have to go through it,” Ryan said in the post, which she wrote in light of cervical cancer awareness week and so “girls under 25 that are not entitled to a free smear know what to look out for and for those who are over 25 be more aware of the importance of going for your smear.”

      Symptoms of cervical cancer include vaginal bleeding, unusual vaginal discharge — which can be pink, watery or foul-smelling — and pelvic pain, especially during sex, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

      “The more this is shared the more awareness it will create and hopefully more people will have caught it in time or before it even begins!” she wrote, encouraging women to get a pap smear.


      “It could save your life!” she reminded followers.

      Heather Ryan was not immediately available for additional comment when contacted by Fox News on Thursday.

      Cigarette filters are the No.1 plastic pollutant … and don’t prevent cancer

      Cigarette butts found during a beach cleanup in Oregon.

      Cigarette butts found during a beach cleanup in Oregon.

      (CNN)Plastic straws and bags have received widespread attention as pollutants. But another, even bigger, plastic problem has been slipping under the radar — cigarette filters.

      Cigarette butts containing plastic filters are the most littered item in the world.
      “Many smokers assume the filters are made of a biodegradable material,” says Elizabeth Smith, who works on tobacco control policy at the University of California San Francisco.
      In fact, filters are made of cellulose acetate — a type of plastic that can take up to a decade to decompose.
        Cigarette butts collect in drains and are washed into waterways.

        Cigarette butts collect in drains and are washed into waterways.

        But now the European Union is cracking down on this hidden problem. New rules will require the tobacco industry to fund the cleaning up of cigarette stubs, as part of a broader initiative to reduce single-use plastic items.
        Cigarette filters are poisoning our environment — but do they do anything to help smokers’ lungs?

        The scale of the problem

        About 6 trillion cigarettes are manufactured a year and over 90% of them contain plastic filters. That’s more than one million tonnes of plastic.
        Tossing a cigarette butt on the ground is one of the most accepted forms of littering, according to the World Health Organization. About two-thirds of butts are dumped irresponsibly — stubbed out on pavements or dropped into gutters, from where they are carried via storm drains to streams, rivers and oceans.
        A seagull in Rome mistakes a cigarette butt for something edible.

        A seagull in Rome mistakes a cigarette butt for something edible.

        Cigarette butts have been the number one item collected by the Washington DC-based Ocean Conservancy’s global beach clean-ups every year since the initiative started in 1986. Its volunteers have collected more than 60 million butts.

        Nick Mallos, director of the group’s Trash Free Seas program, says that “many of those found on beaches are simply left behind by beachgoers.”
        A recent study placed fish in water in which cigarette butts had been soaked and removed. After four days, half the fish had died, showing that cigarette butts “seep in into the aquatic environment and are toxic and deadly to living creatures,” says Thomas Novotny, emeritus professor of global health at San Diego State University, who was involved in the study.

        A con?

        Plastic filters were invented in the 1950s in response to lung cancer fears.
        Tobacco smoke contains about 250 harmful chemicals, including heavy metals, arsenic and polonium-210, a highly radioactive substance that has been used in assassinations. At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer.
        Filters were engineered to reduce lung cancer by blocking toxins.
        Scientists test cigarette filters with a smoking machine.

        Scientists test cigarette filters with a smoking machine.

        However, by the mid 1960s researchers realized that the tar and nicotine they were trying to filter out were the very substances that made cigarettes satisfying to smokers.
        The companies kept the filters, but made them less effective to allow through that hit of nicotine.
        Bradford Harris dug deep into tobacco company archives while a graduate student of history and technology at Stanford University. He writes that tobacco companies decided to keep the filters as a “marketing tool,” while ensuring that smokers still received the crucial nicotine hit. They made claims about the health benefits of filters that the World Health Organization calls “fraudulent.” CNN contacted the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association, which represents a number of major tobacco companies in the UK, for comment, but did not receive a reply.
        An advert for Viceroy cigarettes.

        An advert for Viceroy cigarettes.

        In reality, while filters did block some toxins, they also made cigarette smoke smoother to inhale and that encouraged smokers to puff more frequently. Filters also altered the way tobacco burns, actually increasing some toxins in the smoke.
        With filtered cigarettes, rates of the most common type of lung cancer caused by filterless smoking decreased. But rates of another type of lung cancer — adenocarcinoma — increased.
        Chemicals in tobacco smoke cause a range of gruesome diseases.

        Chemicals in tobacco smoke cause a range of gruesome diseases.

        “The survival rates of the two types of cancer are roughly the same,” says David Wilson, a pulmonologist the the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, adding that there is no persuasive evidence that filters “have a beneficial impact on overall lung cancer survival.”
        In short, filters didn’t improve smokers’ health. But they did worsen our environment.

        Pollution solutions

        In some cities around the world, fees are already levied on cigarette packets to fund street cleaning, while in other places, litterbugs are fined.
        Mervyn Witherspoon, an expert in the chemistry of cigarette filters, believes a better solution woudl be to implement biodegradable filters. He is an advisor to Greenbutts, a company which has developed a filter made of natural materials including flax, hemp and cotton.
        The Keep Britain Tidy campaign dropped a giant cigarette butt on London's Trafalgar Square to raise awareness.

        The Keep Britain Tidy campaign dropped a giant cigarette butt on London's Trafalgar Square to raise awareness.

        But Elizabeth Smith, the US-based tobacco policy expert, says biodegradable filters still contain toxins that could take a long time to degrade. And smokers might feel “permitted” to litter biodegradable filters, she adds, which could make the problem worse.
        In October 2018, the European Parliament backed a radical proposal to oblige EU countries to remove 50% of plastic from cigarette filters by 2025, and 80% by 2030.
        However, EU country representatives later rejected these reduction targets. Instead, tobacco companies will be made responsible for funding awareness-raising campaigns, the provision of public ashtrays and waste collection, and will have to add labels to packets of filtered cigarettes, stating that they contain environment-damaging plastic.
        Public ash tray at the State Capitol complex in St. Paul, Minnesota.

        Public ash tray at the State Capitol complex in St. Paul, Minnesota.

          Meadhbh Bolger, resource justice campaigner at Friends of the Earth, says the new laws are “a significant first step” but believes that governments should go beyond these measures and set binding targets.
          “We hope that governments will realize that having a planet we can live on is more important than the interests of the tobacco industry.”

          Country singer John Berry shares journey battling tonsil cancer

          Country singer John Berry revealed he has tonsil cancer on Tuesday and will undergo a five-week treatment, a report said.

          Berry will have his first chemotherapy treatment this week, Billboard reported.

          He shared how he discovered his cancer in a YouTube video titled, “Grammy Winning Artist, John Berry, Upbeat Outlook on Health Setback,” also uploaded on Facebook.


          “We started off this year with a hiccup, and we want to tell you a little bit about that,” Berry said in the video. “I had a little catch in my throat. It felt like, it felt exactly like, the skin of a Spanish peanut was stuck in my throat.”

          A CT scan revealed two tumors in his tonsils. A biopsy revealed he has tonsil cancer, the magazine reported.


          “I am 10 days post operation today and feeling much better,” Berry said on Monday in a note he sent to family and friends, according to Billboard. “I still have some soreness when I swallow, and in my jaw, but a few Ibuprofen and I am good to go. Saw my surgeon today for a follow-up appointment and my throat is healing well.”

          Robin Berry, his wife, appealed to fans to give her husband support.

          “There is nothing greater that John needs right now than to hear from you guys that love him very much,” Robin said, according to the Nashville Tennessean.