Portales boy survives battle with cancer

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer There’s a genetic bug in the family tree of Portales’ Joe Fletcher, so he is quite aware the cancerous disease known as osteosarcoma could come up again. The bone cancer has struck Fletcher’s grandmother, his uncle and his sister — who died as a result. Most recently, though, it [...]

Near end, Novak on par with libertarian ideas

Robert D. Novak died Tuesday of brain cancer at his home in suburban Washington. He had written a syndicated opinion column since 1963, for much of that time with Rowland Evans, who was in some ways his polar opposite, which made for a fruitful partnership. Unlike many opinion columnists, however, Novak began his career as [...]

Cancer services offers free family retreat

Cancer Services of New Mexico’s Family Cancer Retreat is September 11 through 13 in Glorieta. The free program provides New Mexico adult cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones with tools and information they need to manage the treatment and survival process. Sessions on treatment options, navigating the health care system, palliative care, meditation, family [...]

Family raises funds to keep home

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With a Portales man dying of pancreatic cancer and in danger of losing his house, his daughter and another relative are raising money to help. Joe Linthicum, a 52-year-old lifelong Portales resident, is dying of pancreatic cancer. He was in chronic pain for two years, since a surgery to [...]

Annual Relay for Life event next week

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Police Department is producing a video to help kick off the Relay for Life fundraiser to fight cancer next Friday. The department has been collecting photographs and information from people affected by cancer. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry, himself a cancer survivor, has been helping gather the information. [...]

Anti-cancer bills get new focus

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Activists are renewing their push for bills that target cancer screening and treatment in the wake of the death of Patty Jennings, the director of the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool. Jennings, wife of Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, died this weekend after battling breast cancer. She was [...]

Portales Relay for Life kicking off

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Relay for Life of Portales is kicking off its annual March fundraiser with a registration party from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pizza Hut in Portales. The community effort raises money for the American Cancer Society and cancer research. Pledge sheets and other information will be available [...]

Dora student battling cancer

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A Dora student’s fight against cancer received a boost with his father’s return from active duty in Afghanistan recently. Eight year-old Lance Fletcher of Dora was diagnosed earlier this summer with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. He has been receiving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in [...]

Cancer program airs tonight

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer A special program on the impact of cancer in America airing tonight on all three major networks will hit home for many eastern New Mexico families. Between 1995 and 2004, there have been 1,590 Curry County and 657 Roosevelt County residents diagnosed with new cancer cases, according to the [...]

Gardels completes cancer documentary

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Kevin Gardels not only served as director and producer of a documentary on cancer, he also shared his own story as cancer survivor on the video. Gardels, graduate student in communication at Eastern New Mexico University, recently completed the video documentary, “Cancer: A Survivor’s Story,” as a special project [...]