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Steve Dillman thinks he can trace his prostate cancer back to August 1, 1985.

The family of terminal cancer patient Brody Allen say they have found a whole new family thanks to the generosity and love of the Tri-State. Sunday afternoon, more than 1,000 people traveled to Colerain Township to either be in or watch the Christmas-themed parade held in the 2-year-old's honor.

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Officials with Pelotonia say they’re investigating whether a man featured in the organization’s advertising faked his illness.

It might be the last year Maria’s Field of Hope, a field of sunflowers off the highway in Avon, blooms in its current location.

The Prayers From Maria Foundation planted the flowers in honor of 7-year-old Maria McNamara, who died in 2007 from a cancerous brain tumor.

The field is already in bloom this year, earlier than usual, and it continues to be a destination for thousands to visit and learn about its message.

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Cancer patients have to think about all aspects, including nutrition. 

Nutrition therapy can be used by doctors and patients to help keep body tissues healthy as well as maintaining healthy body weight and strength.

On our weekly Wellness Wednesday show, we discuss the role nutrition plays in the battle against cancer and the recovery after remission. 

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President Trump has signed into law a bipartisan bill aimed at investigating the high cancer rate among firefighters. The president of the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters says it’s needed.

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Obesity rates for people who have disabilities are higher for children and adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A new gym that’s opened in Dublin aims to combat that disparity and was started to help people with disabilities stay fit.

Today on Wellness Wednesday, the challenges of staying physically active facing those with disabilities. Also, a new study on alternative cancer treatments and the impact of substance abuse on family members.

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Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, most frequently diagnosed among adults over 65. To catch those typically slow-growing malignancies early, when they can often be cured, most doctors' groups recommend colorectal cancer screening starting at age 50.

But the American Cancer Society this week changed its advice and is recommending that screening start five years earlier.

Thirty U.S. states have enacted medical cannabis laws, and all but one of them include cancer in the list of conditions allowed. Such laws give cancer patients across the country access to a substance that remains illegal under federal law. Anecdotal reports suggest it’s helpful in managing symptoms of chemotherapy, like pain and nausea.

Each year, about 31,000 men and women in the U.S. are diagnosed with a cancer caused by an infection from the human papillomavirus, or HPV. It's the most common sexually transmitted virus and infection in the U.S.

In women, HPV infection can lead to cervical cancer, which leads to about 4,000 deaths per year. In men, it can cause penile cancer. HPV also causes some cases of oral cancer, cancer of the anus and genital warts.

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Even three queasy pregnancies didn't prepare Kate Murphy for the nonstop nausea that often comes with chemotherapy.

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Light cigarettes are marketed by the tobacco industry as a healthier option - but a new study from The Ohio State University shows they may have actually contributed to the rise of a certain type of lung cancer.

John Krahne received alarming news from his doctor last December. His brain tumors were stable, but his lung tumors had grown noticeably larger.

The doctor recommended a drug called Alecensa, which sells for more than $159,000 a year. Medicare would charge Krahne a $3,200 copay in December, then another $3,200 in January, as a new year of coverage kicked in.

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Dr. Richard Goldberg, a gastrointestinal cancer expert, has been named the new director of the WVU Cancer Institute.

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New regulation passed by the Ohio Department of Insurance is aimed at protecting more Ohioans in 2016 from receiving surprise medical bills.We'll take a look at the Affordable Care Act and how its changed health care in America. Also, new nutrition information and habits for the new year and how one man made a video game about his son battling cancer. 

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