Entries in Cancer (6)


Breast Cancer Survivor Launches Clothing Line for Women with Mastectomies

Elizabeth Lippman for Alloro(NEW YORK) -- They say necessity is the mother of invention, and in Laurel Kamen's case, it certainly was.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2011, Kamen underwent a mastectomy. On the eve of her surgery, after trying and failing to find clothes that would be both comfortable and fashionable during her post-operation recovery period, Kamen noticed a gaping hole in the fashion market and decided to fill the niche herself.

Thirteen months later, Kamen is debuting the Alloro Collection, a fashion friendly line of clothing suited for post-op recovery.

"I didn't want to have to step out of the world of fashion just because I had breast cancer," Kamen said. "I wanted to stay in the world of fashion, still be able to buy a nice dress to go out to dinner, or a nice blouse to go to a Bat Mitzvah or a wedding. I just felt that women with all of these sensitivities need to be addressed, and they could still look gorgeous."

The Alloro line is part of a growing movement to accommodate breast cancer survivors. Just last month, Victoria's Secret responded to a petition asking for a line of "survivor" mastectomy bras. Nordstrom department stores offer a service that will convert any basic bra or camisole into a mastectomy bra.

Kamen and her business partner and best friend Christine Irvin considered the effects of breast cancer treatment on a woman's body, taking into account the change in neckline, color pallor and sensitivity.

"We started looking at what we could do to really help a woman get beautiful back in her life and recapturing the color that cancer had drained from her life," Irvin said.

Their debut collection is made up of 14 original pieces, all of which will be sold online and through trunk shows.

For Kamen, a former American Express executive, and Irvin, a Wall Street veteran, this is quite the change of pace.

"We can both laugh. We can both say that we've been fashion followers," explained Irvin. "We've switched from reading the Wall Street Journal first to reading Vogue first."

When asked what's next for this dynamic duo, Kamen was quick to point out that this is just the beginning for Alloro. "This is all new to us and we just want to go slowly and get it right and connect with women," she said.

One thing's for sure, the clothes don't make the woman. The woman makes the clothes.

Twenty-five percent of all proceeds from the Alloro Collection will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Lie on Resume Sinks Yahoo CEO, Who Also Reveals He Has Cancer

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Scott Thompson’s tenure as Yahoo CEO was very short and none too sweet.

The 54-year-old was removed as head of the search engine giant after just four months when it was learned he padded his resume by claiming to have earned a computer science degree from Stonehill College, where he actually obtained a degree in accounting.

Initially, Thompson said he was not responsible for the discrepancy on his resume that was first pointed out by activist shareholder group Third Point.

Before being forced out of his job, Thompson told Yahoo’s board he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and is now seeking treatment.

People familiar with the situation say that Thompson’s health issues hastened his decision to leave the company.

Thompson took over for several months after Carol Bartz was fired as Yahoo CEO over the phone.  For now, Yahoo media chief Ross Levinsohn will step into the CEO role until a permanent successor is named.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Texas Grandma Claims She Was Fired for Having Breast Cancer

ABC (HOUSTON) -- A Texas grandmother of five says she was wrongfully fired from her job because she got cancer. Now, she's suing for employment discrimination.

Janet Hustus, 53, was working as the Conference Meetings Director for Crowne Plaza Houston in January 2011 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"I was devastated. When you hear those words it is very devastating," Hustus said. "You have cancer, and you don't know what to do. You have so many emotions."

She went to her general manager, Jerry Mathers, a few days later to discuss her schedule and surgery dates. Hustus says Mathers assured her the company would work around her schedule and "support her any way possible," including keeping her job open for her.

"His wife had gone through the same thing a few years prior," Hustus said. "He was very supportive and told me he'd have his wife call me and talk to me on what to expect."

Hustus had surgery a few months later and returned to work after eight weeks of recovery. Four days into working, she was fired.

"Jerry called me into his office that Saturday morning and couldn't look me in the eyes. That's when I knew something was wrong," Hustus said. "They had to trim back departments and my department was cut. I was let go."

But the Texan believes Crowne Plaza Hotel fired her because of insurance, knowing she had more follow-up surgeries required.

"I've seen very similar cases," her attorney, Ellen Sprovach, said. "The minute an employee tells the employer 'I'm going to have to have surgery' they're interestingly laid off."

Michael Stanley, who's representing Crowne Plaza, said Tuesday he hasn't answered the lawsuit because they haven't been served with the lawsuit, and have only seen a copy of it. Stanley sent ABC News affiliate KTRK in Houston the following statement on Monday:

"My client just received the lawsuit today and will take a serious look at all of the allegations. I understand that Ms. Hustus worked in a sales-related position and was fired for reasons unrelated to any illness or disability."

"Crowne Plaza has never said that prior to last night," Sprovach said.

Hustus, who is now cancer-free and has a new job, hopes to collect financial damages for medical bills and mental anguish.

"I just want people to be aware. Don't always trust the people you think you can trust," Hustus said. "I don't have any bad feelings against Jerry or the hotel. That's not right, and they have to live with it."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Obama Phones Buffett Following Cancer Diagnosis

File photo. Official White House photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama phoned billionaire Warren Buffett on Wednesday to wish him well, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Air Force One.

Buffett was diagnosed with stage 1 prostate cancer and will be treated in the coming months. Buffett told shareholders in his company Tuesday that the condition was not life-threatening.

Obama’s tax plan, the Buffett Rule, failed in a Senate vote this week. The Buffett Rule would have made certain that anyone making over $1 million would be subject to a minimum 30 percent tax. It was inspired by the notion that Buffett’s secretary paid a higher percentage in tax than the billionaire did.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Barbie Dolls to Undergo Bald Makeover?

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Barbie could be in store for one of its biggest makeovers yet since Mattel first introduced the doll in 1959.

In sympathy with young cancer patients who lose their hair due to chemotherapy treatments, a growing number of Facebook users are imploring Mattel to come up with a bald Barbie doll.

The idea was the brainchild of Los Angeles resident Rebecca Sypin and three other women who created a Facebook page to convinced the toymaker to introduce a doll with which Sypin's 12-year-old leukemia patient daughter can identify.


As of Thursday morning, the page has generated over 30,000 "likes" and scores of comments, mostly all positive.

However, Mattel hasn't moved on the matter, claiming that policy restrictions prevents the company from considering outside requests.  But there could be room for compromise since Mattel did actually produce a custom-made bald Barbie for a four-year-old with cancer.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


AIG CEO Diagnosed with Cancer; Still Committed to 'Repaying Taxpayers'

Photo Courtesy - American International Group, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- American taxpayer-owned insurance giant AIG disclosed Monday that its president and CEO, Robert Benmosche, has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing "aggressive chemotherapy."

"The good new is that I feel fine, and I continue to work according to my normal schedule," said Benmosche in a written statement.  "As for my long-term prognosis -- I will have a better idea over the next couple of month of what that will look like as I continue to under go treatment and my doctors refine their diagnosis.  All that said, I remain absolutely committed to my job, to AIG, and to all of our stakeholders."

Benmosche also highlighted his commitment to AIG's three core priorities: repaying taxpayers, meeting the company's stakeholder obligations and "restructuring the company so that it emerges as a smaller, more focused enterprise worthy of investor confidence."

AIG built a management team that would work to execute a "repayment roadmap" after the government invested nearly $140 billion in the company's bailout.

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