Doc Neeson Dies of Brain Tumour

The Angels’ Doc Neeson, 67, dies …

4 June 2014

The Angels’ frontman and Australian rock icon Bernard Patrick “Doc” Neeson has died at age 67, just 17 months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. The singer’s Facebook Page confirmed his death June 3, 2014 at 7:15am.

Doc Neeson was at a family Christmas dinner in 2012 when he collapsed and was taken by an ambulance to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital. After having a seizure at the hospital, a CAT scan revealed that he had an aggressive brain tumour. On his birthday he got the diagnosis that it was the worst type of brain tumour and was told that statistically he had 18 months to live. “It was a shock of course when somebody puts a use by date on me, but I still hung on to a shred of hope that I’d get back on the stage at some point,” Neeson told Australian Story.

doc-neeson-cancer-newsEx-Angels bandmate Rick Brewster was full of praise: “Doc stood out as one of a kind, a totally unique performer,” he said. “His feverish stage presence was unsurpassed yet beneath the public persona was a gentle soul. He leaves behind a wealth of shared memories – good times, hard times and the thrill of creating timeless music together.”

Doc Neeson was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1947 and migrated to Adelaide, Australia with his family when he was 13 years old. He met with musicians in Adelaide and formed the Moonshine Jug and String Band. The band became the Keystone Angels in 1974 and eventually The Angels with Doc Neeson as the frontman and lead singer. His songwriting contribution to Am I Ever Going To See Your Face Again, Coming Down, No Secrets and Take A Long Line, among many, have become part of Australian music history.

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‘Go dairy-free to beat cancer,’ says leading scientist Jane Plant
3 June 2014

Jane Plant, a leading scientist who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, nearly lost all hope when the disease struck her for a fifth time in 1993. She says the disease is inextricably linked to animal products.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 42, she beat it but five years later it returned with a vengeance. Prof Plant draws on her experiences working in China, where women have historically shown very low rates of breast cancer. She checked with senior academics and learned that Chinese women’s diets are low on animal protein.

She then cut down on animal protein such as meat, fish and eggs, immediately switched to a dairy-free diet while undergoing chemotherapy. Within 12 months she was in remission, and she lived cancer-free for another 18 years — convinced that her diet helped.

Beat Cancer, Prof Plant’s new book advocates eating more plant foods and less red meat, sugar, salt and fat, as well as regular exercise and reducing stress levels. Dairy products should be totally excluded from any diet, so as to deny cancer cells the conditions they need to grow and spread.

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NCI -Dana-Farber Study suggests that Expanded Health Coverage may Improve Cancer Outcomes in Young Adults
3 June 2014

Young adults who lack health care insurance are more likely to be diagnosed in advanced stages of cancer and have a higher risk of death, according to a study from Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) and Harvard Medical School. The study examined relationships between insurance status and several cancer outcomes.

Affordable Care Act (ACA), may improve cancer outcomes in young adults as it expands coverage to many who have been uninsured. Cancer patients will also benefit from the ACA requirement that insurers cover individuals with pre-existing conditions. They found out that that patients who have insurance coverage do better on every measure.

Those who had insurance coverage were less likely to come to medical attention when their cancer had metastasized, or spread beyond the original site. The results showed that 11.3 percent of covered individuals had metastatic disease when they were diagnosed, compared with 18.5 percent of uninsured patients. That amounted to a 16 percent greater adjusted likelihood of having a potentially curable cancer.

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