Pancreatic Cancer Strikes Again: William Safire Dead at 79

Mr. Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist and presidential speechwriter. He is best known as a long-time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times and a regular contributor to “On Language” in the New York Times Magazine.

Safire is the latest person to succumb to an apparent epidemic of pancreatic cancer among public figures; Patrick Swayze died of this disease less than two weeks ago. Surgery for cancer of the pancreas is called the Whipple procedure.

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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