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New Data Shows Blood Cancer Survival Rates Are Not Consistent

Comparisons of cancer patients’ survival and care in Europe up to 2007 show that although more patients are surviving for at least five years after diagnosis, there are large variations between countries. Survival disparities are particularly significant in regards to patients suffering from cancers of the blood. Dr Milena Sant, from the Fondazione IRCCS Istituto […]

European Cancer Plan for Children and Adolescents Is Making Great Strides

Every year in Europe alone, 6,000 young people die from cancer. Of those who are lucky enough to survive, two-thirds suffer from treatment-related side effects. Although there has been considerable progress in the treatment of childhood cancers over the past few decades, there is much work that needs to be done to improve the care for these […]

Improving Radiotherapy Could Save Millions

A chronic under investment in radiotherapy resources is leading to millions of preventable deaths from treatable cancers like breast and prostate cancer, according to a major new Commission on access to radiotherapy, published in The Lancet Oncology. New estimates produced for the Commission reveal that 204 million fractions of radiotherapy will be needed to treat the 12 […]

Obesity Increases Risk of Developing Meningioma

Obesity is already well known to increase the risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and other health problems. A new study indicates it may also increase your risk of developing an aggressive type of brain tumor. Being overweight or obese may be tied to an increased risk of a type of brain tumor called […]

New Hope for Leukemia Relapse Treatment

According to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. targeting exhausted immune cells may change the prognosis for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) relapse after a stem cell transplant. Patients in this stage have only a 5 percent chance of survival over five years due to a lack of current treatment options. AML is a fast-moving […]

Paying Women to Have Mammograms Presents Ethical Problems

Mammograms may be the best way to detect breast cancer, but the widespread practice of incentivizing mammogram completion via cash payments, typically by insurance companies and ranging from $10 to $250, is unethical according to a Viewpoint article published last week in JAMA by an expert from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. […]

Learn How to Spot Skin Cancer

As your children head back to school, you’ve probably spent quite a bit of time making sure they have everything they need to be happy and healthy.  But, are you taking care of yourself? Board-certified dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology say that skin cancer – the most common cancer in the United States – […]

Is It Appropriate To Offer The Public "Liquid Biopsies" For the Early Detection Of Cancer?

The recent announcement by a California company offering DNA blood tests (also known as "liquid biopsies") for the early detection of cancer takes us to a place most of us expected we would get to, but much earlier than we are prepared for. Show More Summary

Acupuncture Treatments Benefit Breast Cancer Survivors

According to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, acupuncture may be a viable treatment for women experiencing hot flashes as a result of estrogen-targeting therapies to treat...Show More Summary

Download a Free e-Book to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

Surprisingly, preventing breast cancer can begin as early as age 2. Eating right, being physically active and keeping weight in check – even at a young age – can substantially lower breast cancer risk. But even if healthy behaviors don’t begin until age 50, women can still reduce their risk of breast cancer by up […]

Incense Could Pose a Health Risk

Burning incense could be bad for your health, according to the first study evaluating the health risks associated with its indoor use. The effects of incense and cigarette smoke were also compared, and made for some surprising results. The research was led by Rong Zhou of the South China University of Technology and the China Tobacco Guangdong […]

Accurately Assessing Breast Cancer Risk

In a study published August 17 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers updated their current breast cancer risk model, which includes density categories – an important factor in determining the possibility of developing the disease – to one that also includes benign biopsy results. The first version of the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium risk […]

New Research On Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) Brings Knowledge--Now We Need Understanding

It has been said that with knowledge comes understanding. A research paper and editorial published in this week's issue of JAMA Oncology may have brought knowledge, but if you read various media reports I am not so certain it has clarified understanding. Show More Summary

Should Teens Be Expected to Serve As Stem Cell Donors?

In many cases, a sibling may be the best match for a patient who needs a stem cell transplant. However, this isn’t automatically the best choice. Especially for adolescent donors, who are at a vulnerable age, factors such as the responsibility to donate versus a perception of free choice and the potential for anxiety and guilt […]

Protein Could Have Implications for the Teatment of Cancer and Neurodegenerative Conditions

University of Central Florida researchers are shedding light on the workings of a particular protein found in the human body that could have future consequences for the treatment of cancer and neurodegenerative conditions. Previous research by Maria C. Franco and Alvaro Estevez of the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences at UCF’s College of Medicine showed that a […]

Genomic Testing Reaches The Clinic: How Much Is Hope--And How Much Is Hype?

(The following blog was originally posted on MedpageToday on August 3, 2015. It is reprinted here with permission.) Genomics and its impact on clinical medicine appear to be the topics du jour. The science is rapidly advancing, but our ability to understand and apply that science may not be keeping pace. Show More Summary

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