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Cancer Drug May Lower Sudden Cardiac Death Risk

A study done by the Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitalshas found that a new class of drugs, originally developed to treat cancer, reduces sudden cardiac death risk after a heart attack. “Currently,...Show More Summary

Terminally Ill Ovarian Cancer Patients Use Intense Medical Services More Frequently Despite the Rise in Use of Hospice

As more and more patients choose to spend their last days in hospice care rather than a hospital bed, the line of thinking is the use of intensive and costly hospital services would decrease. A recent study by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute shows for one group of terminally ill cancer patients, that is not what […]

Helping Breast Cancer Patients Adhere to Hormone Therapy

Despite advances in modern medicine, cancer survivors face a steep financial burden. However, a new study shows that a federal prescription-subsidy program for low-income women on Medicare significantly improved their adherence to hormone therapy to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer after surgery. Show More Summary

An Impassioned Woman, A Young Man, And A Message About Tobacco That Can Teach All Of Us A Lesson

With a dedication and thanks to Carolyn for her passion about the impact of smoking, especially on our youth. ++++++++++++ You never know when something special is going to happen, as in one of those times when you just wish you hadShow More Summary

Many Women Receive Unnecessary Pap Tests

As many as half to two-thirds of women who’ve undergone hysterectomies or are older than 65 years in the United States report receiving Pap tests for cervical cancer. This prevalence is surprising in light of the 2003 U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce guidelines recommending that women discontinue Pap testing if they have received a total hysterectomy […]

Study Shows Americans Undergo Colonoscopies More Often Than Necessary

While colonoscopies are a very valuable procedure by which to screen for the presence of colorectal cancer, it seems that healthy Americans who do undergo this sometimes-uncomfortable examination often have repeat screenings long before they actually should. Gina Kruse of Massachusetts General Hospital in the US and colleagues advise that endoscopists stick to the national […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Is About More Than Mammograms: What You Need To Know

It's October and that means we are about to see a lot of pink for the next 31 days. And virtually all of the work comes down to one simple -some might say overly simple-message: get a mammogram. But as National Breast Cancer Awareness...Show More Summary

PET-CT More Accurate Indicator of Lymphoma Survival

Response to treatment and survival prediction in patients with follicular lymphomais more accurately measured by Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET-CT) than conventional CT scanning, and should be used routinely in clinical practice, according to new research published in The Lancet Haematology. Show More Summary

Is It Too Much To Expect More Balance When Discussing Proton Beam Therapy For Cancer Patients?

I had an interesting day this past week. Sadly, it left me wondering why the same "hope and hype" directed at cancer patients and their families decades ago when I started my oncology career was still alive and well today. But then,Show More Summary

Breakthrough in Fight Against Alzheimer’s and Cancer

A breakthrough in techniques to develop new drugs in the fight against diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s has been reported by chemists at the University of Leicester. The team has developed an innovative process allowing them to generate a particular type of synthetic amino acid – and a particular type of designer protein – […]

Opportunities Identified that Reduce Breast Cancer Screening Patient Burden

The many misperceptions about breast cancer screening options and risks, the benefits and costs of screening, and the need for new approaches and better education are discussed in a series of articles in a supplement to Journal of Women’s Health. The supplement is available free on the Journal of Women’s Health website. In the article […]

Early-Stage Hodgkin’s Disease Patients Who Receive Radiation Therapy Show Improved Survival Rates

According to research presented September 14 at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) 56th Annual Meeting, patients with stage I and II Hodgkin’s Disease who receive consolidated radiation therapy (RT) have a higher 10-year survival rate compared to patients who did not receive RT. Show More Summary

Higher Skin Cancer Risks for Soldiers Who Have Served Abroad

Despite knowledge of the dangers from exposure to the sun in tropical and sunny climates, many soldiers deployed to such places are coming home with increased risk factors for the threat of skin cancer. In a retrospective study of about 200 veterans seen at the post-deployment clinic of the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System of the […]

Young Women Need to Be Vigilant About Preventative Health Care

Physician assistant studies professor Joan Ward, MS, PA-C, at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, urges young women to stay on top of their preventative health screenings as they adapt to their busy college lifestyles. “Many students assume their young age makes them invincible to diseases and conditions, like cancer,” said Ward. “By staying proactive […]

Is Botox a Potential Cancer Treatment?

Researchers have found a novel approach to treating cancer by using Botox. A study presented in the August 20, 2014 edition of Science Translational Medicine shows that cancer growth could be suppressed by eliminating the signals sent by nerves that are linked to cancer stem cells. The approach thus treated the cancer. The use of […]

Potential New Method for Non-Invasive Prostate Cancer Screening

A critical approach for preventing cancer deaths is proper screening, because cases caught early are often more treatable. While there are already existing ways to screen for different types of cancer, there is a great need for even more safe, economical and effective methods to save even more lives. Now a team of researchers led […]

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