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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

Prostate Cancer Actually Comprised of 5 Different Illnesses

Cancer Research UK scientists have for the first time identified that there are five distinct types of prostate cancer and found a way to distinguish between them, according to a landmark study published in EBioMedicine. This study will  have important implications for how doctors treat prostate cancer in the future. Identifying tumours that are more likely […]

Improving Cancer Prevention Outreach for Latino Women

Preventative care is a woman’s best defense against breast and cervical cancer, but it has long been known that rates of cancer screening among Latinas are low compared to rates for U.S. women overall. A study led by researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) found that age and fear of cancer diagnosis are among […]

Genomics May Be The New Frontier, But Knowing Your Family Medical History Is Still Very Important

It's no secret that genomics is cutting edge science. It is exciting, it is changing the way we think about ourselves and the medical care we receive. But with all the "gee whiz" aspects of what we are discovering every day about our...Show More Summary

Stem Cell Transplants Aid Children with Rare Form of Leukemia

Stem cell transplants show promise for patients with a serious but very rare form of chronic blood cancer called juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), according to researchers in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Show More Summary

Low-Risk Prostate Cancer Don’t Benefit from Increased Radiation Dose

In 2014, low-risk prostate cancer was the most common type of prostate cancer diagnosed in the United States, affecting about 150,000 patients, many of whom undergo aggressive treatment, either complete removal of the prostate or radiation. Increased radiation dose is associated with higher survival rates in men with medium- and high-risk prostate cancer, but not […]

Evaluating Breast Cancer Risk with an Anti-Stress Hormone

A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that women with low levels of an anti-stress hormone have an increased risk of getting breast cancer. The study is the first of its kind on humans and confirms previous similar observations from animal experiments. The recent findings on a potential new marker for the risk […]

Meeting A Stem Cell/Bone MarrowDonor Reminds Me About Ordinary People Doing Something Extraordinary

As I have mentioned previously, I travel quite a bit. And sometimes during those trips something interesting and unexpected can happen. That was the case a couple of weeks ago, when I was on a flight from Atlanta to Washington. And it impacted me in a way I could not have anticipated. The flight was routine. Show More Summary

Meeting A Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Donor Reminds Us All About Ordinary People Doing Something Extraordinary

As I have mentioned previously, I travel quite a bit. And sometimes during those trips something interesting and unexpected can happen. That was the case a couple of weeks ago, when I was on a flight from Atlanta to Washington. And it impacted me in a way I could not have anticipated. The flight was routine. Show More Summary

Avoiding Irreversible Side Effects in Children’s Cancer with a Less Invasive Chemo

Treating children with cancer can be especially challenging, due to the high probability of side effects related to the effects of the chemo treatment on their developing bodies. Children with a rare type of cancer called Wilms’ tumour who are at low risk of relapsing can now be given less intensive treatment, avoiding a type of […]

Smoking Lowers Breast Cancer Survival Rates

If you need another reason to help you quit smoking, consider the fact that smoking may increase your odds of dying from breast cancer. According to a new article recently published in Cancer Science, researchers have found that smoking may increase the risk of dying early in premenopausal women with breast cancer. In a prospective study […]

Convincing Young Women of the Dangers of Indoor Tanning

It’s well known that indoor tanning raises the risk of skin cancer, but many young women will still go to great lengths to pursue a beach ready tan for summer. Messages with images depicting the harsh realities of melanoma are more powerful than the text-only warning required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in […]

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