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Understanding the Information Needs of Cancer Survivors

Obtaining a clear bill of health after chemo doesn’t mean a cancer patient is out of the woods. Survivors have special needs that must be addressed as part of a long term care plan. Judging by the nature and topics of their information seeking, cancer patients’ information needs appear to differ depending on the type […]

Don't Fry Day Reminds Us To Stay Safe In The Sun

It's that time of year again, those months we all look forward to when life (sometimes) gets a little bit slower, the days a bit longer, and many of us take (yes!!!!!) a vacation. It's also time for Don't Fry Day, which is the Friday before Memorial Day. Show More Summary

Can Exercise Make Cancer Treatments More Effective?

Here’s yet another reason to make exercise a priority. A brisk walk or a slow jog on a regular basis may be the key to improved cancer treatments, according to Kansas State University kinesiology research. Brad Behnke, associate professor of exercise physiology, and collaborators have shown that moderate exercise on a regular basis enhances tumor oxygenation, […]

The Fault In Our Stars: When Celebrity Health Advice Conflicts With Our Science

Dealing with a diagnosis of cancer remains a very scary, emotionally charged experience. That experience is not helped by the addition of conflicting advice, especially advice based on opinion and not evidence. And once in a while, that's what happens when a celebrity is the source of the information, as has now occurred with Sandra Lee. Show More Summary

Learn How to Help Prevent Skin Cancer

She thought the blemish that refused to heal was simply a persistent pimple. Shelaine Pennington, a Mississippi State University Extension Service agent in Prentiss County, said the dermatologist looked at the spot on her chin and was relatively certain of the diagnosis, but performed a biopsy to be sure. The doctor confirmed her diagnosis: basal […]

Understanding the Link Between Phthlate Exposure and Breast Cancer Risk

Phthalates, the plasticizing and solvent chemicals found in such products as cosmetics, shampoo, flooring and medical tubing, are often claimed to increase cancer risk, but reliable data in this area is lacking. To advance our understanding of this issue, epidemiologist Katherine Reeves at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is leading the largest study to date […]

Reducing Risk of Cervical Cancer with Aspirin

Aspirin does so much more than just cure your headache.  According to a study led by researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and published in the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease, long-term and frequent use of aspirin is associated with significantly decreased risk of cervical cancer. Aspirin use was associated with a 47% reduced […]

Terminal Cancer Patients Still Undergoing Surgeries, Risking Serious Complications

Despite more attention being given to the importance of less invasive care for terminally ill cancer patients, the number of surgeries performed on those with a terminal cancer diagnosis has not dropped in recent years, But new research from UC Davis also finds that the morbidity and mortality among patients with terminal cancer has declined […]

Gastrointestinal Tumors Increase Risk of Other Cancers

Once a patient has faced a cancer scare, this unfortunately increases his or her risk of developing other health problems. For example, researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine conducted the first population-based study that characterizes the association and temporal relationship between gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) and other cancers. Show More Summary

Young Women with Breast Cancer Have Unique Needs

When it comes to treating women with breast cancer, it’s important to consider the patient’s age when developing a course of action. Breast cancer that occurs in young women is likely to be more aggressive and to require more intensive types of therapy with increased risk of long-term treatment-related toxicities. The unique and significant challenges […]

Tumeric Offers Potential Therapy for Cancers Caused by HPV

Could the cure for cancer be in your spice cabinet? It sounds far-fetched, but curcumin, an antioxidant found in the curry spice turmeric, has been found to slow or limit the activity of the HPV virus, which causes oral and cervical cancers. Turmeric - the familiar yellow spice common in Indian and Asian cooking – may play a therapeutic role […]

What We Can All Learn As New Orleans Shows The Way To A Healthier, Smoke-Free City

It's a headline that I suspect many thought would never be written, but it was-in the New Orleans Advocate on April 22: "Harrah's Casino in New Orleans gives patrons lollipops as it introduces smoking ban" Six months ago, there weren't...Show More Summary

Are We Ready For Inexpensive, Patient Directed Genetic Testing For Breast Cancer?

Years ago when I first started this blog I wrote about the democratization of information, and how people would come to an era where they had ready access to information yet reserved the right to determine whether that information was...Show More Summary

Koszegi Works to Increase Knowledge of Hereditary Cancer Risk

Rachel Koszegi, a 33-year-old mother who has tested positive for the BRCA2 cancer gene,  is one of 12 people in her family over three generations linked to the gene or diagnosed with cancer. Now, she’s on a mission to educate to others and advance our understanding of hereditary cancer risk. With her family’s support, Rachel Koszegi […]

Cancer Vaccines May Prolong Patient Survival Rates

Therapeutic anti-cancer vaccines developed to treat metastatic disease such as advanced prostate cancer or melanoma rarely have a noticeable effect on the tumor but have been associated with a statistically significant increase in patient survival. Show More Summary

Seniors Face Higher Risk of Emergency Cancer Diagnosis

Early diagnosis is crucial to cancer care, but people over 60 are at higher risk of being diagnosed with lung or bowel cancer as an emergency in hospital than younger people, according to a Cancer Research UK-supported report, recently published by BMJ Open. The researchers also found that women and less affluent people are at […]

Our Family is Broken

©Brenda Coffee. All rights reserved. This has been another difficult week, as all of them have been since James died. His autopsy report came back. In summary, his death was caused by an electrical wiring problem he’s had for some time—he had a pacemaker—along with the gradual death of multiple areas of his heart due to smoking. Show More Summary

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