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Simple Blood Test Could Help Bowel Cancer Patients Avoid Drug Side Effects

Colorectal, or bowel, cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in Europe. It is most commonly treated with a combination of chemotherapy agents, and outcome can be improved by using additional drugs. However, this multi-drug approach can increase side-effects such as hair loss, low white blood cell count, diarrhea and damage to the peripheral nervous […]

Texts Boost Breast Cancer Screening Numbers

Your obsession with texting may turn out to be the perfect way to protect your health. Women who received a text message reminding them about their breast cancer screening appointment were 20 per cent more likely to attend than those who were not texted, according to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer. […]

Immunotherapy Lets Patients Fight Against Cancer

After a cancer diagnosis, it may be possible for patients to fight back with their own defenses. This  strategy is known as immunotherapy. According to a new study in Nature, scientists have found a way to enhance the effects of this therapeutic approach in glioblastoma, a deadly type of brain cancer, and possibly improve patient outcomes. […]

Brain Tumor Patients Have Better Outcomes with Private Insurance

How much does the quality of your insurance coverage matter? In the event of a serious illness, quite a bit. Brain tumor patients who are uninsured or use Medicaid stay hospitalized longer and develop more medical complications than those with private insurance, University of Florida Health researchers have found. The uninsured and Medicaid patients were […]

Promoting Effective Communication About Breast Cancer Overdiagnosis

How common is overdiagnosed breast cancer? In 2012, an independent UK panel estimated that about 19% of breast cancers diagnosed among women invited to mammogram screening were in fact overdiagnosed (they would have been harmless). But other estimates have been higher (up to 50%) or lower (less than 5%). More than any other debate about […]

Vaccine Can Prevent 90% of Conditions Caused by HPV

A new vaccine against HPV infections has the potential to prevent 90% of all of the conditions triggered by the human papillomavirus. These are the findings of a randomised, controlled, international study involving a new, 9-component vaccine against HPV used on more than 14,000 young women aged between 16 and 26 years. The study was […]

Patient Leaflets Don’t Affect Interest in Mammogram Screening

Mammograms are the most commonly used way of detecting breast cancer, but researchers are still trying to understand what influences women to undergo this procedure. In Germany, the invitation to undergo mammography screening that is sent to all women between the ages of 50 and 69 is accompanied by an information leaflet explaining the advantages […]

Lung Cancer Mortality Increased by Decline in Smoking Rates

A decline in smoking rates may mean that many people who could have benefited from early detection of lung cancer are dying because they don’t qualify for low-dose CT scans, according to a group of Mayo Clinic researchers. Their research appeared in the Feb. 24 issue of JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association. “As […]

Genetic Anomalies Linked to Breast Cancer in African American Families

The “Jewels in our Genes” study, led by University at Buffalo researcher Heather Ochs-Balcom, has uncovered previously unknown segments of DNA shared by African American family members who have breast cancer. “The discovery of these regions supports our hypothesis that there are still undiscovered breast cancer genes that may be unique to African Americans,” says […]

There’s No Reason to Exclude Cancer Survivors from Advanced Stage Lung Cancer Trials

A study by researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center has found that the common practice of excluding patients with a prior cancer diagnosis from lung cancer clinical trials may not be medically justifiable. Having previously had cancer did not impact clinical outcomes in advanced lung cancer patients and these patients therefore should be considered for […]

New Lung Screening Guidelines Provide More Accurate Results

Lung screening is recommended for people age 55-80 who have smoked at least 30 pack years and are either current smokers or quit within the last 15 years. According to a new retrospective study, a set of guidelines developed to help standardized lung cancer screening would have generated considerably fewer false-positives than the National Lung Screening Trial […]

FDA Approves New Drug for Patients with Advanced Breast Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a potentially groundbreaking new drug to treat women with advanced breast cancer, signaling a new treatment strategy to arrest tumor growth and extend the time before the cancer worsens. The drug, IBRANCE (palbociclib) was studied in 165 post-menopausal breast cancer patients with advanced ER+, HER2- disease who […]

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Investigators to Explore Melanoma Metastasis

The mechanism by which small cellular vesicles promote melanoma metastasis (spread of disease), will be further explored by investigators at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University. Show More Summary

New Cancer Cell Mapping Initiative Launches

In recent years, progress in genome sequencing has made it possible to decipher hundreds of mutations found in a patient’s tumor. But in only a few cases do scientists understand how these mutations give rise to cancer or indicate what treatments to pursue. More puzzling still, the mutations found in each patient are almost always […]

Is It Time For Precision/Personalized Medicine?

This blog was originally published on the Medpage Today website on January 22, 2015. It is reposted here with permission. ++++++++++++ Are we prepared for the genomics revolution? The President's proposed Precision Medicine Initiative...Show More Summary

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