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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 […]

Patients’ Emotional Worries Before Cancer Surgery can Raise Risk of Complications

A recent study suggests that meeting the non-medical needs before operations can aid in recovery and cut health care costs. How well patients recover from cancer surgery may be influenced by more than their medical conditions and the operations themselves. Family conflicts and other non-medical problems may raise their risk of surgical complications, a Mayo […]

New Trial Combines Chemotherapy with Vitamin C

Many investigators have found Vitamin C improved the effectiveness of specific chemotherapy for specific (not all) tumors under laboratory conditions. A successful test could benefit the nearly 50% of patients with locally advanced and metastatic pancreatic cancer (APC) and other cancers who now go untreated or undertreated because of safety and efficacy concerns. In lieu […]

Research Promising for Drug’s Ability to Halt Tumor Growth

Sliding a credit card past the latch of a locked door is cat-burglary 101. However, the strategy proved inspirational to scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) when they recently tried a similar strategy by attempting to disrupt the function of MYC, a cancer regulator thought to be “undruggable.” The researchers found that a credit […]

Gene Likely to Promote Childhood Cancers Pinpointed

In a study involving mice, researchers at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) have identified a gene that contributes to the development of several childhood cancers. If the findings prove to be applicable to humans, the research could lead to new strategies for targeting certain childhood cancers at a molecular level. […]

Prostate Cancer Survivors Have New Recommendations of Post-Treatment Care

More than 2.5 million men in the U.S. have received treatment for prostate cancer. Many of these survivors deal with the often disabling side effects of surgery and radiation and hormonal therapies. To aid in the transition of these patients from specialty to primary care for long-term management of problems such as urinary incontinence and […]

Duke Researchers Find Self-Destruct Strategy for HPV, Other DNA-based Viruses

Duke University researchers have hijacked a defense system normally used by bacteria in fending off viral infections. They then redirected it against the human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical, head and neck, and other cancers. Using the genome editing tool known as CRISPR, the researchers were able to selectively destroy two viral genes […]

New Ways to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Buying sunscreen can be tricky. How do you know what product is safest for you and your family? To help consumers make smart decisions when protecting their skin from the sun, board-certified dermatologist Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD, C.S. Livingood Chair and chairman of the department of dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, answers […]

Certain Birth Control Pills May Increase Cancer Risk

If you’re relying on birth control pills to prevent an unplanned pregnancy, low-dose estrogen pills appear to present the lowest health risk. Data published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, shows that women who recently used birth control pills containing high-dose estrogen and a few other formulations had an increased […]

Gordon Klatt, MD: We Mourn The Loss Of A True American Hero

We have lost a hero. A true hero. Not one whose name would be on the tip of everyone's tongue or whose passing would be on nationwide news, but a hero nonetheless. We have lost a man who possibly had more influence on the lives of cancer patients and advances in cancer than most of us will ever realize. Gordon (Gordy) Klatt, MD died this week. Show More Summary

Writing May Help Cancer Survivors

Any writer knows that words have power, but this appears to be especially true for those who are facing a serious health crisis. Writing down fears, emotions and the benefits of a cancer diagnosis may improve health outcomes for Asian-American breast cancer survivors, according to a study conducted by a researcher at the University of […]

Ultraviolet Bad: Surgeon General Issues A Call To Action To Prevent Skin Cancer

(Note: This blog was originally published on another American Cancer Society website on July 29 because of technical problems on this site. Those have now been resolved and it is now reposted here. We appreciate your understanding.) "Ultraviolet...Show More Summary

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