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Experimental Antibody Shows Promise for Treating Childhood Tumor

A safety study of an experimental antibody produced at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital shows promise for children with neuroblastoma. Tumors shrank or disappeared and disease progression was temporarily halted in 15 children with advanced neuroblastoma enrolled in the safety study. Show More Summary

Treatment Commonly Used in Pediatric Patients Shows Promise for those with Adult Blood Disorders

Adults suffering from blood-related disorders such as leukemia and lymphoma may soon be able to benefit from an innovative use of a life-saving treatment commonly performed on pediatric patients. Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have identified a new technique that causes cord blood (CB) stem cells to generate in greater numbers. […]

Relay For Life Is All About People Making A Difference In The Fight Against Cancer Every Day In So Many Ways

My wife and I did something special this past Friday evening. We attended a Relay for Life in our hometown of Thomasville GA. And the memories of the event will not be soon forgotten, for so many reasons. I have lived in Thomasville for the past 13 years. Show More Summary

Cannabinoids May Offer Hope for Patients with Oral Cancer Pain

Even the strongest available pain medications are largely ineffective for many cancer patients, particularly those with oral cancers.  One of the nation’s leading oral cancer treating clinicians, speaking at the American Pain Society’s...Show More Summary

Sleep Efficiency Increases Breast Cancer Survival Rates

Study results are published in the May 1 issue of the journal Sleep show that sleep efficiency, a ratio of time asleep to time spent in bed, is predictive of survival time for women with advanced breast cancer. Results show that higher sleep efficiency was significantly associated with lower mortality over the ensuing six years, an effect […]

UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center Explores Novel Lung Cancer Strategies

Two UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center researchers have been awarded more than a half-million dollars in grants from the Department of Defense for innovative studies on lung cancer pathways and to test the effectiveness of a potentially less expensive drug therapy. Dr. James Kim, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, received a $250,000 grant to study the […]

Vitamin D May Raise Survival Rates for Cancer Patients

The body naturally produces vitamin D after exposure to sunlight and absorbs it from certain foods, such as fish or fortified milk and breakfast cereals. In addition to helping the body absorb the calcium and phosphorus needed for healthy bones, vitamin D affects a variety of biological processes by binding to a protein called a […]

Loss of Y Chromosome Explains Shorter Life Expectancy for Men

It is generally well known that men have an overall shorter life expectancy compared to women. A recent study, led by Uppsala University researchers, offers an interesting reason for this fact. The study shows a correlation between a loss of the Y chromosome in blood cells and both a shorter life span and higher mortality […]

False-Positive Mammograms Led to Willingness for Future Screening

Mammograms are currently our best tool for detecting breast cancer. A false-positive result is unfortunate, but the short-term anxiety this causes does have one long-term benefit. More women with false-positive results reported that they were more likely to undergo future breast cancer screening. Anna N.A. Tosteson, Sc.D., of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and […]

Radiation Therapy for Cervical Cancer Shown to Raise Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Radiation treatments are our best defense against certain types of cancers, but a new study shows that patients who have received radiation therapy for cervical cancer are at an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer later in life. Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston are the first to recommend that young women […]

Social Stigma Surrounding Lung Cancer Hampers Patient Care

Colored ribbons have become a common marketing tool for raising awareness of cancer prevention efforts. For example, a pink ribbon is well known to signify breast cancer. But what color ribbon does one think of with lung cancer? Although white has been identified as the designated color, for many suffering from the disease, black may […]

Study Provides Intriguing Insight Into the Relationship Between Memory Problems and Cancer Risk

A study published in the April 9, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, revealed an interesting correlations between memory problems and the risk of death from cancer. The study found that older people who are starting to have memory and thinking problems, but do not yet have dementia […]

Circumcision May Cut Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer

New research indicates circumcision may significantly reduce a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. However, the benefit only occurs if the procedure is performed when the patient is an adult and the research suggests the benefit is greatest for men of Black African ethnic origin. Researchers at the University of Montreal and the INRS-Institut-Armand-Frappier have […]

The Haunting Memories When Screening Doesn't Work

I had the opportunity earlier this week to participate in a Twitter chat on the topic of colorectal cancer awareness. The chat was intended to bring attention to a nationwide campaign called "80 by 2018" designed to increase colorectal cancer screening rates to 80% of the population over the next 4 years. Show More Summary

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