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Monday, November 13, 2017
Low-Fat Diet May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk for Overweight Older Women
THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A low-fat diet may lower older women's risk of pancreatic cancer, a new study suggests.

The study included more than 46,000 overweight and obese women between the ages of 50 and 79 who ate high-fat diets when they joined a clinical trial between 1993 and 1998.

Some were assigned to eat less fat and more vegetables, fruits  ...more
Monday, November 13, 2017
Know the Signs of Ovarian Cancer and Your Risks
THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About 22,440 American women will learn they have ovarian cancer this year, and more than 14,000 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

Often called a "silent killer," ovarian cancer is the 9th most common type of malignancy in women in the United States.

Every woman should know the risks and   ...more
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Risk of Breast Cancer's Return Can Linger for Decades
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women treated for early stage breast cancer still face a substantial risk of recurrence up to 20 years later, a large, new study shows.

Cancer experts say the findings should help inform women's treatment decisions.

Specifically, the researchers followed women with estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer, which means th  ...more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Waiting Even a Month to Remove Melanoma Can Be Deadly
TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The sooner the deadly skin cancer melanoma is treated, the more likely a patient is to survive.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 153,000 American adults diagnosed with stage 1 to 3 melanoma between 2004 and 2012.

No matter what stage their cancer was, those who waited more than 90 days for surgical treatment were m  ...more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Even Light Drinking May Raise Your Cancer Risk
TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Maybe you should skip that glass of wine tonight, because even light drinking increases your risk of cancer, warns a new statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

"People typically don't associate drinking beer, wine and hard liquor with increasing their risk of developing cancer in their lifetimes," sa  ...more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Could a Common Blood Thinner Lower Cancer Risk?
MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A pill widely taken to prevent heart attack and stroke may also guard against cancer, new research suggests.

Warfarin is an inexpensive blood thinner. It's typically prescribed for patients whose leg arteries are prone to clots and for patients with the abnormal heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.

Now, Norwegian investiga  ...more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Why Many Breast Cancer Patients Short-Circuit Their Treatment
MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many breast cancer patients skip recommended treatment after surgery because they lack faith in the health care system, a new study indicates.

A patient survey found those who reported a general distrust of medical institutions and insurers were more likely to forgo follow-up breast cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy, horm  ...more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Are You Sure That's What the Doctor Said About Your Leukemia?
THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The stress of a frightening leukemia diagnosis may impede clear doctor-patient communication, a new study suggests.

Patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) tend to view their illness and prognosis through a different lens from their doctors, researchers say.

Investigators found that pat  ...more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Fiber-Rich Diet Boosts Survival From Colon Cancer
THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A diet rich in fiber may lessen the chances of dying from colon cancer, a new study suggests.

Among people treated for non-metastatic colon cancer, every 5 grams of fiber added to their diet reduced their odds of dying by nearly 25 percent, said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Chan. He is an associate professor in the department   ...more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Even Advanced Breast Cancer Patients Gain From Exercise
THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women with advanced breast cancer, a well-planned exercise program might have a big impact on their quality of life, a small study suggests.

Though cancer treatment can extend the lives of women with advanced breast cancer, many patients experience pain, fatigue and a reduced ability to carry out normal daily activities.  ...more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Liposuction May Ease Limb Swelling in Cancer Patients
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Liposuction may help people with lymphedema -- a painful, disfiguring swelling of the arms, hands, legs or feet.

Harvard researchers used the surgical technique to remove fat from just underneath the skin in three people with the condition. Two of the patients had lymphedema as a side effect of cancer treatment. The other o  ...more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Do Rising Cancer Drug Prices Warrant Regulation?
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer drug prices in the United States keep rising steadily, a new study says.

"Regardless of competition or supplemental indications, our study found that there is a steady increase in costs of patented anticancer drugs over time," wrote the researchers. They included Dan Greenberg, an associate professor at Ben-Gurion Un  ...more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Speed Up the 'Cancer Moonshot,' Doctors Urge
TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Cancer Moonshot Initiative now has a detailed road map designed to cram a decade's worth of medical advancement into half that time.

A new report, authored by more than 50 leading U.S. cancer doctors, highlights 13 priority areas for improving the medical response to cancer, along with measurable goals and a specific tim  ...more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Should Colon Cancer Screening Start at 45, not 50?
MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Currently, people at average risk of colon cancer are told to start screening for the disease at age 50. But a new study raises the question of whether earlier screening could be better.

Looking at more than 6,000 patients who underwent colonoscopies, French researchers found the rate of abnormal colon growths started to rise  ...more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Gene Therapy May Fight Brain Cancer's Return
FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new form of gene therapy shows promise in battling recurrent brain cancer.

The phase 1 clinical trial included 56 patients with recurrent high-grade glioma brain cancer.

Three years after the gene therapy treatment, more than a quarter of the patients were still alive. Median survival for patients was 14.4 months, compar  ...more
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Survival Odds Improving for Lung Cancer Patients
THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that offers some hope to those fighting lung cancer, researchers report that survival rates have improved among those with early stage disease.

"More and more patients are being cured of lung cancer, with both surgery and radiation as good treatment options," said study author Dr. Nirav Kapadia, from the Dartmo  ...more
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Many High-Risk Women Skip MRI Breast Cancer Screenings
THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Knowing they're at increased risk for breast cancer isn't enough to persuade many women to get MRI screenings -- even if they're free.

Researchers studied more than 1,000 women in a U.S. military health system who had a 20 percent or greater lifetime risk of breast cancer due to genetics or personal or family history.

Be  ...more
Thursday, October 26, 2017
What You May Not Know About Ovarian Cancer
TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a report that will likely surprise many women, researchers say most cases of ovarian cancer originate in the fallopian tubes, not the ovaries.

"Based on a better understanding of its origins, our study suggests new strategies for the prevention and early detection of ovarian cancer," said senior study author Dr. Douglas L  ...more
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Many Cancer Patients Skimp on Treatment Due to Cost
TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The high cost of cancer care in the United States has led more than one-quarter of patients to cut back on some part of their treatment, a new survey reveals.

Commissioned by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the report found that 27 percent of cancer survivors or close relatives of a cancer patient said they  ...more
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Tighter Rules on Arsenic in Water Saved Lives: Study
MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. government limits on arsenic in drinking water has likely averted hundreds of cases of lung and bladder cancer annually, a new study suggests.

After the Environmental Protection Agency introduced tighter limits on arsenic in public drinking water in 2006, there was a 17 percent decrease in levels of arsenic in the urine   ...more
Monday, October 23, 2017
Oral Sex Plus Smoking a Cancer Danger for Men
FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking and oral sex may be a deadly combo that raises a man's risk for head and neck cancer, a new study suggests.

The key factor is transmission of oral strains of the cancer-linked human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be passed through oral sex.

In fact, men who smoke and have five or more partners with whom they've ha  ...more
Monday, October 23, 2017
Textured Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer
FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A particular breast implant may be associated with a rare type of cancer, researchers report.

Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is estimated to affect 1 in 30,000 women each year, but researchers said it may actually be more common.

"We're seeing that this cancer is likely very underreport  ...more
Monday, October 23, 2017
Obamacare Widened Access to Cancer Care
THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. cancer patients gained insurance they needed for their care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), new research reveals.

Researchers tracked government data on more than 858,000 adults aged 19 to 64 with a first-time cancer diagnosis. The uninsured rate fell from just over 5.7 percent between 2010-2013 to about 3.8   ...more
Monday, October 23, 2017
FDA Approves 2nd Gene Therapy
THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the second gene therapy for use in the United States.

The new treatment, Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel), is for a kind of blood cancer called large B-cell lymphoma.

The treatment is known as chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, and is only the second such   ...more
Monday, October 23, 2017
Cooling Mitts, Socks May Ease a Major Chemo Side Effect
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many cancer drugs can cause debilitating nerve damage as a side effect. But a small study suggests that simple cold wraps to the hands and feet might prevent it.

The side effect, known as peripheral neuropathy, damages nerves in the limbs. This often leads to pain, numbness and tingling, and difficulty with balance and usi  ...more
Monday, October 23, 2017
Firefighters Exposed to Carcinogens Through the Skin
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Firefighters face many known hazards on the job, but one area that hasn't been well researched is how their skin's exposure to hazardous chemicals might increase their risk of cancer.

It has long been known that firefighters have higher rates of several types of cancer than people in the general population.

In a new stu  ...more
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Weight-Loss Surgery May Curb Risk for Certain Cancers
TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery could help some severely obese people reduce their risk for cancer by at least 33 percent, a new study suggests.

The researchers examined medical data compiled by health insurance and health care delivery systems in the western United States, including Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Was  ...more
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
1 in 9 American Men Infected With Oral HPV
MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eleven million American men are infected with oral human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cancers of the head, neck and throat, a new study reports.

That equates to 1 in 9 U.S. males aged 18 to 69. And infection is most likely for those who have had multiple oral sexual partners, are gay or bisexual, or who also have g  ...more
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
With Skin Cancer Surgery, Insurance Matters
MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery is the main treatment for melanoma -- a dangerous form of skin cancer -- but a patient's insurance could affect whether or not that cancer is quickly removed, new research suggests.

After reviewing thousands of melanoma cases, researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center repor  ...more
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Need Cancer Screening? Where You Work Matters
FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Waiters, contractors and other employees of America's small businesses are more likely to miss out on cancer screening, mostly because of a lack of insurance, new research shows.

"Workers employed at smaller organizations had substantially lower breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening rates" compared to people workin  ...more