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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
With Weeks to Live, Many Cancer Patients Try Useless Treatments
TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Learning you have cancer that looks imminently terminal is tough news to swallow.

And new research indicates that when given just one month to live, a significant number of patients still opt for aggressive and often costly interventions, despite little evidence to suggest they'll help.

A study of just over 100,000 patie  ...more
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Why the HPV Vaccine Is More Important Than Ever
FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- HPV, the human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, with 14 million new cases each year.

While most people are able to clear the virus on their own, certain strains of HPV lead to cancer years after exposure. In fact, HPV-related cancers affect more than 30,000 Americans eve  ...more
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Many Cancer Patients Take Alternative Meds But Don't Tell Their Doctors
THURSDAY, April 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- One out of every three U.S. cancer patients uses alternative or complementary therapies, but many keep that info from their doctors, a new study finds.

That's a real concern, the study's lead author said, especially when it comes to supplements and cancer radiation therapy.

"You don't know what's in them," said Dr. Nina  ...more
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Many Cancer Patients Take Alternative Meds But Don't Tell Their Doctors
THURSDAY, April 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- One out of every three U.S. cancer patients uses alternative or complementary therapies, but many keep that info from their doctors, a new study finds.

That's a real concern, the study's lead author said, especially when it comes to supplements and cancer radiation therapy.

"You don't know what's in them," said Dr. Nina  ...more
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Sunscreen's Secret Bonus: It Could Help Keep You Cool
THURSDAY, April 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sunscreen may do double duty when you're outside on a summer day, keeping you cool as it protects your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

New research suggests how: When unprotected skin is exposed to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, skin cells typically see a drop in levels of nitric oxide. This compound helps the skin's s  ...more
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Insurers' Denials of Opioid Coverage Spurs CDC to Clarify Guidelines
TUESDAY, April 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People with severe pain from cancer or sickle cell anemia should not be denied coverage for opioid painkillers, a new clarification on federal guidelines states.

In the wake of the national opioid epidemic, various medical societies had encouraged doctors to rein in prescriptions for the powerful painkillers.

In 2016, the  ...more
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
AHA News: How Can Therapy for Heart Attack Patients Help Cancer Survivors?
MONDAY, April 8, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Heart disease and cancer -- ruthless conditions that are the nation's leading causes of death -- can sometimes intertwine. Certain cancer treatments can directly damage the heart, while others leave survivors dealing with weight gain or loss of fitness.

One way to potentially counteract these heart-related ri  ...more
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
More Evidence HPV Vaccine Cuts Cervical Cancer Rate
MONDAY, April 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Scotland is already seeing a payoff for vaccinating adolescent girls for human papillomavirus (HPV).

Since the vaccine became routine about a decade ago, cervical cancer cases in young Scottish women have plummeted, a new study reports.

HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections.

Vaccination protects  ...more
Friday, April 5, 2019
Does Cancer Battle Bring Personal Growth? Yes and No, Survivors Say
FRIDAY, April 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer survivor Jessica Sidener is adamant that her illness brought real benefits to her life.
"I am incredibly grateful for all of the hardships I've gone through in my young life, including my cancer journey," said Sidener, 39, of Parker, Colo. "It makes you appreciate that life is short."

But Nancy Stordahl is just  ...more
Friday, April 5, 2019
When Using Moisturizers With Sunscreen, Don't Miss Around the Eyes
WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Even though many moisturizers now contain sunscreens, people may not put them on their faces as carefully as they do sunscreen lotions, new research suggests.

"Moisturizer is not as well applied as sunscreen," said lead author Kevin Hamill, a lecturer in eye and vision science at the University of Liverpool in England.

  ...more
Friday, April 5, 2019
Surgery May Boost Outcomes in Common Form of Advanced Breast Cancer
TUESDAY, April 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new study may help resolve a longstanding debate around the impact of surgery for a common form of advanced breast cancer.

The study found that mastectomy may indeed boost the chances of survival for women with stage 4 (advanced) HER2-positive breast cancer.

Twenty to 30% of all newly diagnosed stage 4 breast cancer cas  ...more
Friday, April 5, 2019
Pancreatic Cancer Survival Odds Linked to Weight Before Age 50
SUNDAY, March 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Need another reason to stay slim? People who are overweight have a greater risk of dying from pancreatic cancer, especially those who are carrying extra pounds before age 50, a new study suggests.

"No matter what the age, there was some increase in pancreatic cancer deaths associated with excess weight. But the association w  ...more
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Dual-Drug Therapy May Boost Odds Against a Tough Breast Cancer
WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news for women battling a particularly difficult form of advanced breast cancer.

In a new study of patients with so-called "hormone receptor-positive" breast cancer that's spread beyond the breast, women who received a combo of two anti-estrogen drugs right away lived many months more than those who got just   ...more
Sunday, March 31, 2019
FDA Says Breast Density Must Be Reported to Women During Mammograms
WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women with dense breasts who get mammograms must be told of their higher risk for breast cancer under new rules proposed Wednesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA would also tighten its regulation of mammogram facilities, giving the agency the power to notify patients if problems are found at a center so  ...more
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Ancestry Matters When Seeking Matched Bone Marrow Donors
WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The chances of finding an unrelated bone marrow donor is higher for U.S. patients of European descent than for those of non-European descent, a new study finds.

A bone marrow transplant can sometimes help people with life-threatening blood cancers by replacing the patient's cells with healthy ones from a donor. A brother   ...more
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Choose the Right Colon Cancer Screening Option
TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer is highly preventable through regular screening. But the right type of screening depends on your particular risk factors, an expert says.

Each year in the United States, more than 140,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer, and about 50,000 die from the disease. It's the second-leading cause of cancer death  ...more
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Move More, Live Longer
TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a couch potato, get moving. Your life could depend on it.

Researchers say replacing 30 minutes a day of sitting with physical activity could cut your risk of premature death by nearly half.

They examined 14 years of data on inactivity and activity with more than 92,500 people in an American Cancer Society study  ...more
Monday, March 25, 2019
Medicaid Coverage for Lung Cancer Screening All Over the Map
MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- State Medicaid programs must do more to make sure that people at high risk for lung cancer are screened for the deadly disease, a new American Lung Association report says.

Medicaid is the public assistance program offering health care coverage for low-income Americans. Medicaid coverage for screening high-risk people varies  ...more
Monday, March 25, 2019
Could the U.S. Mail Deliver Better Colon Cancer Screening Rates?
FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- No one likes to get a colonoscopy, but new research suggests that mailing at-home colon cancer tests to folks who are overdue for their checks might prompt them to get screened.

"We believe that mailing kits directly to patients, which frames participation as the default, reduced steps in the screening process, making it eas  ...more
Monday, March 25, 2019
Baby Monkey May Offer Hope to Preserving Fertility of Kids With Cancer
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- She's cute, and perhaps a medical breakthrough.

Scientists say they have used frozen testicular tissue to achieve the birth of a healthy baby monkey named Grady -- a success they hope to eventually translate to childhood cancer survivors whose treatment has left them infertile.

Infertility is a potential side effect of   ...more
Monday, March 25, 2019
Drug Combo Does Double Duty Against Common Skin Lesions, Cancers
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Tens of millions of Americans develop sun-linked skin lesions called actinic keratoses, which are tied to later cancer risk.

Many will get a combo of treatments to help clear the blemishes.

Now, research shows that the same two-ointment combo -- one used to ward off skin cancer and the other a psoriasis drug -- also gre  ...more
Monday, March 25, 2019
Walk, Dance, Clean: Even a Little Activity Helps You Live Longer
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Want a reason to get out of your comfy armchair? Even low levels of regular physical activity -- brisk walking, dancing or gardening -- can reduce your risk of premature death, a new study finds.

Americans who got in just 10 to 59 minutes of moderate physical activity every week had an 18 percent lower risk of death from   ...more
Monday, March 25, 2019
Tecentriq Approved for Small Cell Lung Cancer
TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Tecentriq (atezolizumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC).

The drug has been approved as a first-line treatment for the disease, to be used in combination with the chemotherapy drugs carboplatin and etoposide.

Tecentriq was ev  ...more
Friday, March 15, 2019
Genomics Could Improve Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer
THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's one of the toughest cancers to beat. But new research suggests that identifying the genetics of pancreatic cancer in individual patients could boost survival for some.

The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients is less than 9 percent. One reason this cancer is so deadly is that many patients are diagno  ...more
Friday, March 15, 2019
Scientists Spot Clues to Predicting Breast Cancer's Return
WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Figuring out which breast cancer patients will live disease-free after treatment is a bit of a guessing game. But new research indicates breast cancer cells hold molecular clues that may allow doctors to predict who is at high risk of having a recurrence up to 20 years later.

It has long been known that women who are succ  ...more
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Did You Wait Until Middle Age to Get Fit? It Could Still Boost Your Life Span
FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's truly never too late to begin exercising, new research shows.

Even for people who were "couch potatoes" in their youth, embarking on a regimen of regular exercise in middle-age can still greatly cut the odds for death from any cause, a major new study finds.

The study tracked the health -- and lifetime exercise patter  ...more
Thursday, March 7, 2019
'Jeopardy' Host Alex Trebek Reveals He Has Pancreatic Cancer
THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In a special announcement aired Wednesday on the "Jeopardy" YouTube channel, long-time host Alex Trebek announced he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer but intends to "fight" the disease.

Trebek, 78, said he was concerned about the media reporting his condition inaccurately, so "I wanted to be the one to pass along this informat  ...more
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Low-Dose Aspirin Doesn't Prolong Survival in Prostate Cancer
TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Will an aspirin a day keep prostate cancer at bay?

Not necessarily, according to new research.

Danish scientists say low-dose aspirin doesn't seem to reduce a man's risk of death from prostate cancer, but it may slow down the disease in some cases.

For patients with slow-growing, non-aggressive cancer, aspirin did appe  ...more
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Exercise Might Slow Colon Cancer's Advance
TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise has countless benefits, even in small doses. And new research suggests the payoffs might extend to colon cancer patients.

Short sessions of intense exercise may slow the growth of colon cancer, Australian researchers report.

"We have shown that exercise may play a role in inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cel  ...more
Thursday, March 7, 2019
High Deductibles May Threaten Breast Cancer Patients' Survival
MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Even when women have health insurance, high deductibles may delay them from having breast cancer diagnosed and treated, researchers say.

In a study of more than 3 million U.S. women with health insurance, the researchers found that those in plans with high deductibles waited several months more for a breast cancer diagnosis o  ...more
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