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Breast Cancer Subtype Affects Survival With Spinal Metastasis

Today - For patients with breast cancer with spinal metastases, estrogen receptor/hormone receptor-negative status is associated with worse survival, according to a study published in the Sept. 1 issue of Spine.

Family Squabbles Can Derail Recovery From Cancer Surgery

Today - Cancer patients burdened by stress and family conflicts before surgery may face a higher risk for complications following their operation, according to a study published in a recent issue of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.


Wild Berry May Boost Effect of Chemo for Pancreatic Cancer

Sep 19, 2014 - The use of micronutrients such as chokeberry extract may augment the cytotoxic effects of chemotherapy drugs on cancer cells, according to research published online Sept. 17 in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.

ASTRO Issues Second List of Choosing Wisely Guidelines

Sep 19, 2014 - The American Society for Radiation Oncology has released a second list of five radiation oncology-specific treatments that should be discussed before being prescribed, as part of the national Choosing Wisely campaign.


PET-CT Prognostic After Induction Tx in Follicular Lymphoma

Sep 19, 2014 - The five-point Deauville scale, used to score 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake on FDG positron emission tomography-computed tomography scans, has prognostic value in follicular lymphoma, according to a study published online Sept. 18 in The Lancet Haematology.

AACR: New Drug May Add to Therapy for Head and Neck CA

Sep 19, 2014 - The investigational drug alpelisib (previously known as BYL719) appears to inhibit activation of the pathway that leads to resistance to cetuximab, an anti-epidermal growth factor receptor agent used in the treatment of head and neck cancer. These findings were presented at the American Association for Cancer Research's special conference "Targeting the PI3K-mTOR Network in Cancer," held from Sept. 14 to 17 in Philadelphia.


Screening Elderly Women for Breast Cancer Questioned

Sep 18, 2014 - Including women older than 70 in national breast cancer screening programs won't lead to a sharp reduction in advanced forms of the disease, according to researchers who published their study findings online Sept. 15 in The BMJ.


ASTRO: Sexual Function Largely Retained in Prostate CA Combo Tx

Sep 18, 2014 - For patients with prostate cancer, combination beam plus brachytherapy does not compromise long-term sexual function compared with external beam radiotherapy, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, held from Sept. 14 to 18 in San Francisco.

ASTRO: QoL Up With Testosterone Recovery in Prostate Cancer

Sep 17, 2014 - For patients with high-risk prostate cancer, testosterone recovery is shorter for patients receiving 18 months versus 36 months of androgen deprivation therapy, and is associated with improved quality of life, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, held from Sept. 14 to 18 in San Francisco.


ASTRO: Radiotherapy Improves Dysphagia in Esophageal Cancer

Sep 17, 2014 - For patients with advanced esophageal cancer, dysphagia is improved with radiotherapy alone, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, held from Sept. 14 to 18 in San Francisco.

AACR: Targeted Drugs Among Successes Against Cancer

Sep 17, 2014 - About 14.5 million U.S. cancer survivors are alive today, compared to just three million in 1971, the American Association for Cancer Research reported Tuesday.


Watchful Waiting May Not Be Best for Black Men With Prostate CA

Sep 16, 2014 - Watchful waiting may not be suitable for all men with early-stage prostate cancer, especially black patients, according to research published in Urologic Oncology.

Chest Radiation May Help Fight Some Advanced Lung Cancers

Sep 16, 2014 - Adding chest radiation to chemotherapy allows some people with small-cell lung cancer to live longer and cuts recurrence rates by nearly 50 percent, European researchers report. The research was published online Sept. 14 in The Lancet to coincide with presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, held from Sept. 14 to 18 in San Francisco.


Male Pattern Baldness Tied to Prostate Cancer

Sep 16, 2014 - Men with male pattern baldness may face a higher risk of developing an aggressive type of prostate cancer than men with no balding, according to a study published online Sept. 15 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Researchers Support Lung Cancer CT Screen in Older Patients

Sep 15, 2014 - Individuals aged 65 to 74 years with a history of smoking should not be excluded from screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for lung cancer, according to researchers who published their study findings online Sept. 9 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.


Mechanism Proposed for Nicotine Gateway Hypothesis

Sep 15, 2014 - Mechanisms underlying nicotine use as a gateway to cocaine use have been proposed in a Shattuck lecture published in the Sept. 4 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Factors ID'd for CRC Risk Stratification With Positive FIT

Sep 12, 2014 - Fecal hemoglobin concentration, sex, and age can be used to classify the risk of advanced colorectal neoplasia among individuals with positive results from fecal immunochemical tests, according to a study published in the September issue of Gastroenterology.


Half of Staff Believe Dignified Death Possible in Cancer Centers

Sep 12, 2014 - About half of cancer center staff members perceive that a dignified death is possible for cancer patients on their wards, according to a study published online Sept. 8 in Cancer.

Meta-Analysis: Prediabetes Linked to Increased Cancer Risk

Sep 11, 2014 - Prediabetes is associated with an elevated risk of cancer overall and with increased risks of site-specific cancers, including liver, endometrial, and stomach/colorectal cancer, according to a meta-analysis published online Sept. 8 in Diabetologia.



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