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  • Mammograms May Help Find Other Health Concerns

    October 24, 2016
    Women who bristle about going in for routine mammograms may have a new reason to put this screening test on their priority list. Recent research has shown that this simple annual test may also help doctors more readily detect clogging of the arteries in its earlier phases. While breast cancer strikes an estimated 1 in 8 women over a...read more
  • Physician Assisted Suicide: A Dilemma for Medical Professionals

    October 16, 2016
    Doctors take oaths to “do no harm,” making many wonder how recent changes in physician-assisted suicide laws in some states may pose a conflict. As more states adopt laws that enable doctors to become involved in helping competent, terminal patients end their own lives, not everyone in the medical profession is fully comfortable with the turn in direction. Even...read more
  • Survivors of Certain Cancers May Be More Likely to Develop Others

    September 24, 2016
    Surviving breast or thyroid cancer and beating the odds is reason to celebrate. Doing so and learning that the other form of cancer has now developed, however, can be a particularly hard pill to swallow. Researchers are finding that this is very much the case for some survivors of these two types of cancer. Researchers recently performed an analysis of...read more
  • Could an Aspirin a Day Keep Cancer Away?

    September 15, 2016
    Preventing some forms of cancer may be as simple as adding a small amount of aspirin into the daily routine. While a number of studies are showing the benefits of low-dose aspirin use can have over the long run, the jury is still out on the overall safety of adding aspirin into the routine. The most recent study that looked...read more
  • Biomarker May Help Predict Oropharyngeal Cancer Recurrence

    August 25, 2016
    HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers are among the most common types of this disease. Affecting the tongue, tonsils, soft palate and pharynx, about 80 percent of these cancers are attributed to human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. Although often quite treatable, more than 25 percent of HPV-related cancers recur. In most cases, the recurrence happens within the first two years of initial treatment. Determining...read more
  • Invasive Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm May Respond to Adjuvant Therapy

    August 13, 2016
    Patients with a particular type of pancreatic cancer may benefit from adjuvant therapy, a new study has found. This type of pancreatic cancer has been shown to respond well to other interventions introduced after surgery while also presenting with less pain than more conventional pancreatic cancer. Invasive intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm is a tumor that grows in the pancreatic ducts...read more
  • Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer Remains Difficult to Stop

    July 24, 2016
    While many of the men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the coming year will find their form of the disease is relatively easy to treat and most likely quite survivable, that is not always the case. Men who find they have metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer are likely to learn their survival chances are slim. There are a number of...read more
  • Folate Deficiency and Multiple Myeloma

    July 15, 2016
    While folate deficiency’s full role in the development of multiple myeloma remains unclear, research is showing that this condition tends to go hand-in-hand with this blood-based form of cancer. A recent study found that the frequency of folate deficiency among patients with multiple myeloma was about 14 percent. This finding raises some alarm bells for researchers who say folate...read more
  • Radiation, Androgen Deprivation Not Best Option For All Prostate Cancers

    June 25, 2016
    While a number of studies have shown that androgen deprivation therapy combined with radiation can provide a powerful one-two punch to treat prostate cancer, this combination option may not be right in all cases. A recent study shows that men with unfavorable-risk prostate cancer who have other medical concerns, such as a prior heart attack, do not enjoy an...read more
  • Better Genetic Data Could Help With a Cancer Cure

    June 14, 2016
    As the federal government embarks on its moonshot to cure cancer, researchers are clamoring for a bit of additional assistance. They say greater availability to study variant genes in human DNA could enable them to more clearly understand the disease while also being able to better tell who might be at risk. This, in turn, could lead to move...read more

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