Cancer News

New drug and information on triple negative breast cancer

A new compound active against triple-negative breast cancer has been developed, which offers increased scientific understanding of this very aggressive cancer.

Mouth cancer linked with oral health and dental checks

Poor oral health and poor dental care both increase the risk of oral cancer. Using mouthwash more than 3 times a day also increased the risk of mouth cancers.

Prostate cancer tests may underestimate aggressiveness

Half of 415 prostate cancer cases, classified as "slow growing" before surgery via grading and staging, were found to be more aggressive post-operation.

Is chemotherapy common in high-risk bladder cancer treatment?

Although treatment guidelines for high-risk bladder cancer include chemotherapy before or after surgery, it is not commonly used in routine clinical practice.

Prostate cancer recurrence lower in blood type "O" patients

A man’s blood type may affect risk of prostate cancer recurrence after surgery. Specifically, patients with blood type "O" had a significantly decreased risk.

Sleep apnea linked to cancer in a study

Moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea was linked with 2.5 times higher likelihood of cancer, after adjustment for obesity and many other factors.

Liver cancer: new advances in diagnosis, staging and treatment

Data presented at the 2014 International Liver Congress focus on new approaches for improving diagnosis, staging & treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

Predicting breast cancer recurrence and treatment response

A new non-invasive blood based test can detect breast cancer recurrence and may also predict treatment outcomes. It is based on 10 breast-cancer specific genes.

Cervical cancer radiotherapy increases colorectal cancer risk

Young women treated with radiation for cervical cancer have increased risk of colorectal cancer. Therefore, they should begin screening earlier than normal.

Laparoscopic device may raise cancer risk, the FDA warns

The US FDA advises to avoid use of laparoscopic power "morcellation" (surgical division of mass) in hysterectomy & other procedures, as it warns of cancer risk.

Colon cancer risk from processed meat diet driven by genetics

Colorectal cancer risk from eating processed meat is significantly higher in 1 in 3 people who are carriers of a common gene variant, according to new research.

Advanced stomach cancer drug approved by the FDA

The FDA has approved ramucirumab (an angiogenesis inhibitor, trade name: "Cyramza") for treatment of advanced gastric cancer or gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma.

Breast cancer risk increased by high saturated fat diets

Women who eat a lot of fat (saturated fat in particular), may be at higher risk of certain breast cancer types, as per research on this controversial topic.

New melanoma treatment recommended for approval in Europe

European regulators have recommended the drug Mekinist (trametinib) for approval as a treatment for unresectable or metastatic melanoma in certain patients.

Breast cancer treatment often results in unemployment

Nearly 1 in 3 breast cancer survivors who were working when they began treatment, were unemployed 4 years later, especially if they received chemotherapy.

FDA approves Ceritinib (Zykadia) for non-small cell lung cancer

The US FDA has granted accelerated approval for ceritinib (trade name: Zykadia) for treatment of a less common subtype of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Risk of skin cancer increases a little with UV nail salon lamps

Lamps for drying nail polish radiate UV-A, which can cause skin cancer. However, the exposure is brief and the risk remains small, according to researchers.

Metastatic pancreatic cancer drug improves survival in trial

An experimental drug for metastatic pancreatic cancer improved the overall survival rate in patients, in combination with another two drugs, in a clinical trial.

Vitamin D deficiency may predict aggressive prostate cancer

Vitamin D levels has been tied to a number of health aspects. A new study suggests that low vitamin D levels can predict aggressive prostate cancer risk.

Advanced breast cancer patients who sleep better survive longer

A new study indicates that sleep disruption may lead to weaker immune function or impaired hormonal stress responses. The mechanism remains unclear, however.

Cancer pain reduced by focused ultrasound

A new clinical trial shows that non-invasive magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound treatment that heats the tumor within the bone relieves from pain.

How cancer affects family and may lead to divorce

The risk of divorce increases when the wife (but not the husband) becomes ill with a serious condition, like cancer. In a study, 31% of couples separated.

Prostate cancer patients' testosterone levels predict progression

Low testosterone levels in low-risk prostate cancer patients may indicate worsening of their disease, leading doctors to prescribe more aggressive treatment.

Novel lung cancer radiotherapy treatment shows success

Retreating lung tumors with radiation is an old idea that has been reintroduced, based on the technological advances in radiation oncology over the last decade.

Chemotherapy timing is key to successful cancer treatment

A research team showed that timing the delivery of chemotherapy to the aggressive tumors dramatically shrinks lung and breast tumors, in a study.

Esophageal cancer test identifies patients resistant to therapy

Two validation studies show that a test can accurately predict response to chemoradiation therapy before surgery, in patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma.

Clinical benefit for advanced kidney cancer immunotherapy confirmed

A study found that patients with metastatic kidney cancer can tolerate and benefit from a treatment called high-dose interleukin-2 (HDIL-2) immunotherapy.

Metastatic melanoma patients benefit from combination treatment

New data support the potential of cobimetinib combined with vemurafenib, for the treatment of metastatic melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer.

Breast cancer: 17 'high-priority' chemicals may cause the disease

Scientists have identified 17 "high-priority" chemicals that women should avoid in order to reduce risk of breast cancer, and show how to detect their presence.

Multiple myeloma: immune treatment is a possibility

A new study by researchers at Ohio State University provides evidence that genetically modifying immune cells might effectively treat multiple myeloma.

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