Cancer News

Researchers reversed resistance to tamoxifen with inexpensive drug

An inexpensive drug against malaria was shown to reverse resistance to tamoxifen (widely used for breast cancer) in research conducted in mice.

Breast cancer screening reduces deaths by 28% in study

Inviting women to modern mammography screening may reduce deaths from breast cancer by about 28%, according to a study from Norway.

Is cancer prognosis associated with vitamin D levels?

Researchers investigated the association of levels of vitamin D with mortality, and paid attention to differences between countries, genders and age groups.

Sitting associated with higher risk of cancer

In a new review of past research covering 69,000 patients, sitting was associated with a higher probability of diagnosis with colon or endometrial cancer.

Breast cancer diagnosis more accurate if patient risk is considered

Researchers found that if radiologists know the patient's risk profile for breast cancer when examining their mammogram will lead to more accurate diagnoses.

Physical inactivity increases risk for colon, endometrial & lung cancer

Physical inactivity has been blamed for diseases like diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Now it is also linked to the risk of certain cancers.

A breath test to detect lung cancer and its stage?

A new device may accurately detect lung cancer and its stage, just by breathing into it, since it can detect specific characteristics of breath compounds.

Ovarian cancer treatment discovery in phase 3 trial

Doctors report that a new ovarian cancer treatment can improve response rates, prolong time before cancer recurs, and even improve survival, in a phase 3 trial.

No specific link between soy food and endometrial cancer risk

A new study states that there is no evidence that soy food protects against endometrial cancer risk. This is despite some previous indication of protection.

Drug to prevent anal cancer approved in Europe

The European Commission has granted marketing authorization for the use of Gardasil for the prevention of anal precancerous lesions and anal cancers due to HPV.

After cancer treatment: easing pain and improving quality of life

Researchers are always looking for more ways to deal with pain after cancer treatment. A paper describes some of them, like medication and seeing a specialist.

Immunotherapy for advanced melanoma prolongs survival in trial

In a study, the immunotherapy drug "nivolumab" was used in advanced melanoma patients. Early results showed promise that it is likely to prolong survival.

3D mammograms detect more invasive cancers, reduce need for more scans

In a study of over 450,000 women, researchers found that 3-D mammography ("digital breast tomosynthesis") detects more invasive cancers and reduces call-back rates.

Receiving treatment for cancer-related depression: an analysis

1 in 2 cancer patients experience depressive symptoms. Antidepressants are commonly prescribed, and researchers analyzed the results from 9 previous trials.

Risk for breast, prostate and colon cancer: dominated by genetics

Researchers studied individuals who had been adopted. They discovered that the risk for breast, prostate and colorectal cancer is highly dependent on genetics.

Single-dose breast cancer radiation treatment possible with surgery

Women with early-stage breast cancer may now receive a one-dose radiation treatment at the same time as lumpectomy surgery, instead of treatment after surgery.

Locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer drug approved in Europe

The European Commission has approved a drug for patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer, named eribulin.

Survival in advanced liver cancer not prolonged by everolimus

The drug everolimus did not improve overall survival in patients with advanced liver cancer, compared to placebo, according to a published study.

Breast cancer and high cholesterol linked in a large study

High blood cholesterol and breast cancer were found to be associated in a study of more than 1 million patients over a 14 year time period in the UK.

FDA approves drug for relapsed or refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma

The US FDA has granted accelerated approval to belinostat for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL).

Breast density, breast cancer and sugar: are they related?

Many studies look for any link between sugar consumption and the risk for breast cancer. Some have shown a positive correlation, but others found no link.

Colon cancer patients with higher vitamin D levels do better

New research demonstrates that high levels of vitamin D can help colon cancer patients survive the disease, based on a study of 1,600 patients after surgery.

Breast cancer drug taken through the skin has fewer side effects

Delivering Endoxifen, a drug effective in prevention and treatment of breast cancer, through the skin (and not through the mouth), may reduce its side effects.

Prostate cancer patients with depression face more challenges

Depressed men with localized prostate cancer were more likely to be diagnosed with more aggressive disease, received less effective treatments and survived for shorter times.

Ovarian cancer patients with BRCA mutation benefit from tested drug

A phase 2 clinical trial shows that an investigational drug (olaparib) increases progression-free survival in platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer.

Sarcoma growth slowed in trial testing new therapeutic combination

A small clinical trial has tested new treatment combination against resistant sarcomas. The results show that the growth of these tumors can be stabilized.

Skin cancer drug combination benefits patients in trial

An experimental drug, combined with an existing treatment in skin cancer patients in a clinical trial, prolonged their survival without disease progression.

Breast cancer hormonal therapy in gel form has fewer side effects

Tamoxifen is a drug taken orally. Researchers say that if applied directly to the breast in gel form, it can be as effective, and produces fewer side effects.

Sun exposure and low vitamin D levels: a lethal combination?

A study had the controversial outcome that women who avoid sun exposure are twice as likely to die compared to those who do. Could vitamin D levels be the cause?

Robot-assisted surgery controls prostate cancer for 10 years

Robot-assisted prostatectomy to remove cancerous prostate glands can control the disease for 10 years, which is comparable to the open surgery results.

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