Yahoo News: Cancer

Merck advancing breast cancer drug to mid-stage

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:57
Drugmaker Merck & Co. said Wednesday that it will advance a new cancer drug into bigger patient tests, after promising findings in an early study against a very aggressive, common type of breast cancer. ...

Recommended shorter breast-radiation treatment catching on slowly

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 18:24
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many early-stage breast cancer patients don’t get the recommended short course of radiation after surgery, even though it’s considered just as good as prolonged treatment, a new study finds. “Only a third of women are getting a shorter course of radiation that has been found to be effective and no more toxic," said lead author Dr. Justin Bekelman, of the ...

How we treat breast cancer exposes a huge systematic issue in American health care

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 17:00
A little less than a decade ago, radiation oncologists found a better way to treat early-stage breast cancer. For ages, conventional treatment has been a five- to seven-week course of radiation after a lumpectomy. "When we see patients who have breast cancer, their first concern is if it yields the same cure rate, which it does, and the second is whether it's more toxic, and it's not," says ...

After colon cancer, activity is linked to better survival

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 19:06
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - More leisure activity - like tennis or jogging – and less TV-time after a colon cancer diagnosis was linked with better survival in a new study. It was an observational study and can’t prove cause and effect, but cancer survivors who watched more than five hours of TV per day were more likely to die than those who watched less than two hours, said lead author ...

Beating the Odds: Cancer Survivors' Success Stories

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:00
Ashtyn Brown recalls the day she started to understand how sick she was. She was 9 years old and lying in her hospital bed at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, and she couldn't breathe. She had an oxygen port, but she hated using it -- especially the nose clips.

American Football - Chiefs safety Berry has Hodgkin's lymphoma

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 22:49
- Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a "very treatable" form of cancer that one of his doctors says can potentially be cured through chemotherapy.

Next steps uncertain for women with dense breasts

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 22:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — More women are learning their breasts are so dense that it's more difficult for mammograms to spot cancer. But new research suggests automatically giving them an extra test isn't necessarily the solution.

Chiefs' Eric Berry diagnosed with cancer

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 22:07
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and will begin chemotherapy for what doctors called a "very treatable and potentially curable" form of cancer.

Green Day guitarist White diagnosed with tonsil cancer

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 20:28
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Green Day guitarist Jason White has been diagnosed with a form of tonsil cancer that is treatable, the rock group said on Monday. Doctors found the cancer while White underwent a tonsillectomy, the band said in a statement posted on its website. White, 41, is expected to make a full recovery, Green Day said. The guitarist has played with Green Day since the late 1990s but ...

BlackBerry, NantHealth launch cancer genome browser

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 03:47
By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd and NantHealth, a healthcare-focused data provider, launched a secure cancer genome browser on Sunday, giving doctors the ability to access patients' genetic data on the BlackBerry Passport smartphone. Earlier this year, BlackBerry bought a minority stake in privately held NantHealth. The mobile technology company sees healthcare as one of the ...

Hookah Smoke Contains Cancer-Causing Chemical

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 14:57
People who smoke a hookah or inhale secondhand hookah smoke may be breathing in the chemical benzene, a substance that previous research has linked with an increased risk of leukemia, according to a new study. They also collected urine samples from 103 people who didn't smoke hookah tobacco but attended events where they'd be exposed to hookah smoke, to test the effect of secondhand hookah smoke ...

Merck immunotherapy drug shows promise against lymphoma: study

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 18:06
By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc's drug that harnesses the immune system to fight cancer showed promise in Hodgkin lymphoma patients whose disease had progressed following prior therapies, according to data from a small, early stage trial being presented at a medical meeting. In the ongoing study of 29 patients, 66 percent had a meaningful response to the drug, Keytruda, after 24 weeks ...

High rate of lymphoma patients respond to Bristol-Myers drug: study

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 18:04
By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - Eighty-seven percent of Hodgkin lymphoma patients responded to a Bristol-Myers Squibb drug that helps the immune system fight the blood cancer, according to data from a small, early stage trial released on Saturday. The study of Bristol-Myers' immunotherapy drug nivolumab involved 23 patients whose lymphoma had progressed after numerous prior treatments, including ...

JPMorgan CEO Dimon says he is free of cancer

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:25
NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon told the bank's staff Friday that he is clear of cancer.

JPMorgan's Dimon says 'no evidence of cancer'

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 15:49
(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co Chief Executive Jamie Dimon said medical tests showed "no evidence of cancer in my body," according to an internal memo seen by Reuters. Shares of the biggest U.S. bank by assets rose as much as 2.7 percent to a 14-year high of $63.06 in late morning trading. JPMorgan said in July that Dimon, 58, had been diagnosed with throat cancer, but the ailment was curable ...

How Social Media Helps Young People With Cancer

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 16:06
The summer between her sophomore and junior years of high school, Thea Linscott of East Meadows, New York, says her lifelong dance teacher kept asking if she felt OK. Linscott felt fine, apart from a little fatigue, so she was taken aback by the question. But then a strange bump appeared on her shoulder, which a pediatric dermatologist told her to get biopsied.

Geography may limit access to cancer clinical trials

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 21:29
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Where advanced cancer patients live affects the likelihood that they can enroll in a treatment clinical trial, a new study found. Fewer than 10 percent of U.S. cancer patients participate in clinical trials, the authors note. “Clinical trials are the basis for the vast majority of advances in cancer care, so, the only way to move the field forward is for ...

Puma Biotech sinks on cancer drug filing delay

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 22:19
Puma Biotechnology said Tuesday that it won't file for marketing approval of an experimental breast cancer drug until early 2016, sending its shares plunging in aftermarket trading. The company had said ...

Tanzanian leader declares himself free of cancer after surgery

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 14:32
DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete declared himself cancer-free on Saturday after undergoing prostate surgery in the United States earlier this month. Kikwete, 64, has led east Africa's second-biggest economy since 2005 but must step down next year at the end of his second and final term in office. "I was diagnosed with stage 2 prostate cancer, which was later down ...

Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:04
Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" — a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.