Yahoo News: Cancer

Lung cancer now deadlier than breast cancer in rich nations

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 21:51
Lung cancer is now the leading cause of cancer death among women in developed nations, beating out breast cancer which had long been the top killer, researchers said Wednesday. The new analysis was led by researchers at the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in France. Lung cancer has been the top cancer killer among men for ...

Lung cancer now top cancer killer for women in rich nations

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 15:09
For the first time, lung cancer has passed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in rich countries.

Cancer Navigators: Guiding You to Good Care

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:00
Staying busy is the M.O. for Patricia Vitelli, 57, chief financial officer at a Yonkers, New York-based nonprofit. In October, Vitelli learned she had breast cancer. Vitelli's lumpectomy surgery was the beginning. Her surgeon at White Plains Hospital introduced her to Danielle Gagner, the clinical navigator for the hospital's breast program.

One in two Britons forecast to get cancer

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 00:43
One in two British people will develop cancer at some point in their lives, according to a new forecast by Cancer Research UK released on Wednesday. Age was the biggest risk factor for cancer, with other influences including smoking, obesity, diet, tanning and sunburn and lack of exercise, according to the study published in the British Journal of Cancer. "We're living longer and that means we ...

Pfizer breast cancer drug gets early FDA approval

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 23:53
Federal health regulators on Tuesday approved a highly anticipated medicine from Pfizer Inc. to treat postmenopausal women with a certain type of advanced breast cancer who have not already taken other ...

Pfizer breast cancer drug gets early FDA approval

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 23:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators on Tuesday approved a highly anticipated medicine from Pfizer Inc. to treat postmenopausal women with a certain type of advanced breast cancer who have not already taken other drugs.

FDA approves breast cancer drug from Pfizer

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 21:57
Federal health regulators have approved a new medicine from Pfizer Inc. to treat postmenopausal women with a certain type of advanced breast cancer who have not previously taken other drugs. The Food and ...

U.S. FDA approves Pfizer's high profile breast cancer drug

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 21:36
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday said it had approved Pfizer Inc's experimental breast cancer drug Ibrance, a regulatory decision that came more than two months earlier than expected. Wall Street has considered the drug, whose chemical name is palbociclib, to be one of the most promising medicines in Pfizer's development pipeline. Cowen and Co analyst Steve Scala has ...

Meet Cologuard: the Colon Cancer Test You Can Take at Home

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 15:17
Many years ago, Dan Meaney mistakenly told his doctor that his mother had died of colon cancer. In reality, she had died of uterine cancer, but the mistake led Meaney to undergo an obligatory sigmoidoscopy, a minimally invasive medical examination of the large intestine. Meaney, now 73 years old, was only 38 at the time, and says the experience was so gruesome that he vowed never to have another ...

Cancer movie wins top prize at Sundance

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 09:18
"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," a moving drama about a teenager who befriends a classmate with cancer, won the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday.

Cancer movie wins top prize at Sundance

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 07:29
Los Angeles (AFP) - "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," a moving drama about a teenager who befriends a classmate with cancer, won the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday.

Cynthia Nixon channels the personal to play a cancer patient

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 18:01
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Cynthia Nixon's portrayal of a woman and mother dying of cancer in the Sundance drama "James White" hit extremely close to home. The actress saw her own mother die from the disease in the same year she shot the film.

Cancer organization partners with NFL on prostate treatment

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:35
A U.S. cancer organization has partnered with the NFL alumni association ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX to raise awareness about screening, diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer, a disease that kills tens of thousands of U.S. men a year.  The Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), a private, for-profit operator of cancer treatment hospitals and outpatient clinics, will treat NFL ...

Valeant to buy Dendreon's prostate cancer vaccine Provenge

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:05
(Reuters) - Bankrupt drugmaker Dendreon Corp has reached a stalking-horse deal with Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc to sell the worldwide rights to its cancer vaccine, Provenge, and certain assets for $296 million. The deal is subject to higher and better bids and extended the bid deadline to Feb. 10 for interested parties to participate in an auction, Dendreon said on ...

FDA expands use of Imbruvica to treat rare form of blood cancer

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 22:39
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the expanded use of Imbruvica, sold by Johnson & Johnson and Pharmacyclics Inc, to treat Waldenström's macroglobulinemia (WM), a rare form of blood cancer for which no specific pharmaceutical therapy exists. WM, a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, was discovered more than 70 years ago. It usually worsens slowly over time and causes abnormal blood cells ...

Prostate Cancer Treatment: Surgery or Radiation?

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 18:18
While a growing number of men diagnosed with early-stage, slow-growing prostate cancer opt for no immediate treatment beyond active surveillance, most men diagnosed with the cancer -- especially those under age 60 who are in good health with a long life expectancy -- choose to have their cancer treated without delay with either surgery or radiation. If you've been diagnosed with prostate cancer ...

Novartis pharma boss expects pressure on cancer drug prices

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 14:24
Payers are likely to put pressure on drugmakers to lower the cost of cancer medicines, particularly when alternative treatments are available, the head of Novartis' pharma division said on Tuesday. "I think there will be increased pressure on oncology prices," David Epstein, head of Novartis' pharmaceutical division told an analyst call after the company reported fourth-quarter results. Earlier ...

Safety concerns cloud early promise of powerful new cancer drugs

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 06:05
By Ransdell Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new wave of experimental cancer drugs that directly recruit the immune system's powerful T cells are proving to be immensely effective weapons against tumors, potentially transforming the $100 billion global market for drugs that fight the disease. In some trials, the two new approaches, known as CAR T cells and bispecific antibodies, have eliminated ...

Breast cancer patients lack knowledge of their tumors

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 05:30
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Women with breast cancer often don’t know what kind of tumors they have, a new study found. Not knowing one’s tumor features isn’t necessarily tied to worse outcomes, but better knowledge might help women understand treatment decisions and take medications as directed, said Dr. Rachel Freedman, the study’s lead author from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ...

Too Much Sitting Is Killing You (Even If You Exercise)

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:38
People who sit too much every day are at an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and shorter life spans, even if they exercise, a new study finds. "More than one-half of an average person's day is spent being sedentary — sitting, watching television or working at a computer," Dr. David Alter, the study's senior scientist at the University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, said in a ...

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