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New gene tests may give cancer patients quicker path to treatment

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 05:45
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A new way of evaluating tumors may soon help cancer patients identify the underlying genetic link to their disease - and the best possible treatment – all in a single test. "This is a new paradigm in many, many ways," said Ellen Sigal, chairperson and founder of Friends of Cancer Research, which is organizing the U.S. lung cancer trial.

Fitness Trackers Help Monitor Cancer Patients

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:48
CHICAGO — For cancer patients, a lot of things can change between doctor's visits. In a new study, researchers used commercially available devices to create a system to collect daily data from cancer patients and send it to their doctors. Researchers looked at the patients' physical activity and blood pressure, and other information that was relevant to their particular cancers. "In oncology, we ...

Some Antibiotics May Slightly Increase Colon Cancer Risk

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 23:02
Taking some antibiotics, which reduces the diversity of bacteria in the gut, may slightly increase the risk of developing colon cancer, a new study suggests. Low diversity of gut bacteria has been linked to higher risk of colorectal cancer. To examine whether there's any link between taking antibiotics and the risk of colorectal cancer, researchers looked at the medical records of more than 22 ...

Circumcision linked to lowered prostate cancer risk

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 17:51
By Krystnell Storr NEW YORK (Reuters) - Something about being circumcised may offer men a degree of protection from developing prostate cancer later in life, suggests a new study from Canada. Researchers suspect the connection may be the lower rate among circumcised men of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), which raise prostate cancer risk, but they caution that more study is needed to confirm ...

Cancer drug data supports advanced trials: AstraZeneca

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 15:01
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Britain's AstraZeneca Plc on Tuesday said data from early-stage trials of its experimental cancer drug, MEDI4736, are encouraging and support moving the immunotherapy into pivotal-stage testing. The findings were part of a series of presentations by AstraZeneca at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago. AstraZeneca had leaned on the promise ...

Colon cancer screening said to help after age 75

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 05:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — How old is too old for a colonoscopy? A surprising number of people older than 75 haven't ever been screened for colon cancer — and researchers reported Monday that it's not too late for them to get caught up.

Insured young cancer patients fare better, live longer: study

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 23:09
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Young adults with cancer are far more likely to recover or live longer if they have health insurance, a new study on the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act shows. "Patients who were insured did better in pretty much every regard," said Dr. Ayal Aizer of Dana Farber Cancer Institute In Boston, whose study was published in the Journal of Clinical ...

Doctors use immune therapy against cervical cancer

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 17:26
Two years ago, Arrica Wallace was riddled with tumors from widely spread cervical cancer that the strongest chemotherapy and radiation could not beat back. Today, the Kansas mother shows no signs of the ...

Doctors use immune therapy against cervical cancer

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 13:09
CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors are reporting their first success using immune therapy against cervical cancer, a disease caused by the virus HPV.

Personalized therapy helped women with advanced cervical cancer

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 11:35
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A new type of personalized cancer therapy in which immune cells are harvested from patients' tumors, grown in the lab and infused back into patients showed dramatic results in a small, government-led trial in women with advanced cervical cancer, U.S. researchers said on Monday. Two women in the study who had tumors that had spread throughout their bodies ...

Merck immune system-booster effective in skin, lung cancer

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 11:34
A highly anticipated new immunotherapy from Merck & Co Inc proved effective in patients with advanced melanoma as well as some with lung cancer or head and neck cancer, according to early-stage studies presented on Monday. Merck filed in January for U.S. Food and Drug approval of MK3475, now known as pembrolizumab, as a treatment for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. But the drug's ...

New US therapy wipes out cervical cancer in two women

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 00:54
Bethesda (United States) (AFP) - Aricca Wallace knew she was nearly out of time. Her annual Pap smears were always normal, so no one suspected cancer. Except it was cancer, and by the time the 34-year-old mother of two had the IUD removed and was finally diagnosed, her tumors had reached stage three and the disease was spreading through the lymph nodes in her abdomen and chest.

Exercise Beats Diet in Reducing Breast Cancer Risk

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 23:55
CHICAGO — Women who lose weight by exercising and eating better may reduce their risk of breast cancer more than women who lose the same amount of weight through diet alone, according to a new study of postmenopausal women. Both exercising and eating better are thought to reduce women's risk of breast cancer by decreasing body fat and levels of the sex hormones related to breast cancer ...

Cheap drug greatly boosts prostate cancer survival

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 16:52
CHICAGO (AP) — A cheap, decades-old chemotherapy drug extended life by more than a year when added to standard hormone therapy for men whose prostate cancer has widely spread, doctors reported Sunday.

Cancer survivors: More than 14.5 million in US

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 12:09
CHICAGO (AP) — It's National Cancer Survivors Day, and chances are good that you know at least one of them.

Cancer survivors number nearly 14 million in US

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 12:01
CHICAGO (AP) — It's National Cancer Survivors Day, and chances are good that you know at least one of them.

'Breathtaking progress,' against cancer but challenges remain

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 06:36
Convincing people to eat healthy, exercise and quit smoking could drastically cut back on many preventable cancers, and a host of environmental factors that may lead to cancer have yet to be solved by science, experts say. This year's event, ASCO's 50th, brings together 30,000 doctors, researchers and pharmaceutical agents from around the world. "We have made incredible progress in 50 years ...

FDA cancer chief says 'escalating' drug prices can't continue

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 06:12
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - By law, Dr. Richard Pazdur, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's cancer drug czar, is not allowed to consider the cost of treatments his agency reviews, only whether they are safe and effective. But Pazdur is not blind to escalating drug prices and the growing debate over how to place an appropriate value on cancer drugs, which can cost $100,000 a year ...

Targeted therapies offer hope against aggressive cancer

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:09
Several new targeted therapies have shown promise against advanced cancers of the blood, lungs, ovaries, and thyroid, according to research released Saturday at a major US cancer conference. It was found to be "highly active" against chronic lymphocytic leukemia and extended survival in some patients whose cancers did not respond to the standard treatment, chemotherapy. The drug works by ...

New drugs may make a dent in lung, ovarian cancer

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 15:48
CHICAGO (AP) — New drugs are making a dent against some hard-to-treat cancers, but some results raise fresh questions about whether the benefit is worth the cost.