Yahoo News: Cancer

Study ties more deaths, types of disease, to smoking

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:54
Breast cancer, prostate cancer, and even routine infections. A new report ties these and other maladies to smoking and says an additional 60,000 to 120,000 deaths each year in the United States are probably ...

California cancer patient sues for right to doctor-assisted death

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 23:22
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 53-year-old California woman suffering from leukemia sued the state's attorney general and San Francisco's top prosecutor on Wednesday seeking the right for physicians to aid the terminally ill in taking their own lives. The lawsuit asks San Francisco Superior Court to "clarify" that a California law making it illegal to aid, advise or encourage someone ...

Suit seeks to exempt physicians from assisted suicide law

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 22:38
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A cancer patient and five doctors filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to exempt physicians who help terminally ill patients end their lives from a California ban on assisted suicide.

Study ties more deaths, types of disease, to smoking

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 22:16
Breast cancer, prostate cancer, and even routine infections. A new report ties these and other maladies to smoking and says an additional 60,000 to 120,000 deaths each year in the United States are probably due to tobacco use.

Doctors' assumptions on sex heighten lesbians' cervical cancer risk: study

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:27
Lesbians may be at higher risk of cervical cancer because they get fewer screenings than heterosexual women, due partly to doctors' sometimes incorrect assumptions about their sexual history, University of Washington researchers said on Tuesday. Although nearly all cases of cervical cancer are attributable to a human papillomavirus, or HPV, infection, healthcare providers often do not encourage ...

Indiana woman who fought gay marriage ban dies of cancer

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 21:22
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A terminally ill woman whose desire to have her same-sex marriage recognized by Indiana before she died helped galvanize efforts to overturn the state's gay marriage ban has lost her battle with cancer.

'Vice Special Report: Killing Cancer' to Debut on HBO

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 22:33
It will look at a revolutionary medical breakthrough in cancer treatment.

Alan Nunnelee Dies: Mississippi Congressman Loses Battle With Brain Cancer

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 19:58
Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who fought brain cancer for the past eight months, has died, his family announced in a statement today. “Congressman Alan Nunnelee has gone home to be with Jesus,” the statement read. “After 7 months of bravely fighting brain cancer and a stroke, Congressman Alan Nunnelee was informed last Friday that a new tumor has developed and no further medical treatment is possible ...

Avatar Mice: How These Rodents Are Advancing Cancer Therapies

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 18:15
Those mice may also be the key to determining optimal treatments for Boehle if her cancer, which is now in remission, ever comes back. The trial Boehle enrolled in is called BEAUTY, which stands for "breast cancer genome guided therapy." Launched in 2013, it's based at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Using avatar mice -- mice with patients' tumor samples growing inside of them ...

U.S. approves Medicare coverage for lung cancer screening

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 21:55
U.S. health regulators on Thursday approved Medicare coverage for lung cancer screening by low-dose CT, the first time the government health insurance program for the elderly and disabled will pay for such a program of early detection in an effort to save lives. The decision applies to Medicare beneficiaries aged 55-77 who are current smokers or who quit within the last 15 years, and who racked ...

Patient ratings not linked to cancer surgery outcomes

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:12
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – - For hospitals, patient satisfaction ratings don’t necessarily line up with cancer surgery stats, according to a new study. “I don't think the results are necessarily surprising, they just highlight that there is very little publicly reported hospital data to help guide cancer patients in decision making,” said lead author Dr. Jason D. Wright of the Columbia ...

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 ...

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