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Could Talk Therapy Ease Chemo-Related Memory Issues?

Posted 2 days 18 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 2, 2016 – A type of psychotherapy might help cancer survivors deal with the long-term thinking problems some experience after chemotherapy, researchers say. It's estimated that about half of those who undergo chemotherapy for cancer develop what's often called "chemo brain." For instance, they may have trouble following conversations or remembering the steps in a project, according to background notes with the new study. Although usually mild, these changes can affect quality of life, job performance and relationships, said the researchers from the Eastern Maine Medical Center and Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Bangor, Maine. The researchers developed a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) program called Memory and Attention Adaptation Training to help cancer survivors prevent or manage these memory problems. Their study involved 47 breast cancer survivors who underwent ... Read more

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Chemo May Prolong Lives of Some Brain Cancer Patients: Study

Posted 6 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 – Adding chemotherapy to radiation treatment may add years to the lives of people with certain slow-growing brain tumors, a new study finds. The findings come from a long-term follow-up of patients who took part in a trial that began in 1998. All were treated for grade 2 gliomas – tumors that begin in brain cells called glial cells and are relatively slow-growing. Earlier results from the trial had shown that adding chemotherapy to the standard treatment of radiation – with or without surgery – can help keep tumors from progressing. Now there's proof that it prolongs people's lives, too. "Until now, there hasn't been any therapy known to improve life expectancy for these patients," said lead researcher Dr. Jan Buckner. He is the chair of oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. In the United States, nearly 23,000 adults were diagnosed with brain ... Read more

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Cancer Patients Who Choose to Die at Home Live Longer: Study

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 28, 2016 – Cancer patients who chose to die at home lived longer than those who died in hospitals, a large study from Japan found. The findings suggest that doctors shouldn't hesitate to allow dying cancer patients to receive palliative care at home, the study authors said. Palliative care does not attempt to cure a person, but is often described as comfort care or symptom management. Most people would like to be at home when dying, but there have been concerns about whether the quality of care would be the same as in a hospital, the researchers pointed out. "The cancer patient and family tend to be concerned that the quality of medical treatment provided at home will be inferior to that given in a hospital and that survival might be shortened," said study author Dr. Jun Hamano, of the University of Tsukuba in Japan. "However, our finding – that home death does not ... Read more

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Many Cancer Survivors Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Posted 14 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 14, 2016 – Many cancer survivors struggle with money problems that can affect their mental health and quality of life, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed 2011 data from over 19 million U.S. cancer survivors to determine rates of financial troubles among these patients. At least 29 percent of the survivors reported at least one financial problem associated with their cancer, its treatment or lasting effects of treatment. Specifically, 21 percent said they worried about paying large medical bills, 11.5 percent could not pay the cost of medical care visits, 7.6 percent said they had to borrow money or go into debt, 1.5 percent declared bankruptcy, and 8.6 percent reported other money problems. Cancer survivors facing financial struggles were at higher risk for depression and mental distress, had lower physical and mental health-related quality of life, and were more ... Read more

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U.S. Cancer Death Rate Continues to Fall

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – Overall rates of cancer and deaths from cancer in the United States continue to decline, a newly released report says. However, an increase in liver cancer deaths is cause for concern, the report authors noted. An increase in hepatitis C infections is likely a major reason for the increase, they said. "The latest data show many cancer prevention programs are working and saving lives," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a news release from the organizations that issued the report. "But the growing burden of liver cancer is troublesome. We need to do more work promoting hepatitis testing, treatment, and vaccination," Frieden added. The Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer is released each year by the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer ... Read more

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New Cooling Technique Might Aid Brain Surgery: Study

Posted 25 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 – A new cooling technique appears to safeguard a patient's speech centers during brain surgery, a small, preliminary study suggests. This approach, combined with verbal checks, also helped improve understanding of brain areas involved in word formation and speech timing, the researchers said. The technique used in the study is called focal cooling, in which miniature devices are used to cool quarter-sized areas of the brain by as much as 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) in less than one minute. For the study, 16 patients received local anesthesia for the first part of their surgery, which left them awake and able to speak. This enabled the surgeons to map the areas where specific functions – including speech – occur in the brain. Once the brain mapping was done, the patients received general anesthesia for the operations, some of which involved tumor ... Read more

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Laser Unlocks Blood-Brain Barrier for Chemotherapy, Study Shows

Posted 24 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 – Laser surgery can open the protective blood-brain barrier, enabling chemotherapy drugs to reach brain tumors, according to a new, small study. The new technique might improve treatment of brain cancer, neurosurgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis said in a university news release. "The laser treatment kept the blood-brain barrier open for four to six weeks, providing us with a therapeutic window of opportunity to deliver chemotherapy drugs to the patients," explained study co-corresponding author Dr. Eric Leuthardt, a professor of neurosurgery. "This is crucial because most chemotherapy drugs can't get past the protective barrier, greatly limiting treatment options for patients with brain tumors," he said. The study included 14 patients with glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer. The patients had already ... Read more

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Brain Cancers Both Common and Deadly Among Teens, Young Adults: Report

Posted 24 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 – Brain cancers are the most common cause of cancer deaths among teens and young adults, but the types of cancers that strike can vary widely as people age, a new report shows. "For these individuals – who are finishing school, pursuing their careers and starting and raising young families – a brain tumor diagnosis is especially cruel and disruptive," said Elizabeth Wilson, president and CEO of the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA). "This report enables us for the first time to zero in on the types of tumors occurring at key [age] intervals over a 25-year time span, to help guide critical research investments and strategies for living with a brain tumor that reflect the patient's unique needs," Wilson said in an association news release. The ABTA-funded report, which used data from 51 separate cancer registries that represented 99.9 percent of the U.S. ... Read more

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Male Childhood Cancer Survivors Less Likely to Have Kids, Study Finds

Posted 24 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 – Men who survived cancer when they were children, teens or young adults seem to be less likely to have children of their own than men who never had cancer, a new study reveals. The likelihood of having children was especially low among those who survived testicular cancer, bone cancer, brain tumors, lymphoma and leukemia, researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway found. The findings "are important for male cancer survivors, seeing as we can identify groups at risk of having reproduction problems," study author Maria Winther Gunnes, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of global public health and primary care, said in a university news release. For the study, researchers reviewed data from all Norwegian men born between 1965 and 1985. Male cancer survivors were three times more likely to use assisted fertilization than those who never had cancer, the ... Read more

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Adult Survivors of Childhood Brain Tumors May Have Lingering Troubles: Study

Posted 8 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 – Adults who survived childhood brain tumors may have significant treatment-related thinking, attention and memory problems, a new study suggests. "Our study was the most comprehensive analysis of a large cohort of adult survivors of pediatric brain tumors, with direct assessment of their cognitive functioning and the resulting impact on social attainment. Also, it was the first to report on the long-term outcomes for multiple types of brain tumors," said study leader Tara Brinkman, from the departments of Epidemiology and Cancer Control, and Psychology, at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The research included 224 adults who survived childhood brain tumors. They were between the ages of 19 and 53. The survivors had been treated with either radiation to the whole brain and spinal cord, radiation only to the tumor location, or no radiation. ... Read more

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Allergies, Asthma Tied to Lower Risk of Brain Cancer

Posted 5 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – People with respiratory allergies, asthma and the skin condition eczema may be less likely to develop glioma brain cancer, a new study suggests. The international team of researchers looked at more than 4,500 glioma patients and almost 4,200 people without brain cancer. The investigators found that a history of respiratory allergies, asthma and eczema was associated with a reduced risk for glioma. People with respiratory allergies or eczema were 30 percent less likely to develop the deadly brain cancer than those without such conditions, the study found. Although the study found an association between allergic conditions and a lower risk of gliomas, it wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship between those factors. The study was released online Feb. 5 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. "Many other studies have shown this ... Read more

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Majority of Americans and Canadians Expects Cancer Cure in Their Lifetime

Posted 4 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – A majority of American and Canadian adults believe a cure for cancer will be found in their lifetime, and that a cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence, according to a new Harris Poll. Nearly three out of five Americans and Canadians expect a cure for cancer in their lifetime. That belief is especially strong among those ages 18 to 34. Nearly three-quarters of young Americans and 69 percent of Canadians in that age group expect a cure in their lifetime. And, about two-thirds of Americans and Canadians don't think death is inevitable when someone is diagnosed with cancer, the poll found. However, Americans adults under 35 are more likely to believe that a cancer diagnosis is a death sentence than those 35 and older (39 percent vs. 29 percent). Americans whose lives have been affected by cancer are also more likely to view cancer as deadly compared to those who ... Read more

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Newer Treatment May Be Easier on Children With Brain Tumors

Posted 1 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 – A new type of treatment called proton radiotherapy is as effective as standard photon (X-ray) radiation therapy in treating a common type of brain tumor in children, a new study reports. And the new therapy causes fewer long-term side effects, the researchers said. "Proton radiotherapy is still not widely available in the U.S. or around the world, but it is increasingly recognized for its potential to reduce the side effects of treatment, particularly in the pediatric population," study author Dr. Torunn Yock said in a news release from Massachusetts General Hospital. "At experienced centers, proton therapy has a proven track record of treatment success and safety," added Yock. She is an associate professor of radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. In photon radiotherapy, a dose of radiation is delivered all along the X-ray beam as it passes ... Read more

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Terminal Cancer Patients in U.S. Less Likely to Die in Hospitals

Posted 19 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 – Comparing end-of-life practices internationally, researchers found the United States has the lowest percentage of in-hospital cancer deaths among seven developed countries. Terminally ill U.S. cancer patients also spend less time in the hospital the last six months of life than those in the other countries, although they are more likely to receive intensive care and chemotherapy, researchers found. The study, published in the Jan. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that end-of-life care has changed significantly in response to patient preferences. "In the early 1980s, more than 70 percent of U.S. cancer patients died in hospital," wrote Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, of the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, and colleagues. Over the last 30 years, the researchers said, several factors have helped advance ... Read more

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Families Say Hospice Better Than Hospital for Dying Cancer Patients

Posted 19 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 – Families of patients dying of cancer felt their loved one had better care and quality of life when they died in a hospice rather than in a hospital's intensive care unit, a new study reveals. Relatives reported a better end-of-life experience more often when their loved one received hospice care for more than three days (59 percent) than those who received hospice care for three or fewer days (43 percent). Moreover, only 45 percent of families reported excellent care when the patient was admitted to a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) within 30 days of dying, the researchers found. "Our findings are a powerful argument for the importance of advance care planning," said lead researcher Dr. Alexi Wright, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. How and where people die strongly shapes patients' dying experience and how family ... Read more

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