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Study: Many Seniors Get Unnecessary Cancer Tests

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 – Older people who aren't expected to live more than 10 years are still being screened for prostate, breast, cervical and colon cancer – even though it is unlikely to benefit them, a new study finds. Unnecessary screening can lead to invasive procedures, such as biopsies, and unneeded treatments including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, all of which can affect quality of life without extending it, the researchers said. "Across the U.S., there seems to be a lot of cancer screening in patients who have a short life expectancy," said lead researcher Dr. Ronald Chen, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "For patients who have a limited life expectancy, cancer screening might cause them more harm than benefit," Chen said. "Most guidelines recommend that we stop screening for these cancers when the ... Read more

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Dog Study Suggests Bacteria as Cancer Fighter

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 – Pet dogs have helped researchers show that a special bacteria can seemingly fight cancer, causing tumors to shrink. A modified version of Clostridium novyi bacteria, when injected into solid soft tissue tumors, will eat away at the cancerous cells without harming surrounding healthy tissue, researchers report Aug. 13 in the latest Science Translational Medicine. Researchers injected C. novyi spores into 16 pet dogs being treated for naturally occurring tumors. The bacteria caused an anti-tumor response in six of the dogs within three weeks, researchers report. The bacteria caused complete eradication of the tumor in three of the six dogs, while the other three showed tumor shrinkage of at least 30 percent. The C. novyi bacteria also worked well in rats implanted with brain tumor cells. "When we treated those tumors, we found that C. novyi was able to ... Read more

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Dog Study Suggests Bacteria as Cancer Fighter

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 – Pet dogs have helped researchers show that a special bacteria can seemingly fight cancer, causing tumors to shrink. A modified version of Clostridium novyi bacteria, when injected into solid soft tissue tumors, will eat away at the cancerous cells without harming surrounding healthy tissue, researchers report Aug. 13 in the latest Science Translational Medicine. Researchers injected C. novyi spores into 16 pet dogs being treated for naturally occurring tumors. The bacteria caused an anti-tumor response in six of the dogs within three weeks, researchers report. The bacteria caused complete eradication of the tumor in three of the six dogs, while the other three showed tumor shrinkage of at least 30 percent. The C. novyi bacteria also worked well in rats implanted with brain tumor cells. "When we treated those tumors, we found that C. novyi was able to ... Read more

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Insurance Status May Affect Cancer Outcome: Study

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 – A new U.S. study finds that cancer patients who don't have insurance – or who get it through the federal health insurance program for the poor (Medicaid) – are at much higher risk of poor medical outcomes than other people. They're more likely to have advanced cancer when they're diagnosed, less likely to be treated with surgery or radiation and more likely to die of their disease, researchers report. The findings don't explain the discrepancies, and they don't say anything about how health care reform might change the fates of poor patients with cancer. Still, they offer a worrisome picture of the American health care system in the years right before the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as some call it, was passed. "We were surprised to find that patients without insurance were twice as likely as those with insurance to present with cancer that's spread from ... Read more

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New Cancer Classification System Might Boost Patient Outcomes

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 – Changes to the way cancers are classified could lead to more accurate diagnoses and perhaps more effective treatments in about one in 10 cancer patients, new research suggests. Typically, cancers are categorized according to the tissue in which they originated, such as breast, bladder or kidney cancer. But tissues are composed of different types of cells. In this study, researchers who analyzed more than 3,500 tumor samples of 12 different cancer types concluded that defining tumors by their cellular and molecular features, rather than by the tissues in which they originated, would improve diagnoses in about 10 percent of cancer cases. "This genomic study not only challenges our existing system of classifying cancers based on tissue type, but also provides a massive new data resource for further exploration, as well as a comprehensive list of the molecular ... Read more

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One in 10 Cancer Survivors Still Smoke Years Later, Study Finds

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 – Almost 10 percent of people who survive cancer are still smoking a decade later, a new study from the American Cancer Society shows. Experts said the findings, reported online Aug. 6 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, show that some cancer survivors need ongoing help with kicking the smoking habit. The study also underscores how tough it can be to quit tobacco, said Dr. Norman Edelman, senior medical advisor to the American Lung Association. "Am I surprised by the findings? No," said Edelman, who was not involved in the study. "It's consistent with what I've seen in clinical practice. With cancer survivors, one of the problems we have is convincing them there's a point [to quitting]." Yet it's clear there is a point, Edelman said, since kicking the habit may lower the odds of not only a cancer recurrence, but also such killers as ... Read more

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No Link Between Sleep Apnea, Cancer, Study Finds

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 – Canadian researchers have found no apparent connection between sleep apnea and cancer in a new study of more than 10,000 people with this common sleep disorder. People with sleep apnea experience repeated periods of disrupted breathing during sleep. Studies suggesting a link between the condition and cancer risk theorized that low oxygen levels might trigger cell mutations connected with cancer. "We were not able to confirm previous hypotheses that obstructive sleep apnea is a cause of overall cancer development through intermittent lack of oxygen," said lead author Dr. Tetyana Kendzerska, from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Women's College Hospital at the University of Toronto. The report, published Aug. 5 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, is unlikely to put the question to rest, however. "Additional studies are needed to find out ... Read more

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Healthy Habits May Help Childhood Cancer Survivors Avoid Chronic Ills

Posted 28 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 – Following a healthy lifestyle may help childhood cancer survivors reduce their risk for chronic health issues, a new study indicates. Researchers suggested that children with cancer and adults who survived childhood cancer should be educated about how their diet and certain behaviors could affect their health in the future. "These findings are important because they indicate that adults who were treated for cancer as children have the opportunity to influence their own health outcomes," said one of the researchers, Kirsten Ness of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Adults who had cancer when they were children are at greater risk for metabolic syndrome – a group of risk factors that increases the likelihood of developing heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other health problems. People with metabolic syndrome have some combination of the ... Read more

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Beleodaq Approved for Aggressive non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Posted 3 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 – Beleodaq (belinostat) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat peripheral T-Cell lymphoma (PTCL), a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes). Some 70,800 Americans will be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma this year, of which up to 15 percent will be PTCL, according to U.S. National Cancer Institute estimates. Beleodaq is designed to inhibit immune cells called T-cells from becoming cancerous, the FDA explained Thursday in a news release. The drug is intended for people whose cancer has returned or who didn't respond to a prior therapy, the agency said. Beleodaq's safety and effectiveness were evaluated in clinical studies involving 129 people with PTCL. All were treated with the newly approved drug, and about 26 percent had their cancer disappear or shrink, the FDA said. The most common side ... Read more

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HIV Patients Less Likely to Get Cancer Treatment: Study

Posted 1 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 – While medications are helping HIV-positive people avoid developing full-blown AIDS indefinitely, a new study finds that cancer patients with HIV are up to four times less likely to be treated for their tumors. The research comes with caveats. It looked at just three states from 1996, when powerful HIV drugs first began changing the face of the disease, to 2010, when patients routinely took the medications. And the study doesn't explain why HIV-positive people with cancer receive less treatment or how this affected their lifespans. Still, "the main message is that these patients are not receiving appropriate cancer therapy," said study author Dr. Gita Suneja, an assistant professor of radiation oncology with the University of Utah. "There's a lack of awareness about the issue as a whole because any one physician will see few of these patients. It's something that ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Docetaxel: Drug Safety Communication - May Cause Symptoms of Alcohol Intoxication

Posted 24 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is warning that the intravenous chemotherapy drug docetaxel contains ethanol, also known as alcohol, which may cause patients to experience intoxication or feel drunk during and after treatment. FDA is revising the labels of all docetaxel drug products to warn about this risk.  BACKGROUND: Docetaxel is a prescription chemotherapy drug used to treat different kinds of cancer, including cancers of the breast, prostate, stomach, head and neck cancers, and non-small-cell lung cancer.  RECOMMENDATION: Health care professionals should consider the alcohol content of docetaxel when prescribing or administering the drug to patients, particularly in those whom alcohol intake should be avoided or minimized and when using it in conjunction with other medications. Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these p ... Read more

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When Is the Cost of Cancer 'Toxic'?

Posted 22 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 – A tool to assess "financial toxicity" for cancer patients – namely, the expense, anxiety and stress of illness-related costs – has been developed by University of Chicago Medical Center cancer specialists. Many cancer patients face exorbitant and unpredictable treatment costs often at a time when they're less able to work, the researchers point out. "Few physicians discuss this increasingly significant side effect with their patients," study author Dr. Jonas de Souza, a head-and-neck cancer specialist, said in a university news release. "Physicians aren't trained to do this. It makes them, as well as patients, feel uncomfortable. We aren't good at it." According to de Souza, "a thoughtful, concise tool that could help predict a patient's risk for financial toxicity might open the lines of communication." The team developed a brief questionnaire after ... Read more

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Childhood Cancer Survivors More Likely to Be Hospitalized: Study

Posted 15 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 – Childhood cancer survivors wind up in the hospital more often than other people, a new study finds. The researchers looked at nearly 1,500 people who were treated for childhood cancer between 1975 and 2005, and a "control" group of more than 7,700 people who never had cancer. All of the cancer survivors were at least five years past their diagnosis at the start of the study. Compared to the control group, childhood cancer survivors were 52 percent more likely to be hospitalized and had a 67 percent higher number of hospital admissions. The cancer survivors were also 35 percent more likely to have stayed longer every time they were hospitalized, the investigators found. More than 10 percent of people who survived central nervous system tumors, neuroblastoma (a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells) or bone tumors during childhood were hospitalized five ... Read more

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Cancer Survivors Face Mounting Costs of Continuing Medical Care: Study

Posted 12 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 – People who survive cancer are likely to face a lifelong drain on their finances as they pay for mounting medical expenses year after year, a new government report finds. According to the researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, male and female cancer survivors incur annual medical costs that are almost two times greater than those of people who haven't had cancer. "Throughout their lifetime, they will still be going through treatments and checkups and long-term side effects and late effects that can come as a result of survival," explained study author Donatus Ekwueme, a senior health economist at the CDC's division of cancer prevention and control. Cancer survivors also face an increased risk of having another cancer, which means they have to undergo more regular screenings and tests than the average person, said Dr. Richard ... Read more

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Tumor-Targeting Agent Attaches to Cancer Cells: Study

Posted 11 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 – A new type of tumor-targeting agent may help detect and treat a wide variety of cancers, according to a new study. This new agent – dubbed the tumor-targeting alkylphosphocholine (APC) molecule – can travel throughout the body, even crossing the normally difficult-to-penetrate blood-brain barrier, and stick to cancer cells throughout its journey, researchers say. Because it attaches to cancer cells and not to healthy ones, it could potentially be used to mark cancer cells for imaging tests or be used to deliver radioactive medication directly to cancer cells. Animal studies and early human clinical trials indicate that the APC molecule can deliver a radioactive or fluorescent imaging label to cancer cells, as well as radioactive medicine that binds to and destroys the cells. APC enters the body in an intravenous solution and sticks to the membrane of cancer ... Read more

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