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Targeted Drugs Among Successes Against Cancer, Says New Report

Posted 1 day 5 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 – About 14.5 million U.S. cancer survivors are alive today, compared to just 3 million in 1971, the American Association for Cancer Research reported Tuesday. These individuals amount to 4 percent of the population and include nearly 380,000 survivors of childhood cancer, according to the association's annual progress report. The paper outlines advances in prevention, identification, research and treatment of cancer and details some of the challenges ahead. But these numbers can be somewhat misleading unless they take into account advances in identifying cancers earlier, said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. Survival rates refer to how long a person lives with cancer (including in remission) while mortality rates refer to the death rate, but survival will be longer if the cancer is found earlier, even if the person dies at ... Read more

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Golden Retriever Study Sniffs for Cancer Clues

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 – Michael Court is a scientist and a dog lover, so he jumped at the chance to enroll his golden retriever in a nationwide study aimed at fighting cancer and other ills in canines. The study, known as the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, hopes to ultimately enroll 3,000 purebred goldens. The plan is to observe the dogs in their normal lives – noting what they eat, drink and breathe, among other things – with the goal of pinpointing exposures that raise the risk of cancer, diabetes and other illnesses that strike dogs and humans alike. "This is a chance to help," said Court, a veterinary scientist at Washington State University. "The findings from this study will be translatable to other breeds of dog, too." Court said he knows firsthand the pain of losing a dog to cancer. Four years ago, he and his family lost their first golden to bone cancer. About a year ... Read more

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Reexamined Clinical Trials Can Point to New Conclusions

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 – Clinical trials are an invaluable tool in modern medicine, enabling scientists to gauge the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and medical devices. But there's a flaw in the current system, a new study argues. Researchers conducting a clinical trial usually keep the raw data to themselves, preventing independent outsiders from double-checking their findings. As many as one-third of randomized clinical trials could be reanalyzed in ways that change conclusions of how new or existing drugs should be used to treat patients. So say Stanford University researchers in a Sept. 9 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Interpretation of clinical trial data can have serious implications in the hospital, clinic or pharmacy, said study senior author Dr. John Ioannidis, director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center. "Randomized trials are at the ... Read more

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Can Prediabetes Raise Risk of Certain Cancers?

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 – Having prediabetes may increase a person's risk for cancer, researchers report. The researchers analyzed 16 studies that included nearly 900,000 people from around the world and found that people with prediabetes had a 15 percent overall increased risk of cancer. People with prediabetes have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered full-blown diabetes. The review also revealed significant associations between prediabetes and specific types of cancer, including stomach, colorectal, liver, pancreas, breast and endometrial cancers. There was no link between prediabetes and lung, prostate, ovarian, kidney or bladder cancers, according to the study published Sept. 8 in the journal Diabetologia. The study found an association but not a cause-and-effect relationship between prediabetes and certain cancers. However, the ... Read more

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Study: Many Seniors Get Unnecessary Cancer Tests

Posted 18 Aug 2014 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 13 Aug 2014 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 13 Aug 2014 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 8 Aug 2014 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 7 Aug 2014 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 6 Aug 2014 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 6 Aug 2014 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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