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A Failing Mind May Mean Lower Cancer Death Risk, Study Suggests

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WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 – The scourge of dementia may come with a silver lining: Those with declining memory and thinking skills may be significantly less likely to die from cancer, new research indicates. Analyzing more than 2,600 Spaniards over the age of 65, scientists found that people experiencing the fastest decline in mental skills were about one-third less likely to die of cancer over an average of 13 years. The results echo those of numerous prior studies done worldwide suggesting an inverse relationship between Alzheimer's disease and cancer. Having one appears to markedly lower the odds of developing the other, though scientists don't yet know why that may be. "I wasn't surprised by the results since there were other papers that suggested dementia decreased the risk of cancer," said study author Dr. Julian Benito-Leon, a staff physician in neurology at Hospital ... Read more

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Could Daughter's Cancer Risk Be Affected by Father's Age at Birth?

Posted 15 days ago by

TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 – A father's age at the time of his daughter's birth may affect her risk for breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer in adulthood, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 133,000 women who took part in a study of California teachers and administrators. Between 1995 and 2010, more than 5,300 of the women were diagnosed with breast cancer, 515 with ovarian cancer and more than 1,100 with endometrial cancer – cancer of the lining of the uterus. Compared to women born to fathers aged 25 to 29, those born to fathers younger than age 20 were 35 percent more likely to develop breast cancer and nearly two times more likely to develop ovarian cancer. On the other hand, those born to fathers aged 30 to 34 had a 25 percent higher risk of endometrial cancer. The study was scheduled for presentation Monday at the American Association for Cancer Research ... Read more

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Nearly Three-Quarters of U.S. Seniors Have Living Wills

Posted 2 Apr 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 – A record number of elderly Americans have living wills that explain their wishes for end-of-life medical care or appoint a surrogate medical decision maker, a new study finds. The percentage of seniors with living wills – also called advance directives – increased from 47 percent in 2000 to 72 percent in 2010. However, there was little change in hospitalization rates or in-hospital deaths, according to the study. "Given the aging population, there's been a great push to encourage more people to complete advance directives with the idea that this may increase hospice care and reduce hospitalization for patients during the last six months of life," said study lead author Dr. Maria Silveira. She is an assistant professor in the department of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, and a researcher with the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor ... Read more

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Slight Drop in Rate of Advanced Cancers, CDC Says

Posted 27 Mar 2014 by

THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 – Rates of invasive cancers in the United States fell slightly from 2009 to 2010, and widespread adoption of colon cancer screening and other measures could push those rates even lower, a federal government study says. Invasive cancers are tougher-to-treat, advanced tumors that spread from their original location to surrounding tissue. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, rates of these advanced cancers dropped from 459 per 100,000 people in 2009 to 446 per 100,000 people in 2010. Overall, in 2010 there were more than 745,300 cases of invasive cancers in men and more than 711,000 cases in women. "The good news is that we are seeing slightly lower cancer rates in 2010 than in 2009," Dr. David Espey, acting director of the CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, said in an agency news release. "However, far too many ... Read more

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Serious Health Issues May Await Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Posted 23 Mar 2014 by

FRIDAY, March 21, 2014 – Adult survivors of childhood cancer are more likely to develop serious health problems than their siblings, a new study finds. Researchers looked at data from thousands of American adults who were age 20 or younger when they were diagnosed with cancer between 1970 and 1986. As the cancer survivors aged, the health gap between them and their siblings grew larger. Between ages 20 and 34, childhood cancer survivors were 3.8 times more likely than their siblings of the same age range to have severe, disabling or deadly health problems. At 35 and older, the survivors had a five times higher risk than their siblings, the study authors found. By age 50, more than half of the survivors had suffered a life-changing health issue, compared to less than 20 percent of their same-aged siblings, the findings showed. Also by that age, more than one in five of the survivors had ... Read more

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Meditation May Help Teens Cope With Cancer

Posted 14 Mar 2014 by

FRIDAY, March 14, 2014 – Meditation could help improve mood, sleep and quality of life in teens with cancer, according to a small new study. Canadian researchers assigned eight teens with cancer to eight sessions of mindfulness-based meditation. Another five teenage cancer patients were assigned to a "control group" that was put on a waiting list. Practitioners of mindfulness-based meditation focus on the present moment and the link between mind and body. The weekly sessions lasted 90 minutes each. After the eight sessions, the teens in the meditation group had fewer depression symptoms than those in the control group, the University of Montreal researchers said. Girls in the meditation group said they slept better and had developed greater meditation skills than boys. The study was scheduled for presentation March 13 at the annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society in San ... Read more

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Diabetes Linked With Lower Cancer Survival: Study

Posted 13 Mar 2014 by

THURSDAY, March 13, 2014 – Cancer patients with diabetes are more likely to die than those without diabetes, and the risk is especially high for those taking insulin, a new study finds. The findings were published March 13 in the journal Diabetologia. The risk of death "of cancer patients with pre-existing diabetes is higher relative to non-diabetic patients for all cancers combined and for most individual cancer sites," study author Kristina Ranc, of the University of Copenhagen and the Steno Diabetes Center in Denmark, said in a journal news release. In their study, Ranc's team examined data from all patients diagnosed with cancer in Denmark from 1995 to 2009. The patients were divided into four groups based on their diabetes status at the time of cancer diagnosis: diabetes-free; diabetes without medication; diabetes and taking only diabetes drugs in pill form; and diabetes and ... Read more

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U.S. Could Face Shortage of Cancer Doctors

Posted 11 Mar 2014 by

TUESDAY, March 11, 2014 – People fighting cancer might have to wait longer to see a cancer specialist in the coming decades, as demand for treatment outpaces the number of oncologists entering the workforce, a new report released Tuesday warns. Demand for cancer treatments is expected to grow by 42 percent or more by 2025, while the supply of oncologists will only increase by 28 percent, experts found. The mismatch between supply and demand could result in a shortage of nearly 1,500 oncologists by 2025, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) report. People living in rural areas will be hardest hit by the shortage, the report predicted. Currently, only 3 percent of oncologists are based in rural areas, even though that's where 20 percent of Americans live. "We never want to have a cancer patient have to wait to get in to see a cancer physician," said Dr. Richard ... Read more

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Late-Stage Cancer Diagnosis More Likely in Uninsured Teens, Young Adults

Posted 27 Feb 2014 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 – Teens and young adults who don't have health insurance are much more likely to be diagnosed with advanced forms of cancer than other young people who do have medical coverage, according to new research. Late-stage cancer is more expensive and more difficult to treat, the study authors pointed out. The research, conducted by the American Cancer Society, indicated that adolescents and young adults have benefitted the least from advancements that have been made in cancer diagnosis and treatment. The researchers suggested that this is something that could be corrected. "The findings suggest that policies such as the Affordable Care Act that increase the number of people in America with health coverage will result in fewer late-stage cancer diagnoses and save lives," Dr. Anthony Robbins, director of health services research at the society, and colleagues wrote. In ... Read more

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Experimental Eyewear Helps Surgeons 'See' Cancer, Study Says

Posted 11 Feb 2014 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 – Experimental glasses that seem to improve a doctor's ability to see cancer cells during surgery may help reduce cancer patients' need for follow-up operations, according to a new study. The researchers said that cancer cells can be extremely hard to see, even under high-powered magnification. When viewed through this new high-tech eyewear, cancer cells glow blue and are apparently easier to distinguish from healthy cells. This means stray tumors are less likely to be left behind after surgery, the researchers said. The new system was developed by a team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis that was led by Samuel Achilefu, a professor of radiology and biomedical engineering. Dr. Julie Margenthaler, a breast surgeon and associate professor of surgery at the university, was the first to use the technology during surgery, on Monday. "We're in ... Read more

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Intravenous Vitamin C May Boost Chemo's Cancer-Fighting Power

Posted 6 Feb 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2014 – Large doses of intravenous vitamin C have the potential to boost chemotherapy's ability to kill cancer cells, according to new laboratory research involving human cells and mice. Vitamin C delivered directly to human and mouse ovarian cancer cells helped kill off those cells while leaving normal cells unharmed, University of Kansas researchers report. "In cell tissue and animal models of cancer, we saw when you add IV vitamin C it seems to augment the killing effect of chemotherapy drugs on cancer cells," said study co-author Dr. Jeanne Drisko, director of integrative medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In follow-up human trials, a handful of cervical cancer patients given intravenous vitamin C along with their chemotherapy reported fewer toxic side effects from their cancer treatment, according to the study published in the Feb. 5 issue of ... Read more

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Only Close Family History Needed for Cancer Risk Assessment

Posted 4 Feb 2014 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2014 – Oncologists need to carefully document a new patient's family history of cancer to assess the genetic risk, but assessing close relatives is enough, new recommendations suggest. Gathering information about cancer in first- and second-degree relatives will help identify patients with an increased hereditary risk to provide them with personalized short- and long-term management and treatment strategies, the American Society of Clinical Oncology said. The new recommendations, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, are a change from the current standard of recording three generations of family history, according to a society news release. "After reviewing the available evidence, [the organization] concluded that reported family history is most accurate in close relatives and loses accuracy in more distant relatives," according to the news release. "On the ... Read more

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Progress Against Cancer May Be Greater Than Thought

Posted 22 Jan 2014 by

MONDAY, Jan. 20, 2014 – Although the death toll from cancer hasn't shrunk by as much in recent decades as that of diseases such as heart disease, significant progress has been made, a new study finds. The problem in tabulating the full extent of recent gains against cancer is that efforts to beat back other diseases have also been successful, the researchers said. "As fewer and fewer people die from heart disease, stroke and accidents, more and more people are alive long enough to be at risk of developing and dying from cancer," study principal investigator Samir Soneji, an assistant professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, said in a statement provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. For example, the study found that deaths from heart disease declined by 62 percent between 1970 and 2008. During the same period, deaths from accidents fell by more than a ... Read more

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Cancer Prevention Guidelines Seem to Pay Off for Older Women

Posted 8 Jan 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 – Older women who follow cancer prevention guidelines are less likely to develop cancer or to die from cancer and other diseases, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 66,000 postmenopausal women, aged 50 to 79, who enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative, an extensive study started by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, between 1993 and 1998 at 40 centers across the United States. The women were followed for an average of 8.3 years. During this time, more than 8,600 cancers were diagnosed among them and there were more than 2,300 cancer-related deaths. The study authors looked at how closely the women followed the American Cancer Society's Nutrition and Physical Activity Cancer Prevention Guidelines, which provide advice about weight, physical activity, diet and alcohol consumption. The women who closely followed the guidelines ... Read more

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U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline Again: Report

Posted 7 Jan 2014 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 – The rate of cancer deaths among Americans continues to decline, according to a new report. Over the last 20 years, the overall risk of dying from cancer has dropped 20 percent, researchers found. The fastest decline in cancer death risk has been among middle-aged black men, for whom death rates have dropped by about 50 percent, the study authors report. "We continue to make progress against cancer," said report co-author Ahmedin Jemal, vice president for surveillance and health services research at the American Cancer Society. But despite this progress, black men still have the highest cancer incidence and death rates of all groups – about double those for Asian Americans, who have the lowest rates, the authors pointed out in a news release from the American Cancer Society. The decline in cancer deaths from 1991 to 2010 varied by age, race and sex, researchers ... Read more

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