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Parenthood May Push Cancer Patients to Seek More Treatment

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 – Being a parent makes cancer patients more likely to seek life-extending treatments, a new study says. The study included 42 parents with advanced cancer. The average age of the patients was 44. The average age of their children was 12. The patients were asked how being a parent affects their treatment decisions. Nearly two-thirds said being a parent motivated them to find ways to extend their lives, mainly so that they could have more time with their children. Other factors in treatment decisions included being able to continue their parental duties (15 percent) and being able to receive treatment close to their families (12 percent), according to the study. "Numerous psychosocial factors influence patients' decisions about cancer treatment. It's important for patients with dependent children to discuss their treatment priorities with their oncologist, who ... Read more

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FDA Approves Akynzeo (netupitant and palonosetron) for Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

October 10, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Akynzeo (netupitant and palonosetron) to treat nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy. Akynzeo is a fixed combination capsule comprised of two drugs. Oral palonosetron, approved in 2008, prevents nausea and vomiting during the acute phase (within the first 24 hours) after the start of cancer chemotherapy. Netupitant, a new drug, prevents nausea and vomiting during both the acute phase and delayed phase (from 25 to 120 hours) after the start of cancer chemotherapy. “Supportive care products, such as Akynzeo, help ease the nausea and vomiting patients may experience as a side effect of cancer chemotherapy,” said Julie Beitz, M.D., director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Akynzeo’s effectiveness was established in two clinical trials ... Read more

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Cancer Diagnosis Can Take Toll on Mental Health, Study Finds

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 – One out of three people diagnosed with cancer also wind up struggling with a mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression, a new study from Germany reports. Many people seem to cope with the natural stress of a cancer diagnosis, but for about 32 percent of cancer patients, the diagnosis may prompt a full-blown psychological disorder, said study lead author Anja Mehnert, a professor of psychosocial oncology at the University of Leipzig in Germany. That's much higher than the 20 percent mental disorder rate of the general population, she said. It's important to note that although the study strongly links cancer and a mental health disorders, it wasn't designed to prove that having cancer directly caused any mental health disorders. "[Our] findings reinforce that, as doctors, we need to be very aware of signs and symptoms of mental and emotional distress," ... Read more

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Cancer Treatments in Pregnancy Safe for Offspring, Small Studies Find

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 – Children whose mothers undergo chemotherapy or radiation for cancer during pregnancy are not at increased risk for mental development or heart problems, two small studies suggest. Some doctors are reluctant to administer these treatments to pregnant women due to concerns about the potential impact the therapies may have on their children, the study authors noted. In one study, researchers assessed 38 children – median age 2 – born to mothers who underwent chemotherapy during pregnancy and found the children had normal mental development and heart function. "When chemotherapy is administered after the first trimester of pregnancy, we cannot discern any problems in the children," study author Dr. Frederic Amant, of University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium, said in a European Society for Medical Oncology news release. "Fear about the risks of chemotherapy ... Read more

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Cancer Treatments in Pregnancy Safe for Offspring, Small Studies Find

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 – Children whose mothers undergo chemotherapy or radiation for cancer during pregnancy are not at increased risk for mental development or heart problems, two small studies suggest. Some doctors are reluctant to administer these treatments to pregnant women due to concerns about the potential impact the therapies may have on their children, the study authors noted. In one study, researchers assessed 38 children – median age 2 – born to mothers who underwent chemotherapy during pregnancy and found the children had normal mental development and heart function. "When chemotherapy is administered after the first trimester of pregnancy, we cannot discern any problems in the children," study author Dr. Frederic Amant, of University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium, said in a European Society for Medical Oncology news release. "Fear about the risks of chemotherapy ... Read more

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Oncologists' Group Calls for Measures to Curb Obesity-Related Cancers

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 – Immediate steps need to be taken to slow the rise of obesity-related cancers in the United States, a group of cancer specialists says. These include increased awareness and education about the links between obesity and cancer, development of new tools and resources for doctors, intensified and coordinated research, and greater access to obesity screening, diagnosis and treatment. "With nearly three in four Americans obese or overweight, obesity has become a tremendous public health challenge that also impacts cancer care and prevention today," Dr. Clifford Hudis, immediate past president of Association of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), said in a news release from the group. "Cancer doctors need to play a lead role in reducing obesity's impact, both in the care of our patients and as advocates for broader action. We can't allow obesity to undo decades of progress in ... Read more

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Family Squabbles Can Derail Recovery From Cancer Surgery

Posted 18 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 – Cancer patients burdened by stress and family conflicts before surgery may face a higher risk for complications following their operation, a new study suggests. Investigators found that patients with a so-called quality-of-life "deficit" appeared to have a nearly three times greater risk for complications compared to those with a normal or good quality of life. "We've long known that patient quality of life is a complex and important construction," said study lead author Dr. Juliane Bingener, a professor of surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "It involves spiritual health, mental health, social support and family support. And we know that for cancers such as colon, pancreatic and lung cancer, it can predict overall survival. But what we didn't know is if it also correlates with complication risk following surgery." What the researchers found, ... Read more

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Family Squabbles Can Derail Recovery From Cancer Surgery

Posted 18 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 – Cancer patients burdened by stress and family conflicts before surgery may face a higher risk for complications following their operation, a new study suggests. Investigators found that patients with a so-called quality-of-life "deficit" appeared to have a nearly three times greater risk for complications compared to those with a normal or good quality of life. "We've long known that patient quality of life is a complex and important construction," said study lead author Dr. Juliane Bingener, a professor of surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "It involves spiritual health, mental health, social support and family support. And we know that for cancers such as colon, pancreatic and lung cancer, it can predict overall survival. But what we didn't know is if it also correlates with complication risk following surgery." What the researchers found, ... Read more

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Targeted Drugs Among Successes Against Cancer, Says New Report

Posted 16 Sep 2014 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 11 Sep 2014 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 9 Sep 2014 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 8 Sep 2014 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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