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Cigarettes Cause One-Third of U.S. Cancer Deaths: Report

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 – Despite large declines in smoking rates, cigarettes still cause about one-third of cancer deaths in the United States, according to a new study. "Our results indicate that cigarette smoking causes about three in 10 cancer deaths in the contemporary United States. Reducing smoking prevalence as rapidly as possible should be a top priority for U.S. public health efforts to prevent future cancer deaths," researchers from the American Cancer Society wrote. The researchers analyzed 2010 national data to get the latest numbers. The new cancer death estimate doesn't include deaths from secondhand smoke. It also doesn't include deaths from other types of tobacco use such as cigars, pipes, or smokeless tobacco. The study appears in the journal Annals of Epidemiology. More than 30 years ago, a groundbreaking study concluded that 30 percent of all cancer deaths in the ... Read more

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Home Treatment for Cancer-Related Swelling May Slash Costs

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 – Home treatment for cancer-related lymphedema – swelling due to fluid buildup – reduces the cost of treating the condition, a new study says. This swelling, which is caused by the removal of or damage to lymph nodes during cancer treatment, can be painful and debilitating. It's also incurable. Researchers examined the home use of pneumatic compression garments to treat lymphedema. The garments inflate and deflate in cycles to help drain buildup of lymph fluid that causes the swelling. The average annual cost of care for a patient with lymphedema fell from slightly more than $62,000 to $50,000 when the pneumatic compression devices were used at home, according to the study published online Dec. 3 in the journal PLoS One. "Total health-care costs for these patients are very high, but can be profoundly reduced with treatment intervention, in this case a compression ... Read more

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Most Americans Agree With Right-to-Die Movement

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 – Already-strong public support for right-to-die legislation has grown even stronger in the days since the planned death of 29-year-old brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll has found. An overwhelming 74 percent of American adults now believe that terminally ill patients who are in great pain should have the right to end their lives, the poll found. Only 14 percent were opposed. Broad majorities also favor physician-assisted suicide and physician-administered euthanasia. Only three states – Oregon, Washington and Vermont – currently have right-to-die laws that allow physician-assisted suicide. "Public opinion on these issues seems to be far ahead of political leadership and legislative actions," said Humphrey Taylor, chairman of The Harris Poll. "Only a few states have legalized physician-assisted suicide and none have legalized ... Read more

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Many Ignore Cancer's Warning Signs, Survey Finds

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 – Many people ignore potential warning signs of cancer, a new British survey found. The study involved 1,700 people aged 50 and older in the United Kingdom who completed a health questionnaire listing 17 symptoms, including 10 widely publicized possible cancer symptoms. The symptoms included unexplained cough, bleeding, or significant changes in bowel or bladder activity. While 53 percent of the participants said they had experienced at least one of the potential cancer symptoms in the previous three months, only 2 percent thought cancer was a possible cause of those symptoms. In many cases, people attributed potential signs of cancer to reasons such as age, infection, arthritis, cysts and hemorrhoids, according to the Cancer Research U.K.-funded survey. It was published Dec. 2 in the journal PLOS One. "Most people with potential warning symptoms don't have ... Read more

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Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows

Posted 26 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 – Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, a new report shows. The analysis of data from 184 countries showed that excess weight was associated with 345,000 (5.4 percent) of new cancers in women in 2012, and 136,000 (1.9 percent) of new cancers in men in 2012. Among women, postmenopausal breast, endometrial and colon cancers accounted for nearly three-quarters (250,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers, while colon and kidney cancers accounted for more than two-thirds (nearly 90,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers in men. Excess weight was associated with about 8 percent of cancers in women and 3 percent of cancers in men in developed nations, compared with 1.5 percent of cancers in women and 0.3 percent of cancers in men in developing ... Read more

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Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows

Posted 26 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 – Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, a new report shows. The analysis of data from 184 countries showed that excess weight was associated with 345,000 (5.4 percent) of new cancers in women in 2012, and 136,000 (1.9 percent) of new cancers in men in 2012. Among women, postmenopausal breast, endometrial and colon cancers accounted for nearly three-quarters (250,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers, while colon and kidney cancers accounted for more than two-thirds (nearly 90,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers in men. Excess weight was associated with about 8 percent of cancers in women and 3 percent of cancers in men in developed nations, compared with 1.5 percent of cancers in women and 0.3 percent of cancers in men in developing ... Read more

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Study Shows Men Can Get Oral HPV Infection From Women

Posted 12 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 – Men are at increased risk for oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection if their female sex partners have oral and/or genital HPV infections, a new study shows. The findings suggest that HPV transmission occurs through both oral-oral and oral-genital routes, according to the authors of the study. "HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world and is a risk factor for several cancers, including cervical, vaginal, vulvar, oropharyngeal [throat/tonsil], anal and penile cancers," lead researcher, Eduardo Franco, said in a news release from the American Association for Cancer Research. Franco is director of the division of cancer epidemiology and chairman of the department of oncology at McGill University in Montreal. "Understanding how HPV is transmitted is important because it will help us identify who is most at risk for HPV infection and how ... Read more

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Cancer Patients in Hospice Face Less Aggressive Treatment: Study

Posted 11 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 – Cancer patients who choose hospice care are less likely to receive aggressive end-of-life treatment or to die in hospitals and nursing homes, a new study finds. Researchers studied more than 18,100 elderly Medicare patients who had advanced cancer and received hospice care, and compared them with the same number of patients who did not receive hospice care. Non-hospice patients used significantly more health care resources, such as hospitalization, intensive care and invasive procedures, largely for acute conditions not directly related to their cancer. Seventy-four percent of non-hospice patients died in hospitals or nursing homes, compared with 14 percent of hospice patients. And over the last year of life, the health care costs for non-hospice patients averaged $71,517 compared to $62,819 for hospice patients, according to the results published in the Nov. ... Read more

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Phone Counseling Helps Rural Women With Cancer Gene Tests

Posted 11 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 – Telephone counseling on genetic testing is as effective as in-person counseling for women at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer, a new study finds. While in-person genetic counseling is available for many women in cities, that's typically not the case for women in rural areas, the researchers noted. This study included 988 women at risk for hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer. All received a personalized brochure and other materials about genetic testing, and a genetic counselor reviewed the materials with each woman. About half the women met the counselor in person, while the other half talked with the counselor on the phone. The women were surveyed a week after counseling. Women were more likely to choose genetic testing after in-person counseling, but the researchers found no difference between in-person and phone counseling in terms of women's ... Read more

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Are the Lactose Intolerant Safer From Some Cancers?

Posted 7 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 – People who are lactose-intolerant may be less likely to develop certain types of cancer, a new study suggests. And, the researchers suspect the reduced risk may be related to diet. Data for the study included nearly 23,000 people in Sweden with lactose intolerance, as well as members of their families. People with lactose intolerance have difficulty digesting lactose, a sugar found in dairy products, because they have low or no levels of the enzyme lactase which is needed to digest lactose, according to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The researchers found those who had trouble digesting dairy had lower rates of lung, breast and ovarian cancers than those without lactose intolerance. However, siblings and parents of people with lactose intolerance had the same risk for these cancers as people in the general population, ... Read more

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Moving Toward Blood Test for Many Cancers

Posted 4 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 – Researchers who identified more than 800 "markers" of cancer in patients' blood say their findings could potentially lead to a single blood test for many types of cancer. All cancers produce markers – or indicators – in the blood, and having a blood test that can detect cancer in the early stages would improve treatment and save lives, the researchers said. The findings stem from a review of 19,000 studies. "This is a new approach to early detection and the first time such a systematic review has been done," study author Ian Cree, a professor at the University of Warwick, said in a Cancer Research U.K. news release. "A single blood-based screening test would be a game changer for early detection of cancer, which could help make it a curable disease for many more patients," Cree said. "We believe that we've identified all the relevant biomarkers; the next step ... Read more

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Many Americans in Debt, Bankruptcy Paying for Cancer Care

Posted 22 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 – Besides the danger and worry from the disease itself, many Americans battling cancer are faced with high bills for medical care, two new reports show. One-third of cancer survivors in the United States say they have experienced money or work problems due to cancer care, while even many cancer patients who have insurance say they have had to change their lifestyle and medical care due to the financial burden of treatment, the research shows. The findings were presented Tuesday in Boston at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). "We found that many cancer survivors, particularly those who are younger or from underserved populations, experience financial or work-related hardship – even when insured and years out from treatment," Robin Whitney, lead author of one of the studies, said in an ASCO news release. Whitney is a cancer survivor ... Read more

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Y Chromosome Loss May Predict Earlier Death for Men

Posted 22 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 – Elderly men who've lost the Y chromosome from their blood cells may be at increased risk for earlier death and death from cancer, a new study suggests. This age-related loss is common among men and could explain why men tend to die younger and have higher rates of certain cancers than women, who do not have a Y chromosome, the researchers say. The study authors analyzed blood samples from more than 1,150 men, aged 70 to 84, who were followed for up to 40 years. Men who had significant Y chromosome loss in their blood cells lived an average of 5.5 years less than those who did not have that chromosome loss. Also, men with significant Y chromosome loss in their blood cells had a much higher risk of dying from cancer, according to the study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, in San Diego on Oct. 21. "Many people think the ... Read more

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Parenthood May Push Cancer Patients to Seek More Treatment

Posted 15 Oct 2014 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 14 Oct 2014 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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