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Study Shows Men Can Get Oral HPV Infection From Women

Posted 13 days ago 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 14 days ago 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 14 days ago 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 18 days ago 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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Cancer Diagnosis Can Take Toll on Mental Health, Study Finds

Posted 6 Oct 2014 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 3 Oct 2014 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 3 Oct 2014 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 1 Oct 2014 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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