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Surviving Spouse Still Influenced By the Other

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FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – The influence of a husband or wife on their spouse's quality of life remains strong even after death, a new study says. Couples who have been married a long time develop a high level of interdependence, and one partner's quality of life at death continues to influence the survivor, the University of Arizona researchers said. "If your partner has higher quality of life before they pass away, you're more likely to have higher quality of life even after they're gone. If he or she has lower quality of life before they pass away, you're then more likely to have lower quality of life," lead author Kyle Bourassa, a psychology doctoral student, said in a university news release. The researchers examined data from thousands of older couples in 18 European countries and Israel taking part in an ongoing study of health, aging and retirement. Specifically, the researchers ... Read more

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Majority of Americans and Canadians Expects Cancer Cure in Their Lifetime

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THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – A majority of American and Canadian adults believe a cure for cancer will be found in their lifetime, and that a cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence, according to a new Harris Poll. Nearly three out of five Americans and Canadians expect a cure for cancer in their lifetime. That belief is especially strong among those ages 18 to 34. Nearly three-quarters of young Americans and 69 percent of Canadians in that age group expect a cure in their lifetime. And, about two-thirds of Americans and Canadians don't think death is inevitable when someone is diagnosed with cancer, the poll found. However, Americans adults under 35 are more likely to believe that a cancer diagnosis is a death sentence than those 35 and older (39 percent vs. 29 percent). Americans whose lives have been affected by cancer are also more likely to view cancer as deadly compared to those who ... Read more

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Young Black, Hispanic Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients Face Worse Outcomes: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 – Hodgkin lymphoma is a form of cancer that starts in white blood cells is often curable. But, poor black and Hispanic young people are less likely to survive the disease than their white peers, a new study shows. "This study identifies vulnerable subgroups of young Hodgkin lymphoma patients at higher risk of dying from their disease, and points to disparities in treatment delivery and follow-up care as likely contributing factors," said study author Theresa Keegan. She is an associate professor in the division of hematology and oncology at the University of California, Davis. "Identifying and reducing barriers to recommended treatment and follow-up care is critical to improving survival for all patients," Keegan said in a university news release. She conducted the research while at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. For the study, researchers ... Read more

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Poorer Black Patients Have Lower Survival From Esophageal Cancer

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FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 – Blacks with low incomes who are diagnosed with esophageal cancer don't survive as long as whites with the disease, a new study finds. "In lower socioeconomic groups, outcomes for esophageal cancer vary by race, but not in higher socioeconomic groups. This has implications for all sorts of cancers, not just esophageal cancer, and should be further examined to eliminate health care disparities," said study senior author Dr. Matthew Hartwig. He is assistant professor of surgery at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. "Our study suggests that disparities in survival for esophageal cancer is less likely due to underlying genetic or medical reasons, and more likely due to disparities in health care," Hartwig said in a Duke news release. He added that based on these findings, more resources should be focused on ways to alleviate these health disparities. ... Read more

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Halaven Approved for Advanced Soft Tissue Cancer

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THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 – Halaven (eribulin mesylate) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first chemotherapy drug shown to improve survival in people with advanced liposarcoma, a type of soft tissue sarcoma (cancer). The drug is sanctioned for people who have received prior chemotherapy with a drug that contained anthracycline, the agency said Thursday in a news release. Soft tissue sarcoma occurs when cancer invades soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons, fat, blood vessels, lymph nodes, nerves and tissues that surround joints, the FDA said. Liposarcoma specifically affects fat, most often of the head, neck, arms, legs, trunk or abdomen. Halaven was evaluated in clinical studies involving more than 140 people with liposarcoma that had spread (metastatic) or couldn't be removed surgically. Average survival among people who took Halaven was 15.6 months, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Getting Healthier After Cancer

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-- A recurrence of cancer and other chronic health conditions, such as weight or heart problems, are common concerns after cancer treatment. The American Society of Clinical Oncology recommends these lifestyle changes: Eat more nutritious foods. Stop using tobacco and restrict alcohol intake. Increase physical activity in safe and effective ways. Figure out healthy ways to manage stress. Read more

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Appalachia Cancer Rates Higher Than Average, But Shrinking

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 – Cancer rates in Appalachia remain higher than in other parts of the United States, but that gap is shrinking, a new study shows. Reasons for the higher cancer rates in Appalachia – which extends from parts of New York to Mississippi – include greater tobacco use, poverty and less use of health care services, according to the study. The results were published Jan. 27 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The Appalachian region spans 420 counties in 13 states, and about 25 million people reside in it, said study author Reda Wilson, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This region is primarily made up of rural areas with persistent poverty levels that are at least 20 percent, which is higher than the national average," Wilson said in a journal news release. Researchers analyzed 2004-11 cancer ... Read more

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Too Sedentary? There's an App for That

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 – Smartphone reminders about getting up and moving around may help boost people's physical activity levels and reduce their risk of cancer, a pilot study suggests. Inactivity increases the risk of overweight and obesity and has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, which noted that, on average, American adults are inactive about eight waking hours a day. Participants in the study wore portable devices called accelerometers, to measure movement, for seven days and carried smartphones with them. Some who had smartphones received reminders about the health risks of sitting too much and encouraging them to stand up and move around. A control group of other study participants did not receive the reminders. Those who received the smartphone reminders were 3 percent more active over the seven-day study period compared to ... Read more

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Cancer's Financial Burden Tied to Poorer Survival, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – The staggering cost of cancer care forces many patients to file for bankruptcy, and that financial stress may play a role in cutting their lives short, new research suggests. In fact, patients suffering from colon, prostate or thyroid cancers who went broke had almost 80 percent higher odds of dying during the study period compared with similar patients who remained financially sound, the researchers said. "Bankruptcy, for reasons that we don't know, is a serious threat to survival for cancer patients," said lead researcher Dr. Scott Ramsey, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. While the study found a link between financial strain and cancer death, the research wasn't designed to prove a definitive cause-and-effect relationship between these factors. Still, medical costs are one of the most common reasons why people go bankrupt, Ramsey ... Read more

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Study Finds Stool Test Effective for Detecting Colon Cancer

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MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 – Tests for blood in the stool can consistently detect colon cancer when used on an annual basis, and they are effective even in the second, third and fourth years of screening, a new study says. The researchers said these findings suggest that the stool test could be a reasonable screening alternative to colonoscopy – currently considered the gold standard for colon cancer screening. Known as fecal immunochemical tests, experts examine stool samples for microscopic amounts of blood shed by colon tumors, explained study co-author Dr. Douglas Corley, a research scientist with Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif. Doctors have been concerned that fecal blood tests might become less effective over time, hampering their usefulness as a screening tool, he said. Colon tumors or precancerous polyps have to be large to start releasing blood into a person's stool, Corley ... Read more

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Americans 100 and Older Are Living Even Longer Now

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THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 – The more than 72,000 Americans who have celebrated 100 birthdays or more are now surviving longer, a new federal report shows. Although death rates for centenarians were on the rise between 2000 and 2008, that has since changed, the study found. According to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, death rates for the oldest Americans charted a steady decline between 2008 and 2014. This trend held for both genders and across races and ethnicities, the data showed. The leading causes of death for people living to be 100 have also shifted somewhat over the last decade. According to the CDC analysis, heart disease, stroke, flu/pneumonia, cancer and Alzheimer's disease were the top five leading causes of death for the oldest old in 2000. However, by 2014, "heart disease was still the leading cause of death, but Alzheimer's disease became ... Read more

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Terminal Cancer Patients in U.S. Less Likely to Die in Hospitals

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TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 – Comparing end-of-life practices internationally, researchers found the United States has the lowest percentage of in-hospital cancer deaths among seven developed countries. Terminally ill U.S. cancer patients also spend less time in the hospital the last six months of life than those in the other countries, although they are more likely to receive intensive care and chemotherapy, researchers found. The study, published in the Jan. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that end-of-life care has changed significantly in response to patient preferences. "In the early 1980s, more than 70 percent of U.S. cancer patients died in hospital," wrote Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, of the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, and colleagues. Over the last 30 years, the researchers said, several factors have helped advance ... Read more

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Families Say Hospice Better Than Hospital for Dying Cancer Patients

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TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 – Families of patients dying of cancer felt their loved one had better care and quality of life when they died in a hospice rather than in a hospital's intensive care unit, a new study reveals. Relatives reported a better end-of-life experience more often when their loved one received hospice care for more than three days (59 percent) than those who received hospice care for three or fewer days (43 percent). Moreover, only 45 percent of families reported excellent care when the patient was admitted to a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) within 30 days of dying, the researchers found. "Our findings are a powerful argument for the importance of advance care planning," said lead researcher Dr. Alexi Wright, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. How and where people die strongly shapes patients' dying experience and how family ... Read more

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Doctors Choose Less Aggressive Care at End of Life, Studies Reveal

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TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 – Doctors facing death are less likely to demand aggressive care that might squeeze out a bit more extra time of life, two new studies show. One study found that doctors facing the end of their lives are less likely than the general public to undergo surgery, be treated in an intensive care unit or die in a hospital. "It seems to confirm the idea that physicians understand the limits of modern medicine at the end of life," said lead author Joel Weissman. He is deputy director and chief scientific officer of the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "When faced with that kind of decision, they choose to have more peaceful and less aggressive care at end of life," Weissman added. Those findings were backed up by the second study, which found that physicians and people with higher education are less likely to die in a ... Read more

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Minorities More Likely To Be Diagnosed With Colon Cancer at Younger Age

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MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 – Members of minority groups in the United States are more likely than whites to be diagnosed with colon cancer at younger ages and with more advanced disease, researchers report. An analysis of data from 1973 to 2009 revealed that minorities under age 50 were twice as likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer as whites, said study author Dr. Jamal Ibdah, who chairs cancer research at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. "On average, minorities were diagnosed between the ages of 64 and 68, while non-Hispanic whites were typically diagnosed at age 72. When diagnosed, minority groups also had more advanced stages of cancer," Ibdah said in a university news release. The study was recently published in the journal Cancer Medicine. Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, the ... Read more

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