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Many Seniors With Cancer Use Alternative Medicines: Study

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FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 – Many elderly cancer patients use alternative medicines, including some that could interfere with their treatment, a new study shows. Even though alternative medicines are marketed as "natural," many contain active ingredients that can react with other therapies, the researchers explained. The study authors also found that many of these patients don't tell their doctors they are using complementary or alternative medicines (CAMs). "Currently, few oncologists are aware of the alternative medicines their patients take," study author Ginah Nightingale, an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, said in a university news release. "Patients often fail to disclose the CAMs they take because they think they are safe, natural, non-toxic and not relevant to their cancer care, because they think their doctor will disapprove, or because the ... Read more

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Childhood Cancer Survivors Who've Had One Stroke at Risk of Second

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 – Childhood cancer survivors who've had one stroke are at high risk for having another, a new study says. Researchers analyzed data from more than 14,300 people in the United States and Canada who were diagnosed with childhood cancers between 1970 and 1986 and took part in a long follow-up study. Of the 271 patients who had a stroke, 70 suffered a second stroke. Over 10 years, 21 percent of stroke survivors had a second stroke, which is twice the rate seen in non-cancer stroke survivors, the researchers said. The rate of second stroke was even higher – 33 percent – among patients who received cranial radiation therapy for their childhood cancer, the study revealed. Other strong predictors of second stroke were high blood pressure and older age at first stroke. Knowing these risk factors could help doctors identify and treat high-risk patients, according to ... Read more

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Low-Dose Aspirin, Other Painkillers May Lower Colon Cancer Risk

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MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – Regularly taking low-dose aspirin or other common pain relievers may lower long-term risk of colon cancer, new research suggests. Men and women who took low-dose (75 to 150 milligrams) aspirin for five years or more saw their risk of colon cancer drop by 27 percent. And taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen for that long was linked to a 30 percent to 45 percent drop in colon cancer risk, the study found. "The protective association is certainly amazing, and it's a good example of how everyday drugs can have unexpected benefits," said study co-author Dr. John Baron, a professor of medicine in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, in Chapel Hill. "But there are also potential risks," said Baron, who urged the findings be viewed with care. "I don't think we should imply or recommend that these medications be taken ... Read more

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Travel Time Can Hamper Follow-Up Chemo, Study Says

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MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – The farther they have to travel, the less likely cancer patients are to receive follow-up chemotherapy after surgery, a new study finds. This type of treatment, called adjuvant chemotherapy, is recommended for many patients after surgery to reduce the chance of cancer returning. This study looked at nearly 34,700 patients across the United States who had surgery for colon cancer, and found that nearly 76 percent received adjuvant chemotherapy within 90 days of surgery. Compared to patients who had to travel less than 12.5 miles to appointments, those who had to travel 50 to 249 miles were 13 percent less likely to receive chemotherapy. And those who had to travel 250 miles or more were nearly two-thirds less likely to receive chemotherapy. The findings applied to patients with and without insurance, according to the study published online Aug. 24 in the Journal ... Read more

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Early Stage Breast Cancer Far From a Death Sentence: Study

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THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – Only 3 percent of women diagnosed with an early stage of breast cancer will die of their disease within 20 years, and more aggressive treatment does not improve that high survival rate, a new study suggests. "The good news is that death is pretty rare," said study first author Steven Narod, director of the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit at Women's College Research Institute, in Toronto. "Clinically, the fact is that 3 percent in the big picture should be reassuring." The researchers did find that the death rates for both younger women and black patients diagnosed with this early stage cancer were higher. The early stage breast cancer that they studied is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a small, localized cluster of cancer cells. About 20 to 25 percent of breast cancers that mammogram screening detects are DCIS. It is considered a stage 0 cancer that ... Read more

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Genetically Modified Foods, Herbicides and Human Safety

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – Farm fields are becoming soaked with increasing amounts of suspected cancer-causing herbicides, thanks to the spread of genetically modified crops that are immune to these chemicals, two researchers contend. They make their argument in a Perspective piece in the Aug. 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Farmers' use of glyphosate – a weedkiller most commonly known as Roundup – has increased by a factor of more than 250 in the United States, climbing from 0.4 million kilograms in 1974 to 113 million kilograms in 2014, the researchers said. This increase is due to crops such as corn and soybeans that have been genetically altered to be "Roundup-Ready," so they can't be affected by these herbicides, said one of the researchers, Charles Benbrook. He is a research professor at the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and ... Read more

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Black Women Less Likely to Survive Uterine Cancer, Study Finds

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – Uterine cancer rates are rising in the United States, particularly among black and Asian women, according to a new study that also found black women are more likely to die of the disease. Researchers analyzed more than 120,000 cases of uterine cancer diagnosed in the United States between 2000 and 2011, and found that rates rose among all racial and ethnic groups. But rates increased fastest, at 2.5 percent a year, among black and Asian women. Black women also had higher rates of aggressive uterine cancer than Asian, Hispanic and white women, and death rates for aggressive uterine cancer were more than 1.5 times higher among black women than among white women. Death rates for aggressive uterine cancer were similar or lower among Asian and Hispanic women, compared to white women. A five-year analysis found that black women had poorer survival rates than white ... Read more

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One or Two Drinks a Day Might Boost Cancer Risk: Study

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TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Just one or two drinks a day can increase the risk of certain cancers, researchers report. A new study of 136,000 adults found light to moderate drinking was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in women and several other cancers in male smokers. Light drinking is defined as up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks daily for men, the researchers added. "Our study reinforces the dietary guidelines that it is important not to go beyond one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men," said lead investigator Yin Cao, a research fellow in the nutrition department at Harvard's T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. However, the study did not prove that drinking raises cancer risk; it only showed an association. Determining whether to drink and how much should take into account your smoking history, family history of ... Read more

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Former President Jimmy Carter Has Cancer

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, HealthDay News – Former President Jimmy Carter has announced that he has cancer. Carter, 90, said he learned only recently of his condition. In a statement released late Wednesday by The Carter Center, he said that, "Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body. I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare [in Atlanta]. A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week." The Carter Center had previously sent out a statement on Aug.3 noting that Carter, who was president from 1977-1981, "underwent an elective procedure at Emory University Hospital today to remove a small mass in his liver." At the time, the statement said that Carter's "operation proceeded without issues, and the prognosis is excellent for a full recovery." ... Read more

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Spirituality May Benefit Cancer Patients

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MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2015 – Spiritual and religious beliefs may benefit cancer patients' physical and mental health, researchers say. They conducted three reviews of all published studies on the topic, which included more than 44,000 patients. However, none of the studies were able to show a cause-and-effect relationship between spirituality and better outcomes, only an association between these factors. Findings from the reviews were published online Aug. 10 in the journal Cancer. The first analysis found that patients with higher levels of spirituality/religiousness reported better physical health, fewer physical symptoms of cancer and treatment, and a greater ability to do their usual daily tasks. "These relationships were particularly strong in patients who experienced greater emotional aspects of religion and spirituality, including a sense of meaning and purpose in life as well as a ... Read more

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Spicing Up Your Meals Might Extend Your Life

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TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 – Some like it hot, and a new study finds that folks who favor spicy foods might also have a lower risk of premature death. The study was based on a large multi-year food analysis. It found that adults who reported eating spicy foods – such as fresh and dried chili pepper – as little as three days per week were less likely to die during the study period than those who consumed such foods less than once a week. "The finding is very simple," said study lead author Dr. Lu Qi, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. "If you eat more spicy food, it's better for your health and lowers the risk for mortality, especially as it relates to cancer and heart disease." However, the study authors cautioned that their investigation was not able to draw a direct cause-and-effect link between the consumption of spicy foods and lower mortality. ... Read more

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'Yo-Yo' Dieting Won't Raise Cancer Risk, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 – "Yo-yo dieting" does not increase cancer risk, a new study suggests. This type of dieting, also called weight cycling, features repeated episodes of weight loss followed by weight gain. Previous research has suggested that weight cycling may trigger biological processes that could lead to cancer. For the new study, investigators analyzed data from more than 132,000 men and women who were aged 50 to 74 when they enrolled in an American Cancer Society study in 1992. The researchers looked at how weight cycling affected overall cancer risk and the risk for 15 specific types of cancer. Over 17 years of follow-up, more than 25,000 of the participants developed cancer. However, weight cycling was not associated with overall cancer risk or increased risk for any of the 15 types of cancer examined in the study, according to Victoria Stevens, strategic director of ... Read more

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Combo Rx May Boost Ovarian Cancer Outcomes, But Too Few Get It: Study

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MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 – Chemotherapy delivered directly into the abdomen significantly improves survival among women with advanced ovarian cancer, a new study finds. However, fewer than half of U.S. patients who could benefit from this treatment – called intraperitoneal chemotherapy – are receiving it, according to Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center researchers. The investigators studied whether a combination of intraperitoneal (IP) and intravenous (IV) chemotherapy was as effective in clinical practice as in a clinical trial involving women who'd had surgery for stage III ovarian cancer. The researchers examined the medical records of more than 800 women who were treated for stage III ovarian cancer between 2003 and 2012, and were eligible for IP/IV combination therapy. According to the study, 81 percent of women who received the dual therapy were alive three years after ... Read more

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Urine Test Might Find Pancreatic Cancer Early, Study Suggests

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MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 – Scientists report that they have developed a urine test that may detect pancreatic cancer at an early stage. Usually, symptoms of this deadly disease do not appear until it is at an advanced stage and has spread, and little can be done to save the patient. Researchers have been looking for a way to screen people for pancreatic cancer in the hopes that early detection might lead to effective treatment. "If this test proves to be as good as we hope, we could make an important difference and enable early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer completely noninvasively, using urine samples," said lead researcher Dr. Tatjana Crnogorac-Jurcevic, a reader in cancer genomics at the Centre for Molecular Oncology at Barts Cancer Institute of Queen Mary University of London. The team found three indicators ("markers") that, when combined, signal the beginnings of pancreatic cancer. ... Read more

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Do Sporty Teen Girls Live Longer, Healthier Lives?

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FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 – Women who exercised or played sports as teens have a lower risk of premature death from cancer or any other cause much later in life, new research shows. The study of thousands of Chinese women aged 40 and older found that those who exercised roughly 80 minutes a week as teenagers had a 16 percent lowered risk for death from cancer and a 15 percent lowered risk for death from all causes. Participation in team sports during the teen years had almost as strong an effect. "Adolescent exercise participation was associated with reduced risk of mortality in later life regardless of adult lifestyle or socioeconomic factors," said lead researcher Sarah Nechuta, an assistant professor of medicine at Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville. "Our findings support the importance of promoting the initiation of regular exercise ... Read more

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