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Media Often Overplays Cancer Drug Research, Study Finds

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 – News articles that promise "breakthrough, "game-changing" new cancer drugs could irresponsibly raise the hopes of desperate patients, a new report suggests. Just five days' worth of news last June contained 94 articles that lavishly praised 36 different cancer drugs, researchers found by combing Google. Unfortunately, half of the "marvel" drugs had not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and 14 percent had never been tested on humans, the results showed. "The net effect is really confusion," said study co-author Dr. Vinay Prasad, an oncologist at Oregon Health and Science University. "We found that the use of superlatives or grandiose descriptors of drugs happens whether drugs are approved or not, whether they are tested in people or not, or whether they improve survival or not," Prasad said. "I think the average person who follows cancer ... Read more

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Young Cancer Survivors Often Develop New Malignancies

Posted 6 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 – Teen and young adult cancer survivors are at increased risk for other cancers later in life, a new study reveals. Researchers analyzed U.S. National Cancer Institute data on people who survived cancers before age 40. They had the most common types of cancers in that age group: leukemia, lymphoma, testicular, ovarian, thyroid, breast, soft tissue and bone cancers. "This is a patient demographic that has been largely overlooked," said senior study author Dr. Robert Goldsby, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital. Over 30 years, nearly 14 percent of the survivors were diagnosed with another, different type of cancer. On average, the second cancer occurred within 15 years. Compared to people in the general population, patients successfully treated for cancer between ages 15 and 39 were nearly 60 percent ... Read more

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As HIV Patients Live Longer, Certain Cancer Risks Rise: Study

Posted 5 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 – Antiretroviral therapy has extended the lives of people with HIV, but living longer may increase these patients' risk for certain cancers. A study of nearly 90,000 HIV patients revealed a rise in three types of cancer as the AIDS-causing virus has evolved from a probable death sentence into a manageable chronic condition. "We found that the risk of some cancers, such as anal, colorectal and liver cancers, are increasing over time mainly because HIV patients are living longer," said study lead author Michael Silverberg, of the Kaiser Permanente division of research in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente is one of the nation's largest health plans. According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, HIV patients have always faced a significantly higher cancer risk, most notably for Kaposi sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and cervical cancer. That's because of a generally ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, HIV Infection, Colorectal Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Solid Tumors

Better Imaging Scans Catching More Thyroid Cancers: Study

Posted 11 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 – Advanced imaging technology has helped doctors spot more cases of thyroid cancer over the past decade, a new study finds. But the Mayo Clinic researchers warn that nearly one-third of these cases involve people with low-risk tumors. "We are spotting more cancers, but they are cancers that are not likely to cause harm," study author Dr. Juan Brito Campana, an assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a Mayo news release. "Their treatment, however, is likely to cause harm, as most thyroid cancers are treated by surgically removing all or part of the thyroid gland. This is a risky procedure that can damage a patient's vocal cords or leave them with lifelong calcium deficiencies," he said. Treatment for thyroid cancer can also be a financial burden for patients and their families, Brito Campana added. In 2013 alone, the total ... Read more

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U.S. Oncologists Decry High Cost of Cancer Drugs

Posted 23 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 – Soaring costs for cancer drugs are hurting patient care in the United States, a group of top oncologists claim. "High cancer-drug prices are affecting the care of patients with cancer and our health care system," Dr. Ayalew Tefferi, a hematologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a Mayo news release. Tefferi and his colleagues made a number of recommendations on how to address the problem in a commentary published July 23 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices is one of the suggestions the team of 118 leading cancer experts offered as a possible solution. Along with their recommendations, the group also expressed support for a patient-based grassroots movement on that is demanding action on the issue. "The average gross household income in the U.S. is about $52,000 per year. For an insured patient with ... Read more

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'Wiser' Surgeries for Those With Terminal Cancers

Posted 11 May 2015 by

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – While surgery rates for patients with late-stage, terminal cancers have stayed about the same in recent years, complications and deaths for these patients have fallen because surgeons are more selective about who has surgery, a new study finds. "Surgeons are becoming wiser," study author Dr. Sarah Bateni, a surgery resident at the University of California, Davis, said in a university news release. "Our research suggests that surgeons may be operating on healthier patients who are more likely to recover well from an operation," she said. "These are patients who can perform activities of daily living without assistance, for example." As Bateni explained, there are a number of reasons why surgeons might operate on late-stage cancer patients. "Some of it has to do with the patients and families," she said. "If the patient is uncomfortable, the family wants a ... Read more

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18 Million U.S. Cancer Survivors Expected by 2022: Report

Posted 14 Jun 2012 by

THURSDAY, June 14 – There are now more than 13 million cancer survivors living in the United States and that number is expected to reach 18 million in just 10 years, a new report predicts. This dramatic increase will be driven, in large part, by a combination of earlier diagnosis and better treatment of some of the most common cancers, according to the report from the American Cancer Society and the U.S. National Cancer Institute. "We are focusing on the number of people who are now alive who have experienced cancer at some time in the past, and their transition from treatment to recovery and the balance of their life," said report co-author Elizabeth Ward, national vice president of intramural research at the American Cancer Society. More people are surviving cancer because the number of people diagnosed with cancer is rising and because the size of this population, particularly older ... Read more

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