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The Bigger the Brain, the Bigger the Tumor Risk?

Posted 7 Nov 2018 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 – The bigger your brain, the greater your risk for a deadly brain cancer, new research from Norway suggests. It's a matter of math: A large brain means more brain cells, and more cells means more cell divisions that can go wrong and cause mutations that trigger cancer, the study authors explained. "Aggressive brain cancer is a rare type of cancer, but once you have it, the...

Could the Zika Virus Fight the Brain Cancer That Killed John McCain?

Posted 18 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 – Preliminary research in mice suggests that the Zika virus might be turned from foe into friend – enlisted to curb deadly glioblastoma brain tumors. A glioblastoma is among the most lethal of brain cancers, killing more than 15,000 Americans each year. U.S. Senators John McCain and Ted Kennedy both succumbed to this cancer. In the new therapy, an international group of...

John McCain Dies at 81

Posted 24 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 – Senator John McCain's long battle with brain cancer may be nearing an end, with his family announcing Friday that he will no longer receive treatment for the condition. The 81-year-old Republican Arizona senator and hero of the Vietnam War had been undergoing treatment for an aggressive glioblastoma since July of 2017, The New York Times noted. "Last summer, Senator John...

Radiation for Childhood Brain Tumor Can Hinder Memory

Posted 21 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 – Radiation therapy for the most common childhood brain tumor can cause memory problems, new research suggests. Specifically, it can leave young survivors struggling to create memories of recent personal events, the small study found. But survivors' ability to recall ones that happened before radiation wasn't affected. "There are some known cognitive effects from radiation...

Clinical Trials Balance Out Urban, Rural Cancer Survival Rates

Posted 17 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 – Differences in survival rates between rural and urban cancer patients may be due to the kind of care they receive, a review of cancer clinical trials contends. Research has shown that cancer patients in rural areas have lower survival rates than those in urban areas. For example, cancer death rates between 2011 and 2015 were 180 per 100,000 people in rural areas and 158...

Childhood Brain Tumor Treatment May Hamper Adult Survivors

Posted 10 Aug 2018 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 – More than half of adults who survived childhood brain and spinal cord cancers don't live fully independent lives, a new study finds. Researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., assessed more than 300 survivors in areas such as employment, marital status, ability to drive, independent living and need for help with routine or personal care...

Brain's 'Plasticity' Amazes as Boy Recovers From Drastic Surgery

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – The developing brain of a growing child has incredible ways of compensating for the loss of an essential brain region, a new case study shows. A young boy has retained his ability to recognize faces even though surgeons removed one-sixth of his brain, including the region that normally handles that task, his doctors said. Essentially, the other side of the 10-year-old's...

Brain Tumor Patients May Have Unlikely Ally: the Polio Virus

Posted 26 Jun 2018 by

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 – An ancient scourge – the polio virus – may be an unexpected friend to people battling one of the deadliest brain cancers, new research shows. The new therapy uses a tweaked, harmless form of the polio virus to significantly boost the chances patients with recurrent glioblastomas can survive over the long term. In the study from Duke University in Durham, N.C., 21...

Health Tip: Schooling While Managing Cancer

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by

-- Homework may not be the number one priority when your child is being treated for cancer. But school shouldn't be forgotten. Many children with cancer consider school and spending time with other kids as a sign of normalcy, the American Cancer Society says. The society offers these suggestions for keeping up with school during treatment: Request home instruction for your child. In many cases,...

Many With Deadly Brain Cancer Don't Opt for Hospice Care

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 28, 2017 – Many patients with a deadly type of brain tumor don't receive adequate hospice care, a new study finds. Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center researchers analyzed data from more than 12,000 patients in the United States with malignant gliomas who were treated and died between 2002 and 2012. "We know from prior research that patients with terminal illnesses,...

Pet Dogs May Speed Human Brain Cancer Trials

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 – Man's best friend may help scientists learn more about a deadly brain cancer in people. Both dogs and humans can develop glioblastoma. Half of people diagnosed with this type of brain cancer live fewer than 14 months, even after treatment with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Sen. John McCain is being treated for glioblastoma and Sen. Ted Kennedy died from the...

High Costs Keep Many Cancer Patients From Needed Drugs

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 – Cancer drugs have become so pricey that U.S. patients often can't afford them, a new study finds. The findings suggest that high out-of-pocket costs may be a barrier to potentially life-saving or life-prolonging treatments, the researchers said, and raise questions about whether patients will be able to take advantage of new cancer treatments. "Imagine leaving your...

Gene Therapy May Fight Brain Cancer's Return

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – A new form of gene therapy shows promise in battling recurrent brain cancer. The phase 1 clinical trial included 56 patients with recurrent high-grade glioma brain cancer. Three years after the gene therapy treatment, more than a quarter of the patients were still alive. Median survival for patients was 14.4 months, compared with eight months typically seen in patients....

Obesity Linked to 13 Types of Cancer

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – There's a link between obesity and 40 percent of all the cancers diagnosed in the United States, health officials reported Tuesday. That doesn't mean too much weight is causing all these cancer cases, just that there's some kind of still-to-be explained association, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Still, the study findings suggest that...

Fewer Uninsured Cancer Patients After Medicaid Expansion

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act halved the number of uninsured cancer patients, a new U.S. study finds. This matters because "uninsured cancer patients are more likely to go without needed care and treatment, such as radiation therapy or surgery to remove tumors," said study lead author Dr. Fumiko Chino. She is a radiation oncology resident...

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