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Health Tip: Schooling While Managing Cancer

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

FDA OKs First 'Biosimilar' Drug to Fight Cancer, Mvasi

Posted 14 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – The first approval of a biosimilar drug to treat cancer was announced Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Mvasi (bevacizumab-awwb) was approved as a biosimilar to Avastin (bevacizumab) for the treatment of adults with certain colon, lung, brain, kidney and cervical cancers. A biosimilar is a biological product that is approved because it is highly ...

'Cancer Pen' Could Help Surgeons Spot Tumor Cells in Seconds

Posted 6 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 – A new "cancer pen" promises to help surgeons immediately detect and completely remove cancerous tumor tissue, without having to send samples off to a lab for testing while the patient languishes on the table. The MasSpec Pen is a hand-held device that allows doctors to test in real-time whether tissue is cancerous or not, delivering results in about 10 seconds, ...

Could the Zika Virus Help Battle a Deadly Brain Cancer?

Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – The Zika virus is well known for causing devastating brain defects in fetuses. But what if scientists could use that ability to do something good? Researchers report that they think they might be able to harness the virus' attraction to developing brain cells – instead of adult brain cells – as a potential treatment for a deadly type of brain cancer. In lab and animal ...

Researchers ID Genes in Mice That Cause Aggressive Brain Cancer

Posted 14 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 – Researchers say they've identified specific gene combinations that can cause the aggressive brain cancer glioblastoma in mice. Using new technology that can also identify genetic triggers of other cancers, a Yale University-led team assessed the impact of mutations in more than 1,500 genetic combinations. They reported finding multiple combinations in living mice that ...

Childhood Cancer Radiation May Cause Unwanted Gene Mutation in Some

Posted 4 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 – Some adult survivors of childhood cancer go on to develop brain tumors, and now researchers say they've found a gene mutation that seems to increase that risk. The researchers said their findings could lead to ways to prevent these brain tumors. Adults who had radiation to their head and spine to treat childhood cancer have a greater risk of meningiomas. These tumors, ...

Young Cancer Survivors Struggle to Resume Social Activities

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – Many young cancer survivors have trouble resuming their social lives. Researchers studied 215 cancer survivors between 14 and 39 years of age who completed questionnaires about their social functioning at four, 12 and 24 months after cancer diagnosis. About 1 in 3 reported low social functioning throughout the study period. The researchers said the difficulties might stem ...

Treatment Costs Can Be Another Blow to Cancer Patients

Posted 27 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 – The emotional and physical costs of cancer can be staggering. But the financial side of cancer is also a great burden, with many patients in the United States struggling to pay for treatment, new research reveals. "The current health law has greatly improved access to meaningful health coverage for cancer patients, survivors and all those with chronic diseases," Chris ...

Sen. John McCain Has Brain Cancer

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – Sen. John McCain, a respected longtime lawmaker, former prisoner of war and the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer. A statement released by McCain's office Wednesday night said the cancer, known as a glioblastoma, was discovered after a procedure to remove a blood clot above his left eye last week at Mayo Clinic ...

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