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Yoga May Bring Better Sleep to Breast Cancer Patients

Posted 1 day 2 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 – A certain type of yoga may provide lasting benefits for breast cancer patients who have trouble sleeping, researchers report. The study included 227 women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer who were randomly assigned to one of three groups. One group practiced Tibetan yoga at least twice a week, another group did a simple stretching program, and the third group received usual care (the "control" group). The study participants were assessed one week after the end of the program, and the researchers followed up with them at three, six and 12 months later. Women in the yoga group reported fewer sleep problems and less daytime drowsiness over the long term than those in the other two groups, the researchers said. Sleep problems and fatigue are common among cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, said study author Lorenzo Cohen. He is director of the ... Read more

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Surgeons Play Big Role in Women's Choices for Breast Cancer Care

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – A breast cancer patient's choice of surgeon can have a major effect on her treatment, according to a new study. That's because surgeons have a strong influence on whether early stage cancer patients have both breasts removed even when cancer is found in only one breast – a procedure called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). Researchers surveyed more than 3,300 women with early stage breast cancer and 349 surgeons who treated them. About 16 percent of the patients had both breasts removed. Only 4 percent of those whose surgeons heavily favored breast-saving surgery and were most reluctant to remove both breasts had the procedure. That compared to 34 percent of patients whose surgeons were most willing to do the surgery, the study found. "That difference is huge. Even for a procedure that is very patient-driven, we see that surgeons account for a ... Read more

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Breast Cancer Patients On Opioid Treatment More Likely To Discontinue Hormones

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – Breast cancer patients who take opioid painkillers are more likely to discontinue an important hormone treatment that helps ensure their survival, researchers report. Use of prescription opioids such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicoprofen (hydrocodone) was "significantly associated" with failure to adhere to the hormone therapy and a higher risk of death, the study found. "It's not a big secret that the U.S. uses more opioids than any other country in the world," said researcher Rajesh Balkrishnan, of the University of Virginia School of Medicine's department of public health sciences. "Clearly there has to be better management of opioids in the elderly cancer population," Balkrishnan said in a university news release. For the study, researchers analyzed follow-through rates for adjuvant endocrine therapy – commonly called hormone treatment – among more than ... Read more

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

Posted 17 days ago 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, researchers report. The pen will make it easier to surgically clear out all the cancer cells surrounding a tumor, explained senior researcher Livia Eberlin, an assistant professor of chemistry with the University of Texas at Austin. In particular, cancers such as those of the breast, pancreas and brain "tend to invade surrounding normal tissue," Eberlin said. "For a surgeon, it can be really tricky, because these cells resemble normal tissue. Just judging by [the] eye, it can be very challenging." The ... Read more

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Health Tip: Diet and Activity May Help Prevent Cancer

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Multiple studies have shown a correlation between diet and physical activity on your risk of developing cancer. Here are suggestions from the American Cancer Society: Maintain a healthy body weight. Being obese causes the body to produce more estrogen and insulin. These hormones may promote cancer growth. Get regular exercise. Daily exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight, improve hormone levels and strengthen your immune system. The American Cancer Society recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise each week. Eat lots of plant-based foods. Also, limit how much processed and red meat you eat. Limit daily alcohol. Drink no more than one drink for women and two drinks for men each day. Quit smoking. Read more

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Science Weighs in On How Fat Raises Cancer Risk

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 – Scientists have known for years that obesity can rise cancer risk, but how? Now, new research offers clues to how fat cells encourage tumors. The issue is an important one, the study author said. "Obesity is increasing dramatically worldwide, and is now also recognized as one of the major risk factors for cancer, with 16 different types of cancer linked to obesity," explained Cornelia Ulrich, of the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. To help prevent the disease, "we urgently need to identify the specific mechanisms that link obesity to cancer," she said. Prior studies have already outlined several ways fat could play a role in cancer. For example, obesity increases inflammation in the body, which has long been associated with the disease. Obesity can also affect cancer cell metabolism and undermine the immune system's natural defenses, which may help ... Read more

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Health Groups Demand 'R' Rating for Movies That Show Smoking

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – A group of America's leading health organizations is demanding that any movie that depicts smoking or tobacco use come with an "R" rating. The demand is in response to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found there has been no progress in reducing the number of tobacco scenes in youth-rated movies. In 2012, the U.S. Surgeon General established a cause-and-effect link between smoking in movies and the likelihood kids would pick up the deadly habit. "As physicians and advocates, we are speaking with a unified voice: Filmmakers must stop enabling the tobacco industry to target our children," Dr. Fernando Stein, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said in a statement released Tuesday. "The evidence is clear that when children see movie characters smoking, they are more likely to smoke," Stein added. "Ninety ... Read more

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Study Supports Annual Mammograms Starting at Age 40

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – How frequently should women get a mammogram? Guidelines differ, but a new study estimates thousands of U.S. lives could be saved if mammograms were done every year from age 40 to 84. "Screening annually starting at age 40 is the best strategy to avert an early breast cancer death," said study co-author R. Edward Hendrick, a radiology professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In the United States, more than 40,600 women will die from breast cancer this year alone, according to the American Cancer Society. And about 252,700 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed. Hendrick and his colleagues used computer modeling to assess the three major mammogram recommendations: annual screening from age 40 to 84; annual screening at ages 45 to 54, then every other year from 55 to 79; or every other year from 50 to 74. "We know that screening ... Read more

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High-Cal Foods May Raise Cancer Risk in Women, Even Without Weight Gain

Posted 18 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 – Women who eat a lot of high-calorie foods may face a slightly higher risk of obesity-related cancers – even if they remain thin, a new study suggests. The study, of more than 92,000 U.S. women, found those who favored high-calorie, low-nutrient foods had a 10 percent higher risk of cancers linked to obesity. These include processed foods like chips, fast foods and sweets. The list of malignancies included breast, colon, ovarian, kidney and endometrial cancers. Obesity is considered one of many risk factors for those diseases. There was a catch, though, the study found. A penchant for high-calorie food was tied to cancer risk only among women who were of normal weight. Researchers called the findings "novel" and somewhat unexpected. Going into the study, they'd hypothesized that any link between calorie-dense diets and cancer would be strongest among obese ... Read more

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Could Urban Lighting Raise Breast Cancer Risk for Some Women?

Posted 18 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 – New research reveals an unexpected potential risk factor for breast cancer: city lights. The Harvard Medical School study found an association between living in areas with high amounts of ambient nighttime light and slightly increased odds for breast cancer in younger women who smoke. "In our modern industrialized society, artificial lighting is nearly ubiquitous. Our results suggest that this widespread exposure to outdoor lights during nighttime hours could represent a novel risk factor for breast cancer," study author Peter James said in a Harvard news release. He's assistant professor of population medicine at Harvard's Pilgrim Health Care Institute. As the investigators explained, earlier research had suggested that high levels of exposure to light at night disrupts the body's internal clock. In turn, that might lower levels of a hormone called melanin ... Read more

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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 Hansen, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, said in a network news release. "Yet costs remain a challenge for those facing cancer. Our country and our lawmakers should come together to find bipartisan solutions that begin to address patient costs without sacrificing the quality of coverage," he urged. Researchers surveyed financial navigators at 11 hospitals in nine states. Financial navigators – typically trained social workers or nurses – help cancer patients ... Read more

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Insured, But Still Barred From Top-Tier Cancer Centers

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – Choosing a cheaper health plan could cost you access to cream-of-the-crop cancer doctors and facilities, a new study reports. Less-expensive "narrow network" health plans are much less likely to cover treatment by doctors at centers affiliated with the U.S. National Cancer Institute, said study lead author Laura Yasaitis. "We found that the narrower networks were more likely to systematically exclude NCI-affiliated physicians," said Yasaitis, a postdoctoral researcher with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. "The oncologists they included in their networks were about half as likely to be NCI-affiliated as those they excluded." NCI-Designated Cancer Centers are the nation's top-flight facilities for cancer care, and studies have shown that patients treated at these centers tend to have better outcomes, Yasaitis said. Access to these centers is ... Read more

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Many Terminal Cancer Patients Remain in Denial

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Nearly 10 percent of patients with terminal cancer don't want to know they're dying, which can make their final days more difficult, a new study finds. Unwillingness to face poor prospects can lead to unnecessary treatments and keep patients from making end-of-life plans, the researchers reported recently in The Oncologist. "Health care professionals should appropriately assess patients' readiness for prognostic information," said study leader Siew-Tzuh Tang, a professor at Chang Gung University School of Nursing in Taiwan. Doctors should respect patients' reluctance to confront their poor prognosis if they are not ready to know, "but sensitively coach them to cultivate their accurate prognostic awareness," Tang said in a journal news release. The study involved nearly 250 terminal cancer patients in Taiwan. They were questioned several times over their last ... Read more

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'Nipple-Sparing' Mastectomies Don't Raise Odds of Cancer's Return: Study

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Surgeons performing mastectomies can offer a form of the procedure that allows women to retain the nipple for use in breast reconstruction. Now, a reassuring study finds that this type of mastectomy doesn't raise a woman's risk for breast cancer recurrence. "More women are requesting nipple-sparing mastectomy because of the superior cosmetic results. But doctors don't want to take any chances with breast cancer patients' safety for the sake of cosmetic improvement," explained lead researcher Dr. Barbara Smith. She's a surgical oncologist and director of the breast program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "Our study, which has one of the longest reported follow-ups after therapeutic nipple-sparing mastectomy in the United States, provides additional support that it's safe to leave the nipple intact during mastectomy with only a few exceptions," she ... Read more

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Nerlynx Approved to Help Prevent Breast Cancer's Return

Posted 18 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 – Nerlynx (neratinib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help prevent HER2-positive breast cancer from returning. It's the first drug designed to prevent return of HER2-positive breast cancer, a genetic form of the disease that's particularly aggressive and can spread to other parts of the body, the agency said in a news release. The drug is meant for what's known as extended adjuvant therapy – given after initial treatment, to further reduce the risk that cancer will return. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, the FDA said. The disease is projected to be diagnosed in more than 250,000 women this year, and more than 46,000 are likely to die of the disease, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Nerlynx, among a class of drugs designed to block enzymes that fuel cancer-cell growth, was ... Read more

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