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1 in 4 U.S. Seniors With Cancer Has Had It Before

Posted 2 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – For a quarter of American seniors, a cancer diagnosis signals the return of an old foe, new research shows. Even in cancer patients younger than 65, one in 10 cases involves people who've had the disease before, the study of nearly 741,000 people found. Depending on a patient's age or cancer type, the frequency of prior cancers ranged anywhere from about 4 percent to 37 percent, the researchers said, "and most prior cancers were diagnosed in a different cancer site." The trial was led by Caitlin Murphy of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, and published online Nov. 22 in JAMA Oncology. One oncologist said the findings are a logical consequence of advances in cancer care. "With improvements in medical treatments, including cancer therapeutics, patients are living longer and longer," noted Dr. Marc Smaldone. "Unfortunately, this ... Read more

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Cancer Survivors Can Develop PTSD, Too

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 – People usually imagine post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as happening to war veterans or assault victims. But new research shows the trauma of a cancer scare often leaves survivors with the condition. Many may not want to admit how they feel, the study's lead author said. "Many cancer patients believe they need to adopt a 'warrior mentality,' and remain positive and optimistic from diagnosis through treatment to stand a better chance of beating their cancer," explained Caryn Mei Hsien Chan of the National University of Malaysia. "To these patients, seeking help for the emotional issues they face is akin to admitting weakness," she said. In their study, Chan and her colleagues tracked outcomes for 469 adults with different types of cancer. The research showed that nearly 22 percent had symptoms of PTSD six months after their cancer diagnosis. And about 6 ... Read more

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More Patients Are Having a Say in Their Medical Care

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 – U.S. doctors and patients are making more decisions together, which looks like a win-win for both, researchers say. A new analysis of national survey data found that shared decision-making between doctors and patients rose 14 percent between 2002 and 2014. Patients said doctors have become more likely to: ask them to help make medical decisions; listen to them carefully; show respect for what they said; spend enough time with them; and provide easy-to-understand information. "There has been increased attention among clinicians and health systems to involve patients in decision-making," said Dr. Jeffrey Linder, co-lead author of the study. He's chief of general internal medicine and geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "Patients who have engaged in shared decision-making understand their condition and options better. They ... Read more

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Many Hospice Workers Lack Their Own End-of-Life Directives

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – They deal with death and dying every day, but many hospice care workers haven't outlined their own end-of-life wishes for medical care, researchers say. For the study, investigators analyzed survey responses from about 900 hospice care providers. Only 44 percent had completed an advance directive outlining their wishes for medical care if they're unable to communicate those wishes themselves. The findings seem surprising, the researchers said, given that hospice care workers regularly see the consequences of not providing medical directions in advance. "Advance directives are associated with fewer hospital deaths, fewer intensive care admissions and fewer life-prolonging measures, as well as better quality of life for patients at the end of life," said study author Terry Eggenberger. She's an associate professor in the Florida Atlantic University College of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Talking With Your Child's Cancer-Care Team

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

-- If your child has cancer and is being treated by a team of specialists, frequent and open communication is essential. The American Cancer Society suggests how to talk with team members: Actively take part in your child's care. Communication should be clear, direct and honest. Treat team members with respect. Provide thorough and accurate information about your child's health history. Address any confusion, frustration or disagreement directly with the team members involved. Develop positive and strong relationships with team members. Maintain reasonable expectations about how much time team members can spend with the patient and your family. Keep a running list of questions for team members. Ask for explanations of medical or technical terms you don't understand. Take notes during important discussions. Keep a log of all hospitalizations, tests and treatments. Read more

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Health Tip: Recognize Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Oral cancer typically is diagnosed between the ages of 55 and 64. It tends to affect more men than women, and will make up about 3 percent of all cancers diagnosed in 2017. The American Dental Association says symptoms of oral cancer may include: A mouth sore or irritation that does not go away within 3weeks. Red or white patches. A lump. Rough spots on normally smooth areas of the mouth. Unexplained ear or throat trouble. Frequent hoarseness while talking. Read more

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Know the Signs of Ovarian Cancer and Your Risks

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – About 22,440 American women will learn they have ovarian cancer this year, and more than 14,000 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Often called a "silent killer," ovarian cancer is the 9th most common type of malignancy in women in the United States. Every woman should know the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer. While the causes are unclear, those at increased risk are over age 55; those with a close relative (mother, daughter or sister) with ovarian cancer; and women with a family history of breast, uterine or colon cancers, according to the Valley Health System in Ridgewood, N.J. Others at increased risk include women who have had breast, uterine or colon cancer and women who have never been pregnant. Women with a strong family history of ovarian or breast cancer may be candidates for genetic testing to check for a ... Read more

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1 in 5 Americans Still Uses Tobacco, Gov't. Reports

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – Americans' long love affair with cancer-causing cigarettes is fading – but not gone. One in five U.S. adults still used tobacco in 2015, and most were smokers, a new federal government study of tobacco products reported Thursday. There were 49 million tobacco users, according to the 2015 U.S. National Health Interview Survey. Of those, 42 million used either cigarettes, cigars or hookahs and water pipes. The remainder used electronic cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco, snuff, dip, snus, and dissolvable tobacco. Tobacco use was more common among men than among women, and more common among younger adults, aged 25 to 44, than older adults, aged 65 and older. Tobacco use was also higher among certain people: those in the Midwest; those with annual household incomes under $35,000; those uninsured or on Medicaid; those with a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Accept Help if Your Child Has Cancer

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Caring for a child with cancer can be emotionally and physically overwhelming. The Children's Oncology Group says the best thing such a parent can do is to accept help from friends and family. The group mentions these benefits of doing so: You will have more energy to take care of your child, spend time with your other children and connect with your partner. While there are some things that only you or your spouse can do for your child, there are plenty of things such as grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking and carpooling that others can help you with. Having support can help you feel better when coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis. Read more

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Risk of Breast Cancer's Return Can Linger for Decades

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – Women treated for early stage breast cancer still face a substantial risk of recurrence up to 20 years later, a large, new study shows. Cancer experts say the findings should help inform women's treatment decisions. Specifically, the researchers followed women with estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer, which means the hormone helps fuel the cancer's growth. Standard treatment includes hormonal therapy – with drugs that block estrogen's effects – to help prevent a return of the cancer. All of the women in the study, nearly 63,000, were scheduled to receive the typical five years of hormonal therapy. Researchers found that while the women remained cancer-free for those five years, the risk for recurrence over the next 15 years was still significant. It was greatest for women whose initial cancer had spread to multiple lymph nodes near the breast by the ... Read more

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Even Light Drinking May Raise Your Cancer Risk

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – Maybe you should skip that glass of wine tonight, because even light drinking increases your risk of cancer, warns a new statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). "People typically don't associate drinking beer, wine and hard liquor with increasing their risk of developing cancer in their lifetimes," said ASCO President Dr. Bruce Johnson. "However, the link between increased alcohol consumption and cancer has been firmly established and gives the medical community guidance on how to help their patients reduce their risk of cancer," he said in a society news release. Alcohol is directly responsible for 5 to 6 percent of new cancers and cancer deaths worldwide, according to the statement. The paper cites evidence tying light, moderate or heavy drinking to higher risk of common malignancies such as breast, colon, esophagus, and head and neck ... Read more

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Higher Prices Are Driving Rise in Health Care Spending

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – Rising prices, along with increased variety and complexity of services, are major reasons why health care spending in the United States has increased by nearly $1 trillion in the past 20 years, a new study finds. "Part of the reason we spend more on health care each year is the nation's growing and aging population," said study author Joseph Dieleman. He's an assistant professor at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. "But factors relating to the health system – such as increased price, intensity and utilization – are driving most of the spending increase," he added. "When we added up all the health conditions, increasing population size led to a 23 percent increase in health care spending," Dieleman said in a university news release. "People getting older led to a 12 percent increase in spending, and increases in price ... Read more

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It's 'Buyer Beware' When Purchasing Medical Pot Extract Online

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – People buying a medicinal marijuana extract over the internet often don't get what they paid for, a new study warns. Nearly 7 out of 10 cannabidiol (CBD) products tested did not contain the amount of marijuana extract promised on the label, researchers report. "We wanted to see if they are accurately describing what is in their product," said lead researcher Marcel Bonn-Miller. "We found that generally speaking, no, they're not. There are some people that are doing it right, but the majority of people in the industry are not," said Bonn-Miller. He is an adjunct assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. What's more, 1 in 5 CBD products also contained THC, the active intoxicating compound in marijuana, the researchers found. Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring non-intoxicating chemical found in ... Read more

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Yoga May Give Lung Cancer Patients, Caregivers a Boost

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – For advanced lung cancer patients, yoga appears to help improve their overall physical function, stamina and mental health. And it appears to give their caregivers a boost, as well. The findings stem from a small study of 26 patients and caregivers. The study participants, most of whom were in their 60s, took part in an average of 12 yoga sessions. The focus was on breathing exercises, physical postures and meditation. "It is never too late to engage in exercise, and we know from earlier studies that people can exercise while being treated with chemotherapy or radiation," said study lead author Kathrin Milbury. "Caregivers sometimes have more anxiety and sleeping problems than patients. Therefore, we thought that having the patient and caregiver go through yoga instruction together would be beneficial for both partners," she explained. Milbury is an assistant ... Read more

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Yoga May Give Lung Cancer Patients, Caregivers a Boost

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – For advanced lung cancer patients, yoga appears to help improve their overall physical function, stamina and mental health. And it appears to give their caregivers a boost, as well. The findings stem from a small study of 26 patients and caregivers. The study participants, most of whom were in their 60s, took part in an average of 12 yoga sessions. The focus was on breathing exercises, physical postures and meditation. "It is never too late to engage in exercise, and we know from earlier studies that people can exercise while being treated with chemotherapy or radiation," said study lead author Kathrin Milbury. "Caregivers sometimes have more anxiety and sleeping problems than patients. Therefore, we thought that having the patient and caregiver go through yoga instruction together would be beneficial for both partners," she explained. Milbury is an assistant ... Read more

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