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Knowing Their Breast Cancer Risk May Empower Teens

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THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 – Knowing they have a family history of breast cancer or a high-risk gene mutation doesn't lead to increased anxiety or depression in teen girls, a new study finds. These teens may actually have greater self-esteem and a better understanding of cancer risk than their peers, researchers said. "Overall, girls in families with a history of breast cancer seem to cope pretty well over time," said study author Dr. Angela Bradbury. She is an assistant professor of hematology/oncology at the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia. "They do worry more about breast cancer than their peers do, particularly as they get older, but that doesn't seem to impact them in terms of depression, anxiety and general psychosocial adjustment," Bradbury explained in a university news release. The study included 320 girls, aged 11 to 19. Of those girls, 208 ... Read more

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Exercise May Not Lower Women's Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

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THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 – Regular workouts may cut a woman's chances for heart disease and certain cancers, but new research suggests they won't lower the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS). The new study "did not provide evidence to support" the notion that exercise lowers MS risk, said study author Kassandra Munger, of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. For the study, Munger's group tracked data on more than 193,000 American women involved in the Nurses' Health Study and Nurses' Health Study 2. These women were followed for up to 20 years. They had to fill out questionnaires regarding their current physical activity as well as the exercise they got when they were growing up. Munger's team used this information to calculate the number of hours the women exercised each week. Over the course of the study, 341 of the women were diagnosed with MS. After considering a number of ... Read more

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FDA's Cancer-Drug Reviewers Often Join Industry Later: Study

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TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – Among federal employees who review new cancer-drug applications for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, about half who leave to work elsewhere end up working for the industry they once regulated. That's what researchers at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) concluded after following the career paths of 55 FDA reviewers of new blood and cancer drugs. The findings raise concerns about regulators' ability to make impartial decisions in the public interest, the researchers suggest. "If you left the FDA, 57.7 percent of the time you worked for and consulted for the industry," said Dr. Vinay Prasad, a hematologist-oncologist and assistant professor of medicine. "It's astonishingly high," added Prasad, a co-author of a letter that addresses the issue and was published Sept. 27 in the BMJ. Concerns about the "revolving door" between government and industry ... Read more

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Cancer Treatment More Likely to Leave Blacks in Debt

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MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 – Black cancer survivors are more likely than whites to wind up in debt or forego treatment due to cost, a new study finds. "More than 1.6 million adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year, and many face some form of financial hardship related to cancer and cancer treatment, even when they're insured," said study author Theresa Hastert. Hastert is an assistant professor in the department of oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, in Detroit. "In order to pay for cancer care, many patients experience changes to their financial situation that can include everything from cutting back on leisure spending to dipping into savings or selling assets, taking on debt, or even losing a home or declaring bankruptcy," Hastert said. Researchers looked at these strains and their effect on people ... Read more

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Many Patients Enter Cancer Trials With Unrealistic Expectations

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MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 – Many cancer patients hold unrealistic hopes when they decide to join early stage clinical trials of experimental treatments, new research shows. These trials – known as phase 1 trials – evaluate the safety and possible benefits of treatments that have never before been tested on people. Many of these trials are limited to patients who have advanced disease or who have not responded to other treatments. Usually, patients start a trial on a low dose of medication and gradually get bigger doses until a recommended level is set for a new phase 2 trial. After talking to their doctor about the possible risks and benefits of phase 1 trials, a high percentage of cancer patients were willing to participate, but nearly half believed their tumor would shrink as a result, the new study found. British researchers asked 396 cancer patients who were considering enrollment ... Read more

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'Medical Tattoos' Help Hide Surgical Scars

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FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 – Patients with unsightly scars from cancer surgeries may benefit from "medical tattoos" that can help restore some of the skin's natural appearance, Dutch researchers report. The researchers surveyed 56 patients who got medical tattoos on their head and neck, and found they were pleased with the results. "The mystery until now was how well patients appreciated the technique," said study co-author Dr. Rick van de Langenberg, an ear, nose and throat surgeon at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. In addition to saying their scars looked better, "patients were less stressed about the appearance of the scar and thought less about it," he said. U.S. experts noted that the procedure is common in the United States. In a general sense, "medical tattooing had been performed in the U.S. for decades," said Dr. Fred Fedok, president-elect of the American Academy of ... Read more

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Smoking Leaves Lasting Marks on DNA: Study

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TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Smoking cigarettes can leave a lasting imprint on human DNA, altering more than 7,000 genes in ways that may contribute to the development of smoking-related diseases, a new study says. Reviewing results from blood samples taken from nearly 16,000 people in 16 prior studies, the researchers also found that for those who stopped smoking, most genes "recovered" within five years of quitting. "Although this emphasizes the long-term residual effects of smoking, the good news is the sooner you can stop smoking, the better off you are," said study author Dr. Stephanie London. She is deputy chief of the epidemiology branch of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Even so, London's team found that some genetic changes remained, even 30 years after quitting smoking. London and her colleagues zeroed in on a process called DNA methylation – ... Read more

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Childhood Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: CDC

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FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 – The number of U.S. children who die from cancer has fallen 20 percent since 1999, and leukemia is no longer the top killer, a new federal government report shows. The decline continues a trend that began back in the 1970s, experts said. What's new is that leukemia – the most common type of childhood cancer – is no longer the leading cause of cancer deaths. Survival among children with leukemia has improved to the degree that brain cancer now tops the list. "It had been leukemia for decades, but only recently has there been this switch," said lead researcher Sally Curtin, who is with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). It's not that deaths from childhood brain cancer are rising, according to Curtin. Instead, the rate has remained stubbornly stable, while leukemia deaths keep declining, she ... Read more

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Strides Made in Treating Childhood Cancer: Report

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FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – Significant progress has been made in treating childhood cancers, but more needs to be done to fight tougher cancers and protect the long-term health of survivors, a new report says. In 2016, more than 14,600 children aged 19 and younger will be diagnosed with some form of pediatric cancer, and 1,850 will die, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), which compiled the report with the Alliance for Childhood Cancer. "The numbers here tell a compelling story," said Katherine Sharpe, senior vice president of patient and caregiver support at the ACS. "We have seen significant progress when it comes to developing effective treatments for a variety of pediatric cancer sites and ultimately saving lives," she said in an ACS news release. "But when we expand our view to look at all pediatric cancers, as well as long-term health and survival, it becomes clear that ... Read more

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Cancer Caregivers Face Difficult Demands

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FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – People who care for loved ones with cancer face more challenges than those who look after someone with other health problems, a new study reports. "Caregiving can be extremely stressful and demanding – physically, emotionally, and financially," said Erin Kent, a program director at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. "The data show we need to do a better job of supporting these individuals as their well-being is essential to the patient's quality of life and outcomes." Researchers analyzed data from a 2015 national survey of more than 1,200 caregivers in the United States. Compared to other caregivers, cancer caregivers were 63 percent more likely to report a higher burden. They also spent nearly 50 percent more hours a week providing care. Cancer caregivers were also more likely than other caregivers to communicate with health care professionals and to ... Read more

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Early Palliative Care Improves Patients' Quality of Life

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FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – Starting palliative care shortly after a person is diagnosed with incurable cancer helps patients cope and improves their quality of life, a new study shows. It also leads to more discussions about patients' end-of-life care preferences, the researchers added. Palliative care, also called comfort care, is given to improve the quality of life for patients who have a life-threatening disease or terminal illness, such as cancer. The goal is not to cure the patient, but to manage the symptoms of the disease, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute. The new study included 350 people recently diagnosed with incurable lung or gastrointestinal cancer. They were randomly assigned to one of two care groups. One group received early palliative care integrated with cancer care. The other received cancer care alone. The patients were evaluated at 12 and 24 weeks ... Read more

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Can Exercise Offset Alcohol's Damaging Effects?

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THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 – In news that's sure to delight tipplers everywhere, a new study says moderate exercise may offset some of alcohol's harmful effects. Normally, drinking raises the risk of death from cancer and all causes, the researchers said. But just 2.5 hours of physical activity a week could reduce those odds, the large study of British residents found. "Among the sedentary participants, we found that the risk of death from cancer and all causes is slightly increased even for an alcohol consumption considered to be within guidelines," said study first author Karine Perreault. She is a researcher at the School of Public Health of the University of Montreal. That finding plus the lower risk of death for more athletic people "demonstrates the beneficial effect the practice of physical activity may have on human health," she said in a university news release. But, the study ... Read more

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Do Overweight People Fare Better Than Others With Kidney Cancer?

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2016 – Obesity is a risk factor for kidney cancer. Yet, obese people with advanced kidney cancer seem to live longer than normal-weight or underweight patients, a new study finds. In one database of nearly 2,000 patients with advanced kidney cancer, those who were obese or overweight survived nearly 26 months, compared to 17 months for those of normal weight. And, overweight patients were 16 percent less likely to die during the study period, the researchers reported. Similar findings were uncovered using three other databases. The records of more than 7,000 kidney cancer patients were reviewed by the study authors. "Paradoxically, when overweight individuals developed kidney cancer, especially in its advanced, metastatic form, their disease progressed more slowly and they lived longer than their normal-weight counterparts," said lead researcher Dr. Toni Choueiri. ... Read more

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Tasmanian Devils' Genes May Be Outwitting Deadly Cancer

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FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 – Tasmanian devils may be evolving to resist a deadly contagious cancer, a new study suggests. These animals are the world's largest carnivorous marsupials, reaching up to 30 inches in length and weighing up to 26 pounds. Researchers discovered that two regions of the Tasmanian devils' genome are changing in response to the rapid spread of devil facial tumor disease (DFTD). The cancer was first detected in 1996 and is nearly always fatal, the researchers said. The findings suggest Tasmanian devils may be evolving genetic resistance to the cancer. This could help them avoid extinction, the researchers said. "Our study suggests hope for the survival of the Tasmanian devil in the face of this devastating disease," said study author Andrew Storfer in a Washington State University news release. He is a professor of biology there, and worked on the study with an ... Read more

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Injury Risk Spikes While Cancer Patients Seek Diagnosis: Study

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THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 – Cancer patients face an added risk of injuries while their condition is being diagnosed, a new study says. The findings show the need for more effort to prevent both accidental and other types of injuries while patients await a diagnosis, according to the researchers. Led by Qing Shen, a postgraduate student in the department of medical epidemiology and biostatistics at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, researchers studied injury-related hospitalizations of cancer patients in Sweden between 1990 and 2010. The investigators focused on the 16 weeks before and after diagnosis. During that time, nearly 721,000 patients were hospitalized. These cases included 7,300 injuries from medical complications and drug treatments, and over 8,300 injuries from accidents or intentional self-harm, the study findings showed. The risk for medical-related injuries is "not ... Read more

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