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Blue's Clues: Adding Dye to Colonoscopy May Boost Detection

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TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – By having patients swallow a blue dye tablet as part of colonoscopy prep, doctors can boost their chances of catching telltale signs of cancer, new research suggests. The dye is technically referred to as "oral delayed-release methylene blue." When patients ingested the dye in tablet form alongside their usual pre-procedure cleansing preparation, it worked to highlight ...

Dilemma for Cancer Patients as Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Are Tied to Vision Loss

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FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 – A newer type of cancer treatment may offer the chance of longer survival, but the drugs could also trigger new side effects, such as vision problems. New research reports on three cases of a potentially vision-threatening eye condition called uveal effusion that patients developed after taking cancer immunotherapy. Immunotherapy uses a person's own immune system to fight ...

Colon Polyp Type May Be Key to Cancer Risk

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TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 – The type of colon polyp that's spotted during a colonoscopy may help predict the likelihood of colon cancer, new research shows. These polyps – also called adenomas – can be labeled advanced or non-advanced, explained researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Their study of almost 16,000 patients who underwent colonoscopy found that the long-term ...

Health Tip: Providing End of Life Care

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-- End of life care is focused on easing pain and comforting a person who is dying. The focus should be on the person's mental and emotional needs, spirituality and fulfilling everyday obligations, the National Institute on Aging says. The agency suggests caregivers ask the person's doctor these questions: Since there is no cure for what ails this person, what will happen next? Why are you ...

End-of-Life Care Saves Money

Posted 30 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – Giving very ill and dying patients palliative care shortens hospital stays and lowers costs, researchers report. Palliative care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness to reduce suffering for patients and their families. "People with serious and complex medical illness account heavily for health care spending, yet often experience ...

Health Tip: Heavy Alcohol Use Increases Cancer Risk

Posted 27 Apr 2018 by

-- Heavy drinking increases your risk of developing cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, liver, colon and breast, the American Cancer Society says. The society says alcohol abuse may: Damage body tissues. Help toxic chemicals, such as those in tobacco smoke, trigger bodily harm. Limit the body's absorption of key nutrients. Raise levels of estrogen, which could raise a woman's ...

Common Colon Cancer Screen May Help Men More Than Women

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 – Sigmoidoscopy, an alternative to colonoscopy, may help one gender more than the other, new research shows. Flexible sigmoidoscopy looks at about a third of the colon, as compared to the whole colon as is seen in colonoscopy. But unlike colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy does not typically require sedation. However, new research finds that while sigmoidoscopy is associated with ...

How a False Alarm Affects Future Cancer Screenings

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – A cancer scare could increase the chances that you'll be diligent about recommended screenings in the future, a new study finds. People who got a false-positive result on a breast or prostate cancer screening test were more likely to adhere to screening guidelines for breast cancer and colon cancer going forward, researchers found. False-positive findings are initial ...

Could a Tattoo Someday Spot Your Cancer?

Posted 19 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 – Tattoos serve many purposes, perhaps expressing artistry, loyalty or love. Now, scientists working with mice say they've engineered a medical "tattoo" that can screen for early signs of major disease. The biomedical tattoo is made up of cells embedded with sensors that measure levels of blood calcium. It's initially invisible when implanted under the skin. But the ...

Want to Help Beat Colon Cancer? Live Healthy

Posted 12 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 – More than 1.3 million Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer, but new research suggests that adopting a healthy lifestyle goes a long way toward boosting survival. The study followed nearly 1,000 patients with advanced colon cancer for an average of seven years. It found that people who ate right and exercised had a 42 percent lower risk of dying during the study ...

Health Tip: Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Posted 9 Apr 2018 by

-- Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, trailing only lung cancer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Some 140,000 Americans get colorectal cancer each year, resulting in more than 50,000 deaths, the agency says. Your risk of developing colorectal cancer increases as you get older. And because you may not have symptoms, the CDC ...

Red Meat Tied to Higher Colon Cancer Risk for Women

Posted 3 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 3, 2018 – Another study, this time in British women, finds that diets high in red meat are linked to higher odds for colon cancer. Numerous studies have linked a high intake of red meat to colon cancer. In fact, guidelines from the American Institute for Cancer Research and World Cancer Research Fund International, released in September, recommended that people limit their intake ...

Study Confirms Lifesaving Value of Colonoscopy

Posted 14 Mar 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – A large study has confirmed what many public health experts have long believed: Colonoscopy saves lives. The study looked at roughly 25,000 patients in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system, where colonoscopy is widely used. The VA views it as the main screening test for patients aged 50 and older who have average odds for developing colon or rectal cancer. Of that ...

Presidential Panel Says High-Priced Cancer Drugs Harm Patient Care

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – "Financial toxicity" caused by high cancer drug prices is harming people's ability to fight the dreaded disease, a new report from the President's Cancer Panel warns. The report, released Tuesday, argues that urgent action is needed to stem the growing price tags associated with new cancer drugs, particularly if the price doesn't match the amount of benefit the drug ...

Odds of Surviving Anal Cancer Colored by Income

Posted 12 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Poorer Americans with anal cancer – a highly treatable disease – are more likely to die than wealthier patients, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed 2004-2013 data from 9,550 patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the anus. Each year, 8,200 cases are diagnosed in the United States, and more than 1,000 people die of the disease. Patients in areas with lower ...

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