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After Cancer, Higher Risk of Severe Heart Attack

Posted 1 day 14 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Cancer survivors are at increased risk for the most severe type of heart attack and require close attention to their heart health, a new study suggests. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., reviewed data on more than 2,300 patients who suffered this type of heart attack, called ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). One in 10 had a history of cancer, the investigators found. "We've watched cancer survivorship increase over the past two-and-a-half decades, which is wonderful. But, it has led to new challenges, such as handling of downstream illnesses and side effects to an extent never encountered before," said study senior author Dr. Joerg Herrmann. He is an interventional cardiologist at the clinic. "As cardiologists, we wanted to know if cancer and its therapies left these patients debilitated from a cardiovascular disease standpoint," he ... Read more

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Could White Wine Boost Your Melanoma Risk?

Posted 1 day 14 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – A new study raises the possibility that people who enjoy a glass of white wine every day may face a slightly elevated risk of melanoma. Total alcohol intake was associated with a 14 percent higher risk of melanoma per drink per day, researchers found. But, when they looked at the type of alcohol consumed, white wine emerged as the potential culprit. Each drink per day of white wine was associated with a 13 percent higher risk of melanoma, the researchers said. "Per drink" risk was based on 12.8 grams of alcohol – the median amount of alcohol in a beer, a glass of wine or a shot of spirits. Beer, red wine and liquor did not significantly affect melanoma risk, the study authors added. The study does not prove that white wine causes this deadly skin cancer. It merely shows an association, though one worth exploring, the researchers said. "We are just adding one ... Read more

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It's Never Too Late to Stop Smoking

Posted 2 days 16 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – You're never too old to reap the health benefits of quitting smoking, a new study finds. "Even participants who quit smoking as recently as in their 60s were 23 percent less likely to die during follow-up than those who continued to smoke into their 70s," said lead researcher Sarah Nash, who conducted the study while at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. In addition, the age at which you start smoking can have an impact on longevity, the researchers found. "This study confirms that age at smoking initiation and cessation, both key components of smoking duration, continue to be important predictors of mortality in U.S. adults over age 70," Nash said. "It also underscores the importance of measures to prevent initiation, as well as encourage cessation, for all smokers," she added. Nash is currently with the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center at the Alaska ... Read more

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Cancer Advances Demand Continual Funding, Specialists Say

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – Sufficient and sustained funding for cancer research should be a global priority, European and American cancer organizations said at the start of an international oncology conference in Germany on Tuesday. Significant progress has been made in the understanding of how cancer develops. But, consistent research funding is needed to take advantage of these advances to improve cancer survival rates, according to specialists from two of the cancer organizations sponsoring the Munich meeting. "There has never been a more exciting time in cancer research," said Dr. Denis Lacombe, director general of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC). "With the surge in molecular biology developments and a growing consideration for cost-benefit balance from a public health perspective, there is an increasing need to invest in cancer research and ... Read more

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Many Women With Chronic Ills Don't Use Online Tools

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Chronically ill women who don't use the internet may struggle with worse health, a new study finds. "A significantly larger proportion of non-internet users reported needing help learning what to do to manage their health conditions and needing help learning how to care for their health conditions," said researcher Carolyn Mendez-Luck. She's an assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences at Oregon State University. She and her colleagues analyzed information provided by hundreds of American women aged 44 and older with at least one chronic condition. These included heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, emphysema and anxiety. More than one-third didn't use the internet. And fewer than half of those who did have access used the web to learn from others with a chronic disease, the researchers found. Also, fewer ... Read more

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Cancer Can Devour Income of Medicare-Only Patients

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 – Medical bills for older U.S. cancer patients can eat up one-quarter of their income or more if they have Medicare without supplemental insurance, a new study says. Hospitalization is a major reason why seniors with the government-funded insurance program have high out-of-pocket costs for cancer care, the researchers concluded. "The spending associated with a new cancer diagnosis gets very high quickly, even if you have insurance," said study co-author Lauren Hersch Nicholas, an assistant professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "The physical disease is terrible and then you have to figure out how to deal with the economic fallout associated with paying to treat it," she said in a university news release. Nicholas and her colleagues examined data from more than 1,400 Medicare patients diagnosed with cancer ... Read more

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Additive in Processed Foods Tied to Colon Cancer in Mice

Posted 8 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 – An additive used in most processed foods may be linked to colon cancer in mice, a new study suggests. Emulsifiers are added to foods to improve texture and extend shelf life, the study researchers said. In mice, regular consumption of two commonly used emulsifiers led to changes in intestinal bacteria that promoted inflammation and colon cancer, the researchers found. The two emulsifiers are polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose. Colon cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. There is increasing evidence that intestinal microbes play a role in colon cancer, according to the Georgia State University researchers. "The incidence of colorectal cancer has been markedly increasing since the mid-20th century," said Emilie Viennois, an assistant professor at Georgia State's Institute for Biomedical Sciences. "A key feature of this disease is the ... Read more

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Powerful Cancer Drugs Linked to Rare Heart Risks

Posted 3 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2016 – In rare cases, potent drugs that prompt the immune system to fight cancer may threaten the heart in the process, researchers report. Known as immunotherapy, these medications have transformed cancer treatment in recent years, sending some patients who had few options left into remission. But a report in the Nov. 3 issue of New England Journal of Medicine describes two cases where patients with advanced melanoma died of heart trouble two weeks after receiving their first doses of Opdivo (nivolumab) and Yervoy (ipilimumab). One patient was a 65-year-old woman who died following a rapid heartbeat and organ failure, while the other patient was a 63-year-old man who died after two rounds of sudden cardiac arrest. With a heart attack, blood flow to the heart is blocked and tissue damage occurs, while in the case of sudden cardiac arrest the heart suddenly stops ... Read more

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Anal Cancer Rates Rising in Many Parts of the World

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Anal cancer rates are on the rise in many countries. But vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) – a virus linked to the development of anal cancer – may help curb rates of the disease, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The data included 18 countries. The investigators found that anal cancer rates have been increasing in women and men in 13 of those countries, particularly Australia and other countries in the Americas, and northern and western Europe. In those countries, a major subtype called anal squamous cell carcinoma (ASCC) was much more common than others, and was the main reason for the overall increasing rates of anal cancer. Rates of another major subtype, anal adenocarcinoma (AAC), have been stable or decreasing in most populations, the researchers said. "The reason for the ... Read more

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Gene Test May ID Chemo Patients at Risk of Clots: Study

Posted 1 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 – Genetic testing could help identify breast cancer patients at high risk for the formation of blood clots in their veins, new research suggests. This problem, called venous thromboembolism (VTE), is a serious and potentially fatal complication that can occur during cancer treatment, particularly chemotherapy. Because breast cancer is one of the most common cancers, breast cancer patients account for a large number of cancer-related VTE cases, said study author Judith Brand. She's a postdoctoral researcher in the department of medical epidemiology and biostatistics at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Venous thromboembolism is preventable through treatment with an anti-clotting drug. But side effects, such as bleeding, mean this therapy is not routinely used in patients undergoing chemotherapy, the researchers explained. The new study included more than ... Read more

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1 in 4 Seniors Doesn't Discuss End-of-Life Care

Posted 31 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 – More than one-quarter of American seniors have never discussed end-of-life care, a new study finds. "Despite decades of work to improve advance care planning, over a quarter of older adults have still not engaged in any type of discussion or planning for their end-of-life preferences or plans," said lead author Krista Harrison, a geriatrics research fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. The researchers looked at more than 2,100 Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older. Data from the group included self-reported age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, income, self-rated health, number of chronic conditions, disability in activities of daily living, and dementia. The researchers found that 60 percent of the beneficiaries said they'd had discussions on end-of-life care, 50 percent on power of attorney, and 52 percent on other advanced directives. ... Read more

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Colon Cancer's Location May Determine Patient Survival

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – Where in the colon a cancer develops could affect a patient's chances for survival, a new report finds. At issue are so-called left-sided and right-sided colon cancers, one oncologist who reviewed the findings explained. "Left-sided cancers are located closer to the anus and located in the rectum, sigmoid colon and descending colon," said Dr. David Bernstein, chief of hepatology at Northwell Health in Manhasset, N.Y. "These cancers usually present with bleeding or partial obstruction [and] because of this presentation, patients tend to seek medical care earlier." On the other hand, "right-sided lesions – located in the first part of the colon, near the junction with the small intestine – do not typically present with obstruction but tend to present with anemia and are more likely to be associated with metastatic disease, especially to the liver," Bernstein ... Read more

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High Rate of Antidepressant Use After Cancer

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – Treatment for depression and anxiety is nearly twice as common among U.S. cancer survivors as it is for those who never had the disease, a new study finds. Among more than 3,000 adult cancer survivors, 19 percent reported taking medication for anxiety, depression or both, researchers found. But when the research team looked at nearly 45,000 adults with no history of cancer, they found just one in 10 used these medications. "Overall, these findings are sobering," said lead researcher Nikki Hawkins, a behavioral scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We've come a long way in treating cancer medically, but these data tell us cancer can take a serious psychological and emotional toll for many years, even after treatment is complete," she said. Hawkins said it's remarkable that nearly one in five cancer survivors is taking medications ... Read more

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Even for Men at High Risk, Healthy Living May Help Prevent Colon Cancer

Posted 20 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – While it's well known that healthy living can lower the odds for colon cancer, a new study finds it's even true for men whose DNA puts them at high risk for the disease. Components of a healthy lifestyle include exercise, proper nutrition, no smoking and reduced alcohol consumption, the study authors said. An expert in colon health who reviewed the findings believes there's a lesson here for anyone bent on lowering their cancer risk. "I think these lifestyle factors are things that everyone should strive to achieve if they can – everyone can benefit," said Dr. Andrew Chan, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The new British study was co-authored by two London-based researchers, Matthew Frampton of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Dr. Richard Houlston of The Institute of Cancer Research. The researchers noted that ... Read more

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

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

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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