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Positioning During Cancer Radiation May Be Key to Heart Risks

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – If you have lung or throat cancer, exactly how you are positioned during your radiation treatments may alter your chances of beating the disease. New research suggests that even tiny shifts can mean the radiation may harm organs around tumors in the chest, most notably the heart. "We already know that using imaging can help us to target cancers much more precisely and ...

Breast Cancer Radiation Not as Bad as Many Fear

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 – Many breast cancer patients say they've heard scary stories about radiation therapy, but their actual experience is usually better, new research finds. The study of more than 300 women who underwent breast radiation found that almost half had heard "frightening" stories going into treatment. But only 2 percent ultimately agreed that the stories were true. And over 80 ...

Cancer Survivors Often Face Another Hurdle: Faster Aging

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 – Treatments that help people beat cancer also can cause them to age prematurely and die sooner, Mayo Clinic researchers report. Cancer survivors naturally age faster than others who haven't had cancer, and are more likely to develop long-term health problems related to aging while they're still relatively young, the study authors said. These ailments can include hormone ...

Are Emergency Medical Workers Ready for a Nuclear Attack?

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 – Emergency medical workers are trained to handle a wide range of traumas and disasters, but they aren't prepared to deal with a nuclear attack, a new study reports. There are concerns about the risk of nuclear warfare due to rising tensions between the United States and North Korea. So University of Georgia researchers decided to assess the readiness of medical ...

Yoga May Give Lung Cancer Patients, Caregivers a Boost

Posted 7 Nov 2017 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 ...

Yoga May Give Lung Cancer Patients, Caregivers a Boost

Posted 7 Nov 2017 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 ...

Radiation and Chemotherapy Together Boost Lung Cancer Survival

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 – Combining radiation therapy with chemotherapy has substantially extended survival for many people with lung cancer, two new studies report. About 32 percent of non-small cell lung cancer patients who received chemoradiation therapy were still alive five years following treatment, a survival rate double that of previous estimates, according to results from a long-term ...

Breast Cancer Radiation 'Less Scary' Than Thought

Posted 25 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 – Radiation therapy for breast cancer is actually "less scary" than anticipated, nine out of 10 patients say after treatment. A survey of 300-plus breast cancer patients also found that more than 80 percent said the side effects of radiation were better than expected. "The word radiation itself sounds frightening and is associated with many negative news stories," said ...

Cancer Treatment Can Affect Your Food Preferences

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Cancer therapies often change patients' sense of taste, which may affect what they like to eat, according to a nutrition expert. "Increased taste sensitivities are more common than a muting of taste," said Catherine Carpenter, professor of clinical nutrition at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. "Usually, the type of taste sensitivity encountered is one of a ...

Antiperspirant Use Seems Safe During Breast Cancer Treatment: Study

Posted 11 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – Contrary to what some doctors might say, new research suggests it's OK to use antiperspirants while undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer. Researchers surveyed 92 patients and found that 79 percent said their doctors had told them not to use antiperspirants during treatment. And a survey of 105 doctors and nurses found that 82 percent said they regularly told ...

Childhood Cancer Radiation May Cause Unwanted Gene Mutation in Some

Posted 4 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 – Some adult survivors of childhood cancer go on to develop brain tumors, and now researchers say they've found a gene mutation that seems to increase that risk. The researchers said their findings could lead to ways to prevent these brain tumors. Adults who had radiation to their head and spine to treat childhood cancer have a greater risk of meningiomas. These tumors, ...

Mission to Mars Would Double Astronauts' Cancer Risk

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – Once astronauts leave the Earth's protective magnetic field, their cancer risk would soar while traveling to Mars, new research indicates. Scientists said radiation exposure during a long-term deep-space mission would not only affect already damaged cells but also healthy ones nearby, doubling cancer risk. Cosmic rays cause significant cell damage due from exposure to ...

Childhood Cancer Survivors Now Living Healthier Lives

Posted 2 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 – For people who battled cancer in childhood, the prospects for a long life without cancer recurrence or chronic illness are better than ever, a new study finds. That's largely due to changes in cancer treatment protocols that have meant less toxicity to children and less chance for long-term side effects, researchers said. This is the first "comprehensive" study on the ...

Is One Round of Radiation Enough for Spine Pain in Cancer Patients?

Posted 2 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 – Just one dose of radiation works as well as a full week of treatment to ease debilitating spinal pain in patients with advanced cancer, a new study shows. Known as spinal cord compression, the condition happens when a tumor presses against the spine. It can cause pain, numbness, tingling and difficulty walking. Radiation is often used to relieve these symptoms of spinal ...

Health Tip: Getting an X-Ray During Pregnancy

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- X-rays provide important insight to doctors trying to diagnose a bone problem. But there are some risks associated with exposure to radiation. However, the risks of avoiding an X-ray are likely to be greater than the small risk of having one. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests these ways to minimize your risk: Always tell your doctor if you are pregnant, or could be pregnant. If ...

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