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Could a Tattoo Someday Spot Your Cancer?

Posted 1 day 20 hours ago by Drugs.com

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 ...

New Drugs May Be Big Advance in Lung Cancer Care

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Drugs designed to trigger a patient's immune system may help boost survival for those battling lung cancer, two new studies found. The first study found that when the immunotherapy drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) was combined with standard chemotherapy, the chance that a patient would die within the next 11 months plummeted by more than 50 percent, compared with being ...

More Women Die of Lung Cancer in 2 U.S. 'Hot Spots'

Posted 31 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 – Lung cancer death rates among women have fallen in much of the United States, but have increased in two regions where smoking is more common, a new study finds. The first cluster or "hot spot" comprises 669 counties in Appalachia and the Midwest, and the second is 81 counties in the northern Midwest, according to the analysis of U.S. National Cancer Institute data. ...

Health Tip: Understanding Palliative Care

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Palliative care is designed to improve the quality of life and help manage the symptoms of a serious iilness, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. The focus is on keeping a person comfortable and happy, and can be provided alongside treatment. Palliative care can be provided in nursing homes, outpatient clinics, residences and hospitals, and often is covered by private insurance, ...

Tobacco Kills, No Matter How It's Smoked: Study

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – Smokers who think cigars or pipes are somehow safer than cigarettes may want to think again, new research indicates. The study tracked the health and habits of more than 357,000 Americans from 1985 to 2011. It found that, compared to people who had never smoked, people who regularly smoked only cigarettes had double the risk of death in that time frame, from whatever the ...

Lung Cancer One of Many Reasons Not to Smoke

Posted 18 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Feb. 18, 2018 – You already know that smoking causes lung cancer. But tobacco use can lead to other major health problems, too, experts warn. "Cigarette smoking is probably the single most harmful thing you can do to your health," said Jonathan Foulds, a professor of public health sciences and psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine. "It's hard to find a part of the body not ...

Exercise May Help Lung Cancer Surgery Go More Smoothly

Posted 2 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 – Lung cancer patients can halve their risk of postop complications by taking up an exercise program before their surgery, a new report suggests. For the study, researchers analyzed reports on 13 clinical trials that included a total of over 800 people who had surgery for cancer. The patients had been treated for cancer of the bowel, liver, esophagus, lung, mouth or ...

New Treatments Tackling Tough Lung Cancer

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – Medical advances have led to "enormous" progress in treatments for the leading type of lung cancer, a new report shows. Lung cancer kills about 1.6 million people worldwide each year. The type known as non-small cell lung cancer accounts for about 85 percent of lung cancer cases. "Progress has been enormous in the past 20 years," said Dr. Roy Herbst, chief of medical ...

Best Ways to Quit Smoking, Cut Your Lung Cancer Risk

Posted 6 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 – While there is no sure way to avoid lung cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Smoking contributes to 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths, according to the American Lung Association. Men who smoke have a 23 times increased risk of lung cancer. And exposure to secondhand smoke causes approximately 7,330 lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the ...

High Costs Keep Many Cancer Patients From Needed Drugs

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 – Cancer drugs have become so pricey that U.S. patients often can't afford them, a new study finds. The findings suggest that high out-of-pocket costs may be a barrier to potentially life-saving or life-prolonging treatments, the researchers said, and raise questions about whether patients will be able to take advantage of new cancer treatments. "Imagine leaving your ...

New Trial Cancer Drug, Ulixertinib, Shows Promise Against Wide Range of Tumors

Posted 15 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 15, 2017 – A new drug that targets a genetic flaw common to most cancer cells is showing potency against many tumor types. The preliminary trial of a drug called ulixertinib was conducted with 135 patients who had already failed treatments for one of a variety of advanced, solid tumors. Researchers led by Dr. Ryan Sullivan, of Massachusetts General Hospital, said ulixertinib did ...

Local Smoke-Free Laws Tied to Fewer Lung Cancer Cases

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – Communities with strong smoke-free workplace laws have lower lung cancer rates than those with no smoke-free laws, researchers report. The new study was conducted in Kentucky, which has one of the highest lung cancer rates in the United States. University of Kentucky researchers examined 20 years of data on new lung cancer cases among state residents aged 50 and older. ...

Insurance Ups the Odds of Beating Cancer

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – Your chances of surviving cancer may depend on the type of insurance you have. Researchers from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California found significant improvements in survival among cancer patients with private insurance or Medicare, but not among those who have public insurance such as Medicaid, or are uninsured. The investigators analyzed data on more than 1.1 ...

Lung Cancer Drug, Nivolumab (Opdivo), Targets 'Hidden' HIV in French Patient

Posted 1 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 – In a case that investigators say is a first, a lung cancer drug unmasked and then attacked the kind of HIV-infected cells that standard antiretroviral therapy has been unable to touch. The finding was reported on Dec. 1, which is also World AIDS Day, in the Annals of Oncology. While one AIDS expert said the findings were promising, she noted the drug did not "cure" the ...

Commitment Is Key for Online Quit-Smoking Groups

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – An online social network designed to help you quit smoking can do just that, a new study finds. But the odds of quitting rise along with the level of active involvement, the researchers said. They examined the impact of BecomeAnEX.org, a social network site created by the nonprofit anti-tobacco group Truth Initiative, in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic. Network users ...

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