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Lung-Sparing Surgery May Boost Mesothelioma Survival

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 – Surgery that preserves the lung, when combined with other therapies, appears to extend the lives of people with a subtype of the rare and deadly cancer mesothelioma, a new study suggests. Tracking 73 patients with advanced malignant pleural mesothelioma – which affects the lungs' protective lining in the chest cavity – researchers found that those treated with ...

Asbestos Found in Kids' Crayons, Toy Kits: Report

Posted 8 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 – Asbestos fibers have been found in crayons and other toys sold in the United States, according to a new report from an environmental health advocacy group. The fibers were found in four brands of crayons and two children's crime-scene toy fingerprint kits, according to the EWG (Environmental Working Group) Action Fund report released Wednesday. "We were surprised," said ...

Radiation Before Surgery May Improve Survival From Rare Lung Cancer

Posted 23 Jan 2014 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2014 – Patients with a rare type of lung cancer might be more likely to survive if they have radiation therapy before – rather than after – surgery, according to a small new study. The study included 25 patients with mesothelioma who underwent five days of radiation therapy and had surgery to remove the affected lung the following week. Many patients who develop mesothelioma ...

Blood Test May Spot Rare Lung Cancer

Posted 10 Oct 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10 – A blood test may identify the often difficult-to-diagnose cancer called mesothelioma, new research suggests. The blood test, along with a lung fluid test, looks for a protein in plasma called fibulin-3 that indicates whether a person has mesothelioma, which is often triggered by asbestos exposure, or was simply exposed to asbestos. "In the mesothelioma patients, fibulin-3 ...

Cancer Patients Should Ask Doctors to Use Simple Terms

Posted 28 Sep 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28 – Cancer patients are often faced with many difficult-to-understand treatment choices that can have serious side effects and even mean the difference between life and death. That's why it's crucial that patients insist doctors use plain language in explaining the options, advised Angela Fagerlin, an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan ...

Fewer Cancer Patients May Be Depressed Than Thought

Posted 20 Jan 2011 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 20 – The rate of depression among cancer patients may be lower than previously believed, a new study indicates. An international team of researchers analyzed 94 studies involving more than 14,000 patients and found that about one-sixth of cancer patients suffer depression and about one-third have a more widely defined mood disorder. Only modest rates of depression and anxiety ...

1 in 5 Cancer Survivors Suffers Chronic Pain, Study Finds

Posted 20 Jan 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 19 – More than 40 percent of cancer survivors experience pain, and the risk is highest among black and female patients, finds a new study. Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System surveyed nearly 200 U.S. cancer survivors and found that 43 percent had experienced pain since their diagnosis, and 20 percent suffered chronic cancer-related pain at least two years ...

Demand for Radiation Therapy Predicted to Exceed Supply

Posted 21 Oct 2010 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 21 – Over the next decade, the growth in demand for radiation therapy in the United States will be 10 times greater than the increase in new radiation oncologists, a difference that could affect cancer patients' access to treatment, according to a new study. Between 2010 and 2020, the number of patients requiring radiation therapy will increase 22 percent but the number of ...

Cancer Patients' Secondary Symptoms Need Attention: Study

Posted 11 Oct 2010 by

MONDAY, Oct. 11 – Many cancer patients with pain or depression also experience physical symptoms, such as fatigue, dry mouth and nausea, that can cause disability, a new study shows. Doctors need to recognize and treat these symptoms in order to improve quality of life for cancer patients, said Dr. Kurt Kroenke, of the Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indiana University, and Regenstrief ...

Cost-Conscious Cancer Survivors Skip Care

Posted 14 Jun 2010 by

MONDAY, June 14 – Millions of Americans with a history of cancer, particularly people under age 65, are delaying or skimping on medical care because of worries about the cost of treatment, a new study suggests. The finding raises troubling questions about the long-term survival and quality of life of the 12 million adults in the United States whose lives have been forever changed by a diagnosis ...

Pain Relief Often Delayed for Cancer Patients

Posted 16 Mar 2010 by

TUESDAY, March 16 – Palliative care services, which help people who are seriously ill relieve symptoms such as pain, are now found at most U.S. cancer centers, but many programs don't interact with patients until it's too late, study findings show. Dr. David Hui, of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and his colleagues surveyed 71 U.S. National Cancer ...

Vaccine for Asbestos-Related Cancer Looks Safe

Posted 4 Mar 2010 by

THURSDAY, March 4 – An investigational vaccine for the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma is safe, according to a new study. Researchers in the Netherlands tested the vaccine – which infuses a patient's own dendritic cells with antigen from the patient's tumor – on 10 patients and found that it induced an immune T-cell response against mesothelioma tumors. This is the first time DC-based ...

U.S. Cancer Cases, Deaths Continue to Drop

Posted 8 Dec 2009 by

MONDAY, Dec. 7 – Better screening, healthier living and new treatments have all continued to help cut the annual number of cancer cases and deaths in the United States, a new report says. The findings showed that new cancer cases and deaths from cancer have declined significantly for both men and women and for most racial/ethnic populations. These decreases were largely due to decreased ...

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