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Doctors' Group Offers Ideas for Easing Cancer Costs

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – New cancer drugs routinely cost $100,000 a year or more, and older cancer drugs are rising in price, too. Now, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has some suggestions for easing patients' money woes. The proposals include allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, legalizing the importation of drugs, and adopting bundled, or group, payment programs. In the new policy statement, ASCO also says it supports creation of a panel of "stakeholders" in health care to determine the effectiveness of its proposals. Such a group might also outline a uniform approach for assessing the value of drugs. "In what, undoubtedly, is one of the most difficult times in their lives, individuals with cancer should be focused on getting the best care possible, not worrying about financial strain on their families," said Dr. Clifford Hudis. He's CEO of ASCO, a leading ... Read more

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Survival Continues to Improve for Most Cancers

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 – Overall cancer death rates in the United States continue to fall, but racial gaps persist, a new report says. Death rates fell between 2010 and 2014 for 11 of the 16 most common cancers in men and for 13 of the most common types in women, including lung, colon, prostate and breast cancers. However, death rates rose for cancers of the liver, pancreas and brain in men and for the liver and uterus in women. And improvements in cancer survival weren't equal for all Americans. "While this report found that five-year survival for most types of cancer improved among both blacks and whites over the past several decades, racial disparities for many common cancers have persisted, and they may have increased for prostate cancer and female breast cancer," said Dr. Lynne Penberthy. She's associate director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute's Surveillance Research ... Read more

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Cancer Survivors Gain From Web-Based Health Care

Posted 10 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 – Online- and phone-based health care offers a number of benefits for cancer survivors, British researchers report. The new study looked at previous research on cancer survivors' experiences with online and phone health contacts – what the researchers call telehealth. The review found that patients liked the flexibility and convenience of this method of staying in touch with their care providers because they could do so in a familiar, comfortable setting and with minimum disruption to their lives. The perceived anonymity of telehealth reduced patients' sense of vulnerability and some said they were more comfortable raising concerns in this setting than in face-to-face appointments. Negative aspects of telehealth mentioned by patients included not being able to meet their health care providers in person, while other patients said they couldn't use the service due ... Read more

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Screening, HPV Vaccine Can Prevent Cervical Cancer: FDA

Posted 8 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – Women can reduce their risk of cervical cancer through vaccination and screening, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. In 2016, nearly 13,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 4,100 will die from the disease, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute. The FDA wants to make women aware of how to protect themselves from cervical cancer, which is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). An FDA-approved vaccine called Gardasil 9 protects against 9 HPV types and can prevent about 90 percent of cervical, vulvar, vaginal and anal cancer cancers, and also protects against genital warts. The vaccine is approved for use in females and males aged 9 to 26. Gardasil 9 is not a treatment for HPV disease or cervical cancer, noted Marion Gruber, director of the FDA's Office of Vaccines Research and Review. "Women, ... Read more

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Do Overweight People Fare Better Than Others With Kidney Cancer?

Posted 7 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2016 – Obesity is a risk factor for kidney cancer. Yet, obese people with advanced kidney cancer seem to live longer than normal-weight or underweight patients, a new study finds. In one database of nearly 2,000 patients with advanced kidney cancer, those who were obese or overweight survived nearly 26 months, compared to 17 months for those of normal weight. And, overweight patients were 16 percent less likely to die during the study period, the researchers reported. Similar findings were uncovered using three other databases. The records of more than 7,000 kidney cancer patients were reviewed by the study authors. "Paradoxically, when overweight individuals developed kidney cancer, especially in its advanced, metastatic form, their disease progressed more slowly and they lived longer than their normal-weight counterparts," said lead researcher Dr. Toni Choueiri. ... Read more

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Excess Weight Tied to Higher Risk for Many Cancers, Experts Say

Posted 25 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 – Staying slim throughout your life might lower your risk of developing at least eight types of cancer, an international cancer research group says. Those include cancers of the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, ovary and thyroid. The list also includes a form of brain cancer known as meningioma, as well as a type of blood cancer called multiple myeloma. What's more, the latest research builds on the findings of an earlier review by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization. That research found that those who avoid gaining weight can curtail their risk for developing five other types of cancer, including cancer of the colon, esophagus, kidney, breast and uterus. "The review certainly concluded crystal clear, as you say, that obesity causes cancer," noted Dr. Graham Colditz, who chaired the IARC ... Read more

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Use of Cancer-Linked Fibroid Device Declines After FDA Warning

Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 – The use of power morcellators – cutting tools used in minimally invasive gynecological procedures – has dropped significantly for hysterectomies since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against their use two years ago, a new study finds. Power morcellators have small blades that rotate rapidly. When used in minimally invasive hysterectomies or for the removal of noncancerous growths on the uterus known as fibroids, they slice the tissue into smaller pieces that are removed through a small opening in the abdomen. But tiny pieces of tissue can also spread to other areas of the body. And, sometimes, undetected cancers can be cut up with the healthy tissue. If that cancerous tissue isn't completely removed, those cells can cause cancer elsewhere. That's what prompted the FDA to issue its 2014 warning, the researchers explained. The new study looked only ... Read more

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Women's Cancer Risk Rises With Years Spent Overweight

Posted 16 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – The longer a woman is overweight, the higher her risk of several cancers, researchers report. The study, which followed nearly 74,000 U.S. women, found that the longer a woman carried excess poundage, the greater her risk of breast, endometrial, colon and kidney cancers. "We've known for a long time that excess weight is important in cancer risk," said Susan Gapstur, vice president of epidemiology for the American Cancer Society. The cancer society says excess weight contributes to as many as 20 percent of all cancer deaths. "This study is interesting because it suggests that the number of years you spend being overweight also matters," said Gapstur, who was not involved in the research. And that, she said, should provide further incentive to avoid excess weight gain in the first place. Currently, about 7 out of 10 adults in the United States are overweight, ... Read more

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Some Advanced Kidney Cancer Patients May Postpone Treatment

Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 – Not all adults with advanced kidney cancer that has spread require immediate, aggressive treatment, a small new study suggests. "A subset of adults with advanced kidney cancer have slow-growing disease that can be safely managed using active surveillance," explained study lead author Brian Rini, of the Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Institute. This "watch and wait" approach, instead of active treatment, "could spare them the inconvenience and debilitating side effects of aggressive treatments for about a year, and in some cases several years, without worsening anxiety and depression," Rini said in a news release from The Lancet Oncology. The journal published the findings Aug. 4. In advanced kidney cancer, drugs such as sunitinib and sorafenib are typically used. While they can slow disease progression, they do not cure it, the researchers said. Could some ... Read more

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15.5 Million Americans Now Surviving Cancer: Report

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 – Cancer survivors in the United States reached record numbers this year – 15.5 million – and the American Cancer Society predicts they'll total more than 20 million in another decade. But along with these success stories comes a growing demand for medical, emotional and psychological support to aid survivors' long-term recovery, according to a new cancer society report. "Many cancer survivors have to cope with long-term physical and psychological effects of their cancer treatment," said lead researcher Kimberly Miller, an American Cancer Society epidemiologist. "It's important for the public health community to have a better understanding of the current and future needs of these survivors." Although new cancer cases are on the decline in the United States, survival numbers are up because of improved detection and treatment, as well as a growing and aging ... Read more

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Global Recession May Have Contributed to Cancer Deaths

Posted 26 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 – The 2008 global economic crisis has been linked to a sharp rise in deaths from cancer, a new study reports. Unemployment and cuts in public health-care spending were associated with more than 260,000 additional cancer deaths by 2010. Most of those deaths – 160,000 – were in the European Union, the researchers said. The study included 70 countries and a total of more than 2 billion people, according to the report published online May 25 in The Lancet. "Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, so understanding how economic changes affect cancer survival is crucial," lead author Dr. Mahiben Maruthappu, of Imperial College London, said in a journal news release. "We found that increased unemployment was associated with increased cancer mortality, but that universal health coverage protected against these effects. This was especially the case for treatable ... Read more

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Exercise May Cut Risk of 13 Cancers, Study Suggests

Posted 16 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 – Exercise may significantly reduce your risk for many types of cancer, including some of the most lethal forms of the disease, a large review suggests. Working out for even a couple of hours a week appears to shrink the risk of breast, colon and lung cancer, said researchers who looked at 1.4 million adults. "Those are three of the four major cancers that affect Americans today," said Marilie Gammon. She is a professor of epidemiology with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health. And fitness buffs, take heart – your cancer risk appears to continue to decline as you rack up hours of physical activity, with no apparent upper plateau, said study lead author Steven Moore, an investigator with the U.S. National Cancer Institute. "The more activity, the more the benefit," Moore said. "As people did more, their risk continued to ... Read more

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Could Talk Therapy Ease Chemo-Related Memory Issues?

Posted 2 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 2, 2016 – A type of psychotherapy might help cancer survivors deal with the long-term thinking problems some experience after chemotherapy, researchers say. It's estimated that about half of those who undergo chemotherapy for cancer develop what's often called "chemo brain." For instance, they may have trouble following conversations or remembering the steps in a project, according to background notes with the new study. Although usually mild, these changes can affect quality of life, job performance and relationships, said the researchers from the Eastern Maine Medical Center and Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Bangor, Maine. The researchers developed a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) program called Memory and Attention Adaptation Training to help cancer survivors prevent or manage these memory problems. Their study involved 47 breast cancer survivors who underwent ... Read more

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'Palliative Care' Gets a Bad Rap, Study Finds

Posted 19 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 – The term "palliative care" triggers negative feelings among many cancer patients, and needs "rebranding," researchers say. The stigma surrounding palliative care can mean patients wait too long to receive supportive care that improves their quality of life, said researchers at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center in Toronto. This new study shows there's a "branding issue," said principal investigator Dr. Camilla Zimmermann, head of palliative care for the hospital and the University Health Network. Palliative care "is not something to be afraid of or that is stigmatizing, but is helpful even while patients are receiving life-prolonging therapies," Zimmermann said in a network news release. She and her colleagues analyzed interviews with 48 patients who had advanced cancer and an estimated survival of between six and 24 months. Half the patients received early ... Read more

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Marriage May Be a Cancer Fighter

Posted 11 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 11, 2016 – A wedding band may be powerful medicine against cancer, a new study suggests. Married people seem to have a marked survival advantage, the researchers found: Single men with cancer had a death rate 27 percent higher than it was for married male patients, while the death rate for single female patients was 19 percent higher than their married counterparts. "The effects that we find were actually quite notable," said study author Scarlett Lin Gomez, a research scientist with the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. "They are comparable to some of the more clinical factors we often see that are associated with cancer prognosis, like stage of disease or certain types of treatment." What's more, this advantage appears to rely solely on the emotional bonds of matrimony, and not the financial advantages that marriage offers, Gomez said. "These patterns were very ... Read more

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