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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

Related support groups: Obesity, Cancer, Renal Failure, Renal Cell Carcinoma, Chronic Kidney Disease, Urinary Tract Tumors, Wilms' Tumor, Urinary Tract Cancer

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

Related support groups: Obesity, Cancer, Breast Cancer, Renal Cell Carcinoma, Colorectal Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Urinary Tract Cancer

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

Related support groups: Obesity, Cancer, Breast Cancer, Weight Loss, Colorectal Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Urinary Tract Cancer

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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FDA OKs 'Containment' Bag for Certain Uterine Surgeries

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it would permit limited use of a "tissue containment system" in conjunction with laparoscopic power morcellators – devices that grind up tissue in gynecological surgeries. But the FDA still warns against using laparoscopic power morcellators in most women because the procedure can spread undetected cancer cells. The device, called the PneumoLiner, will be permitted only when uterine tissue is not suspected to contain cancer, the agency said. And its maker must warn patients and doctors that the device has not been proven to reduce the risk of spreading cancer during these procedures. "The PneumoLiner is intended to contain morcellated tissue in the very limited patient population for whom power morcellation may be an appropriate therapeutic option – and only if patients have been appropriately informed ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Cancer, Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, Hysterectomy, Uterine Leiomyomata / Fibroids, Genitourinary Surgical and Other Conditions, Urinary Tract Cancer

Many Cancer Survivors Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Posted 14 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 14, 2016 – Many cancer survivors struggle with money problems that can affect their mental health and quality of life, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed 2011 data from over 19 million U.S. cancer survivors to determine rates of financial troubles among these patients. At least 29 percent of the survivors reported at least one financial problem associated with their cancer, its treatment or lasting effects of treatment. Specifically, 21 percent said they worried about paying large medical bills, 11.5 percent could not pay the cost of medical care visits, 7.6 percent said they had to borrow money or go into debt, 1.5 percent declared bankruptcy, and 8.6 percent reported other money problems. Cancer survivors facing financial struggles were at higher risk for depression and mental distress, had lower physical and mental health-related quality of life, and were more ... Read more

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Racial Gap in U.S. Cancer Deaths Is Narrowing: Report

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 – The gap in cancer deaths among blacks and whites in the United States has narrowed for most cancers, but disparities remain for two common cancers, a new report from the American Cancer Society says. For deaths from breast cancer in women, the gulf between blacks and whites has widened, the report noted. For deaths attributed to colon cancer in men, the racial divide has remained the same. This imbalance is likely caused by inequalities in access to care, screening and treatment, the researchers said. "There is good news. Cancer death rates among black women are decreasing for all of the top cancers, but compared to whites not as much progress has been made – particularly for breast cancer," said lead researcher Carol DeSantis, an epidemiologist with the cancer society. In men, the death rates for colon cancer have remained 50 percent higher for blacks than ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Lung Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Skin Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Stomach Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Gastric Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Urinary Tract Cancer

Cancer Patients Who Miss Radiation Treatments at High Risk for Relapse

Posted 15 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 – Cancer patients who miss two or more radiation treatment sessions are at increased risk for a return of their cancer, a new study finds. The study included more than 1,200 patients who had radiation therapy for head and neck, breast, lung, cervical, uterine or rectal cancer between 2007 and 2012. Of those patients, 22 percent missed two or more scheduled radiation treatment appointments. While all patients eventually completed their radiation therapy regimens, they were prolonged an average of one week for those who missed two or more treatment sessions. Rates of cancer recurrence were 16 percent for patients who missed two or more radiation sessions and 7 percent for those who did not, according to the study published online recently in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics. "This study shows that the health of our patients can improve ... Read more

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