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21 Jan
Could Stem Cell Therapy Be a Breakthrough Against MS?

Could Stem Cell Therapy Be a Breakthrough Against MS?

Stem cell transplants may have long-lasting benefits for some people with aggressive cases of multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests.

Italian researchers found that among 210 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who received a stem cell transplant -- with cells from their ...

30 Dec
Surgery Could Boost Survival for Women With Advanced Breast Cancers: Study

Surgery Could Boost Survival for Women With Advanced Breast Cancers: Study

Women with advanced breast cancer who undergo surgery to remove the tumor after chemotherapy or another type of systemic treatment may live longer than those who don't have surgery, a new study suggests.

The findings challenge a long-held belief that surgery confers litt...

09 Dec
Some Older Breast Cancer Patients Can Safely Cut Down on Chemo

Some Older Breast Cancer Patients Can Safely Cut Down on Chemo

More women with early-stage breast cancer may be able to safely skip chemotherapy after having surgery, according to initial results from a major clinical trial.

The trial, conducted in nine countries, found that adding chemotherapy to hormone-blocking drugs brought no a...

09 Dec
Many Breast Cancer Survivors Have Healthy Babies: Study

Many Breast Cancer Survivors Have Healthy Babies: Study

When a young woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, many questions go through her mind.

What treatments does she need? Will she survive? And will she still be able to have a baby?

In a review of recent research, an international team of investigators say the answe...

22 Sep
Certain Cancer Treatments May Heighten Danger From COVID-19

Certain Cancer Treatments May Heighten Danger From COVID-19

People with cancer are at increased risk for severe COVID-19. Now, a preliminary study suggests that certain cancer therapies may heighten those odds even further.

Researchers found that of 3,600 U.S. cancer patients who contracted COVID-19, the highest risk of death...

17 Sep
Mother and Son Draw Hope, Healing From Shared Cancer Treatment

Mother and Son Draw Hope, Healing From Shared Cancer Treatment

Families bond over lots of shared experiences -- but one Leslie Seigel and her adult son, Josh, never expected to share was battling cancer.

Soon after Leslie finished chemotherapy for an aggressive form of breast cancer, however, Josh found himself waging his own ba...

02 Sep
Rare Tumor Slows, But Won't Stop Young Drama Teacher

Rare Tumor Slows, But Won't Stop Young Drama Teacher

Christina Kosyla, a drama and yoga teacher in her late 20s, was about to take the trip of a lifetime when she felt a strange twinge in her shoulder. A co-worker also pointed out some slight swelling in Kosyla's shoulder.

Kosyla and her best friend were planning to h...

15 May
Drug Combo Offers Hope Against Advanced Bladder Cancer

Drug Combo Offers Hope Against Advanced Bladder Cancer

A combination of chemotherapy and immunotherapy may slow the progress of metastatic bladder cancer and extend survival, a clinical trial suggests.

Current treatment for advanced bladder cancer is chemotherapy, but adding the immunotherapy drug atezolizumab (Tecentri...

24 Mar
Coping With Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coping With Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Everyone is learning to deal with the threat of the new coronavirus, but for people with cancer, the virus is even more concerning.

Cancer can increase people's risk of catching the coronavirus. It increases the odds of complications from the infection, too.

...

20 Mar
Statins Might Reduce Harms From Breast Cancer Chemo

Statins Might Reduce Harms From Breast Cancer Chemo

Cholesterol-lowering statins are commonly used to help prevent heart disease. Now a new study hints that they could shield women's hearts from the harms of certain breast cancer drugs.

The study focused on women in Canada who'd been treated with either chemotherapy d...

19 Mar
U.S. Sees Big Drop in Deaths From Melanoma

U.S. Sees Big Drop in Deaths From Melanoma

New treatments for melanoma have dramatically reduced deaths from this often fatal skin cancer.

Leaders of a new study report that the death rate from aggressive melanoma that spread to other organs plummeted 18% between 2013 and 2016, after jumping 7.5% bet...

26 Feb
Drug Shows Promise Against Aggressive Breast Cancer

Drug Shows Promise Against Aggressive Breast Cancer

The immunotherapy drug Keytruda might offer a new treatment option to women with an aggressive form of breast cancer, a clinical trial suggests.

The study found that for women with "triple-negative" breast cancer, adding Keytruda to standard chemotherapy improved the...

18 Feb
Roll Up Your Sleeve and Donate Blood for Cancer Patients

Roll Up Your Sleeve and Donate Blood for Cancer Patients

Many people don't realize that cancer patients are in constant need of blood supplies.

Chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer can damage the body's ability to produce healthy blood cells and cause potentially life-threatening conditions. Blood transfusions h...

31 Dec
Stomach Cancer Appears Different in Younger Patients

Stomach Cancer Appears Different in Younger Patients

Stomach cancer among many people under 60 appears more deadly than when it occurs to older people, a new study finds.

This new form of cancer is genetically different from other stomach cancer and grows and spreads faster. It is also resistant to the usual chemother...

11 Oct
Exercise Might Guard Against Heart Damage of Chemo

Exercise Might Guard Against Heart Damage of Chemo

Chemotherapy can be hard on the heart, but an individualized exercise program may mitigate some of that damage, new research suggests.

Heart problems are a common side effect in patients with cancer because cancer treatments can impair heart function and structure o...

10 Oct
New Treatment Offers Hope for Kids With Deadly Nerve Cancer

New Treatment Offers Hope for Kids With Deadly Nerve Cancer

Early treatment with an immune-boosting therapy might improve the outlook of young children with an advanced form of cancer, a new small study suggests.

The trial involved 43 children with high-risk neuroblastoma, a cancer that starts in immature nerve cells. Researc...

03 Oct
Drug Trio Improves Odds Against Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

Drug Trio Improves Odds Against Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

A three-drug chemo cocktail appears to shrink tumors and improve survivorship among pancreatic cancer patients, a new, small study shows.

Tumors substantially shrank for just over 71% of patients treated with a three-drug regimen of nab-paclitaxel, gemcitabine an...

26 Aug
Childhood Cancer Survivors Struggle With Heart Troubles

Childhood Cancer Survivors Struggle With Heart Troubles

The treatments that childhood cancer patients receive often save their lives, but they also make survivors prone to heart troubles, a new study finds.

For the study, researchers examined heart disease rates in nearly 7,300 childhood cancer survivors (diagnosed at an ...

08 Aug
New DNA Blood Test May Help Guide Breast Cancer Treatment

New DNA Blood Test May Help Guide Breast Cancer Treatment

Could the DNA from a patient's breast tumor help doctors spot whether stray cancer cells are still in her blood?

That's what a small, new study suggests is possible. If the findings are replicated in a larger study, such a test might help determine whether a treatme...

21 Jun
Better Treatments Needed to Boost Brain Cancer Survival: Study

Better Treatments Needed to Boost Brain Cancer Survival: Study

Glioblastoma brain cancer remains one of deadliest tumors, and new research shows five-year survival rates remain low for patients with the disease.

While there have been improvements in short- and medium-term survival rates for patients with the most common type of ...

04 Jun
Testicular Cancer Treatment Unlikely to Trigger Birth Defects

Testicular Cancer Treatment Unlikely to Trigger Birth Defects

New research should reassure dads-to-be who've had testicular cancer that treatment with radiation or chemotherapy doesn't raise the risk of fathering babies with birth defects.

"Our research set out to investigate whether treatment for the most common cancer among y...

02 May
Device Spots Lymphedema Early in Breast Cancer Patients, to Help Stop It

Device Spots Lymphedema Early in Breast Cancer Patients, to Help Stop It

An easy-to-use, noninvasive device can detect early signs of the cancer complication known as lymphedema, a new study reports.

Lymphedema is the buildup of fluid in the body's tissues when a part of the lymph system is damaged, as can happen in cancer care, accordin...

16 Apr
With Weeks to Live, Many Cancer Patients Try Useless Treatments

With Weeks to Live, Many Cancer Patients Try Useless Treatments

Learning you have a cancer that looks imminently terminal is tough news to swallow.

And new research indicates that when given just one month to live, a significant number of patients still opt for aggressive and often costly interventions, despite little evidence to...

02 Apr
Treatment Advances Making Pancreatic Cancer a Less Deadly Disease

Treatment Advances Making Pancreatic Cancer a Less Deadly Disease

Advances in chemotherapy and cancer monitoring can dramatically extend the lives of almost one-third of pancreatic cancer patients with tumors previously considered inoperable, researchers report.

It's good news for patients with a particularly deadly form of cancer...

21 Mar
Baby Monkey May Offer Hope to Preserving Fertility of Kids With Cancer

Baby Monkey May Offer Hope to Preserving Fertility of Kids With Cancer

She's cute, and perhaps a medical breakthrough.

Scientists say they have used frozen testicular tissue to achieve the birth of a healthy baby monkey named Grady -- a success they hope to eventually translate to childhood cancer survivors whose treatment has left them...

14 Mar
Genomics Could Improve Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

Genomics Could Improve Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

It's one of the toughest cancers to beat. But new research suggests that identifying the genetics of pancreatic cancer in individual patients could boost survival for some.

The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients is less than 9 percent. One reason...

04 Mar
High Deductibles May Threaten Breast Cancer Patients' Survival

High Deductibles May Threaten Breast Cancer Patients' Survival

Even when women have health insurance, high deductibles may delay them from having breast cancer diagnosed and treated, researchers say.

In a study of more than 3 million U.S. women with health insurance, the researchers found that those in plans with high deductible...

26 Feb
Radioactive Chemo Meds Might Threaten Crematorium Workers: Study

Radioactive Chemo Meds Might Threaten Crematorium Workers: Study

Deceased people who are cremated after having been treated with radioactive medications might be a health hazard to crematory operators, a new case study shows.

An Arizona crematorium became contaminated with radiation following the cremation of a man who received "...

26 Feb
Testicular Cancer Treatment Doesn't Always Doom Fertility

Testicular Cancer Treatment Doesn't Always Doom Fertility

Young men diagnosed with testicular cancer often worry that treating the disease may jeopardize their chances of having children, but new research should ease their minds.

In the study, sperm counts rebounded in men who received one course of chemotherapy or radiatio...

20 Feb
Experimental Drug Helps Women With Deadly Type of Breast Cancer

Experimental Drug Helps Women With Deadly Type of Breast Cancer

An experimental drug has shown promise in extending the lives of women suffering from a particularly aggressive and deadly type of breast cancer, according to the results of a phase 2 trial.

Right now, the standard treatment of chemotherapy for metastatic triple-neg...

20 Feb
Are Primary Care Doctors Prepared to Discuss Cancer Treatment?

Are Primary Care Doctors Prepared to Discuss Cancer Treatment?

Many primary care doctors feel ill-equipped to discuss cancer treatment options with patients, according to a new study.

Researchers surveyed 517 primary care doctors who had 1,077 female patients diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.

Doctors were asked...

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