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  • More Women Choosing Preventative Mastectomies

    October 24, 2016
    For the estimated 246,000 American women diagnosed with breast cancer each year, the potential need for a mastectomy or double mastectomy can be very frightening. This aggressive treatment measure is body altering in a permanent way and can leave women feeling low in the self-esteem department. Even so, this surgical procedure can and does save lives when it is...read more
  • Coping with Lack of Appetite in Cancer Care

    October 16, 2016
    Anyone who has ever undergone cancer treatment understands that loss of appetite simply goes along with the disease. Anorexia and cachexia are common side effects in two particular cases: during active treatment and end-stage cancer. While thousands of cancer patients will not face the latter, almost all do endure the former. Helping family members cope with these common symptoms...read more
  • Sleep Problems Common in Cancer Patients

    September 24, 2016
    Cancer is a very difficult diagnosis to receive. It can be even harder facing down the treatment road ahead. Considering the gravity of this diagnosis, it probably isn’t surprising that sleep problems are very common among cancer patients. Just because they’re common, however, doesn’t mean they’re normal. These issues are also not good for cancer patients to face since...read more
  • Radium-223 May Improve Quality of Life in Some Prostate Cancer Patients

    September 15, 2016
    Castration resistant prostate cancer, or CRPC for short, is known to be one of the more difficult forms of this disease to treat. It also tends to present with a variety of serious quality of life concerns. Patients with this form of cancer, for example, often note pain, anorexia and fatigue. Spinal cord compression is also not out of...read more
  • Serum HPV May Serve as a Biomarker for Some Oropharyngeal Cancers

    August 25, 2016
    Understanding the likely prognosis of oropharyngeal cancers may soon become a bit easier. Researchers are looking at the potential of using serum HPV antibody levels as biomarkers to indicate the likelihood of recurrence in certain forms of the disease. Oropharyngeal cancers are those that form in the middle part of the throat. They can include cancers of the tongue, tonsils,...read more
  • Biomarkers Help Target Treatment Options for Early Breast Cancer

    August 13, 2016
    Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer may find the treatment options offered to them differ from those recommended to a friend or acquaintance even if the stage of the disease is the same. This is simply because not all breast cancers are alike and tumor type may vary. Biomarkers found in tumors that may, to a patient seem...read more
  • Increased Use of Double Mastectomies Raising Concern

    July 24, 2016
    An estimated 246,000 American women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer each year in the United States. Many of these women will find a host of treatment options are available to them. In some cases, breast removal may be recommended. For a small percentage, recommendations will be made for the removal of both breasts to help prevent a recurrence...read more
  • Completed Radiation Can Reduce Cancer Recurrence Rates

    July 15, 2016
    There’s no denying that undergoing all the treatment associated with a positive diagnosis of cancer is no walk in the park. Surgery, chemotherapy and other interventions, such as radiotherapy, are all designed to stop cancer in its tracks and prevent its return. Treatments such as radiation, however, cannot be expected to properly do their jobs if they are administered...read more
  • Certain Risk Factors May Point to Need for Radiation in Ductal Carcinoma Treatment

    June 25, 2016
    An estimated 60,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ in 2016 alone. For many of these women, breast cancer surgery may be required to prevent the development of more invasive and potentially deadly breast cancer. Radiation after surgery may also be advised, but researchers are narrowing down criteria to help doctors better...read more
  • Radiation and Short-Term Androgen Deprivation Create a Winning Combination

    June 14, 2016
    Men who are diagnosed with intermediate-risk prostate cancer may soon find their doctors recommending a two-step treatment approach. Researchers have found that short-term androgen deprivation therapy in conjunction with radiotherapy produces superior results to radiation alone. The study, in fact, revealed that those given the two-step approach had significantly higher disease-free survival rates at a median follow-up of 6.5...read more

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