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  • WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer women with early stage breast cancer are turning to chemotherapy to fight their disease, a new study finds. "For patients with early stage breast cancer, we've seen a significant decline in chemotherapy use over the last few years without a real change in evidence,"...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For lymphoma patients, increasing physical activity lowers the risk of death from any cause and from lymphoma, according to results of an observational study. The positive impact of being physically active on lymphoma-specific survival hasn't been shown before, Dr. Priyanka Pophali,...
  • Overview Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs. Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. Rather than...
  • (Reuters Health) - For elderly patients with cancer - who often focus on making the most of the time they have left - financial stability, leisure pursuits and physical activity may have large influences on quality of life, a U.S. study suggests. Almost two-thirds of the 15 million people living with cancer nationwide...
  • IN MANY CASES, THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SECOND CANCER RESULTED FROM THE SAME RISK FACTORS THAT LIKELY PRECIPITATED THE FIRST MALIGNANCY. Cancer can, and sometimes does, strike twice. It famously happened to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court, who was successfully treated for colon cancer in 1999 and then for...
  • TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A physical activity intervention reduces perceived sleep dysfunction at three and six months for post-primary treatment breast cancer survivors, according to a study published recently in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Laura Q. Rogers, M.D., M.P.H., from the...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Acupuncture can significantly reduce joint pain and stiffness induced by aromatase inhibitor (AI) therapy in women being treated for early breast cancer, according to a randomized, sham-controlled study reported December 7 at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. “Aromatase inhibitors...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young female cancer survivors face daunting decisions about whether to undergo fertility-preservation procedures, and they need better information and support, researchers say. "When a young woman is diagnosed with cancer, a whirlwind of tests, doctor visits, and procedures follows. The...
  • By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In women with early breast cancer, neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) results in higher rates of breast-conserving therapy than adjuvant chemotherapy, without compromising on distant recurrence, breast cancer survival, or overall survival, but with higher rates of local...
  • FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with unsightly scars from cancer surgeries may benefit from "medical tattoos" that can help restore some of the skin's natural appearance, Dutch researchers report. The researchers surveyed 56 patients who got medical tattoos on their head and neck, and found they...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Biopsies every 2 years, instead of annually, seem to be "an acceptable alternative" for acute surveillance of low-risk prostate cancer, according to a comparative analysis. "Given that patients on active surveillance are very low risk, less might be more in strategizing how to manage these...
  • If you or a loved one has a serious or life-threatening illness, you might have thought about palliative care. To understand palliative care and how it can help relieve pain and improve quality of life, consider the following questions.   What is palliative care? Palliative care is specialized medical care that...
  • Overview Radiation therapy for breast cancer uses high-energy X-rays, protons or other particles to kill cancer cells. Rapidly growing cells, such as cancer cells, are more susceptible to the effects of radiation therapy than are normal cells. The X-rays or particles are painless and invisible. You are not...
  • Immunotherapy is revolutionizing the way doctors treat cancer. But it doesn’t work for everyone or for every type of cancer. What makes it a lifesaver for some people and completely ineffective for others? It all depends on the cancer — and on other factors that researchers are still trying to figure out. How does...
  • Overview Breast cancer surgery is a key component of breast cancer treatment that involves removing the cancer with an operation. Breast cancer surgery may be used alone or in combination with other treatments, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy and radiation therapy. For people with a very high...
  • Overview Chemotherapy for breast cancer uses drugs to target and destroy breast cancer cells. These drugs are usually given directly into a vein through a needle or as a pill. Chemotherapy for breast cancer frequently is used in addition to other treatments, such as surgery, radiation or hormone therapy. Receiving...
  • (HealthDay News) -- If your child has cancer and is being treated by a team of specialists, frequent and open communication is essential. The American Cancer Society suggests how to talk with team members: Actively take part in your child's care. Communication should be clear, direct and honest. Treat team members...
  • Contributor: Nathan Pennell, MD, PhD Being diagnosed with lung cancer (or any cancer) is a life-altering experience – one that can leave you feeling helpless and powerless. Yes, your doctor met with you and recommended a course of treatment, but for most people, that particular visit is a blur that leaves many...
  • For most of my adult life I have answered the question “Occupation?” with one word: journalist. I still do, but now I am tempted to add a phrase. Cancer patient. Three years ago, at age 73, I learned that I had an incurable cancer called multiple myeloma. At the time the statistical life span for patients with the...
  • (Reuters Health) - Cancer patients may often experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the months after their tumors are diagnosed, and mental health issues can sometimes linger for years, a Malaysian study suggests. Six months after diagnosis, 22% of cancer patients reported symptoms of PTSD in clinical...