News Archive

  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cooling the scalp may help prevent taxane-induced alopecia, whereas frozen gloves and socks may prevent nail and cutaneous side effects of the drugs, researchers say. "I absolutely recommend these cooling modalities," Dr. Adam Friedman of George Washington University School of Medicine and...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Thin or moderate application of a topical agent before radiation therapy is unlikely to affect the skin dose, although a thick amount should be avoided, researchers say. "Radiation dermatitis is common and often treated with topical therapy," Dr. Brian Baumann of Washington University in St...
  • Returning to regular life at home after lung cancer surgery can be daunting. Hopefully you’ll have close friends or family members around to help you adjust. But still, you’re not feeling your best, and leaving the hospital is leaving the comfort and security of having nurses and doctors around to check on you...
  • At first glance, the idea of stopping cancer treatment might seem strange. Why wouldn’t you want doctors to use every tool at their disposal to beat this deadly disease? But decisions about cancer treatment aren’t always that simple — or easy, says psychosocial oncologist Joel Marcus, PsyD. Here are some things to...
  • Medical professionals are ramping up programs to help cancer survivors deal with the emotional, physical, and financial aftermath. There are now more than 15 million cancer survivors in the United States.  The number of cancer survivors is growing. And they’re living longer. While advances in diagnosis and treatment...
  • WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Truxima (rituximab-abbs) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first biosimilar to the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma drug Rituxan, the agency said today. Truxima, as with Rituxan, is approved to treat adults with CD20-positive, B-cell non-Hodgkin's...
  • Whether you undergo surgery or radiation to treat your prostate cancer, chances are you’ll contend with urinary and sexual side effects afterward. Both radical prostatectomy and radiation treatments can damage the delicate structures surrounding the prostate that control urination and erections, leading to urinary...
  • Nov 2 (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its lung-cancer treatment for patients with a specific gene mutation who had been previously treated for an aggressive form of the disease. The treatment, Lorbrena, is designed to treat advanced non-small cell lung cancer in...
  • MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a flood of news reports on the opioid crisis, many people still want the potentially addictive painkillers after surgery, a new survey suggests. The survey, of more than 500 patients scheduled for surgery, found that more than three-quarters expected to get opioids...
  • (Reuters Health) - Most older women who get chemotherapy for breast cancer do not experience problems with cognition in the first two years after diagnosis and treatment, a new study finds. But researchers did find one small subset of women who suffered some declines in attention, mental processing speed and decision...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Female cancer survivors exposed to potentially cardiotoxic treatments rarely develop new congestive heart failure (CHF) during pregnancy, researchers from Canada report. "The low incidence of cardiac complications in women without a prior history of cardiotoxicity was a very interesting...
  • Heat can be an incredibly simple, yet powerful, way to boost the effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer. More than 5,000 years ago, doctors in ancient Egypt used heat to treat cancer. Today, cancer experts have refined the delivery of heat — a technique called hyperthermia — to improve radiation...
  • Twenty years ago, George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero left his job as a hospital administrator in New York to open a one-person health care consulting firm. Since he was losing his employee medical coverage, he shopped around and bought a private health insurance plan through Aetna. It was expensive, with premiums starting at...
  • TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In-home services such as help with household chores and caregiver respite will be available to seniors with private Medicare Advantage plans in more than 20 states next year. A health-related reason is needed to qualify, and costs will vary depending on the plan. With some...
  • The “E! News” anchor says fan support helped fuel her fight against breast cancer. Now she’s using her platform to do the same for others. TV host Giuliana Rancic publicly revealed she was battling breast cancer in October 2011. The fan response was immediate and supportive.   Two months later, she had a bilateral...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Use of an artificial intelligence (AI)-based smartphone app can help reduce the severity of cancer pain and related hospital admissions, according to a new study. The findings were presented November 16 at the 2018 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium in San Diego,...
  • (Reuters Health) - - A web-based tool can let a man with prostate cancer see how thousands of other men in his situation have chosen to be treated, which may help him better understand his own options, a U.S. study suggests. Early-stage prostate cancer may not need treatment right away, or ever, because these tumors...
  • Cancer has an insidious talent for evading the natural defenses that should destroy it. What if we could find ways to help the immune system fight back? It has begun to happen. The growing field of immunotherapy is profoundly changing cancer treatment and has rescued many people with advanced malignancies that not...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Whether a female breast cancer survivor receives an aromatase inhibitor (AI) or tamoxifen should be based on the drug's effectiveness against recurrence, but her risk of venous or arterial disease should also be considered, researchers say. "Our systematic review reported consistent trial...
  • Medical professionals are trying new therapies in an effort to reduce cancer treatment side effects such as lack of appetite and nerve problems. Aromatherapy is one of the new treatments being used by cancer patients to combat the side effects of chemotherapy.  Chemotherapy is often the best weapon against cancer. But...