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  • When you learn you have cancer, you want to know what to expect: How will doctors treat your illness? How effective is treatment likely to be? Much depends on the way doctors first classify, or “stage,” your cancer, using the official staging manual from the American Joint Committee on Cancer. Staging guidelines...
  • By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma is longer when carfilzomib is given once rather than twice a week, according to results from an interim analysis of the ongoing ARROW study. Carfilzomib, an irreversible and selective...
  • (Reuters Health) - A system of automated twice-daily texts and the ability to use text messaging to receive answers to questions about treatment helps relieve some of the stress of chemotherapy for women with breast cancer, researchers at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia reported Monday. The feasibility...
  • Many women with early-stage breast cancer who would receive chemotherapy under current standards do not actually need it, according to a major international study that is expected to quickly change medical treatment. “We can spare thousands and thousands of women from getting toxic treatment that really wouldn’t...
  • You can expect to see fewer women in the early stages of the most common type of breast cancer receiving chemotherapy in the near future. Researchers have unveiled a study suggesting that 70 percent of women with HER2-negative breast cancer that hasn’t spread to the lymph nodes get no extra benefits from undergoing...
  • Some women with breast cancer may be able to cut Herceptin treatment in half. Researchers overseeing a phase III randomized clinical trial have concluded that six months of treatment is “non-inferior” to the standard 12 months of Herceptin use. The study involved 4,088 participants with HER2-positive breast cancer....
  • Detox in a day! Feel healthier in just hours! Lose 5 pounds in a week! There are plenty of health promises out there that might sound great, but most of them simply don't stack up. However, as scientists learn more about how our bodies work, evidence has mounted in support of some simple things that you can do every...
  • You may have noticed there’s a new diet creating a lot of noise in the health and wellness scene. It’s the Nordic diet, and some nutritionists think it may be one of the healthiest ways to eat. The diet was constructed when health experts set out to find why, exactly, Northern Europe had lower obesity rates than the...
  • THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While nearly all physicians say end-of-life conversations are important, many report lacking the training to have such conversations, according to a brief report published online May 23 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., from the John A....
  • (Reuters Health) - When terminally ill Americans receive experimental medicines through so-called "compassionate use" programs, they typically only get these drugs after extensive tests for safety and effectiveness, a U.S. study suggests. "This means that sufficient evidence of safety and effectiveness has been...
  • FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with advanced lung cancer have increased incidence of suicide, which is reduced in association with receipt of palliative care, according to a study which was presented recently at the annual meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, held from April 28...
  • Heather Von St. James has learned to write things down. “It’s more than being forgetful. It’s almost as if parts of my memory are missing,” the 49-year-old Minnesota resident told Healthline. Von St. James is referring to the long-term effects of the chemotherapy she had 12 years ago. She’s talking about “chemo brain...
  • WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Men with localized high-risk prostate cancer can slow its spread by using a cancer drug that's already on the market, a new clinical trial shows. The targeted drug enzalutamide (Xtandi) reduced by 71 percent these men's risk of either dying from their prostate cancer or...
  • TALISMANS AND AMULETS — OBJECTS BELIEVED TO HAVE MAGICAL POWERS — WERE ONCE PART OF ANY SELF-RESPECTING DOCTOR’S MEDICINE BAG. The velvety rabbit with big floppy ears and a silver tiara came to me 34 years ago with a nametag that read, “Fairy God Bunny.” That was when I was in my mid-20s and had cancer. For five years...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A large study of patients with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) and T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma (T-LL) is finding survival rates never seen before, according to researchers. In a large, federally funded, randomized phase 3 clinical trial, 90% of children and young adults with T...
  • (Reuters Health) - Breast cancer patients may have a better chance of survival when they follow a low-fat diet heavy in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers studied 19,541 participants in the federally funded Women's Health Initiative (WHI) who were randomly selected to join a...
  • (Reuters Health) - Prostate cancer patients who smoke are more likely to have tumors return, spread to other parts of the body, and become fatal than nonsmokers, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from previous studies with a total of 22,549 men with prostate cancer that hadn't spread to other parts of...
  • For the last two years or so, the artist Prune Nourry has thought of herself as a sculpture. Ms. Nourry, who is French and splits her time between Brooklyn and Paris, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. As she went through treatment, including chemotherapy and reconstructive surgery, she thought of her doctors...
  • TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a nutritionally balanced high-quality diet may lower a cancer patient's risk of dying by as much as 65 percent, new research suggests. The finding that total diet, rather than specific nutritional components, can affect a cancer patient's prognosis "was particularly...
  • WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For women who have their breast removed while fighting cancer, using their own tissue for breast reconstruction is better than implants, a new study suggests. More than 60 percent of women who undergo breast removal to treat breast cancer decide to have breast...