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  • Overview During active surveillance for prostate cancer, your doctor closely monitors your prostate cancer for any changes. Active surveillance for prostate cancer is sometimes called expectant management or watchful waiting. No cancer treatment is provided during active surveillance for prostate cancer. This means...
  • If you're being treated for cancer, you might have questions about fertility preservation. Find out how cancer treatment can affect your ability to have a child, as well as what fertility preservation steps you can take before you begin cancer treatment. How does cancer treatment affect fertility? Certain cancer...
  • MONDAY, Sept. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with advanced lung cancer, palliative care is associated with increased survival when it is received 31 to 365 days after cancer diagnosis, according to a study published online Sept. 19 in JAMA Oncology. Donald R. Sullivan, M.D., from Oregon Health and Science...
  • You've just been diagnosed with cancer. Your mind is reeling. And now your doctor wants you to sort through cancer treatment options and help decide on a plan. But how do you decide on a cancer treatment plan? Here are five steps to guide you in becoming a partner with your doctor in determining and guiding your...
  • About 15 percent of breast cancer cases are triple-negative. The FDA approved the drug this week to treat the virulent cancer.  Until now, people with inoperable triple-negative breast cancer had one treatment option: chemotherapy. But this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated...
  • Before she could start breast cancer treatment, Nancy Simpson had to walk in a straight line, count backward from 20 and repeat a silly phrase. It was all part of a special kind of medical fitness test for older patients that's starting to catch on among cancer doctors. Instead of assuming that elderly patients are...
  • (Reuters Health) - Patients often assume that surgical outcomes at all hospitals in a healthcare network are equally good. But a new study comparing outcomes from top-ranked cancer hospitals to their affiliates finds significant differences when it comes to complex cancer surgeries. Researchers found that the...
  • American women, as a whole, are waiting longer to get married and have children. And more of them than ever are choosing to freeze their eggs during their most fertile years with the hopes of improving their chances of being able to get pregnant later in life. This fertility technology has been praised for enabling...
  • 2018 was a busy year for important developments in cancer research, but what can we expect to see in 2019? Photo Credit: Getty Royalty Free   2018 was a remarkable year for cancer research, with great strides made in diagnosing and treating various types of cancer as well as important breakthroughs looking at the...
  • A friend is about to have big surgery that will require a long recovery at home. She and her husband have no idea what to do. Another friend is the primary caregiver of a couple in their 90s—the husband has dementia and his wife had a stroke. The caregiver has no idea what to do. Another friend learns on a Friday that...
  • Early research finds evidence that diabetes drug along with another medication may help women with virulent cancer. New research finds diabetes medication may help some people with breast cancer. Getty Images   Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBCs) account for roughly 10 to 15 percent of all breast cancers. They...
  • WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- 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 if they had...
  • TUESDAY, Feb. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many more American men are now saying no to surgery for low-risk prostate cancer, and choosing to monitor the disease instead, a new study finds. Over just five years, researchers found, the number of men who opted for monitoring tripled -- from 14 percent of patients in 2010...
  • Overview Egg freezing, also known as mature oocyte cryopreservation, is a method used to save women's ability to get pregnant in the future. Eggs harvested from your ovaries are frozen unfertilized and stored for later use. A frozen egg can be thawed, combined with sperm in a lab and implanted in your uterus (in...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Focal cryotherapy for nonmetastatic clinically significant prostate cancer shows largely good outcomes at up to three years, according to UK researchers. In a January 9 online paper in European Urology, Dr. Taimur T. Shah of Imperial College London, and colleagues note that the approach...
  • FRIDAY, Feb. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer patients are already fighting a tough battle, so quitting smoking while doing so is a real challenge. Now, research from Northwestern University in Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania shows that a combo of counseling and extended use of an anti-smoking medication...
  • In a new study, researchers say more women should be tested for breast cancer genes. However, not everyone is so sure. Knowing if you have a gene mutation can help you take preventive action against breast cancer.  Inheriting certain genetic mutations from your mother or father can raise your risk of breast or ovarian...
  • New, less toxic cancer treatments are emerging, but don’t expect chemo to disappear anytime soon. Immunotherapy is one type of new cancer treatment that could someday make chemotherapy a thing of the past.  When Mary Olsen received a diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the most common type of leukemia in adults...
  • “Cancer” is a powerful word that evokes strong feelings. It’s a word associated with a lot of fear. It shouldn’t. According to oncologist Michael McNamara, MD, many patients come with preconceived notions about cancer that are inaccurate — and often scarier than the reality.   Myth 1: Cancer is always fatal. Most...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters) - When we were told our son had a potentially life-threatening brain tumor, our family was lucky to have world-class doctors and hospitals close to home and health insurance that covered nearly all his medical expenses and prescription drug costs. These resources helped us make a difficult decision...