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  • (HealthDay News) -- Before a new cancer treatment is available to the public, it must undergo vigorous evaluation, the American Cancer Society says. Typically, a new treatment is tested on cancer cells in a laboratory. If testing is deemed successful, there may be testing on animals, followed by testing on people....
  • About one-third of GoFundMe campaigns are medical fundraisers. A new study in The Lancet, a prestigious medical journal, found that at least 13,600 people have donated to GoFundMe campaigns raising money for unproven cancer treatments. Jeremy Snyder, one of the study's authors, told Business Insider that crowdfunding...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • (Reuters Health) - Patients, their families and friends may see clinical trial research as important, yet they don't know much about the research process and see trial participation as burdensome, a new study suggests. About 85 percent of respondents in the new study said clinical research is important to developing...
  • AVOIDING EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENTS IN FAVOR OF UNTESTED ONES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO HIGHER DEATH RATES, A YALE STUDY FOUND. A diagnosis of cancer, even an early-stage, highly curable cancer, can prompt some people to feel as if they’ve suddenly lost control of their future and that they must do whatever they can to regain...
  • (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...
  • For most people with cancer, life has conventional stages that I can sum up with acronyms: B.C. (before cancer), A.D. (at diagnosis), SSN (some surgical nightmare), RATS (radiation therapies), ICH (in chemotherapy), followed by IRS (in a remission of some number). Like a growing number of patients today, I inhabit a...