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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Q: What should I know about alternative therapies for cancer treatment? Are they helpful? A: Cancer therapies have evolved in recent years — and the number of options can seem overwhelming if you’ve been newly diagnosed. When faced with a cancer diagnosis, the first thing to do is have an honest and open conversation...
  • 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...
  • An Israeli company has claimed that they will have a universal cure for cancer within a year. This seems highly unlikely.  An Israeli biotech company has claimed that it will have the cure for cancer within a year, bringing with it a flurry of viral news articles that seem to have accepted these claims at face-value....
  • (Reuters Health) - In men with localized prostate cancer discovered because they had symptoms or noticed during a work-up for another medical problem, radical prostate surgery leads to an average of three extra years of life compared to a "watchful waiting" approach, researchers say. The benefit of surgery was most...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • (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...
  • TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite evidence to the contrary, four in 10 Americans believe alternative therapies can cure cancer, a new survey finds. Research shows that cancer death rates are much higher among patients who use only alternative therapies than among those who receive standard cancer...
  • (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...
  • (Reuters Health) - Cancer drugs that keep tumors from growing may not lead to better quality of life for patients, a new study suggests. "In countries where patients need to pay co-pays, they can use up all their savings in order to get access to those expensive new drugs and in the end, they may not extend their...
  • WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Among the most significant advances in surgery has been the development of laparoscopic -- or minimally invasive -- procedures. These are new ways to perform many standard operations, with a few, very small incisions, often barely a half-inch long, compared to traditional so...
  • 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...
  • Does my choice of initial prostate cancer treatment preclude other treatments later on? Answer section For most initial prostate cancer treatments, the answer is no. For instance, if your initial treatment is surgery to remove the prostate (prostatectomy), other treatments, such as radiation therapy and hormone...