ASH 2010 Conference Coverage

High-risk leukemia subtype becomes more common with age

Many young adults with the most common form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have a high-risk subtype with a poor prognosis and could benefit from drugs used to treat other types of leukemia.

For cancer patients, e-cigarettes not helpful for smoking cessation

Patients with cancer who use e-cigarettes as a form of smoking cessation are equally or less likely to quit smoking.

Managing venous irritation from fosaprepitant

What are the best practices to reduce venous irritation and delayed irritation?

For prostate cancer screening, guidelines have little effect on clinical practice

Guidelines recommending clinicians not routinely screen elderly men for prostate cancer have had a minimal effect on practice.

ASTRO: Sexual function not compromised in prostate cancer combo treatment

High rates of preserved sexual function seen with combination beam plus brachytherapy for prostate cancer.

Screening elderly women for breast cancer not efficacious

Mammograms for those aged 69 to 75 could result in over-treatment, researchers caution.

AACR: Targeted drugs and prevention reduce cancer mortality

About 14.5 million U.S. cancer survivors are alive today, but aging population and increasing obesity threaten progress.

ASTRO: Radiotherapy helps remedy dysphagia in esophageal cancer

For patients with advanced esophageal cancer, dysphagia is improved with radiotherapy alone, according to a study.

Better classifications improve treatment planning for breast cancer

Scientists have developed a tool to distinguish each breast cancer subtype, research that could improve treatments and targeting of treatments for the disease.

ASTRO: Prostate cancer recovery faster with less androgen deprivation therapy

Shorter time to testosterone recovery with 18 versus 36 months androgen deprivation therapy.

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