ASH 2010 Conference Coverage

Thymic carcinoma recurrence can be determined with existing uterine cervix pathology test

An existing antibody cocktail commonly used for pathology tests of the uterine cervix can be used to test for recurrent cancer.

Coffee drinkers have lower risk of malignant melanoma

Individuals who drank more coffee daily had a lower risk of melanoma compared with those who drank little to no coffee.

Existing drug extends survival for patients with rare thymic carcinoma

Sunitinib, an agent approved for use in several cancers, could prove useful in treatment of thymic carcinoma when traditional chemotherapy fails.

Physicians report barriers in making cancer referrals

Sixty percent of physicians report encountering a barrier when making cancer specialty referrals.

Coupling head and neck screening with lung cancer screening could improve survival

The addition of head and neck cancer screenings to regular lung cancer screenings could improve early detection and survival, according to published research.

Study examines vaccine therapy in prostate cancer with rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels

A vaccine therapy designed to boost the body's immune response may join available early treatment options for prostate cancer.

Colorectal cancer incidence is increasing among young adults

Incidence of colorectal cancer in young adults (ages 20-39 years) has increased in the past 20 to 30 years.

Screening based on family history of prostate cancer linked to prostate cancer-specific mortality

Focusing screening efforts on those with a positive family history of prostate cancer could be more effective.

For sedentary older adults, replace sitting with standing and light activity

Recommendation that adults should moderately exercise for 150 minutes per week may be too much for middle-aged and older adults.

Head and neck cancers in young adults less likely due to lifestyle factors

Head and neck cancer in young adults is more likely to occur as a result of inherited factors rather than lifestyle factors.

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