ASH 2011 Conference Coverage

Radiation exposure linked to aggressive thyroid cancers

For the first time, researchers have found that exposure to radioactive iodine is associated with more aggressive forms of thyroid cancer, according to a careful study of over a thousand individuals.

More patients opt for mastectomy despite limited, early-stage breast cancer

More women with breast cancer are opting for mastectomy rather than undergoing breast conservation surgery.

Calcium channel blockers not found to increase risk of breast cancer

Women who take calcium channel blockers to treat their hypertension are not at increased risk for developing breast cancer.

Being overweight or obese may hide true nutritional status of patients with cancer

All patients should be screened for nutritional status, even obese patients.

Monitoring psychosocial function in radiotherapy

Psychosocial decline occurs in an estimated one-third of patients undergoing radiotherapy for cancer. These declines may sometimes be ameliorated by vigilant recognition of the need to refer patients for psychosocial support interventions.

Variation seen in number of cancer survivors undergoing HIV testing

Proportion undergoing testing varies by demographic and health-related factors, and by state, a study found.

Proton therapy less costly than some alternative radiotherapy techniques

Partial breast irradiation (APBI) with proton therapy, as opposed to whole breast irradiation (WBI), may prove more affordable and have a more beneficial length of treatment for patients with early stage breast cancer.

Postoperative radiation therapy improves overall survival in resected NSCLC

Patients with non-small lung cancer (NSCLC) that received postoperative radiation therapy (PORT) lived an average of 4 months longer, when compared with patients who had the same disease progression and treatment criteria.

Most internet sites on prostate cancer disagree with expert panel's recommendations

Less than 20 percent of top-ranked health sites advise against screening for prostate cancer, a recommendation made by the USPSTF.

Circulating tumor cells can reveal cancer sooner than imaging tests

Circulating tumor cells can be detected well before the cancer becomes detectable on computed tomography (CT), according to new research, opening the possibility of early eradication of the primary cancer site.

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