ASH 2011 Conference Coverage

Tumor cells prep lymphatic cells to encourage breast cancer cells to spread

Breast cancer cells can lay the groundwork for their own metastasis throughout the body by coaxing cells within lymphatic vessels to send out tumor-welcoming signals.

For otherwise healthy patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), conventional surgery may cause fewer complications

Patients who undergo traditional surgery for the treatment of early stage non-small cell lung cancer fare better in the long-term.

For vulvar cancer, concurrent chemotherapy and radiation therapy are not effective

Administering chemotherapy in addition to post-surgical radiation treatment for the treatment of vulvar cancer is not effective.

Animal assisted therapy enhances cancer care

Animal assisted interventions such as visits from therapy dogs and patients' pets are proven to improve patient outcomes.

Protein deletion predicts length of progression free survival (PFS) in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

Deletion of the Bcl-2-like protein 11 (BIM) in advanced non-small cell lung cancer has been associated with shorter progression free survival (PFS).

Risk of premature menopause after Hodgkin lymphoma treatment is mapped

Women treated for Hodgkin lymphoma will be able to better understand their risks of future infertility after researchers estimated their risk of premature menopause with different treatments.

Patients with HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer may not require post-radiation surgery

Human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive oropharyngeal cancer may not require neck surgery after receiving radiation therapy and chemo.

For pancreatic cancer, chokeberry extract may enhance effectiveness of gemcitabine

Chokeberry, a wild berry, may improve the effectiveness of gemcitabine for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Patient and tumor characteristics in melanoma examined for clues to aggressive form of disease

Researchers in Australia examined patient and tumor characteristics of melanomas for higher mitotic rates (a marker of tumor cell growth) in an effort to increase early detection.

Chest radiation may be useful for combatting advanced lung cancers

The addition of chest radiation reduces recurrence rate and, improves survival when added to chemo in extensive stage small-cell lung cancer.

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