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Pain and itch may indicate skin cancer

Asking patients if a suspicious skin lesion is painful or itchy may help doctors decide whether the spot is likely to be cancerous, according to a new study.

Repeat colonoscopies not always beneficial for some patients

Little benefit seen for repeat colonoscopy within 10 years in patients with no polyps on initial exam.

Piggy-backing cells hold clue to skin cancer growth

Skin cancer cells work together to spread further and faster, according to a new study. The discovery could lead to new drugs to tackle melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

Adolescent cancer patients risk heavy menstrual bleeding

Oncologist and gynecologist should collaborate to provide appropriate treatment

Natural plant products protect skin during radiotherapy

Three ubiquitous and well-studied natural products derived from plants can protect the skin against gamma radiation during radiotherapy, according to new research.

Research team makes cancer glow to improve surgical outcomes

Surgical resection is the most effective method for a cancer cure; however, the procedure may not remove the entire tumor, leading to local recurrence. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have established a new strategy in which near-infrared (NIR) imaging is used to help visualize the entire tumor.

Rethinking Breast Cancer Screening: Ultra FAST Breast MRI [EDITORIALS]

Breast cancer screening is once again controversial. In this editorial, the author discusses new research demonstrating the effectiveness of an MRI imaging technique called first postcontrast subtracted T1-weighted image (FAST).

Survival equivalent with cetuximab or bevacizumab in metastatic colorectal cancer

For patients with KRAS wild-type untreated colorectal cancer, adding cetuximab or bevacizumab to combination chemotherapy offers equivalent survival.

Lymphoma treatment type affects sperm production

Lymphoma treatment type and pretreatment spermatogenesis status are linked to recovery.

Oncology clinicians and fellows report similar burnout frequency

Oncology fellows may underestimate future workload of actual practice.

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