ASH 2011 Conference Coverage

New approach identifies cancer mutations as targets of effective melanoma immunotherapy

A new approach demonstrated that the recognition of unique cancer mutations appeared to be responsible for complete cancer regressions in two metastatic melanoma patients treated with a type of immunotherapy.

No change seen in breast cancer detection despite increased Medicare costs for screening

Breast cancer screening costs for Medicare patients skyrocketed between 2001 and 2009, but the increase did not lead to earlier detection of new breast cancer cases, according to a study.

Painful, Itchy Patches Could Be Sign of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

Suspicious looking lesions that are painful or itchy should raise concerns for non-melanoma skin cancers, according to research from Temple University School of Medicine.

Hormones after breast cancer: natural steroid hormones may be safe, effective

A new study suggests a safe and effective role for natural steroid hormones in treating postmenopausal breast cancer, with fewer detrimental side effects and improved health profile than with standard antihormone therapies.

Dermatologists Are The Preferred Provider to Treat Skin Cancer

An online survey asks people to identify their choice of health care provider for evaluating a worrisome lesion on the face and for removing skin cancers from the back and face. Dermatologists were overwhelmingly the preferred health care provider.

Vasectomy may increase risk of aggressive prostate cancer

Vasectomy was associated with a small increased risk of prostate cancer, and a stronger risk for advanced or lethal prostate cancer, according to a new study.

Women undergoing morcellation have in 27 in 10k uterine cancer prevalence

For women undergoing hysterectomy by morcellation, the prevalence of uterine cancers is 27 per 10,000, with increased prevalence with advanced age, according to a research letter published online.

Antioxidants may not fight cancer, according to research

A research meta-analysis suggests that the anti-cancer properties of antioxidants may have been overstated, and that, in some cases, antioxidants could even have an adverse effect with regard to cancer.

Gut microbes provide link between carbs and colon cancer

Physicians have long suspected a link between carbohydrate intake and colon cancer development, and a recent study may have illuminated the sought-after link.

Lifestyle choices may lower metabolic syndrome risk of for cancer survivors

A study conducted by researchers based at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has determined that healthy lifestyle choices can help cancer survivors avoid the metabolic syndrome.

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