American Heart Association (AHA) issues guidelines for electronic cigarette use

American Heart Association (AHA) issues guidelines for electronic cigarette use

AHA supports inclusion of e-cigarettes in state and federal laws prohibiting sale and marketing to minors.

Colonic diverticular disease not linked to subsequent colorectal cancer

Colonic diverticular disease not linked to subsequent colorectal cancer

Increased risk of subsequent colorectal cancer (CRC) in first year of diagnosis may be a screening effect, according to research.

United States to tighten controls on narcotic painkillers

United States to tighten controls on narcotic painkillers

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to enact tough new controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone, which has been tied to a surge in addictions across the United States.

Surgery for advanced laryngeal cancer provides survival benefit

Surgery for advanced laryngeal cancer provides survival benefit

A small but significant advantage in disease-specific, overall survival, is seen for patients with advanced laryngeal cancer, even after adjustment.

Endogenous hormones improve breast cancer risk prediction

Endogenous hormones improve breast cancer risk prediction

Inclusion of endogenous hormones in prediction models improves prediction of invasive breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women, according to a study.

Bisphosphonate use may not prevent breast cancer

Bisphosphonate use may not prevent breast cancer

Data from two randomized controlled trials suggest that bisphosphonate use does not protect against postmenopausal breast cancer, according to research.

Patients with Medicaid or no coverage show higher cancer mortality

Patients with Medicaid or no coverage show higher cancer mortality

Patients with Medicaid insurance or no insurance coverage are less likely to receive cancer-related surgery and/or radiation and are more likely to die from cancer than those with insurance, according to an online study.

Once-only flexible sigmoidoscopy screening lowers colorectal cancer incidence

Once-only flexible sigmoidoscopy screening lowers colorectal cancer incidence

Once-only flexible sigmoidoscopy screening, with or without fecal occult blood testing (FOBT), is associated with reduced colorectal cancer incidence and mortality, according to a study.

CDC breast and cervical cancer screening program benefits millions

CDC breast and cervical cancer screening program benefits millions

Millions of American women have benefited from a breast and cervical cancer screening program offered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a new report.

Unrecognized lung cancer trends identified

Unrecognized lung cancer trends identified

An updated and expanded analysis has revealed some new observations about patterns in lung cancer incidence in the United States, according to research.

New mutations may increase breast cancer risk

New mutations may increase breast cancer risk

Mutations in PALB2 and germline mutations in the multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) tumor-suppressor gene causing MEN1 correlate with increased breast cancer risk, according to two studies.

Herpes zoster vaccine effective with chemotherapy

Herpes zoster vaccine effective with chemotherapy

Vaccine is effective even among older adults who subsequently undergo chemotherapy.

Lasting drop in prostate cancer mortality with prostate-specific antigen (PSA)

Lasting drop in prostate cancer mortality with prostate-specific antigen (PSA)

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening is associated with a lasting reduction in prostate cancer mortality, according to a study published online.

Women 75+ may still benefit from routine mammograms

Women 75+ may still benefit from routine mammograms

Breast cancer survival has been found to be better in women whose cancer was detected by mammography.

Prophylactic aspirin may aid cancer prevention

Prophylactic aspirin may aid cancer prevention

Daily aspirin appears beneficial for men and women between ages 50 and 65 in the general population.

Acupuncture reduces comorbid symptoms of cancer pain

Acupuncture reduces comorbid symptoms of cancer pain

Electroacupuncture may reduce comorbid symptoms of pain in women with breast cancer who have aromatase inhibitor-related arthralgia, according to research.

Patients rate nursing care higher than nurses

Patients rate nursing care higher than nurses

A survey has revealed that patients at a single level-1 trauma center emergency room consistently rate the nursing care received higher than do the nurses, according to research.

Healthy lifestyle reduces metabolic syndrome risk for cancer survivors

Healthy lifestyle reduces metabolic syndrome risk for cancer survivors

Reduced risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS) has been observed in male and female childhood cancer survivors who adhere to WCRF/AICR guidelines.

Noncervical cancers related to HPV on the increase in Canada

Noncervical cancers related to HPV on the increase in Canada

Registry data show increase in incidence rates of HPV-related oropharyngeal and anal cancers are up in Canada.

Repeat colonoscopies not always beneficial for some patients

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.

Adolescent cancer patients risk heavy menstrual bleeding

Adolescent cancer patients risk heavy menstrual bleeding

Oncologist and gynecologist should collaborate to provide appropriate treatment

Lymphoma treatment type affects sperm production

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 clinicians and fellows report similar burnout frequency

Oncology fellows may underestimate future workload of actual practice.

Tool Assesses Psychosocial Problems in Genetic Counseling

Tool Assesses Psychosocial Problems in Genetic Counseling

A questionnaire can help counselors address psychosocial issues in genetic counseling for cancer.

Gynecologists advised on the effects of specific cancer treatments

Gynecologists advised on the effects of specific cancer treatments

Cancer and its treatment may have an immediate or delayed impact on reproductive health.

Idelalisib approved by FDA for three types of blood cancer

Idelalisib approved by FDA for three types of blood cancer

Zydelig (idelalisib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat relapsed forms of blood cancer, but label warns drug may be toxic to the liver.

Physicians cautioned about counterfeit medical devices

Physicians cautioned about counterfeit medical devices

Physicians should be aware of the prevalence and serious consequences associated with use of counterfeit medical devices.

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

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.

Gene marker may help predict breast cancer response to tamoxifen

Gene marker may help predict breast cancer response to tamoxifen

Researchers have identified genes that may help predict whether a patient with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer is likely to benefit from tamoxifen therapy.

Bike riding may up prostate cancer risk

Bike riding may up prostate cancer risk

Researchers found that cyclists who bike more may face a higher risk of prostate cancer, but not a greater chance of infertility or erectile dysfunction.

Poor parent-provider communication seen in advanced pediatric cancer

Poor parent-provider communication seen in advanced pediatric cancer

For pediatric patients with advanced cancer, parent-provider concordance is poor regarding prognosis and goals of care, according to a study.

Testicular cancer on the rise for young U.S. Hispanics

Testicular cancer on the rise for young U.S. Hispanics

An increase in incidence of testicular germ cell tumors in Hispanic adolescents and young adults in the United States has been observed.

Rates of observation as prostate cancer management vary

Rates of observation as prostate cancer management vary

Rates of observation as management for low-risk prostate cancer vary widely, and primary ADT is not tied to better survival for men with localized prostate cancer.

Link between vasectomy and prostate cancer greater in high-grade cases

Link between vasectomy and prostate cancer greater in high-grade cases

Vasectomy is associated with an increased incidence of prostate cancer overall during extended follow-up, with an elevated risk seen for high-grade and lethal cancer.

Depressed men with prostate cancer have worse outcomes

Depressed men with prostate cancer have worse outcomes

Depressed men with a diagnosis of intermediate- or high-risk prostate cancer have worse overall outcomes.

Surgical biopsy safe for advanced lung cancer

Surgical biopsy safe for advanced lung cancer

Surgical biopsy samples can be safely collected in patients with stage IV non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and can inform appropriate personalized therapy, according to a study.

Breast cancer screening costs on the rise for Medicare patients

Breast cancer screening costs on the rise for Medicare patients

Although use of newer technologies and costs associated with breast cancer screening have increased, no change in stage at diagnosis has been observed in Medicare beneficiaries.

Those with HIV less likely to receive cancer treatment

Those with HIV less likely to receive cancer treatment

HIV-infected individuals with cancer are less likely to receive treatment, according to a study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

ESHRE: Low evidence of fertility drug and cancer link

ESHRE: Low evidence of fertility drug and cancer link

Use of fertility drugs doesn't appear to increase a woman's long-term risk of breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers, new research indicates, but researchers still urge long-term monitoring.

Central Venous Catheters Up Infection Risk in Cancer Patients

Central Venous Catheters Up Infection Risk in Cancer Patients

Long-term central venous catheters (CVCs) are associated with an increased risk of infection in older adults with cancer, according to research published online.

ESC: Hyperlipidemia increases breast cancer risk

ESC: Hyperlipidemia increases breast cancer risk

The presence of hyperlipidemia has been linked to 1.64-fold increased risk of breast cancer.

ACA offers opportunities to improve quality of care

ACA offers opportunities to improve quality of care

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is fostering collaboration between the public health and health care systems and can potentially improve quality of care and advance population health.

Genetics could factor into racial disparity in colon cancer

Genetics could factor into racial disparity in colon cancer

African-Americans are half as likely to have the genetic marker associated with improved survival.

Everolimus does not affect survival rate for advanced liver cancer

Everolimus does not affect survival rate for advanced liver cancer

No considerable survival difference found between patients receiving everolimus and those receiving a placebo.

U.S. health care expenditure growth has slowed

U.S. health care expenditure growth has slowed

The growth in U.S. health care expenditure has slowed in recent years, coming some way toward closing the gap with other countries.

Combination imaging helps breast tumor differentiation

Combination imaging helps breast tumor differentiation

The use of new technique, which includes four approaches, could reduce unnecessary breast biopsies.

Support for childhood sunscreen use to prevent future melanoma

Support for childhood sunscreen use to prevent future melanoma

Use of a sun protection factor (SPF) 15 lotion is associated with a 10-fold reduction in the incidence of melanocytic nevi in a laboratory opossum model, according to an experimental study.

Soy intake has little effect on endometrial cancer risk

Soy intake has little effect on endometrial cancer risk

There is no association between soy consumption and endometrial cancer risk, according to a study published online in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

HPV-positive status tied to oropharyngeal cancer survival

HPV-positive status tied to oropharyngeal cancer survival

Human papillomavirus (HPV) positivity is associated with improved survival after disease progression, according to a study.

Wikipedia Drug Entries Often Not Up-to-Date

Wikipedia Drug Entries Often Not Up-to-Date

Patients frequently turn to digital media for drug information; however, many Wikipedia entries about medications aren't up-to-date and accurate.

Digital mammography with tomosynthesis lowers recalls

Digital mammography with tomosynthesis lowers recalls

Compared with digital mammography alone, the combination of digital mammography and tomosynthesis increases cancer detection and reduces false-positive results, according to research.

Active surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer underused

Active surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer underused

Although most prostate cancer specialists believe active surveillance to be effective and underused, fewer endorse active surveillance than other therapies for low-risk prostate cancer.

'Financial Toxicity' tool created to assist cancer patients

'Financial Toxicity' tool created to assist cancer patients

A four-step process involving 155 patients with cancer was used to develop patient-reported outcome measure.

Strategies to prevent overzealous lung cancer screening

Strategies to prevent overzealous lung cancer screening

Benefits, harms of low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening should be carefully considered.

Racial disparity seen in sentinel lymph node biopsy

Racial disparity seen in sentinel lymph node biopsy

Although sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) use has increased in all patients with breast cancer, black women are consistently less likely than white women to have SLNB, according to a study.

Preoperative genetic testing steers surgical choice in breast cancer

Preoperative genetic testing steers surgical choice in breast cancer

Majority of BRCA mutation carriers opted for different surgery than initially planned by surgeon.

Teen tanning bed usage ups early-onset skin cancer risk

Teen tanning bed usage ups early-onset skin cancer risk

Indoor tanning has been tied to elevated risk of basal cell carcinomas before the age of 50.

Phone intervention helps women with breast cancer lose weight

Phone intervention helps women with breast cancer lose weight

Among postmenopausal women receiving letrozole as adjuvant therapy for breast cancer, a telephone-based weight loss intervention was effective in promoting weight loss.

Diet may impact breast cancer recurrence

Diet may impact breast cancer recurrence

Personalized dietary recommendations based on molecular characteristics of primary tumor tissue may be an effective strategy for breast cancer survivors, according to research.

Reminders increase colorectal screening rates for vulnerable populations

Reminders increase colorectal screening rates for vulnerable populations

Low-cost interventions relying upon mailings, text messages, and phone calls can increase adherence to colorectal cancer screening with fecal immunochemical tests among vulnerable populations.

U.S. health care system ranks last among rich nations

U.S. health care system ranks last among rich nations

Countries with nationalized health systems outperform the United States in all measures, according to the latest Commonwealth Fund report on the issue.

Annual MRI and digital mammography effective for screening high-risk women

Annual MRI and digital mammography effective for screening high-risk women

Initial results indicate that annual magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and digital mammography can form an effective screening program for women at high risk of breast cancer, according to research.

Affordable Care Act may mean healthier young adults

Affordable Care Act may mean healthier young adults

A popular provision of the ACA that allows young adults to stay on a parent's health insurance plan up to age 26 may be good for their health and financial security, a new study suggests.

Hospitalization rate greater for childhood cancer survivors

Hospitalization rate greater for childhood cancer survivors

A higher hospital admission rate is seen for childhood survivors, with highest rates for survivors of neuroblastoma and bone tumors.

Tobacco companies to introduce e-cigarettes

Tobacco companies to introduce e-cigarettes

Big tobacco companies are jumping into the rapidly expanding and lucrative e-cigarette market.

Breast cancer risk linked to higher red meat intake

Breast cancer risk linked to higher red meat intake

Risk could be reduced by substitution of other legumes or poultry for red meat.

Late-stage breast cancer less frequent in mammography era

Late-stage breast cancer less frequent in mammography era

There appears to have been a decrease in late-stage breast cancer in the mammography era, according to a study published online.

Few women meet exercise guidelines after breast cancer diagnosis

Few women meet exercise guidelines after breast cancer diagnosis

Only 35 percent of women meet current physical activity guidelines after breast cancer diagnosis, with African-American women less likely to meet guidelines, according to a study published online.

Communication training helps oncologists deliver bad news

Communication training helps oncologists deliver bad news

A communication skills training program based on patient preferences regarding communication can help oncologists' communication performance, according to a study.

Moles may indicate greater breast cancer risk

Moles may indicate greater breast cancer risk

In two studies, a higher risk of breast cancer seen for women with more moles.

New HPV test sensitive for cervical cancer

New HPV test sensitive for cervical cancer

The new human papillomavirus (HPV) test has higher sensitivity and specificity than Pap testing for cervical cancer, according to an ideas and opinion piece published online.

Higher screening rates lower colorectal cancer incidence

Higher screening rates lower colorectal cancer incidence

An estimated 550,000 cases of colorectal cancer have been prevented in U.S. over the past three decades and this is directly associated with colorectal screening.

Few Americans knowledgeable about head and neck cancer

Few Americans knowledgeable about head and neck cancer

Two-thirds of surveyed adults reported being not very or not at all knowledgeable about head and neck cancer.

Patients with breast cancer underuse needle biopsy

Patients with breast cancer underuse needle biopsy

Needle biopsy appears to be underused in patients with breast cancer, according to a study published online June 9 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

ASCO: Fish and exercise can thwart colon cancer recurrence

ASCO: Fish and exercise can thwart colon cancer recurrence

The likelihood that patients will suffer a return of colon cancer more than doubles if they eat fish less than twice a week, or if they get less than 60 minutes of moderate exercise a week.

Invasive recurrence risk explored for HER2 breast cancer

Invasive recurrence risk explored for HER2+ breast cancer

For patients with HER2+ breast cancer, distant invasive recurrence is low for T1a tumors and is higher for T1b tumors.

Early detection and aging to grow cancer survivorship in United States

Early detection and aging to grow cancer survivorship in United States

By 2024, the number of Americans with a history of cancer is expected to grow to 19 million.

Even sans burning, indoor tanning increases melanoma risk

Even sans burning, indoor tanning increases melanoma risk

Melanoma patients reporting zero lifetime sunburns are still nearly four times more likely to be indoor tanners.

ASCO: HPV-targeted T-cell therapy may combat advanced cervical cancer

ASCO: HPV-targeted T-cell therapy may combat advanced cervical cancer

A new type of therapy, human papillomavirus (HPV)-targeted adoptive T-cell therapy, shows promise in treating some women with advanced cervical cancer, but side effects were often severe.

Post-chemo cognitive depreciation linked to brain activity changes

Post-chemo cognitive depreciation linked to brain activity changes

For patients undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, cognitive complaints after treatment may be associated with changes in brain activity, according to a study.

ASCO: Breathalyzer may help detect lung cancer

ASCO: Breathalyzer may help detect lung cancer

Researchers have developed a breathalyzer that can detect lung cancer and assess whether it is early or advanced, according to findings presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Insurance coverage associated with improved cancer-specific outcomes

Insurance coverage associated with improved cancer-specific outcomes

Health insurance coverage is associated with improved cancer-specific outcomes for young adults, according to a study.

ASCO: New treatment options available for advanced melanoma

ASCO: New treatment options available for advanced melanoma

New treatment options are available for advanced melanoma, according to three studies presented at the annual ASCO meeting.

Circumcision may lower prostate cancer risk

Circumcision may lower prostate cancer risk

Circumcision appears to confer a protective effect against the development of prostate cancer, according to research published online.

ASCO: Olaparib and cediranib combo promising for recurrent ovarian cancer

ASCO: Olaparib and cediranib combo promising for recurrent ovarian cancer

For women with recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer, the combination of the PARP inhibitor olaparib and the anti-angiogenesis drug cediranib is more effective than olaparib alone.

Exposure to solvents may increase breast cancer risk

Exposure to solvents may increase breast cancer risk

Occupational exposure to solvents before first full-term birth may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in certain settings, according to a study.

ASCO: Ramucirumab extends survival for NSC lung cancer

ASCO: Ramucirumab extends survival for NSC lung cancer

For patients with non-small-cell lung cancer who have relapsed after initial treatment, the addition of the anti-angiogenesis drug ramucirumab to standard docetaxel chemotherapy extends survival.

ASCO: New drug effective for metastatic prostate cancer

ASCO: New drug effective for metastatic prostate cancer

Enzalutamide, an oral androgen-receptor inhibitor, is superior to placebo for the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer before chemotherapy, according a study.

Lung cancer screening may prompt smoking cessation

Lung cancer screening may prompt smoking cessation

Smokers with abnormalities detected in lung cancer screening are significantly more likely to quit smoking, according to research.

Informed consent plays large in prostatectomy litigation

Informed consent plays large in prostatectomy litigation

Claims of not receiving proper informed consent and clinical performance are the main issues that arise in radical prostatectomy malpractice lawsuits.

Direct-to-consumer cancer center ads emphasize emotion over info

Direct-to-consumer cancer center ads emphasize emotion over info

Little information actually provided about treatment risks, benefits, costs

Risk of some cancers associated with income status

Risk of some cancers associated with income status

The risk for certain types of cancer seems to be linked to poverty or wealth, according to research, and socioeconomic status should be considered in cancer surveillance.

ASCO guidelines recommend adjuvant endocrine therapy extension

ASCO guidelines recommend adjuvant endocrine therapy extension

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is updating its guidelines on adjuvant endocrine therapy to recommend tamoxifen for up to 10 years for women with nonmetastatic hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.

Majority of Wikipedia health articles contain errors

Majority of Wikipedia health articles contain errors

Ninety percent of health articles on Wikipedia contain errors, new study finds.

Many women consider contralateral prophylactic mastectomy

Many women consider contralateral prophylactic mastectomy

A considerable proportion of women with breast cancer consider contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM), according to a study published online.

Review identifies modifiers of cancer risk for BRCA1/2 carriers

Review identifies modifiers of cancer risk for BRCA1/2 carriers

Modifiers of cancer risk have been identified for BRCA1/2 mutation carriers, according to a review published online.

Age-related lung cancer trends seen in women

Age-related lung cancer trends seen in women

For young women, the rate of lung cancer mortality is stable or declining in most populations across the world, whereas the rate for older women is increasing.

Most adults aware of e-cigarettes and perceive them as less harmful

Most adults aware of e-cigarettes and perceive them as less harmful

Just over half believe them to be less harmful than cigarettes, according to a study.

Targeted biopsies may trigger prostate cancer reclassification

Targeted biopsies may trigger prostate cancer reclassification

Targeted prostate biopsy using multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging-ultrasound fusion may lead to reclassification of prostate cancer that was initially diagnosed as low-risk, according to research.

Can e-cigarettes help smokers quit?

Can e-cigarettes help smokers quit?

One study by British researchers suggests yes, but not all experts agree.

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