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Triple therapy revs up immune system against a common brain tumor

A triple therapy for glioblastoma, consisting of two types of immunotherapy and targeted radiation, has significantly prolonged the survival of mice with these brain cancers, according to a new report.

Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial identifies men most likely to undergo biopsy

Healthy men participating in the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial who actively participate in all trial steps are most likely to undergo a biopsy at the end of the trial, according to recent research.

Promising results from trial for late-stage peritoneal cancers

A drug originally used to treat ovarian cancer has shown promising results in patients with advanced peritoneal cancers during a phase I clinical trial.

New analyses of epigenetics reveal tumor weaknesses

Scientists have known for decades that cancer can be caused by genetic mutations, but more recently they have discovered that chemical modifications of a gene can also contribute to cancer.

Major breakthrough in understanding acute lymphoblastic leukemia

By analyzing the DNA sequence of patients at different stages of leukemia, researchers have discovered mutations in genes that lead to childhood leukemia of the acute lymphoblastic type, the most common childhood cancer.

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.

Less radical procedures control kidney cancer similarly to surgery

Needle-guided tumor destruction procedures offer near equivalent lengths of cancer control when compared with surgery for patients with small kidney cancer tumors.

Gene likely to promote childhood cancers pinpointed

Researchers have identified a gene that contributes to the development of several childhood cancers, research that could lead to new strategies for targeting certain childhood cancers at a molecular level.

Flexible sigmoidoscopy screening reduces incidence and death rate for colorectal cancer

Screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy resulted in a reduced incidence and rate of death of colorectal cancer, compared with no screening, according to a recent study.

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Unique cancer mutations may be targets for effective melanoma immunotherapy

Adoptive T-cell therapy, a type of immunotherapy, appears to recognize unique cancer mutations that stimulate immune responses.

Same-day results increase community use of lung screening service

A new lung screening service for persons at high risk for lung cancer with incorporates a same-day visit by a nurse practitioner after the patient undergoes low-dose CT to discuss test results and recommendations.

Needs-assessment survey identifies knowledge gaps of novel therapeutics for CACS

Although nurses are familiar with palliative care guidelines related to cancer anorexia-cachexia syndrome, a needs-assessment survey revealed they are less familiar with novel therapeutic interventions in development.

Weekly classes on healthy coping techniques reduces compassion fatigue

Burnout was reduced and secondary trauma improved by a 6-week initiative to prevent compassion fatigue.

Assessment process evaluation confirms nurse comprehension and improved completion time

Pre- and postimplementation surveys are effective tools to confirm staff understanding of and adherence to a new neurologic assessment process for patients receiving high-dose cytarabine.

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