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NSAIDs may lower breast cancer recurrence in overweight and obese women

Recurrence of hormone-related breast cancer was reduced by 50% in overweight and obese women who regularly used aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), according to newly published data.

Novel Pap test may be more accurate in detecting cervical cancer

A clinical trial is underway that may provide women with a more accurate way to detect cervical cancer.

Upgraded Prostate Cancer Risk Calculator 2.0, with emojis, is available online

A calculator to help men and their doctors assess the risk of prostate cancer has had a major upgrade to enhance men's and their physicians' understanding of a man's risk of prostate cancer.

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.

Several genetic risk markers for pancreatic cancer are identified

A large DNA analysis of people with and without pancreatic cancer has identified several new genetic markers that signal increased risk of developing the highly lethal disease, reported scientists.

Mutations in a gene essential for cell regulation cause kidney cancer in children

Mutations in a gene that helps regulate when genes are switched on and off in cells have been found to cause rare cases of Wilms tumor, the most common kidney cancer occurring in children.

Lung cancer rates declining but vary by subtype, sex, race/ethnicity, and age

A new analysis confirms that US lung cancer rates are declining overall, but it also uncovers previously unrecognized trends related to cancer subtype, sex, race/ethnicity, and age.

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.

Gut microbiome analysis improved noninvasive colorectal cancer screening

Analysis of the gut microbiome more successfully distinguished healthy persons from those with precancerous adenomatous polyps and those with invasive colorectal cancer compared with assessment of clinical risk factors and fecal occult blood testing, according to recently published data.

Expressive writing improves health outcomes for breast cancer survivors

Writing down fears, emotions, and the benefits of a cancer diagnosis may improve health outcomes for Asian American survivors of breast cancer, according to a new study. The research investigated methods of reducing the psychological burden among minority patients, particularly among breast cancer survivors.

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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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