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Classifying gene mutations in neuroblastoma may point to improved treatments

Oncology researchers studying gene mutations in the childhood cancer neuroblastoma are refining their diagnostic tools to predict which patients are more likely to respond to the drugs that target these mutations.

Diagnostic grading system developed for cancer-related weight loss

Diagnostic grading system developed for cancer-related weight loss

New grading system for cancer-linked weight loss includes independent prognostic significance of BMI and percent weight loss.

BRCA-related tumors respond to olaparib

Olaparib, an experimental oral cancer drug, has shown an overall tumor response rate of 26% in advanced cancers associated with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, according to recent research.

Biopsies overused in diagnosing lung cancer, according to Medicare cost analysis

Biopsies are the most costly tool associated with lung cancer diagnosis, according to research.

Risk stratification model aids lung cancer staging and treatment decisions

A risk stratification model, based on lymph node characteristics, can confirm a negative classification of lung cancer with a high level of confidence.

Prosocial Internet support group not proving beneficial for breast cancer survivors

Prosocial Internet support group not proving beneficial for breast cancer survivors

Participants in prosocial versus standard group have higher level of depression, anxiety after intervention.

Oral cancers in different locations in smokers vs nonsmokers

The relatively high incidence of mouth squamous cell cancer in nonsmokers without obvious causes has been noted in studies, with nonsmokers having a higher proportion of cancers occur on the edge of the tongue.

Obesity is a liability in cancer immunotherapy

Gaining an excessive amount of weight could trigger a dangerous inflammation in response to anticancer treatment, according to a recent study.

New approach to stop most-wanted cancer protein

A specially crafted compound that targets the protein MYCN in cancer cells can disrupt the protein's ability to stimulate tumor growth.

Mastectomy numbers on the rise in women eligible for lumpectomy

Mastectomy numbers on the rise in women eligible for lumpectomy

Better breast reconstruction outcomes may be one reason behind the trend of increasing mastectomy rates for early-stage breast cancer patients eligible for lumpectomy.

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Biopsies overused in diagnosing lung cancer, according to Medicare cost analysis

Biopsies are the most costly tool associated with lung cancer diagnosis, according to research.

Early palliative care can cut hospital readmissions for cancer patients

A new, collaborative model in cancer care aims to reduce the rates at which patients go to intensive care or are readmitted to the hospital after discharge.

3-D printed facial prosthesis offers new hope for eye cancer patients after surgery

By utilizing both facial scanning software and 3-D printing, researchers have developed an inexpensive way to make facial prostheses for patients with eye cancer.

Subsidies help breast cancer patients adhere to hormone therapy

A federal prescription-subsidy program for low-income Medicare recipients has increased adherence to hormone therapy to prevent breast cancer recurrence after surgery, according to recent data.

New test helps in choosing best treatment for ovarian cancer

Researchers have devised a new test to help doctors diagnose ovarian tumors and choose the most appropriate treatment.

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