Men with prostate cancer who take the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins are significantly less likely to die from their cancer than men who do not take such medication, according to a new study.
For patients with early cancer, a nurse navigator intervention can improve patient experience and reduce problems with care, according to a study published online Nov. 25 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Use of a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to remove superficial, early-stage esophageal cancer is as effective as surgery that removes and rebuilds the esophagus, according to a new study.
Breast cancer is treated differently in men than in women, with regard to frequency of both mastectomy and radiation treatment.
Performing early stem cell transplants in patients with aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma does not improve overall survival in high-risk patients, according to a new study. However, early transplantation appears to be beneficial among the small group of patients who are at the very highest risk.
Black patients with metastatic colorectal cancer are less likely to be seen by cancer specialists or receive cancer treatments. The study did not ascribe a specific cause for the racial disparities but offered six possible explanations.
The best outcome for wait times falls between 2.1 and 12.0 weeks time.
More than 500,000 women in the United States have a breast biopsy each year. Percutaneous biopsies are associated with fewer complications than the surgical approach, but short-term side effects such as pain and emotional distress are still significant.
An investigational prostate cancer treatment slows the disease's progression and may increase survival, especially among men whose cancer has spread to the bones. This study adds long-term survival and safety data for the drug tasquinimod, a new candidate for treating advanced and recurrent prostate cancer.
In patients with resectable hypopharyngeal and laryngeal cancers, a trend toward worse HRQOL scores was found in patients receiving alternating chemoradiotherapy compared to patients receiving sequential induction chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Results from a new study could benefit some children with high-risk AML. A therapeutic regimen that combined the GO with conventional three-drug chemotherapy was associated with improved survival in children with AML who underwent bone marrow transplantation.
Cancer survival tends to be far lower when patients have comorbid diseases, based on a systematic review of 10 years of data from Denmark and elsewhere. The effects of comorbidities on survival varied by cancer type, but overall trends were comparable, researchers said.
Pancreatic cancer death rates in whites and blacks have gone in opposite directions over the past several decades in the United States, with the direction reversing in each ethnicity during those years. Researchers involved with this new study say the rising and falling rates are largely unexplainable by known risk factors.
Adult patients with Burkitt lymphoma had excellent long-term survival rates—upwards of 90%—following treatment with low-intensity chemotherapy regimens, according to a new clinical trial finding.
A new study has found that several months after surgery for esophageal cancer, different symptoms cluster together in different types of patients. In addition, patients with certain symptom clusters have an increased risk of dying from their disease.
Mutations in the genes that defend the body against cancer-related viruses and other infections may play a larger role in breast cancer than previously thought.
Testing Morbidities Index scores are down by about three points for each decade decrease in the patient's age.
Young adults who survived childhood cancer are more likely than their peers to be frail, according to a study.
As with any treatment regimen that results in physical impairment, patients with cancer need rehabilitation therapy to return to baseline functioning.
For patients who fail to respond to current first-line and second-line treatments for colorectal cancer liver metastases (also known as salvage patients), radioembolization with Y-90 microspheres could extend survival.
Advanced imaging techniques may be able to distinguish which patients' tumors will respond to treatment with antiangiogenic drugs and which will not.
Life expectancy in elderly individuals of the same chronological age varies with levels of comorbidity, according to research.
Although a breast cancer diagnosis is usually an extremely stressful experience for most women, a new study has found that there also can be unexpected benefits.
Surveillance should be planned according to presumed risk of recurrence and patients' functional status.
Men with prostate cancer who are overweight or obese at diagnosis are more likely to die from the disease than men who are of healthy weight, according to a newly published study.
Patient assistance programs can help breast cancer patients meet a variety of needs. When these needs are unmet, they can interfere with getting recommended adjuvant therapies such as radiation, chemotherapy, and hormonal treatments.
Can the drug paroxetine mesylate (Brisdelle, Paxil) be given to patients taking a chemoprevention drug such as raloxifene (Evista) or any of the aromatase inhibitors?
A functional biomarker that can predict whether BRAF-mutant melanomas respond to drugs targeting BRAF could help guide the treatment of patients with these cancers.
A team of researchers has identified a novel mutation in the hepatitis B virus (HBV) in Korea that appears only in men and could help explain why HBV-infected men are roughly five times more likely than HBV-infected women to develop liver cancer.
Cancer-specific physical therapy can provide closure to cancer treatment and offers patients a link to their pretreatment physical baseline.
An inherited gene variation has been linked to a nearly fourfold increased risk of developing a pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia subtype that is associated with a poor outcome.
An optical imaging technique that measures metabolic activity in cancer cells can accurately differentiate breast cancer subtypes, and can detect responses to treatment as early as 2 days after therapy administration.
Consistent users of the Internet were more likely than never-users to engage in cancer-preventive behaviors, a large study revealed.
Patients with bladder cancer are two times more likely to have complications after a radical cystectomy procedure if they have a biomarker for poor nutritional status before the operation, according to a study.
Tumor levels were associated with PTC recurrence, and circulating levels were linked to presence of cancer.
Despite long-running evidence demonstrating that a single session of radiotherapy provides just as much pain relief to patients with terminal cancer as multiple treatments, the method has yet to be adopted into routine practice.
A genetic predisposition to cancer is not the same as having cancer. Support for patients with the BRCA gene mutation should meet these unique needs.
Among patients with pancreatic cancer who had surgery for removal of the cancer, treatment with the drug gemcitabine for 6 months resulted in increased overall survival, compared with observation alone.
Findings from a study involving thousands of postmenopausal women suggest that women who develop invasive breast cancer may benefit from taking supplements that contain both multivitamins and minerals.
Higher tumor uptake of a radiotracer used in positron emission tomography (PET) appears to be a predictor of worse survival in persons who have undergone treatment for stage III non-small cell lung cancer.
Risk factors associated with lifestyle, particularly hypertension, dramatically increase the likelihood of childhood cancer survivors developing serious heart problems as adults, according to a newly reported national study.
Persons with differentiated thyroid carcinoma are at heightened risks for cardiovascular and all-cause mortality independent of age, sex, and cardiovascular risk factors, researchers have learned.
Both treatment and survival are improved when a tumor whose primary site is unknown has its molecular profile identified.
This fact sheet reviews cancer types, incidence and survival rates, causes, and current research related to childhood cancer.
Recent discoveries about the genetics and cell signaling pathways of thyroid tumors have lead to the development of kinase inhibitors that target tumor cell division and blood vessels.
Women with ovarian cancer that has recurred after chemotherapy survived longer after treatment with cediranib, a biological therapy, according to research.
Significant reductions seen in local and metastatic recurrence, and breast cancer-related mortality, when paravertebral block combined with general anesthesia is employed.
Researchers have estimated the daily dose of radiation therapy that is wasted in compensating for cancer cell growth that occurs overnight and during weekends in patients with early breast cancer, which could shorten radiation therapy schedules.
For patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer, treatment with albumin-bound paclitaxel (nab-paclitaxel) plus gemcitabine is more effective than gemcitabine alone.
Aspirin improves outcomes in patients whose tumor cells express a specific protein on their surface that is known as human leukocyte antigen class I (HLA class I), according to research.
Reducing disparities between urban and rural health care may involve addressing out-of-pocket costs, particularly for older persons who have survived cancer, researchers found.
Persons with head and neck cancer who are undergoing radiation or chemoradiation can preserve swallow function by exercising involved muscles before, during, and after treatment.
Patients with incidentally discovered thyroid cancer likely to be older, male, and have higher stage disease.
Breast cancer incidence rates increased in African American women from 2006 to 2010 and are now approaching the rates found in white women, according to a new analysis by ACS researchers.
A new tool known as the HARM score may provide a low-cost solution for comparative quality assessment in colorectal surgery for patients with cancer and other conditions, say the developers of the formula.
Working with cells in test tubes and in mice, researchers discovered that a chemical commonly used as a dog food preservative prevents chemotherapy-associated peripheral neuropathy.
An investigational drug improved median survival while reducing risk of disease progression or death in persons with metastatic gastric cancer participating in the phase III REGARD trial.
Survivorship plans should be based on patients' answers to these basic questions about their goals and wishes after treatment ends.
Which cancer treatments can cause other cancers later in life?
Men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer who received long-term hormonal therapy (HT) after radiation had no additional benefits compared to short-term hormonal therapy.
Limiting the amount of radiation absorbed in the hippocampal portion of the brain during whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) for brain metastases preserves memory function in patients for up to 6 months after treatment.
Overall survival was improved for adults age 50 years and younger with brain cancer who were treated with stereotactic radiosurgery that was not combined with whole-brain radiotherapy.
Adjuvant treatment also improves disease-free survival compared with observation
When should survivorship care begin? The definition of a cancer survivor and strategies for educating and engaging survivors in their care are explored.
Men with mCRPC who had not undergone previous chemotherapy reported delayed pain progression and prolonged health-related quality of life with abiraterone acetate plus prednisone, compared with prednisone alone.
People who are married when diagnosed with cancer live longer than those who are not, according to new research.
As little as an hour a day of walking reduces breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women.
In women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), breast-conserving treatment combined with radiotherapy reduces the risk for local recurrence (LR), a recent study indicates.
These programs are designed to help patients rebuild a positive self body image and cope with the physical effects of cancer and treatments.
Patients with early-stage breast cancer who receive external beam therapy are not at higher risk for serious long-term side effects in the chest area.
An analysis of quality-of-life (QOL) data of stage III lung cancer patients who received higher doses of radiation therapy with chemotherapy showed a significantly lower QOL at 3 months after treatment compared with patients who received a standard dose of radiation with chemotherapy.
Adult survivors of childhood cancers who underwent certain chemotherapy treatments or kidney surgery had worse kidney function, which did not recover over time.
Higher utilization of primary care among among Medicare patients was also tied to lower mortality.
A biomarker based on the expression levels of seven tumor-specific genes was able to accurately assess the risk for breast cancer recurrence beyond the first 5 years of treatment.
Fibroblast growth factor 18 (FGF18) has been identified as a predictive marker for poor overall survival in patients with ovarian cancer in a new study.
A molecular marker, Mig 6, appears to accurately predict longer survival of up to two years among patients prescribed two of the most widely used drugs in the class of anticancer agents known as EGFR inhibitors.
Although proportionally more blacks than whites present with distant-stage lung cancer, no difference in stage-adjusted lung cancer mortality exists between blacks and whites of similar low socioeconomic status.
Brachytherapy treatment was found to be associated with better cause-specific survival and overall survival in women with cervical cancer in a new study.
Most deaths from breast cancer occur in younger women who do not receive regular mammograms, according to a new study. The study indicates that regular screening before age 50 years should be encouraged.
or women with stage IIIB squamous cervical cancer, cisplatin added to radiotherapy plus high-dose-rate brachytherapy (HDRB) is associated with improved disease-free survival.
A telephone-delivered program, CanChange, helped survivors of colorectal cancer be more physically active, maintain their body weight, and have a healthier diet, according to a new study.
These tools can help clinicians determine which treatments are ideal and explain to patients what their best options are and why.
Married patients are less likely to present with metastatic disease, or to die from their cancer.
Following eating and swallowing exercises aids return to regular diet, and shortens gastrostomy duration following treatment, according to a study.
Rapid increase in mammography screening program increases clinical cancer care volumes and time until treatment.
Vaccination with GM2/KLH-QS-21 does not benefit patients with stage II melanoma, according to a recently published study.
The breast cancer index (BCI) was the only one of three methods compared that predicted the risk for recurrence in women treated for estrogen-receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer.
Survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma who received subdiaphragmatic radiotherapy had dose-dependent increased risk for stomach cancer, researchers discovered.
In two studies, endoscopy and fecal occult-blood testing show lasting reductions in CRC mortality associated with screening.
This primer on diet and nutrition focuses on counseling patients on how, what, and when to eat to maintain their weight and nutritional status.
A new screening strategy for ovarian cancer appears to be highly specific for detecting the disease before it becomes lethal, according to a new study.
Increased risk in first year after diagnosis limited to those with fewest doc visits in previous two years.
Multiple bilateral (MB) circumscribed breast masses detected with ultrasound screening are almost always benign, according to research.
A trial comparing pazopanib and sunitinib found pazopanib to have better safety and health-related quality-of-life profiles among persons with metastatic renal cell carcinoma.
Modifiable cardiovascular risk factors contribute to the development of major cardiac events in adult survivors of childhood cancer.
A protein that may help predict breast cancer prognosis has been identified, with the potential to relieve thousands of women at low risk from having to undergo painful, often debilitating, therapies.
Do nurses participate in survivorship care planning?
After 18 years of follow-up, the drug finasteride was shown to reduce the risk for prostate cancer by approximately one third, but did not significantly affect overall survival in men or survival after prostate cancer diagnosis.
A majority of cancer survivors gave the information provided through care plans a favorable rating, according to a new study that examined the online LIVESTRONG Care Plan.
Median survival longer for those with low-grade CMV infection; survival up with valganciclovir treatment, according to a study.
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