New research seeks to better understand why breast cancer spreads to the brain, with the goal of developing a way to reduce the risk of this phenomenon.
A recent, groundbreaking new study found that children of melanoma survivors are not adhering to sun protection recommendations.
A study of approximately 375,000 U.S. women with invasive breast cancer showed differences in likelihood of diagnosis occurring at an early stage, and survival after stage I diagnosis, based on by race and ethnicity.
An intervention aimed at an under-represented group of Latina breast cancer survivors helped encourage better eating habits and nutrition.
The risk of disease recurrence in liver cancer patients who have undergone a liver transplant can now be more accurately calculated, thanks to new tool.
Patients in a a phase III study with higher vitamin D levels demonstrated better outcomes after treatment for their colorectal cancer with chemotherapy and targeted therapy.
Women with stage 1 HER2-positive breast tumors who received a combination of lower-intensity chemotherapy and a targeted drug following surgery were unlikely to suffer cancer recurrence within 3 years of treatment.
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) plus chemotherapy improves survival among patients with stage 4 lung cancer
Combining stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with a specific chemotherapy regimen more than doubled survival rates for certain patients with stage 4 lung cancer, according to recent research data.
Better understanding of the two distinct processes at the heart of the genetic abnormality driving Ewing sarcoma development could lead to new, more effective therapies.
A new study has better established the future risk of developing breast cancer for those with atypical hyperplasia of the breast.
A new test may reveal which patients will respond to treatment for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a serious complication that can arise from stem cell SCT.
According to results of a new, retrospective study, the risk of developing leukemia after radiation therapy or chemotherapy for early stage breast cancer is double that previously reported.
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the European Society of Thoracic Surgery (ESTS) plan to link their outcomes data on chest procedures, in an effort to improve patient care.
The long-term survival rates following laparoscopic surgery for bladder cancer are not unlike survival rates for open surgery, according to research.
Trastuzumab significantly improves the long-term survival of HER-2 positive breast cancer patients, according to a large national study.
Use of the antiviral drug entecavir resulted in a lower incidence of hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related hepatitis and HBV reactivation among patients with lymphoma undergoing a certain type of chemotherapy.
Radiogenomics is maturing into a predictor of patients' likelihood of experiencing radiotoxicities and late radiation effects.
Many cancer survivors face disease- and treatment-related physical and mental challenges even decades after being cured of their disease.
Biggest increase for time to treatment initiation seen for head and neck cancer patients with advanced disease, chemoradiation, or undergoing treatment at academic center.
Hispanic women in the United States were significantly less likely to survive endometrial uterine cancer than non-Hispanic white women.
There is increasing evidence that adolescent and young adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) tend to fare better when treated with high-intensity pediatric protocols than standard adult regimens.
Women over 70 years with early stage breast cancer are very likely to receive radiation therapy, despite evidence of that it might not be the best form of treatment.
Most people know of the traditional use of mistletoe to get a kiss from a loved one during the Christmas holiday. However, US oncologists are discovering a new use for the plant as a CAM treatment for cancer.
Patients with advanced leukemia, when treated with a new type of cancer therapy that blocks mutated IDH2 protein, showed dramatic results in a clinical trial.
Pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) showed a 90% response rate from the first trials testing an investigational personalized cellular therapy known as CTL019.
Almost half of patients with blood cancer who had relapsed following allogeneic stem cell transplantation benefitted from treatment with the immune checkpoint blocker ipilimumab.
The effectiveness of radiation therapy used to treat head and neck cancer could depend in part on clinician experience, according to a new study.
Is there an effective way to manage the oral side effects of irinotecan therapy?
The first long-term study of a pioneering endoscopic laser treatment for early vocal cord cancer, previously shown to provide optimal voice outcomes, finds that it is as successful as traditional approaches in curing patients' tumors.
Women with clear surgical margins after the initial excision are more likely to remain disease-free.
Common variations in four genes related to brain inflammation or cells' response to damage from oxidation may contribute to the problems with memory, learning, and other cognitive functions seen in children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
More than half of prostate cancer patients age 66 years and older have life expectancies of less than 10 years, yet half of them were over-treated for their prostate cancer with surgery, radiation, or brachytherapy.
Although the use of a radiation treatment that is shorter in duration and less costly has increased among women with early stage breast cancer who underwent breast conserving surgery, most patients who meet guidelines to receive this treatment do not.
Researchers in Germany interviewed more than 2,000 patients with cancer to gather epidemiologic data on mental health of patients with cancer.
Researchers have found that an FDA-approved therapy could be effective in treating both older and African American patients with advanced lung cancer who may not be candidates for chemotherapy.
Organ preservation in kidney cancer more likely at facilities that are early adopters of robotic surgery
Patients with operable kidney cancers were more likely to have a partial nephrectomy, which is the recommended treatment for localized tumors, when treated in hospitals that were early adopters of robotic surgery, according to a new study.
Patients with head and neck cancer who used antacid medicines to control acid reflux had better overall survival, according to a new study.
Current evidence seems to indicated that withholding T therapy in hypogonadal men cannot be justified.
A new digital program using a Web site and social media aims to meet the unique support needs of women younger than 40 years with breast cancer.
A single academic center performing a high rate of surgical therapy, including total laryngectomy, to treat advanced-stage laryngeal cancer had a higher 5-year survival rate than national levels in a small study.
Fulvestrant did more to improve survival than anastrozole for patients with advanced, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, according to data.
Study shows need for psychosocial support for patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant
According to a recent study, patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) reported a steep problems and substantially worsening depression during hospitalization.
Results from the largest series of male breast cancer cases ever studied shows improvement in male survival, but not equal to that seen in women with breast cancer.
An interventional x-ray guidance device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2013 may have the potential to reduce the radiation exposure of patients undergoing intra-arterial therapy for liver cancer.
Among women with denser breasts, an additional ultrasound can detect breast cancers not discovered by mammogram.
A multigene test was validated as a predictor of risk of disease recurrence among women treated with breast-conserving surgery alone for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), according to data from a large study.
Guanfacine, a medication used to treat hypertension, shows promise as a smoking cessation aid.
In elderly patients with moderate- to high-risk early stage breast cancer for whom standard chemotherapy is too toxic, capecitabine did not improve outcomes when tested as monotherapy, according to recent data.
A key discovery has advanced the understanding of why some patients respond to ipilimumab, an immunotherapy drug, whereas others show less response.
The anticancer drug galeterone has proved successful in lowering prostate-specific antigen levels in men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC).
A method to determine which patients with ovarian cancer are more likely to respond well to the new anticancer drug rucaparib has been discovered.
Employing financial incentives to encourage smokers to reduce cigarette use can be a successful ploy.
Women with symptoms of serious mental illness are significantly less likely to receive the three routine cancer screenings of Pap tests, mammography, and clinical breast examinations than women in the general population.
Adult survivors of retinoblastoma, a type of eye cancer that usually develops in early childhood, are typically free from long-lasting effects, a new study shows.
Ovarian clear cell adenocarcinoma (CCA), a rare and aggressive form of ovarian cancer, may be treated by employing pelvic radiotherapy (RT).
The surveillance and follow-up of breast cancer survivors has the potential to improve, from the perspective of both patients and the health system.
Significant and durable improvements in insomnia and sleep quality, with and without armodafinil
A genetic test has been developed to identify which men are at higher risk for prostate cancer recurrence after localized treatment with surgery or radiotherapy.
A novel medical-imaging technology, TexRAD, which analyzes the texture of tumors, has been shown in trials to enable early diagnosis of colorectal cancer in patients not responding to the standard cancer therapy better than other available tumor markers.
Prostate cancer patients with hereditary mutations in the BRCA genes do not respond as well to conventional treatment such as surgery and radiotherapy, and they have a lower survival rate than patients who do not have these genetic mutations.
A chemotherapy regimen of procarbazine, lomustine (CCNU), and vincristine (PCV) administered after radiation therapy improved both progression-free survival and overall survival in adults with low-grade gliomas.
A new approach to treatment using a cancer-killing virus combined with a chemotherapy drug may offer hope to those with advanced and recurrent forms of metastatic ovarian cancer.
Nearly one quarter of all women who underwent initial breast conservation surgery (BCS) for breast cancer had a subsequent surgical intervention.
The current classification system for colorectal cancer, based on genetic profiles, cannot be used to predict drug responses to FOLFIRI.
Patients with a specific type of esophageal cancer survived longer when they were given the latest lung cancer drug, according to trial results.
Exercise offers several benefits for breast cancer survivors, including reduced symptoms of lymphedema, according to a new study.
The cost of nonbillable nursing hours needed for these programs may hinder compliance. The right technology can link treatment silos and lower this cost.
A new standard of care for children facing acute myeloid leukemia (AML) may be clear, following a multiyear study.
For the first time, researchers have found that exposure to radioactive iodine is associated with more aggressive forms of thyroid cancer, according to a careful study of over a thousand individuals.
Psychosocial decline occurs in an estimated one-third of patients undergoing radiotherapy for cancer. These declines may sometimes be ameliorated by vigilant recognition of the need to refer patients for psychosocial support interventions.
Proportion undergoing testing varies by demographic and health-related factors, and by state, a study found.
Patients with non-small lung cancer (NSCLC) that received postoperative radiation therapy (PORT) lived an average of 4 months longer, when compared with patients who had the same disease progression and treatment criteria.
Excellent long-term, local control for medically inoperable, early stage lung cancer patients is possible, according to a review of data from an institutional patient registry on stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT).
Research indicates smoking cessation boosts survival, even if there has been a weight gain.
Treatment with a combination of the drugs sargramostim plus ipilimumab, rather than ipilimumab alone, yielded longer overall survival and lower toxicity for patients with metastatic melanoma.
Researchers have demonstrated that employing mindfulness meditation or being a member of a support group has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors.
A new correlation discovered between specific molecular disease features and subgroups of patients with different prognoses could make identification of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) prognosis at the time of diagnosis possible.
Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that the quality level of diagnostic staging using biopsy in patients with bladder cancer is directly linked with their survival.
Significant advances have been made in screening for lung cancer and in targeting those patients who will benefit most from it. This study examines the impact of screening and treatment modalities on elderly patients.
Hospital readmission rates after colorectal cancer surgery showed little variation when the data was adjusted to account for patient characteristics, coexisting illnesses, and operation types.
Oncology Nurse Advisor talked with Diane Meier, MD, about the components of quality palliative care. Dr. Meier is director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and vice-chair for Public Policy and a professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City; she is also the co-author of a new book on palliative care.
Diffuse optical spectroscopic tomographic imaging (DOST) may be useful in predicting which patients will best respond to chemotherapy used to reduce breast cancer tumors before surgery, according to a new study.
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.
A new study has found that patients who received chest radiation for Wilms tumor may be more susceptible to breast cancer later in life, due to their radiation exposure.
The addition of trastuzumab to chemotherapy significantly improved the overall and disease-free survival of women with early stage HER2-positive breast cancer.
Oncology nurses at a New York cancer center successfully reduced the rate of CAUTIs at their facility to zero with a novel program that gives nurses autonomy in making care decisions for patients with urinary catheters.
Location of a breast cancer tumor, on the left or right side, does not impact overall survival in patients treated with breast-conserving surgery and adjuvant external beam radiation therapy.
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.
Telephone counseling sessions increase likelihood that childhood cancer survivors receive cardiac screening
Written heart screening guidelines plus telephone counseling doubled the probability of childhood cancer patients receiving cardiac monitoring.
Removal of an entire lung lobe may offer patients with early stage lung cancer better overall survival compared with a partial resection.
As cancer care evolves toward anticipatory rather than reactionary care, oncology nurses should consider developing important new skills.
A new drug in development may offer analternative to standard chemotherapy for patient with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, according to new research.
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.
Young men who have a high risk of becoming sterile the option to bank a small piece of testicular tissue prior to cancer treatment.
In cases of bladder cancer, omission of muscle in specimen or its mention in pathology report is linked to increased mortality.
Examination of the DNA of a thyroid cancer survivor has revealed details about resistance to the drug everolimus, according to researchers.
A new technique to treat retinoblastoma may help prevent eye loss, blindness, or death in children with advanced forms of the disease.
Clinical trials could benefit from a greater number of participants with a dedicated cooperative network to support rural community cancer centers.
Lung cancer can remain dormant in the body for many years before emerging in an aggressive form, according to new research.
Improved tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) selectively activates in tumor tissue, minimizing side effects in patients
A new strategy developed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers aims to reduce the side effects connected to use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs).
- E-cigarettes declared a health threat by California health officials
- Study makes a case for wider gene testing in patients with colorectal cancer
- New study helps physicians and patients determine prostate cancer risk
- Effectiveness of nanoparticle drugs was hindered by tumor microenvironment in triple-negative breast cancer
- Research promising for reducing risk of breast cancer spreading to the brain
- Oncology patient navigation: Bringing this crucial role to the forefront
- Radiation plus hormone therapy prolongs survival for older men with prostate cancer
- Mistletoe: The holiday plant is making headlines as an alternative cancer treatment
- Using genomic correlates of radiotoxicity to predict patient outcomes
- Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment
- Research promising for reducing risk of breast cancer spreading to the brain
- Biopsies with DCIS diagnosis increase for women undergoing mammography
- Fear of cancer may have unwanted effect on public screening uptake
- PDE-5 inhibitors increase risk of biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy
- Many breast cancer patients lack basic knowledge about their disease
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