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Pain and itch may indicate skin cancer

Pain and itch may indicate skin cancer

Asking patients if a suspicious skin lesion is painful or itchy may help doctors decide whether the spot is likely to be cancerous, according to a new study.

Natural plant products protect skin during radiotherapy

Natural plant products protect skin during radiotherapy

Three ubiquitous and well-studied natural products derived from plants can protect the skin against gamma radiation during radiotherapy, according to new research.

Survival equivalent with cetuximab or bevacizumab in metastatic colorectal cancer

For patients with KRAS wild-type untreated colorectal cancer, adding cetuximab or bevacizumab to combination chemotherapy offers equivalent survival.

Some aggressive cancers may respond to anti-inflammatory drugs

New research raises the prospect that some cancer patients with aggressive tumors may benefit from a class of anti-inflammatory drugs currently used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Single gene determines if rare lymphatic system cancer is aggressive

For a rare form of cancer called thymoma, researchers have discovered a single gene defining the difference between a fast-growing tumor requiring aggressive treatment and a slow-growing tumor that does not require extensive therapy.

More than 40 melanoma-specific genes determine disease aggressiveness

Researchers have discovered more than 40 genes that predict the level of aggressiveness of melanoma and that distinguish it from other cancers with a poor prognosis.

HIV-positive patients are more likely to be untreated for early-stage cancer

HIV-infected people with early stage cancer are two to four times more likely to go untreated for their cancer compared to uninfected patients with cancer, according to a new, large retrospective study.

Genetics is the dominant risk factor for familial breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers

A study of people who were adopted identified genetics as the dominant risk factor in familial breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers.

New analysis method finds possible therapeutic targets for drug resistant melanoma

Researchers have developed a new way to identify possible therapeutic targets for patients with drug resistant melanoma.

Fewer cardiac scans in low-risk childhood cancer survivors can safely reduce costs

A less frequent screening schedule would both reduce health care charges and still protect low-risk childhood cancer survivors from heart ailments caused by drug therapy, according to recently published findings.

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