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New approach identifies cancer mutations as targets of effective melanoma immunotherapy

A new approach demonstrated that the recognition of unique cancer mutations appeared to be responsible for complete cancer regressions in two metastatic melanoma patients treated with a type of immunotherapy.

No change seen in breast cancer detection despite increased Medicare costs for screening

Breast cancer screening costs for Medicare patients skyrocketed between 2001 and 2009, but the increase did not lead to earlier detection of new breast cancer cases, according to a study.

Vasectomy may increase risk of aggressive prostate cancer

Vasectomy was associated with a small increased risk of prostate cancer, and a stronger risk for advanced or lethal prostate cancer, according to a new study.

Colorectal cancer survival associated with higher vitamin D levels

Colorectal cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are more likely to survive the disease, a study shows.

Support team aids decision-making by caregivers of terminal cancer patients

Researchers devised an intervention that quickly integrates a cancer support team to guide caregivers and their patients through difficult end-of-life treatment and decisions.

Protein inhibition opens door for pancreatic cancer treatment

The protein galectin-1 has been identified as a possible therapeutic target for pancreatic cancer; new research has demonstrated that inhibiting this protein in mice with pancreatic cancer increased survival by 20%.

Noninvasive advanced image analysis may improve care for lung cancer patients

Lung cancer patients could receive more precise treatment, and their progress could be better tracked by using a new high-tech method of non-invasive medical imaging analysis, according to a new study.

Depression treatments for cancer patients reviewed

Depression treatments for cancer patients reviewed

Two classes of antidepressants improve symptoms of depression in cancer patients, according to a comprehensive review of treatments.

Cannabis compound could slow tumor growth

The main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis could reduce tumor growth in cancer patients.

Antibody halts cachexia from cancer

New research raises the prospect of more effective treatments for cachexia, a profound wasting of fat and muscle occurring in about half of all cancer patients.

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