Cancer Diagnosis

ASCO: Early Detection of Cancers Has Risen Since Affordable Care Act

ASCO: Early Detection of Cancers Has Risen Since Affordable Care Act

An increased number of cancers have been diagnosed early since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study.

Pelvic Exams Common Among Asymptomatic Older Women

Pelvic Exams Common Among Asymptomatic Older Women

Ob-gyns report external examinations are important for cancer detection and lesion identification.

Prenatal genetic tests useful for identification of maternal cancers

Prenatal genetic tests useful for identification of maternal cancers

Abnormal findings on early test don't always indicate birth defects, researchers say, but could instead indicate cancer.

Cancer diagnosis often adversely affects mental health

Cancer diagnosis often adversely affects mental health

Patients diagnosed with breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and malignant melanoma are particularly at risk for disorders such as anxiety or depression.

Immunosignatures: A powerful, new technique for early diagnosis

Immunosignatures: A powerful, new technique for early diagnosis

Researchers at the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute can developed a new method of early disease detection.

Suicide risk higher for young adults with cancer diagnosis


Teenagers and young adults are at increased risk of suicide after being diagnosed with cancer, according to a new study.

CDC report finds 1.5 million new cancers are diagnosed annually

CDC report finds 1.5 million new cancers are diagnosed annually

Four cancers (prostate, breast, colorectal, lung) account for more than 50 percent of new cases.

Advances in genetic sequencing technology call for changes in how cancer tissue is handled


Genetic sequencing technology is changing the way cancer is diagnosed and treated, but traditional specimen handling methods threaten to slow that progress.

Targeted biopsy detects more prostate cancers

A clinic-based technique of targeted biopsy using MRI and ultrasound may improve the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer.

Statin use may improve survival in inflammatory breast cancer

Persons with inflammatory breast cancer who were using statins at time of diagnosis had better progression-free survival than did nonusers.

Sentinel node surgery sufficient to detect residual breast cancer

Sentinel lymph node surgery identified the presence of residual breast cancer in lymph nodes in nearly all patients in a recent study.

Annual report highlights 2012 cancer advances

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has released a nearly 100-page report detailing the year's most significant developments in cancer.

Three-way approach demystifies kidney cancer

Researchers looking at multiple different levels of changes in renal cell carcinoma are closer to determining how these tumors grow and survive.

Tomosynthesis sharpens digital mammography results

Adding three-dimensional breast imaging to standard digital mammography increases diagnostic accuracy and reduces false-positive recall rates.

Suppressed protein halted melanoma metastasis

Inhibiting one protein eliminated metastasis of melanoma in lab studies, a finding that could lead to targeted therapies for a range of cancers.

High mortality persists for black women with breast cancer

Black women have the highest death rate from breast cancer of all racial and ethnic groups, and are 40% more likely to die of the disease than are white women, according to a new report from the CDC.

Study suggests 10-year colonoscopy rescreen not needed after first negative result

It may be reasonable to use methods other than colonoscopy to rescreen people who had negative results on their first screening colonoscopy.

Expectations too high for palliative chemotherapy

Many persons who receive chemotherapy for incurable cancers may not understand that the treatment is unlikely to be curative.

Measuring water in breast tissue may prevent unnecessary biopsies

Assessing how water moves through breast tissue may reduce false-positive findings among women undergoing dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI.

Quick survey helps uncover ovarian cancer

A simple three-question survey has been developed to help clinicians identify women who may be experiencing symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Use more preop needle biopsy in breast cancer, urge researchers

The quality of breast cancer surgery improved when percutaneous needle biopsy was performed preoperatively.

HF/CM risks in breast chemotherapy

HF/CM risks in breast chemotherapy

Earlier study findings that anthracycline- or trastuzumab-based treatment for breast cancer raises the risk for heart failure and cardiomyopathy can be extended to a more general population of women.

Race and socioeconomics impact emergency colorectal cancer diagnosis


Among patients with colorectal cancer, 29% in a nationally representative sample were diagnosed after an emergency, such as an obstruction or perforation of the bowel.

Watchful waiting offers more quality years than prostatectomy

Compared with prostatectomy, surveillance will likely reduce prostate cancer-specific survival only slightly and greatly enhance quality of life.

Special ultrasound device approved for dense breasts

The somo-V Automated Breast Ultrasound System received FDA approval for use in combination with standard mammography in women with dense breast tissue.

Split-dose prep improves colonoscopy

Dividing bowel preparation solution into two doses resulted in better preparation quality, detection rates, and colonoscopy completion rates.

Patient navigation services improve time to diagnosis and care for vulnerable patients


For female patients with an abnormal breast or cervical cancer screening result, patient navigation services help to decrease the time to diagnosis and helps vulnerable populations get the care they need in a timely manner.

HPV alone not a reliable marker of HPV-driven head/neck cancers

Human papillomavirus (HPV) positivity alone is a poor biomarker for HPV-driven head and neck cancers, according to two recent studies.

Breath test can indicate lung cancer

An analysis of breath samples from patients with pulmonary nodules distinguished benign from malignant growths in a recent study.

Diagnosis and surgery for prostate cancer reduces quality of life


One year after men undergo surgical removal of prostate cancer, they have significant anxiety, which appears to be linked to poor sexual satisfaction and depression.

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