Are older adults getting the most effective cancer treatments?

As people age, cancer becomes an increasing health concern. Solid cancer tumors are cancers that don't affect the blood and instead form tumors, or growths of abnormal cells in certain parts of the body. These solid cancer tumors mainly impact people who are 65 and older. If you or an older loved one is diagnosed with … Continue reading Are older adults getting the most effective cancer treatments?

Cancer care and management during the COVID-19 pandemic

Cancer care and management is a stressful and distressing time for patients and families at the best of times - with COVID-19 the challenges become even more monumental.  However, over the years we have come across the most remarkable stories of cancer patients who have overcome adversity to continue full and active lives. Below is … Continue reading Cancer care and management during the COVID-19 pandemic

New strategy could prevent the most aggressive tumors from generating resistance to chemotherapy

This strategy can open new avenues to improve the effectiveness of therapies in thousands of patients who are currently being treated with classical radiotherapy or chemotherapy; the authors intend to test this approach in clinical trials One of the most frequent problems when treating cancer is that the tumours develop resistance to therapies, that is … Continue reading New strategy could prevent the most aggressive tumors from generating resistance to chemotherapy

Less chemotherapy may have more benefit in rectal cancer

Chemotherapy used to shrink a tumor before surgery, called neoadjuvant chemotherapy, is becoming more common in many cancers, including stage II and III rectal cancer. However, the chemotherapy regimens FOLFOX and CapeOx used in this setting come with significant side effects, to the degree that many patients are unable to complete the recommended schedule. A University … Continue reading Less chemotherapy may have more benefit in rectal cancer

Proton therapy lowers risk of side effects in cancer compared to traditional radiation

Proton therapy leads to significantly lower risk of side effects severe enough to lead to unplanned hospitalizations for cancer patients when compared with traditional radiation, while cure rates between the two groups are almost identical. The findings come from an expanded analysis of the largest review of its kind, performed by researchers in the Perelman … Continue reading Proton therapy lowers risk of side effects in cancer compared to traditional radiation

Scientists show thin metal mesh loaded with T cells shrinks solid tumors

What if a metal that's already used to repair broken bones, straighten teeth and keep arteries from clogging could also be used to stop your cancer from spreading? New findings published in Nature Biomedical Engineering from scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center show for the first time that a piece of small, thin metal mesh loaded with cancer-fighting … Continue reading Scientists show thin metal mesh loaded with T cells shrinks solid tumors

Pacemakers can improve heart function in patients with chemotherapy-induced heart disease

With the advent of new therapies, cancer patients are surviving longer than ever before -- but the incidence of side-effect chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy (CHIC), or weakness of the heart muscle, is increasing. Research published in JAMA has shown that treating CHIC with commercially available cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) delivered through a surgically implanted defibrillator or pacemaker can significantly … Continue reading Pacemakers can improve heart function in patients with chemotherapy-induced heart disease

Ibrutinib linked to high blood pressure and other heart problems

Hypertension with ibrutinib more common than previously reported; this study is first to show an association between cancer drug-related hypertension and other heart problems. Over half of the people prescribed the targeted blood cancer-fighting drug ibrutinib developed new or worsened high blood pressure within six months of starting the medication, according to a new study … Continue reading Ibrutinib linked to high blood pressure and other heart problems

Cancer survivors likely to face increase in long-term risk of cardiovascular disease

New estimates suggest strategies to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease are needed for the growing population of cancer survivors. In one of the largest studies of its kind, the research team, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, analysed the medical records of more than 630,000 people in the UK, including over … Continue reading Cancer survivors likely to face increase in long-term risk of cardiovascular disease

Many of the deadliest cancers receive the least amount of research funding

'Embarrassing' or stigmatized cancers like lung and liver are underfunded Poorly funded cancers: colon, endometrial, liver and bile duct, cervical, ovarian, pancreatic and lung Well-funded cancers: breast, pediatric, leukemia and lymphoma All cancers with stigmatized behavior (i.e. lung cancer and smoking) are poorly funded Underfunding of these common cancers could negatively impact research, drug development … Continue reading Many of the deadliest cancers receive the least amount of research funding