Irradiating chest lymph nodes in patients with early stage breast cancer improves survival without increasing side effects

Giving radiation therapy to the lymph nodes located behind the breast bone and above the collar bone to patients with early stage breast cancer improves overall survival without increasing side effects, and this effect continues for 15 years, researchers have found. Professor Philip Poortmans, head of the department of radiation oncology at the Institut Curie, … Continue reading Irradiating chest lymph nodes in patients with early stage breast cancer improves survival without increasing side effects

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Fitbits may assist doctors predict how sufferers will react to chemotherapy

Wearable fitness trackers, such as the popular Fitbit, have the potential to help doctors predict which patients will do well on a course of chemotherapy, and be able to intervene before unexpected admissions to the hospital, experts believe. Researchers said that in the future doctors might be able to use the technology in a number … Continue reading Fitbits may assist doctors predict how sufferers will react to chemotherapy

For mothers with advanced cancer, parenting concerns affect emotional well-being

Parenting concerns contributed significantly to the psychological distress of mothers with late-stage cancer, according to a study by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers. Cancer is the leading cause of disease-specific death for parenting-age women in the United States, and women with incurable cancer who have children can have increased rates of … Continue reading For mothers with advanced cancer, parenting concerns affect emotional well-being

Chemical octopus catches sneaky cancer clues, trace glycoproteins

Cancer drops sparse chemical hints of its presence early on, but unfortunately, many of them are in a class of biochemicals that could not be detected thoroughly, until now. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have engineered a chemical trap that exhaustively catches what are called glycoproteins, including minuscule traces that have previously escaped … Continue reading Chemical octopus catches sneaky cancer clues, trace glycoproteins

Study explores carbohydrates’ impact on head, neck cancers

Consuming high amounts of carbohydrates and various forms of sugar during the year prior to treatment for head and neck cancer may increase patients' risks of cancer recurrence and mortality, a new study reports. However, eating moderate amounts of fats and starchy foods such as whole grains, potatoes and legumes after treatment could have protective … Continue reading Study explores carbohydrates’ impact on head, neck cancers

Many adolescent and young adult cancer survivors have more social connections than peers

Survivors of adolescent and young adult cancer often have stronger social networks than their non-cancer peers, according to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital researchers, who hope to translate that support into better lives for the nation's growing population of cancer survivors. The findings appear online today in the journal┬áCancer. "Cancer survivors need healthy social connections, … Continue reading Many adolescent and young adult cancer survivors have more social connections than peers

Light-activated cancer drugs without toxic side effects: Fresh insight

Future cancer drugs that are activated by light and don't cause the toxic side-effects of current chemotherapy treatments are closer to becoming a reality, thanks to new research by the University of Warwick and Monash University Cancer drugs activated by light, minimizing toxic side-effects, are a step closer thanks to new research from University of … Continue reading Light-activated cancer drugs without toxic side effects: Fresh insight

Nanosensor that lights up cancer to be tested in surgeries

UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center scientists next month will begin testing a digital nanosensor that lights up cancer tissue to see whether it can improve the accuracy of cancer surgeries, thereby reducing cancer recurrence and surgical morbidity. The nanosensor, which works by reacting to low pH, illuminates cancer like a lightbulb, sharply distinguishing cancerous tissue … Continue reading Nanosensor that lights up cancer to be tested in surgeries

Leukaemia treatment can be made more effective by using a drug for iron overload

Chemotherapy for one type of leukaemia could be improved by giving patients a drug currently used to treat an unrelated condition, new research shows. Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is an aggressive cancer that stops healthy blood cell production. Chemotherapy is the standard treatment, but improvements are needed as the five-year survival rate in patients older … Continue reading Leukaemia treatment can be made more effective by using a drug for iron overload

After the diagnosis: How cancer affects sexual functioning

A cancer diagnosis disrupts a person's life in many ways, including sexually. A study led by the University of Houston found that more than half of young cancer patients reported problems with sexual function, with the probability of reporting sexual dysfunction increasing over time. The study, recently published in the American Cancer Society journal┬áCancer, discovered … Continue reading After the diagnosis: How cancer affects sexual functioning