Effect of obesity on patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer

Obesity increases health risks for many things. Researchers wanted to know the impact of obesity on outcomes of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. In the September issue of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer's journal, the Journal of Thoracic Oncology (JTO), researchers conclude that obese patients had superior outcomes early on … Continue reading Effect of obesity on patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer

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Technique filters cancer where chemo can’t reach

A cancer therapy that removes malignant cells from a patient's cerebrospinal fluid may soon be available to prevent metastases and decrease complications of cancers involving the brain, according to Penn State medical researchers. Many cancer types metastasize to the brain -- including breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and leukemia -- but by filtering these malignant … Continue reading Technique filters cancer where chemo can’t reach

Cancer ‘prehabilitation’ can reduce complications and improve treatment outcomes

Time between diagnosis and treatment provides 'window of opportunity' to optimize health For patients with cancer, "prehabilitation"— interventions given between the time of diagnosis and the start of treatment—has the potential to reduce complications from treatments and improve physical and mental health outcomes, according to a report in the August American Journal of Physical Medicine & … Continue reading Cancer ‘prehabilitation’ can reduce complications and improve treatment outcomes

Epoetin alfa reduces anemia in breast cancer patients with no negative impact on survival

In patients with high-risk breast cancer, addition of the erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA) epoetin alfa to the chemotherapy regimen may help avoid the decrease in hemoglobin levels and resulting anemia often seen in these patients and does not negatively affect relapse-free (RFS) or overall survival (OS). However, it can increase the risk of thrombotic events, according … Continue reading Epoetin alfa reduces anemia in breast cancer patients with no negative impact on survival

Voices Against Brain Cancer Commends Neuropsychologist and Team for Research on Cognitive Brain-Training for Cancer Survivors

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Voices Against Brain CancerNew York, NY – July 15, 2013 – On July 12, Voices Against Brain Cancer, an organization dedicated to brain cancer research and advocacy, commends Shelli Kesler, a Stanford University clinical neuropsychologist, and her colleagues for using brain-training software to help lift the mental fog caused by cancer treatment.

 

According to a July 2nd, 2013 Medcitynews.com article entitled “Brain-training software may help lift ‘chemo fog’ cause by cancer treatment,” “Chemo fog” is a mental fuzziness induced by repeated cancer treatment. Researchers say cognitive brain exercises can improve brain function and ease the effects of the recurring chemotherapy.

 

Researchers went on to say that “those who used a brain-training program for 12 weeks were more cognitively flexible, more verbally fluent, and faster-thinking than survivors who didn’t train.”

 

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Menopause symptoms worse in cancer survivors

Cancer survivors were twice as likely to experience severe menopausal symptoms compared to women who have not had cancer, a new Australian study has found. The study ( published in Menopause, the Journal of the North American Menopause Society) was led by the University of Melbourne and the Royal Women's Hospital Melbourne, with the King Edward Memorial Hospital … Continue reading Menopause symptoms worse in cancer survivors

Ovarian cancer metastases influenced by factors in target tissues

Both milky spots and fat cells in omentum promote cancer cell migration, growth and spread. Cancer researchers have wondered why ovarian cancer cells are so attracted to the abdominal cavity, especially the omentum, with the hope that such an understanding could lead to better disease management or even prevention. Results from a series of experiments … Continue reading Ovarian cancer metastases influenced by factors in target tissues

Racial disparities in health care among older male cancer survivors

Older African-American and Hispanic men who have survived cancer are less likely than their white counterparts to see a specialist or receive basic preventive care, such as vaccinations, according to new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Researchers examined racial/ethnic disparities in health care receipt among a nationally representative sample of male cancer survivors. … Continue reading Racial disparities in health care among older male cancer survivors

Study finds strong pregnancy outcomes for survivors of childhood cancer

Although women who survived childhood cancer face an increased risk of infertility, nearly two-thirds of those who tried unsuccessfully to become pregnant for at least a year eventually conceived, according to clinical researchers at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital. This is comparable to the rate of eventual pregnancy … Continue reading Study finds strong pregnancy outcomes for survivors of childhood cancer

Novel insight into ‘hot’ experimental cancer treatment

Physicists from the University of York have carried out new research into how the heating effect of an experimental cancer treatment works. Magnetic hyperthermia is viewed as an attractive approach for the treatment of certain cancers as it has no known side effects compared to more conventional therapies such as chemotherapy. It is particularly suitable … Continue reading Novel insight into ‘hot’ experimental cancer treatment