Social service barriers delay care among women with abnormal cancer screening

A recent study performed by researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC), Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), and Tufts Medical Center found that women with multiple barriers to healthcare, especially those with social barriers such as problems with housing and income, experienced delays in cancer screening follow up … Continue reading Social service barriers delay care among women with abnormal cancer screening

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Ionizing radiation exposure promotes fusion oncogene formation

The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exposed hundreds of thousands of individuals to high levels of ionizing radiation. In the years immediately following the disaster, there was a sharp increase in the number of papillary thyroid cancers (PTC) in patients that were children at the time of the explosion. In a recent issue … Continue reading Ionizing radiation exposure promotes fusion oncogene formation

Preclinical study finds drug helps against pancreatic cancer

An investigational drug that disrupts tumor blood vessels shows promise against a rare type of pancreatic cancer, scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found. Their results were presented October 20 during a poster session at an international cancer conference. The drug Zybrestat selectively targets and collapses tumor blood vessels, depriving the tumor … Continue reading Preclinical study finds drug helps against pancreatic cancer

Study ties bone marrow transplant to negative sexual side effects

Radiation, graft-versus-host disease cited as particularly damaging New research ties preparative procedures and complications associated with blood or bone marrow transplantation (stem cell transplantation, SCT) with diminished sexual health in both men and women who have undergone the lifesaving procedure. Study data, published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), confirm chronic graft-versus-host disease … Continue reading Study ties bone marrow transplant to negative sexual side effects

Data reaffirms test’s ability to identify benign thyroid nodules

A Gene Expression Classifier test can drastically reduce the problem of unnecessary surgeries in thyroid nodule assessment The latest study co-led by a CU School of Medicine researcher has confirmed that a Gene Expression Classifier (GEC) test can drastically reduce the problem of unnecessary surgeries in thyroid nodule assessment. These indeterminate nodules are being evaluated … Continue reading Data reaffirms test’s ability to identify benign thyroid nodules

Overuse of radiation therapy when urologists profit from self-referral

IMRT use is 2.5 times greater when self-referral's financial incentives are involved A comprehensive review of Medicare claims for more than 45,000 patients from 2005 through 2010 found that nearly all of the 146 percent increase in intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for prostate cancer among urologists with an ownership interest in the treatment was due … Continue reading Overuse of radiation therapy when urologists profit from self-referral

Metformin for breast cancer less effective at higher glucose concentrations

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published online this month in the journal Cell Cycle shows that breast cancer cell growth, motility and aggression is promoted by excess glucose, as experienced by patients with diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The study also showed that patients with high glucose may require higher doses of the drug metformin to … Continue reading Metformin for breast cancer less effective at higher glucose concentrations