Early detection of childhood eye cancer doesn’t always improve survival or prevent eye loss

For the most common form of childhood eye cancer, unilateral retinoblastoma, shortening the time from the first appearance of symptoms to diagnosis of disease has no bearing on survival or stage of the disease, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in partnership with the Hospital Infantil de … Continue reading Early detection of childhood eye cancer doesn’t always improve survival or prevent eye loss

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Health gap between adult survivors of childhood cancer and siblings widens with age

Long-term follow-up of adult survivors of childhood cancer reinforces need for lifelong health surveillance for childhood cancer survivorsAdult survivors of childhood cancer face significant health problems as they age and are five times more likely than their siblings to develop new cancers, heart and other serious health conditions beyond the age of 35, according to … Continue reading Health gap between adult survivors of childhood cancer and siblings widens with age

Primary androgen deprivation therapy ineffective for most men with early prostate cancer

A study of more than 15,000 men with early stage prostate cancer finds that those who received androgen deprivation as their primary treatment instead of surgery or radiation did not live any longer than those who received no treatment. The research team, led by scientists at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, say that the risks … Continue reading Primary androgen deprivation therapy ineffective for most men with early prostate cancer

Social network may improve care for cancer patients

Several chemotherapy patients at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will be invited to use tablets with a unique social networking tool as part of their treatment plan. Researchers at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis hope to prove that mobile health technology improves the care experience for patients as well … Continue reading Social network may improve care for cancer patients

Young survivors of skin cancer at risk of developing other cancers

Risk decreased significantly with increasing age, but it remains higher compared with individuals who have never had non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). NMSC is considered the most common type of skin cancer, relatively easy to treat if detected early, and rarely spreading to other organs. "Our study shows that NMSC susceptibility is an important indicator of … Continue reading Young survivors of skin cancer at risk of developing other cancers

Older people not receiving adequate access to cancer care

Older people all around the globe are being denied proper access to cancer care, according to an editorial by Queen's University Belfast academic, Professor Mark Lawler of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology. In an editorial in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) Professor Lawler said: "there is increasing evidence from around the world that elderly … Continue reading Older people not receiving adequate access to cancer care