Updating cardiac screening guidelines for survivors of childhood cancer

Findings suggest that there is a long-term benefit in screening survivors at elevated risk for congestive heart failure.  One of the first studies to analyze the effectiveness of screening survivors of childhood cancer for early signs of impending congestive heart failure (CHF) finds improved health outcomes but suggests that less frequent screening than currently recommended may … Continue reading Updating cardiac screening guidelines for survivors of childhood cancer

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Getting chemo first may help in rectal cancer

First things first. If cancer patients are having trouble tolerating chemotherapy after chemoradiation and surgery, then try administering it beforehand. Reordering the regimen that way enabled all but six of 39 patients to undergo a full course of standard treatment for rectal cancer, according to research to be presented at the American Society for Clinical … Continue reading Getting chemo first may help in rectal cancer

‘Til sickness do us part: How illness affects the risk of divorce

In the classic marriage vow, couples promise to stay together in sickness and in health. But a new study finds that the risk of divorce among older married couples rises when the wife—but not the husband—becomes seriously ill. "Married women diagnosed with a serious health condition may find themselves struggling with the impact of their … Continue reading ‘Til sickness do us part: How illness affects the risk of divorce

New model can predict therapy outcomes in prostate cancer with bone metastasis

A new computational model that simulates bone metastasis of prostate cancer has the potential to rapidly assess experimental therapy outcomes and help develop personalized medicine for patients with this disease, according to data published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. "Bone remodeling is a balanced and extremely well regulated process … Continue reading New model can predict therapy outcomes in prostate cancer with bone metastasis

Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to aggressive prostate cancer

Vitamin D deficiency was an indicator of aggressive prostate cancer and spread of the disease in European-American and African-American men who underwent their first prostate biopsy because of abnormal prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and/or digital rectal examination (DRE) test results, according to a study published in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer … Continue reading Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to aggressive prostate cancer

Better sleep predicts longer survival time for women with advanced breast cancer

Higher sleep efficiency in women with advanced breast cancer is significantly associated with lower mortality A new study reports that sleep efficiency, a ratio of time asleep to time spent in bed, is predictive of survival time for women with advanced breast cancer. Results show that higher sleep efficiency was significantly associated with lower mortality … Continue reading Better sleep predicts longer survival time for women with advanced breast cancer