Monthly Archives: June 2014

Possible answer to chemo pain in a multiple sclerosis drug

Investigators discover pain pathway and potential way to block it. In a recently published study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Saint Louis University professor of pharmacological and physiological sciences Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D. describes two discoveries: a molecular pathway by which … Continue reading

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Family dysfunction – a strong predictor of emotional problems in children of cancer patients

A cancer diagnosis affects the whole family, and a significant number of children of cancer patients may be at risk for emotional and behavioral problems.  A new analysis published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, … Continue reading

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Study sheds light on racial disparity in colon cancer

African-Americans half as likely to have genetic marker linked to better survival African-Americans with colon cancer are half as likely as Caucasian patients to have a type of colon cancer that is linked to better outcomes. The finding may provide … Continue reading

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Gut bacteria may predict survival after stem cell transplant

Research demonstrates association between diversity of gut bacteria and survival. New research, published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology, suggests that the diversity of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract of patients receiving stem cell … Continue reading

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Study compares survival for treatments of uncommon eye cancer

In patients with advanced uveal melanoma, treatment with the agent selumetinib, compared with chemotherapy, resulted in an improved cancer progression-free survival time and tumor response rate, but no improvement in overall survival, according to a study in the June 18 … Continue reading

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Wishing for a miracle: New tool to help medical staff say ‘amen’

Cancer clinicians and a chaplain at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have developed a tool to help doctors, nurses and other health care providers talk to dying patients and families who are, literally, praying for a miracle. The AMEN … Continue reading

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African-American women more likely to be diagnosed with higher risk breast cancer

A research study led by cancer specialists at MedStar Washington Hospital Center found that African-American women frequently present with biologically less favorable subtypes of breast cancer. Researchers at the Hospital Center’s Washington Cancer Institute analyzed the biology of breast cancer … Continue reading

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