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 a painful chemotherapy side effect happens and a drug that may be able to stop … Continue reading Possible answer to chemo pain in a multiple sclerosis drug

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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, suggests that family dysfunction may increase a child's risk of experiencing such problems after learning … Continue reading Family dysfunction – a strong predictor of emotional problems in children of cancer patients

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 insight into why African-Americans are more likely to die of colon cancer than Caucasians with … Continue reading Study sheds light on racial disparity in colon cancer

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 transplants may be an important predictor of their post-transplant survival. A healthy gastrointestinal tract contains … Continue reading Gut bacteria may predict survival after stem cell transplant

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 issue of JAMA. The modest improvement in clinical outcomes was accompanied by a high rate of … Continue reading Study compares survival for treatments of uncommon eye cancer

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 (Affirm, Meet, Educate, No matter what) protocol, a script that can be used by medical … Continue reading Wishing for a miracle: New tool to help medical staff say ‘amen’

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 in 100 African-American women, using a method of genomic profiling. These genomic tests look at … Continue reading African-American women more likely to be diagnosed with higher risk breast cancer

Guidelines address long-term needs of prostate cancer survivors

New American Cancer Society Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care guidelines released today outline posttreatment clinical follow-up care for the myriad of long-term and late effects an estimated 2.8 million prostate cancer survivors in the United States may face. The guidelines are based on recommendations set forth by an American Cancer Society expert panel convened as part … Continue reading Guidelines address long-term needs of prostate cancer survivors

Survey sheds light on common clinical practice for incompletely resected lung cancer

A landmark survey of more than 700 specialists provides crucial real-world insight into the treatments most oncologists choose for lung cancer patients whose tumour has been incompletely resected, an expert from the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) says. Jean Yves Douillard, from the ICO Institut de Cancerologie de l'Ouest René Gauducheau, France, Chair of … Continue reading Survey sheds light on common clinical practice for incompletely resected lung cancer