Cancer patients should not hesitate to speak with their doctors about dietary supplements

Many cancer patients use dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals and herbs or other botanicals but often don't tell their doctor. This gap in communication can happen when patients believe that their doctors are indifferent or negative toward their use of these supplements. As a result, patients may find information about dietary supplements from unreliable … Continue reading Cancer patients should not hesitate to speak with their doctors about dietary supplements

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Scientists engineer toxin-secreting stem cells to treat brain tumors

Proof-of-concept study highlights new therapeutic use of engineered human stem cells Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have devised a new way to use stem cells in the fight against brain cancer. A team led by neuroscientist Khalid Shah, MS, PhD, who recently demonstrated the value of stem cells loaded with cancer-killing … Continue reading Scientists engineer toxin-secreting stem cells to treat brain tumors

Study measures breast cancer tumor response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy

DOST imaging could be used to predict tumor response before starting treatment A Dartmouth study suggests that it may be possible to use Diffuse Optical Spectroscopic Tomographic imaging (DOST) to predict which patients will best respond to chemotherapy used to shrink breast cancer tumors before surgery. These findings could eliminate delays in effective early treatment … Continue reading Study measures breast cancer tumor response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy

Antineoplastic drugs often not handled within safety guidelines

A new National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study, published online in the¬†Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, found that recommended safe handling practices for workers who administer antineoplastic drugs in healthcare settings are not always followed. Results are derived from the 2011 Health and Safety Practices Survey of Healthcare Workers, the largest … Continue reading Antineoplastic drugs often not handled within safety guidelines

Osteoporosis treatment may also benefit breast cancer patients

Treatment approaches to reduce the risk of bone complications (metastasis) associated with breast cancer may be one step closer to becoming a reality.¬† According to a study led by a team at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), findings show that medication used to treat bone deterioration in post-menopausal women may … Continue reading Osteoporosis treatment may also benefit breast cancer patients