Monthly Archives: December 2014

Researchers map paths to cancer drug resistance

A team of researchers have identified key events that prompt certain cancer cells to develop resistance to otherwise lethal therapies.By mapping the specific steps that cells of melanoma, breast cancer and a blood cancer called myelofibrosis use to become resistant … Continue reading

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Breast reconstruction using patient’s own tissues yield higher satisfaction rates

New insights for patient decision-making, suggests study in plastic and reconstructive surgery For women who have undergone mastectomy, breast reconstruction using the patient’s own tissues, rather than implants, provides higher satisfaction scores, reports a study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, … Continue reading

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Risk for leukemia after treatment for early-stage breast cancer higher than reported

The risk of developing leukemia after radiation therapy or chemotherapy for early stage breast cancer remains very small, but it is twice as high as previously reported, according to results of a new study led by researchers at the Johns … Continue reading

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Youngest bone marrow transplant patients at higher risk of cognitive decline

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study identifies small group of patients at risk for intellectual decline after bone marrow transplantation; results set stage for new strategies to preserve IQ and fight cancer. Toddlers who undergo total body irradiation in preparation … Continue reading

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New drug combination for advanced breast cancer delays disease progression

A new combination of cancer drugs delayed disease progression for patients with hormone-receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer, according to a multi-center phase II trial.  The findings of the randomized study were presented at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, by … Continue reading

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HIV drug blocks bone metastases in prostate cancer

The receptor CCR5, targeted by HIV drugs, is also key in driving prostate cancer metastases, suggesting that blocking this molecule could slow prostate cancer spread. Although prostate cancer can be successfully treated in many men, when the disease metastasizes to … Continue reading

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Survival differences seen for advanced-stage laryngeal cancer

The five-year survival rate for advanced-stage laryngeal cancer was higher than national levels in a small study at a single academic center performing a high rate of surgical therapy, including a total laryngectomy (removal of the voice box), to treat … Continue reading

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