Coffee consumption and survival in patients with colorectal cancer

Is increased coffee consumption associated with improved survival in patients with advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer? In a study of 1171 patients with advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer, increased coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of disease progression and death. Significant associations were noted for both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.Among patients with advanced … Continue reading Coffee consumption and survival in patients with colorectal cancer

Scientists accelerate progress in preventing drug resistance in lung and pancreas cancers

Scientists at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) report today the development of new models to study molecular characteristics of tumors of the lung and pancreas that are driven by mutations in a gene named NTRK1. In healthy bodies, NTRK1 has critical functions in the development of nerve cells, … Continue reading Scientists accelerate progress in preventing drug resistance in lung and pancreas cancers

Breast cancer deadlier in heart attack survivors

Breast Cancer patients are 60 percent more likely to die of cancer after surviving a heart attack, a new study finds. Led by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, the study shows how heart attacks, by blocking blood flow through arteries, trigger a specific, pro-cancer immune reaction. Designed by evolution to attack invading bacteria … Continue reading Breast cancer deadlier in heart attack survivors

Study shows opioid, sedative and antidepressant use pre-surgery leads to worse outcomes

Patients who already used opioids, sedatives or antidepressants prior to colorectal surgery may experience significantly more complications post-surgery.  The study examined 1,201 patients 18 years of age and older who underwent colorectal resection for any indication other than trauma at UK HealthCare. Of these patients, roughly 30% used opioids, 28% used antidepressants and 18% used sedatives, … Continue reading Study shows opioid, sedative and antidepressant use pre-surgery leads to worse outcomes

Are older adults getting the most effective cancer treatments?

As people age, cancer becomes an increasing health concern. Solid cancer tumors are cancers that don't affect the blood and instead form tumors, or growths of abnormal cells in certain parts of the body. These solid cancer tumors mainly impact people who are 65 and older. If you or an older loved one is diagnosed with … Continue reading Are older adults getting the most effective cancer treatments?

Cancer care and management during the COVID-19 pandemic

Cancer care and management is a stressful and distressing time for patients and families at the best of times - with COVID-19 the challenges become even more monumental.  However, over the years we have come across the most remarkable stories of cancer patients who have overcome adversity to continue full and active lives. Below is … Continue reading Cancer care and management during the COVID-19 pandemic

New strategy could prevent the most aggressive tumors from generating resistance to chemotherapy

This strategy can open new avenues to improve the effectiveness of therapies in thousands of patients who are currently being treated with classical radiotherapy or chemotherapy; the authors intend to test this approach in clinical trials One of the most frequent problems when treating cancer is that the tumours develop resistance to therapies, that is … Continue reading New strategy could prevent the most aggressive tumors from generating resistance to chemotherapy

Less chemotherapy may have more benefit in rectal cancer

Chemotherapy used to shrink a tumor before surgery, called neoadjuvant chemotherapy, is becoming more common in many cancers, including stage II and III rectal cancer. However, the chemotherapy regimens FOLFOX and CapeOx used in this setting come with significant side effects, to the degree that many patients are unable to complete the recommended schedule. A University … Continue reading Less chemotherapy may have more benefit in rectal cancer

Proton therapy lowers risk of side effects in cancer compared to traditional radiation

Proton therapy leads to significantly lower risk of side effects severe enough to lead to unplanned hospitalizations for cancer patients when compared with traditional radiation, while cure rates between the two groups are almost identical. The findings come from an expanded analysis of the largest review of its kind, performed by researchers in the Perelman … Continue reading Proton therapy lowers risk of side effects in cancer compared to traditional radiation

Scientists show thin metal mesh loaded with T cells shrinks solid tumors

What if a metal that's already used to repair broken bones, straighten teeth and keep arteries from clogging could also be used to stop your cancer from spreading? New findings published in Nature Biomedical Engineering from scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center show for the first time that a piece of small, thin metal mesh loaded with cancer-fighting … Continue reading Scientists show thin metal mesh loaded with T cells shrinks solid tumors