I’m here for breast cancer. Why are you talking to me about my heart?

Many physicians are not telling cancer patients about the cardiotoxicity risks of treatments and may not be fully aware of the dangers themselves. A new study reveals an urgent need to look after the hearts of these patients. "There was no mention that it could lead to heart disease. Would have been nice to know." … Continue reading I’m here for breast cancer. Why are you talking to me about my heart?

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Women more prone to some chemotherapy side-effects than men

Men and women may need to be treated differently - at least when it comes to some types of cancer. In an analysis to be presented at the ESMO 2018 Congress in Munich, data was pooled from four UK randomised controlled clinical trials (RCTs) of first line chemotherapy in oesophagogastric (OG) cancer, finding significant differences … Continue reading Women more prone to some chemotherapy side-effects than men

Breast cancer patients use Twitter as a non-medical forum to share their experiences

Analysis of one week's worth of tweets about breast cancer paints mixed picture of the network's use by individuals and institutions. Twitter is a place where many cancer patients go to share and discuss their experiences of the disease. This is the main finding of a recent exploratory study, to be presented at the ESMO … Continue reading Breast cancer patients use Twitter as a non-medical forum to share their experiences

Irradiating chest lymph nodes in patients with early stage breast cancer improves survival without increasing side effects

Giving radiation therapy to the lymph nodes located behind the breast bone and above the collar bone to patients with early stage breast cancer improves overall survival without increasing side effects, and this effect continues for 15 years, researchers have found. Professor Philip Poortmans, head of the department of radiation oncology at the Institut Curie, … Continue reading Irradiating chest lymph nodes in patients with early stage breast cancer improves survival without increasing side effects

Fitbits may assist doctors predict how sufferers will react to chemotherapy

Wearable fitness trackers, such as the popular Fitbit, have the potential to help doctors predict which patients will do well on a course of chemotherapy, and be able to intervene before unexpected admissions to the hospital, experts believe. Researchers said that in the future doctors might be able to use the technology in a number … Continue reading Fitbits may assist doctors predict how sufferers will react to chemotherapy

Combined therapies increase side effects for patients with advanced breast cancer

Patients with advanced breast cancer who are treated with a combination of drugs that target specific molecules important for cancer development and also the hormones that are driving it are at increased risk of suffering adverse side effects. In new research presented at the Advanced Breast Cancer Fourth International Consensus Conference (ABC 4), researchers have … Continue reading Combined therapies increase side effects for patients with advanced breast cancer

Thousands of melanoma patients in Europe have no access to new life saving drugs

Unacceptable inequalities in the availability and accessibility of new and effective cancer medications across Europe. Over 5000 patients with metastatic melanoma in Europe are denied access to new, life-saving drugs every year, according to a survey presented at the ESMO 2016 Congress in Copenhagen. Metastatic melanoma is an aggressive and deadly skin cancer. With innovative … Continue reading Thousands of melanoma patients in Europe have no access to new life saving drugs

Chemotherapy and exercise: The right dose of workout helps side effects

Researchers at the University of Rochester Wilmot Cancer Institute discovered something simple and inexpensive to reduce neuropathy in hands and feet due to chemotherapy - exercise. The study, involving more than 300 cancer patients, is to be presented this weekend and honored as a "Best of ASCO" among 5,800 abstracts at the world's largest gathering … Continue reading Chemotherapy and exercise: The right dose of workout helps side effects

Counseling patients at risk for cancer over the phone reduces costs and access burdens

Patients who receive results of genetic tests over the phone do not experience increased anxiety or depression. Delivering genetic test results to patients at risk for cancer-causing genetic mutations over the phone helps to ease cost and transportation burdens and, compared to receiving results in person, does not cause patients additional stress, according to a … Continue reading Counseling patients at risk for cancer over the phone reduces costs and access burdens

Hispanic and black young adult cancer patients more likely to die of their disease

Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black cancer patients between ages 15 and 29 may be more likely than same-aged white patients to die of their disease, according to a University of Colorado Cancer Center study presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting 2016. The finding is partially but not wholly explained by … Continue reading Hispanic and black young adult cancer patients more likely to die of their disease