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?

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

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

Pacemakers can improve heart function in patients with chemotherapy-induced heart disease

With the advent of new therapies, cancer patients are surviving longer than ever before -- but the incidence of side-effect chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy (CHIC), or weakness of the heart muscle, is increasing. Research published in JAMA has shown that treating CHIC with commercially available cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) delivered through a surgically implanted defibrillator or pacemaker can significantly … Continue reading Pacemakers can improve heart function in patients with chemotherapy-induced heart disease

Ibrutinib linked to high blood pressure and other heart problems

Hypertension with ibrutinib more common than previously reported; this study is first to show an association between cancer drug-related hypertension and other heart problems. Over half of the people prescribed the targeted blood cancer-fighting drug ibrutinib developed new or worsened high blood pressure within six months of starting the medication, according to a new study … Continue reading Ibrutinib linked to high blood pressure and other heart problems