Testosterone research brings new hope for cancer patients with weight loss

Many cancer patients suffer from a loss of body mass known as cachexia. Approximately 20 percent of cancer-related deaths are attributed to the syndrome of cachexia, which in cancer patients is often characterized by a rapid or severe loss of fat and skeletal muscle. Dr. Melinda Sheffield-Moore, professor and head of the Department of Health … Continue reading Testosterone research brings new hope for cancer patients with weight loss

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For mothers with advanced cancer, parenting concerns affect emotional well-being

Parenting concerns contributed significantly to the psychological distress of mothers with late-stage cancer, according to a study by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers. Cancer is the leading cause of disease-specific death for parenting-age women in the United States, and women with incurable cancer who have children can have increased rates of … Continue reading For mothers with advanced cancer, parenting concerns affect emotional well-being

Chemical octopus catches sneaky cancer clues, trace glycoproteins

Cancer drops sparse chemical hints of its presence early on, but unfortunately, many of them are in a class of biochemicals that could not be detected thoroughly, until now. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have engineered a chemical trap that exhaustively catches what are called glycoproteins, including minuscule traces that have previously escaped … Continue reading Chemical octopus catches sneaky cancer clues, trace glycoproteins

Study explores carbohydrates’ impact on head, neck cancers

Consuming high amounts of carbohydrates and various forms of sugar during the year prior to treatment for head and neck cancer may increase patients' risks of cancer recurrence and mortality, a new study reports. However, eating moderate amounts of fats and starchy foods such as whole grains, potatoes and legumes after treatment could have protective … Continue reading Study explores carbohydrates’ impact on head, neck cancers

Many adolescent and young adult cancer survivors have more social connections than peers

Survivors of adolescent and young adult cancer often have stronger social networks than their non-cancer peers, according to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital researchers, who hope to translate that support into better lives for the nation's growing population of cancer survivors. The findings appear online today in the journal Cancer. "Cancer survivors need healthy social connections, … Continue reading Many adolescent and young adult cancer survivors have more social connections than peers

Light-activated cancer drugs without toxic side effects: Fresh insight

Future cancer drugs that are activated by light and don't cause the toxic side-effects of current chemotherapy treatments are closer to becoming a reality, thanks to new research by the University of Warwick and Monash University Cancer drugs activated by light, minimizing toxic side-effects, are a step closer thanks to new research from University of … Continue reading Light-activated cancer drugs without toxic side effects: Fresh insight

Leukaemia treatment can be made more effective by using a drug for iron overload

Chemotherapy for one type of leukaemia could be improved by giving patients a drug currently used to treat an unrelated condition, new research shows. Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is an aggressive cancer that stops healthy blood cell production. Chemotherapy is the standard treatment, but improvements are needed as the five-year survival rate in patients older … Continue reading Leukaemia treatment can be made more effective by using a drug for iron overload

After the diagnosis: How cancer affects sexual functioning

A cancer diagnosis disrupts a person's life in many ways, including sexually. A study led by the University of Houston found that more than half of young cancer patients reported problems with sexual function, with the probability of reporting sexual dysfunction increasing over time. The study, recently published in the American Cancer Society journal Cancer, discovered … Continue reading After the diagnosis: How cancer affects sexual functioning

Many brain tumor patients do not receive adequate end-of-life care

While more than 60 percent of patients with the brain tumors called malignant gliomas enroll in hospice services, almost a quarter of them do so within a week of death, probably too late for patients and family members to benefit from hospice care. A study by a research team from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center also … Continue reading Many brain tumor patients do not receive adequate end-of-life care

Scientists link pancreatic cancer survival to four genes

Alterations in four main genes are responsible for how long patients survive with pancreatic cancer, according to a new study in JAMA Oncology. Before now, the presence and patterns between the genes and disease progression was not clearly established. One key difference in this study is the relatively large size: it involved 356 patients who all had … Continue reading Scientists link pancreatic cancer survival to four genes