Cancer overtakes cardiovascular disease as UK’s No. 1 killer – but only among men

Cardiovascular disease still primary cause of death among women Cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, as the UK's No 1 killer- but only among men, reveals research published online in the journal Heart. Cardiovascular disease is still the most common cause of death among women, and kills more young women than breast … Continue reading Cancer overtakes cardiovascular disease as UK’s No. 1 killer – but only among men

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Increased overall survival for advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer patients is associated with availability of less toxic chemotherapy

A 10-year population-based study shows that increased availability of better systemic chemo- and targeted-therapies for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) coincides with increased usage of these therapies. This in turn leads to a significant increase in overall survival. Researchers from the British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, Canada, performed a retrospective chart review … Continue reading Increased overall survival for advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer patients is associated with availability of less toxic chemotherapy

Prostate cancer in younger men — More frequent and aggressive?

Early onset prostate cancer is a newly identified, more aggressive subtype often linked to genetic mutations. The number of younger men diagnosed with prostate cancer has increased nearly 6-fold in the last 20 years, and the disease is more likely to be aggressive in these younger men, according to a new analysis from researchers at … Continue reading Prostate cancer in younger men — More frequent and aggressive?

Guidelines address long-term needs of prostate cancer survivors

New American Cancer Society Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care guidelines released today outline posttreatment clinical follow-up care for the myriad of long-term and late effects an estimated 2.8 million prostate cancer survivors in the United States may face. The guidelines are based on recommendations set forth by an American Cancer Society expert panel convened as part … Continue reading Guidelines address long-term needs of prostate cancer survivors

Survey sheds light on common clinical practice for incompletely resected lung cancer

A landmark survey of more than 700 specialists provides crucial real-world insight into the treatments most oncologists choose for lung cancer patients whose tumour has been incompletely resected, an expert from the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) says. Jean Yves Douillard, from the ICO Institut de Cancerologie de l'Ouest René Gauducheau, France, Chair of … Continue reading Survey sheds light on common clinical practice for incompletely resected lung cancer

Older people not receiving adequate access to cancer care

Older people all around the globe are being denied proper access to cancer care, according to an editorial by Queen's University Belfast academic, Professor Mark Lawler of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology. In an editorial in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) Professor Lawler said: "there is increasing evidence from around the world that elderly … Continue reading Older people not receiving adequate access to cancer care

Advances in nanotechnology’s fight against cancer

As cancer maintains its standing as the second leading cause of death in the U.S., researchers have continued their quest for safer and more effective treatments. Among the most promising advances has been the rise of nanomedicine, the application of tiny materials and devices whose sizes are measured in the billionths of a meter to … Continue reading Advances in nanotechnology’s fight against cancer

Overuse of radiation therapy when urologists profit from self-referral

IMRT use is 2.5 times greater when self-referral's financial incentives are involved A comprehensive review of Medicare claims for more than 45,000 patients from 2005 through 2010 found that nearly all of the 146 percent increase in intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for prostate cancer among urologists with an ownership interest in the treatment was due … Continue reading Overuse of radiation therapy when urologists profit from self-referral

Unfounded fear prompts young breast cancer patients to remove healthy breasts

Despite evidence that contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) does not improve survival rates, an increasing number of young women with breast cancer elect to remove their healthy breast to avoid recurrence and improve survival. Researchers surveyed 123 women aged 40 or younger without known bilateral breast cancer who reported having bilateral mastectomy. The purpose of the … Continue reading Unfounded fear prompts young breast cancer patients to remove healthy breasts

When things are at their worst, Christianity is intensely enacted

A new University of Copenhagen PhD thesis has taken a look at faith as practised in the daily lives of Danish cancer survivors. The thesis shows that Christian beliefs play a significant role in the lives of people suffering from cancer, and that their faith is often displayed in ways that challenge common perceptions of … Continue reading When things are at their worst, Christianity is intensely enacted