Opioid use and misuse following treatment for head and neck cancer

Cancer patients are often prescribed pain medications, for example during recovery from surgical procedures. However, for many cancer patients, the use of opioid pain medications during treatment can be a gateway to misuse or addiction once treatment ends. Now with cancer patients living longer than ever before, protecting quality of life in the months, years, … Continue reading Opioid use and misuse following treatment for head and neck cancer

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Genome offers clues to esophageal cancer disparity which could be prevented by flavonoids derived from cranberries

A genomic duplication may help explain why esophageal adenocarcinoma is much more common in Caucasians and presents a potential target for prevention. A change in the genome of Caucasians could explain much-higher rates of the most common type of esophageal cancer in this population, a new study finds. It suggests a possible target for prevention strategies, … Continue reading Genome offers clues to esophageal cancer disparity which could be prevented by flavonoids derived from cranberries

Sprayable gel could help the body fight off cancer after surgery

Many people who are diagnosed with cancer will undergo some type of surgery to treat their disease - almost 95 percent of people with early-diagnosed breast cancer will require surgery and it's often the first line of treatment for people with brain tumors, for example. But despite improvements in surgical techniques over the past decade, … Continue reading Sprayable gel could help the body fight off cancer after surgery

Paternal grandfather’s high access to food may indicate higher mortality risk in grandsons

A paternal grandfather's access to food during his childhood is associated with mortality risk, especially cancer mortality, in his grandson, shows a large three-generational study from Stockholm University. The reason might be epigenetic - that environmental exposures in one generation may influence health outcomes in following generations. ​ If a paternal grandfather had good access … Continue reading Paternal grandfather’s high access to food may indicate higher mortality risk in grandsons

TINY molecule has BIG effect in childhood brain tumor studies – sometimes small things make the biggest differences

A new study by UT Health San Antonio researchers found that a molecule thousands of times smaller than a gene is able to kill medulloblastoma, the most common childhood brain cancer. This tiny molecule, named MiR-584-5p, is quite efficient in its action. MiR-584-5p sensitizes the cancer to chemotherapy and radiation, making it plausible to treat … Continue reading TINY molecule has BIG effect in childhood brain tumor studies – sometimes small things make the biggest differences

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

New method promises fewer side effects from cancer drugs

A recent achievement in the field of protein research allows for better tailored pharmaceuticals with fewer side effects; the method was developed by two University of Copenhagen researchers. Protein research is one of the hottest areas in medical research because proteins make it possible to develop far more effective pharmaceuticals for the treatment of diabetes, … Continue reading New method promises fewer side effects from cancer drugs

Anti-inflammatory use during surgery could improve cancer outcomes

The world’s first clinical trial (SURGUVANT) evaluating anti-inflammatory use at the time of surgery in colon cancer patients to improve their cancer outcome has been published in the scientific journal, BMC Cancer. The research successfully tested an anti-inflammatory agent with anti-cancer properties known as ‘Taurolidine’ in the SURGUVANT trial which was funded by a grant from … Continue reading Anti-inflammatory use during surgery could improve cancer outcomes

Cancer care and sleep resource guide

Stephanie Linder and colleagues at Sleep Help are devoted to increasing sleep health awareness and wellness. They  have  been working on a useful resource all about how patients in cancer treatment and remission can deal with the sleep-disrupting side effects of chemotherapy, steroids, and other treatments. It can be found here: https://www.sleephelp.org/cancer-sleep/