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

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

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?

Recovering reproduction in girls who survive childhood cancer

Leukemia treatments often leave girls infertile, but a procedure developed by researchers at the University of Michigan working with mice is a step toward restoring their ability to be biological mothers. ​ Ovarian follicles are the "nests" that carry eggs and support them to grow and become viable. The researchers demonstrated that they could dramatically … Continue reading Recovering reproduction in girls who survive childhood cancer

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

Dental care may benefit patients scheduled for cancer surgery

Preoperative oral care by a dentist may help reduce postoperative complications in patients who undergo cancer surgery, according to a new British Journal of Surgery study. Of 509,179 patients studied, 16% received preoperative oral care from a dentist. When a surgeon requested that a dentist provide preoperative oral care to a patient with cancer, the dentist checked … Continue reading Dental care may benefit patients scheduled for cancer surgery

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

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

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

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