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

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Breast cancer patients on opioids less likely to stick to vital treatment

A new study has found a troubling lack of adherence to a potentially lifesaving treatment regimen among breast cancer patients who take opioids to manage their pain. The treatment, adjuvant endocrine therapy, commonly known as hormone therapy, is used to prevent the cancer from returning after surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Opioid use, however, was … Continue reading Breast cancer patients on opioids less likely to stick to vital treatment

Early deaths from childhood cancer up to 4 times more common than previously reported

Treatments for childhood cancers have improved to the point that 5-year survival rates are over 80 percent. However, one group has failed to benefit from these improvements, namely children who die so soon after diagnosis that they are not able to receive treatment, or who receive treatment so late in the course of their disease … Continue reading Early deaths from childhood cancer up to 4 times more common than previously reported

Cervical cancer death rates higher among older and black women

A woman's risk of dying of cervical cancer is higher than long believed, particularly among older and black women, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests. The researchers found that black women in the United States are dying from cervical cancer at a rate 77 percent higher than previously thought while white … Continue reading Cervical cancer death rates higher among older and black women

Recovering Latina breast cancer patients report big gaps in ‘survivorship’ care

Breast cancer patients in one of the United States' largest and fastest-growing ethnic minority groups are likely to experience numerous gaps in care following their primary treatment, research from Oregon State University suggests. Seventy-four Latina women who had breast cancer participated in the "survivorship" care research, recruited through support groups and health fairs. The subjects, ages … Continue reading Recovering Latina breast cancer patients report big gaps in ‘survivorship’ care

Combining new and old drugs improves survival for soft-tissue cancer patients

Adding a novel monoclonal antibody therapy to traditional chemotherapy increased median survival by nearly a year in patients with advanced sarcoma, a lethal soft-tissue cancer. Findings from a multicenter clinical trial of the combination therapy, led by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian, represent the first appreciable improvement in sarcoma outcomes in decades. … Continue reading Combining new and old drugs improves survival for soft-tissue cancer patients

Hispanic and black young adult cancer patients more likely to die of their disease

Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black cancer patients between ages 15 and 29 may be more likely than same-aged white patients to die of their disease, according to a University of Colorado Cancer Center study presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting 2016. The finding is partially but not wholly explained by … Continue reading Hispanic and black young adult cancer patients more likely to die of their disease

Can gender play a role in determining cancer treatment choices?

MD Anderson study reveals 'sex-biased' gene signatures in review of 13 cancer types It is well known that men and women differ in terms of cancer susceptibility, survival and mortality, but exactly why this occurs at a molecular level has been poorly understood. A study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reviewed … Continue reading Can gender play a role in determining cancer treatment choices?

Cancer may drive health problems as people age

A new study indicates that cancer may have negative impacts on both the physical and mental health of individuals as they age. Published in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study suggests that cancer increases the risk for certain health issues above and beyond normal ageing. This is likely due, in part, … Continue reading Cancer may drive health problems as people age

Next-generation immunotherapy offers new hope for beating brain cancer

High-grade glioma is the most aggressive form of brain cancer. Despite improvements in surgical procedures, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy, this type of brain tumour is still notoriously hard to treat: less than 10% of patients survive beyond five years. Researchers from KU Leuven, Belgium, have now shown that next-generation cell-based immunotherapy may offer new hope in … Continue reading Next-generation immunotherapy offers new hope for beating brain cancer