Greater efforts needed to address cancer therapies’ effects on bone health

 A new British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology review examines the impact of cancer therapies on the skeleton and how to limit bone loss and fractures in cancer patients treated with these therapies. The review notes that efforts to limit the effects of cancer therapies on bone have nearly universally employed anti-resorptive agents that reduce bone turnover, and … Continue reading Greater efforts needed to address cancer therapies’ effects on bone health

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Discovery may bolster chemotherapy potency while protecting the heart from side-effects

Researchers from the University of Alberta may have found a way to make chemotherapy more effective at treating cancer while blocking its harmful side-effects on the heart. While chemotherapy can be an effective treatment for cancer, the aggressive attack on cancer cells often cause damage to other cells throughout the body, including the heart, making … Continue reading Discovery may bolster chemotherapy potency while protecting the heart from side-effects

Many cancer survivors have unmet physical and mental needs related to their disease and its treatment

Even decades after being cured, many cancer survivors face physical and mental challenges resulting from their disease and its treatment. That's the conclusion of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The findings could help clinicians and other experts develop interventions that are tailored to the specific … Continue reading Many cancer survivors have unmet physical and mental needs related to their disease and its treatment

Scientists map risk of premature menopause after cancer treatment

Women treated for the cancer Hodgkin lymphoma will be able to better understand their risks of future infertility after researchers estimated their risk of premature menopause with different treatments. The findings, set out in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, are based on the experience of more than 2,000 young women in England and Wales … Continue reading Scientists map risk of premature menopause after cancer treatment

The Side Effects of Chemotherapy on the Body

Chemotherapy drugs are powerful enough to kill rapidly growing cancer cells, but they also can harm perfectly healthy cells, causing side effects throughout the body. Cancer cells divide more quickly than healthy cells, and chemotherapy drugs effectively target those cells. Unfortunately, fast-growing cells that are healthy can be damaged too. There are many different chemotherapy … Continue reading The Side Effects of Chemotherapy on the Body

Updating cardiac screening guidelines for survivors of childhood cancer

Findings suggest that there is a long-term benefit in screening survivors at elevated risk for congestive heart failure.  One of the first studies to analyze the effectiveness of screening survivors of childhood cancer for early signs of impending congestive heart failure (CHF) finds improved health outcomes but suggests that less frequent screening than currently recommended may … Continue reading Updating cardiac screening guidelines for survivors of childhood cancer