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

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Two studies examine long-term outcomes in childhood and young adult cancer survivors

JAMA Oncology published two studies and a related editorial focused on long-term outcomes in survivors of childhood or young adult cancer. In the first study, Kathrine Rugbjerg, PhD, and Jørgen Olsen, MD, DMSc, of the Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Copenhagen, examined the risk for hospitalization up to 34 years after a diagnosis of adolescent and … Continue reading Two studies examine long-term outcomes in childhood and young adult cancer survivors

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

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

Health gap between adult survivors of childhood cancer and siblings widens with age

Long-term follow-up of adult survivors of childhood cancer reinforces need for lifelong health surveillance for childhood cancer survivorsAdult survivors of childhood cancer face significant health problems as they age and are five times more likely than their siblings to develop new cancers, heart and other serious health conditions beyond the age of 35, according to … Continue reading Health gap between adult survivors of childhood cancer and siblings widens with age

Chemotherapy before radiotherapy for testicular cancer could reduce long-term side-effects

Giving men with testicular cancer a single dose of chemotherapy alongside radiotherapy could improve the effectiveness of treatment and reduce the risk of long-term side-effects, a new study reports. As many as 96% of men with testicular cancer now survive at least ten years from diagnosis, but more advanced forms need to be treated with … Continue reading Chemotherapy before radiotherapy for testicular cancer could reduce long-term side-effects