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  • Immunology for Oncology and Others

    Cancer, Medicine and Life
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Recently found an excellent Immunology course in Sydney - Immunology for BPTs (Basic Physician Trainees).Held once a year, over a weekend. Covers all the stuff needed for most of us.Immunology is taking over bits of Oncology and thus is vital to
  • New drug combination shows promise as powerful treatment for breast cancer

    Breast Cancer News From Medical News Today
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The uncontrolled growth of cancer cells arises from their ability to hijack the cell's normal growth program and checkpoints.
  • New technology to address hair loss during chemotherapy treatment

    Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Leading manufacturer of scalp cooling equipment Paxman Coolers is to fund research into the science behind hair loss during chemotherapy treatmentA patient wears a scalp cooler for 30 minutes...
  • Although rare, breast and colorectal cancers are more aggressive in children

    Breast Cancer News From Medical News Today
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Breast and colorectal cancers rarely occur in children, but when they do, these conditions are more precarious, according to a pair of National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) studies presented this week at...
  • Clinical practice guidelines address multimodality treatment for esophageal cancer

    Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    New clinical practice guidelines for treating cancer of the esophagus and gastroesophageal junction (area where the esophagus meets the stomach) have been released. The guidelines include nine evidence-based recommendations that address issues related to multimodality care, including neoadjuvant therapy (chemotherapy and radiation therapy given prior to surgery). The goal of this therapy is to reduce the extent of cancer before an operation to maximize the chance of obtaining a cure.
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  • Clinical practice guidelines address multimodality treatment for esophageal cancer

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    New clinical practice guidelines for treating cancer of the esophagus and gastroesophageal junction (area where the esophagus meets the stomach) have been released. The guidelines include nine evidence-based recommendations that address issues related to multimodality care, including neoadjuvant therapy (chemotherapy and radiation therapy given prior to surgery). The goal of this therapy is to reduce the extent of cancer before an operation to maximize the chance of obtaining a cure.
  • National Cancer Institute supports next-generation Austrian HPV vaccine

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    The National Cancer Institute in the USA is supporting the new vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV) with at least US$ 3.5 million. This is a major success for the developers and means that the foundations can now be laid for the clinical trials needed for licensing as a vaccine.
  • 'Treasure in saliva' may reveal deadly diseases early enough to treat them

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Research could lead to a simple saliva test capable of diagnosing -- at an early stage -- diabetes and cancer, and perhaps neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases. The study, the most comprehensive analysis ever conducted of RNA molecules in human saliva, reveals that saliva contains many of the same disease-revealing molecules that are contained in blood.
  • First detailed picture of cancer-related cell enzyme in action on chromosome unit

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    New insight into the function of an enzyme related to the BRCA1 breast-cancer protein has been released by researchers. The study produced the first detailed working image of an enzyme in a group that is associated with many types of cancer. The researchers obtained the first crystal structure of a gene-regulation enzyme working on a nucleosome. The image reveals previously unknown information about how the enzyme attaches to its nucleosome target.
  • Survival rates in pediatric umbilical cord transplants may indicate a new standard of care

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    A new standard of care for children facing acute myeloid leukemia may be clear, following a multi-year study. Umbilical cord blood, a rich source of blood-forming stem cells, has previously been shown to benefit many patients with leukemia and myelodysplasia and other diseases, including bone marrow failure syndromes, hemoglobinopathies, inherited immune deficiencies and certain metabolic diseases.
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    Breast Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Proton therapy shown to be less costly than some alternative radiotherapy techniques for early stage breast cancer

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    In terms of duration of treatment and cost, patients with early stage breast cancer may benefit from accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) with proton therapy versus whole breast irradiation (WBI), according to new research.
  • Breast, colorectal cancers remain more aggressive in children

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Breast and colorectal cancers rarely occur in children, but when they do, these conditions are more precarious, according to a pair of National Cancer Data Base studies. Both breast cancer and colon cancer are known as adult conditions; 95 percent of new breast cancer cases occur in women age 40 and older. Colorectal cancer is also largely an adult cancer, with 90 percent of cases occurring in people who are age 50 and older. However, researchers wanted to investigate what happens when patients under age 21 are diagnosed with breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
  • Potential target for treating triple-negative breast cancer identified

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    A protein that could prevent metastasis and recurrence of breast cancer has been identified by researchers. So-called "triple-negative" breast cancer represents between 12 and 17 percent of all breast cancers. It derives its name from the lack of receptors for estrogen, progesterone and Her2. The absence of these receptors rules out proven hormone therapies such as tamoxifen. Triple-negative breast cancer can be more aggressive and is more likely to recur than other breast cancers.
  • Improving breast cancer chemo by testing patient's tumors in a dish

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    A technique that monitors the response of 3D chunks of a patient's tumor has been developed to determine how effective different anti-cancer drugs will be before starting chemotherapy. In a new article, the engineers describe applying the technique to the three major forms of breast cancer. They report that the test can detect significant drops in the metabolic activity levels of all three types of tumors within 72 hours when exposed to an effective drug whereas tumors that were resistant to a drug show no change.
  • Tomosynthesis improves cancer detection in women with dense breast tissue

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    As of October 2014, 19 states have enacted laws requiring women to be directly informed if they have dense breasts and would benefit from supplemental screening. However, the recommended type of supplemental screening for women with dense breasts remains unclear. With 15 additional states considering similar laws and federal legislation introduced, physician scientists investigated the potential impact of supplemental screening for women with dense breast tissue.
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    Artsy Asylum

  • Taking Up Hiking As A New Hobby

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    I hate how completely work obsessed our society has become in the past few decades. I have really grown to dislike the massive amount of work that has to be done to pay for your own life from 0 to 80. I have spent many years working in a cubicle, but I want to do that no more. I certainly do not want to die having worked away my whole life for nothing but the system. I have adopted a part time week a long time ago. You won’t believe the criticism I have had to endure from people in my life about working ‘only’ 4 days a week. My boss is a totally relaxed guy and he himself…
  • Remembering When I Had A Baby For The First Time

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    The last time I have given birth to children has been a really long time ago. I clearly remember it like it was yesterday. I was making a big big list months in advance of all the stuff that I needed to get. But you need so much stuff when you are having a baby that you will always forget a lot of what you really end up needing. So for that reason I continuously kept adding more things to the list until the list became really big. Everything that I could think of was on that list. But then I did an internet search for baby stuff lists and I quickly figured out that there was much more stuff…
  • Went To The Gym For The First Time Today

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    I must confess I’m not exactly the slimmest girl on the block. I’m not chubby either, don’t get me wrong. However… we do have a slight tendency towards becoming slightly obese over a long period of time in our family. I see it as a genetic trait. My mom has it, my dad has it. Even my sister has it. And I have it too. I eat healthy foods most of the time, but still I gain weight when I’m not exercising at the same time. I suppose those few chunks of chocolate that I have per week are really adding up to the total calorie count. Today, I hit the gym together with a…
  • Welcome To My New Website, The Artsiest Asylum On The Net!

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    Hello world, my name is Amber! This is my very first blog. I’ve never really written anything on the web before. Well, except maybe on Facebook. But I would hardly count that as publishing anything worhtwhile. A friend of mine has helped me set up this website, because I couldn’t do it when I was going at it alone. I was looking for a good domain name and came up with this one. Turns out it was just expiring. It used to belong to a woman named Susan Reynolds, who had now forwarded it to her new blog. I’ve taken the liberty of reading some of her writing. Susan Reynolds has…
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    Lung Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Scientists trigger self-destruct switch in lung cancer cells

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Scientists have found a drug combination that can trigger the self-destruct process in lung cancer cells - paving the way for new treatments, according to research. "There's an urgent need to save more lives from lung cancer and we hope these findings will one day lead to effective new treatments to help lung cancer patients and potentially those with other cancer types too," authors noted.
  • Why targeted drug doesn't benefit patients with early-stage lung cancer

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    The drug erlotinib is highly effective in treating advanced-stage lung cancer patients whose tumors have a particular gene mutation, but when the same drug is used for patients with early-stage tumors with the same gene change, they fare worse than if they took nothing. This study might explain why.
  • Prognostic factors identified for peripheral squamous cell carcinomas of the lung

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    A better survival outcome is associated with low blood levels of squamous cell carcinoma antigen, or absence of tumor invasion either into the space between the lungs and chest wall or into blood vessels of individuals with a peripheral squamous cell carcinoma, a type of non-small cell lung cancer.
  • Novel software application can stratify early-stage non-small cell lung cancer patients

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Computer-Aided Nodule Assessment and Risk Yield, is a novel software tool that can automatically quantitate adenocarcinoma pulmonary nodule characteristics from non-invasive high resolution computed tomography images and stratify non-small cell lung cancer patients into risk groups that have significantly different disease-free survival outcome.
  • Powerful new class of weapons found in the war on cancer

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Small molecules that can represent a new class of anticancer drugs with a novel target for the treatment of lung cancer have been identified by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. "These compounds hold potential as an entirely new class of anticancer drugs with a unique therapeutic target for the treatment of cancers," one expert noted.
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    my Breast Cancer blog

  • HIS Breast Cancer

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Filmmaker Chris Thibault reached out to me today. He shared with me a documentary he is making about HIS breast cancer. Yes, HIS breast cancer. He is THAT GUY, and he wants you to know about it. So do I.
  • Babbling About Breast Cancer

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    My voice is on the Internet. I am not quite sure how I feel about that, but if you have 45 minutes to spare and want to hear me babble on about breast cancer, well, then, here you go. World Changer Sessions offer behind-the-scenes access into the journeys of forward-thinking, big-hearted, conscious individuals who are pioneering positive […]
  • I Can Give Her Presents

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Today, I passed on my wig and a bundle of gifty items to a friend who will embark this week on chemotherapy for breast cancer. I do not know if my almost-40-year-old pal will use the wig because she has already chosen one that makes her look like a young college kid. But I do […]
  • A Night to Remember

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    It has been almost TEN YEARS since I stood with a malignant tumor in my left breast and watched my sleeping 3-year-old in his big-boy bed and my sleeping 18-month-old in his comfy crib and tried like mad to crush the panic in my gut that told me I may not see these beautiful beings grow up. And […]
  • On Paper

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    This is me. On paper. In black and white. Defined by numbers. Like 1.1 (size of my breast cancer tumor in centimeters), 1 (stage of my disease), 4 (number of lymph nodes removed), 12 (number of Herception infusions I received), 93 (percentage that predicted my survival for 5 years). The numbers go on and on. […]
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    Colon Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Breast, colorectal cancers remain more aggressive in children

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Breast and colorectal cancers rarely occur in children, but when they do, these conditions are more precarious, according to a pair of National Cancer Data Base studies. Both breast cancer and colon cancer are known as adult conditions; 95 percent of new breast cancer cases occur in women age 40 and older. Colorectal cancer is also largely an adult cancer, with 90 percent of cases occurring in people who are age 50 and older. However, researchers wanted to investigate what happens when patients under age 21 are diagnosed with breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
  • Support for fecal testing in familial colorectal cancer screening

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Fecal immunochemical tests may be as effective as colonoscopies when it comes to detecting colorectal cancer among first-degree relatives of patients with colorectal cancer, according to a new study.
  • Relationship between diet, inflammation and cancer: Key factor found

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    A category of lipids known as sphingolipids may be an important link in the relationship between diet, inflammation and cancer, a team of scientists has found. They have provided evidence that a sphingolipid metabolite called sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) found in both mammalian food products and generated by normal human cells can contribute to inflammation of the colon, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and inflammation-associated colon cancer, whereas soy and plant-type sphingolipids called sphingadienes may protect against these conditions.
  • 62% of colorectal cancer patients report financial burden from treatment, study finds

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Nearly two-thirds of patients treated for colorectal cancer reported some measure of financial burden due to their treatment, according to a new study. The burden was greatest among patients who received chemotherapy.
  • Oral drug reduces formation of precancerous polyps in colon

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Inflammatory cells in the colon, or polyps, are very common after the age of 50. Most are benign, but some will develop into colon cancer. Now, in an animal study, an oral medication has successfully treated chronic, precancerous inflammation in the intestine.
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    EurekAlert! - Cancer

  • Cancer cell fingerprints in the blood may speed up childhood cancer diagnosis

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Cancer Research UK) Newly-identified cancer cell fingerprints in the blood could one day help doctors diagnose a range of children's cancers faster and more accurately, according to research* presented at the National Cancer Research Institute Cancer Conference next week.
  • Viewing cancer on the move: New device yields close-up look at metastasis

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Johns Hopkins University) Johns Hopkins engineers have invented a lab device to give cancer researchers an unprecedented microscopic look at metastasis, the complex way that tumor cells spread through the body, causing more than 90 percent of cancer-related deaths.
  • Broad Institute, Univ. of California team awarded NCI Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilot contract

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard) A team from the Broad Institute, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Santa Cruz, was awarded one of three National Cancer Institute Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilot contracts with the goal of building a system that will enable large-scale analysis of The Cancer Genome Atlas and other datasets by co-locating the data and the required computing resources in one cloud environment.
  • Proton therapy shown to be less costly than some alternative radiotherapy techniques

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) In terms of duration of treatment and cost, patients with early stage breast cancer may benefit from accelerated partial breast irradiation with proton therapy versus whole breast irradiation, according to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center.
  • Decoding the emergence of metastatic cancer stem cells

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Rice University) In the first study of its kind, Rice University researchers have mapped how information flows through the genetic circuits that cause cancer cells to become metastatic. The research reveals a common pattern in the decision-making that allows cancer cells to both migrate and form new tumors.
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    Cancer Treatment

  • Treatment for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is not Working

    Ross Bonander
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Despite two rounds of chemotherapy, the rare tumor that developed in the mayor's abdomen is not responding. Photo credit: Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS Ford's cancer became news in mid September after much speculation. He had been complaining of abdominal pain for three months prior to diagnosis. At that time, doctors found a sizable tumor in his abdomen and began neoadjuvant chemotherapy to prepare him for a surgical resection to remove the tumor. read more
  • But I dont want to!

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    What the hell is that nurse in Maine thinking? Okay, she went ot Africa and treated patients with Ebola. She came home and was treated horribly and was stuck in an isolation tent in a hospital parking lot. Finally she was allowed to go home. Officials want her to stay in home confinement. Instead she went for a bike ride.I mean really. She tested negative for Ebola but it can take 21 days to incubate so she still may be infected. She is not more
  • That recurrence thing

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    Its the other elephant in the room that only the cancer person can understand. What do I do if it comes back????? As Barbara Jacoby points out over at Let Life Happen, we need a bit more focus on breast cancer, and other cancer, more
  • Have you ever wondered what RA feels like?

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Well basically you feel like crap. I did find this article that gives it a good overview.Combine these feelings:- what you feel like when you have a really bad case of the flu and all the aches and pains- what you feel like after a bad fall- what you feel like the day after you ran a marathonread more
  • More on men with breast cancer

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    One of every one hundred cases of breast cancer diagnosed will be male. And did you know that one in four men diagnosed with breast cancer will die from it? Two men who were diagnosed with breast cancer and bonded over it, joined to create a new organization called Breast Cancer Brothers to help support men going through this terrible more
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  • More Inspirational Quotes for Anyone Touched By Cancer

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
      Sometimes we read an inspirational quote or hear a speech (like the one I posted yesterday from Stuart Scott) that lift our spirit and give us perspective.  Simple words of wisdom from someone who has shared a similar journey can give us hope and strength- two much needed weapons in the fight against cancer.  Here are 18 inspirational, hope-filled quotes for cancer fighters,  cancer survivors or anyone who needs a little pick-me-up.  Why only 18?  The number 18 symbolizes “life” & “good luck” in Judaism.   1.  “No one is…
  • Stuart Scott’s Inspirational Speech

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:51 pm
     “You beat cancer by how you lived, why you lived and in the manner in which you lived. So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you.”- Stuart Scott   In July, 2014, Stuart Scott, world renown sportscaster and ESPN SportsCenter Anchor, was presented with the Jimmy V. ESPY Award for Perseverance for his ongoing and inspirational fight against cancer.  His acceptance speech was one of the most moving and incredible speeches I’ve ever heard.  His message was simple…. never give…
  • New College Scholarship Announced for Breast Cancer Survivors

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    I’d like to introduce you to a new scholarship program for breast cancer survivors- The Triumph Over Breast Cancer Scholarship- created and funded by Icing On The Ring. This $1000 scholarship is open to any student who is currently fighting breast cancer, in remission from breast cancer or has beaten breast cancer. Additional requirements include: Applicant must be either currently accepted to or attending an accredited university. Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA. Applicants must submit an official copy of their transcript. How to Apply Complete the Icing On The Ring Triumph…
  • Pesticides & Food

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    This infographic was created by Garrick Dee of JuicingWithG, a blog that’s all about juicing. The information presented here was taken directly from the Environmental Working Group’s website. For more information on when to buy organic produce vs. conventional produce, click HERE.  
  • Reliable, Relevant Cancer Info Delivered Straight to Your Inbox

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
      Medivizor provides personalized, reliable medical information to people coping with serious or chronic medical conditions.  Medical conditions currently supported include breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma, melanoma and prostate cancer as well as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and infertility. It’s similar to a google alert but much, much better.  Medivizor‘s FREE service scans hundreds of clinical reports; selects the ones most relevant to you; interprets the content; and notifies you of the findings in simple terms that even…
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    Cancerwise | Cancer blog from MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • What to know about lung cancer screening, treatment, and research

    Cancerwise Blogger
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, but new advances in prevention, lung cancer screening and research are helping to save more lives. And, here at MD Anderson, we're leading the fight against lung cancer by focusing on prevention, lung cancer screening and personalized lung cancer treatment through our Moon Shots Program, an ambitious program to reduce cancer deaths for several cancers and ultimately find cures for these and other cancers.We spoke with Ara Vaporciyan, M.D., and Mara Antonoff, M.D., to find out what you need to know about lung cancer. Here's what they had to…
  • What to expect during a CT scan

    Kellie Bramlet
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    CT scans or CAT scans are a crucial part of the cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment process. A CT scan takes X-ray images from multiple angles. This allows your doctors to see where the cancer is located and determine whether the cancer treatment is working. For many patients, CT scans can be a source of anxiety, especially if you've never had one before. Many patients call this "scanxiety," and while it's a perfectly normal feeling, knowing what to expect can help reduce feelings of nervousness. Preparing for your CT scan Before getting a CT scan, there are a few things you should do.
  • AML survivor discovers life after cancer

    Kellie Bramlet
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    When Charlotte Parker attended an MD Anderson fundraiser a couple years ago, she was immediately impressed by the organization's dedication to ending cancer and providing the best possible care to its patients. She had no idea that in a matter of months she would be one of these patients. Coming to MD Anderson for AML treatmentIn May 2013, Charlotte Parker began to feel fatigued. Her doctor ran some tests and found that her white blood cell count was five times higher than normal. The native Houstonian was taken straight to the intensive care unit at MD Anderson, where she received an acute…
  • How our research helps cancer patients

    Cancerwise Blogger
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Lori BakerMD Anderson has close to 2,000 doctors. Several hundred never treat patients, yet they are crucial to our mission."Our mission is to end cancer, not just provide excellent care," says Helen Piwnica-Worms, Ph.D., vice provost of Science. "We don't yet know enough, so our faculty must include a robust community of researchers who apply their scientific expertise to answer important biological questions."According to Piwnica-Worms, delivering on our commitment to finding answers sets us apart."Discovery is what distinguishes breakthrough institutions," Piwnica- Worms says.Birthplace…
  • Coping with leukemia and lymphoma in my 20s

    Cancerwise Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Lauren GrahamAt age 20, I never imagined that I would have cancer. I was just figuring out what I wanted to do with my life: I'd decided to be a nurse. But life handed me something completely different -- a leukemia diagnosis and a lymphoma diagnosis.  My dual diagnosis: T-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma and acute lymphoblastic leukemia I had a swollen lymph node on my neck for over a month, but I never really though anything of it. I finished off a round of antibiotics, and my doctor told me to watch it and come back if anything new presented. About two weeks later, I woke up with…
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    Mesothelioma News Center | Latest in Asbestos & Mesothelioma News

  • Surgeon David Mason Building Thoracic Program at Baylor in Dallas

    Tim Povtak
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    A decade after thoracic surgeon and mesothelioma specialist Dr. David Mason built his practice at the Cleveland Clinic, he has begun building a new multidisciplinary program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The progression has been invigorating for Mason, the center's new chief of thoracic surgery and lung transplantation, as well as for the patients he now serves. Mason is constructing the new thoracic surgery program - the first of its kind in Dallas - that will attract top specialists in pulmonology, radiology, pathology, oncology and surgery. These specialists will work…
  • Brigham and Women's Study Shows Benefits of EPP Mesothelioma Surgery

    Tim Povtak
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    The most aggressive surgical procedure for pleural mesothelioma, which involves removing a lung, the pericardium and major parts of the diaphragm, should remain a viable option for select patients, despite the growing debate over its usefulness. A recently completed review of an extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston shows the procedure will continue to be an effective tool in multimodal treatment. "This was a confirmation that in high-volume centers, the operation can be done safely, and that many patients will do fine under the right circumstance,"…
  • Immunotherapy Trials May Result in Breakthrough Mesothelioma Treatment

    Michelle Whitmer
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Melinda Bachini thought she was spending quality time with family and friends on her son's 14th birthday. Instead, doctors in 2009 diagnosed the mother of six with a rare, incurable bile duct cancer in its final stage. Options were slim, and her prognosis grim. Hope seemed lost after surgery and chemotherapy failed her, but in 2012 she enrolled in a clinical trial at the National Institutes of Health involving an immunotherapy called adoptive cell transfer (ACT). In the simplest terms, it uses patients' immune system T cells to fight their cancer — and it appears to be working. Although she…
  • Component in Asian Spice Could Slow Mesothelioma Tumor Growth

    Tim Povtak
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The active ingredient in a common Asian spice is being scrutinized closely now for its ability to inhibit the growth of mesothelioma tumor cells, prompting scientists to search for a derivative that can be absorbed easily in the blood stream. Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color, but its medicinal value is found in curcumin, the active ingredient long-touted for both its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Scientists at the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Ohio and the Georg-Speyer-Haus in Frankfurt, Germany, recently published a study demonstrating how…
  • Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute to Hold Mesothelioma Fundraiser

    Tim Povtak
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Brothers Kevin and Gerry McCarthy won't be there physically when the dressed-in-green "Irish Stampede" gathers again later this month at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, California to help raise money for mesothelioma research. They will be watching from high above, arms draped over each other's shoulder, saluting approval with pints of Guinness Stout raised high — proud Irishmen who died much too young. The McCarthy brothers are the spark behind the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute's third annual 5K Walk/Hike for Mesothelioma held on October 12. Both died of mesothelioma, the rare…
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    Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

  • How Pleural Effusions Can Help With Early Mesothelioma Diganosis

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One of the major challenges of mesothelioma is early or earlier diagnosis. Mesothelioma causes pleural effusion or fluid build-up between the layers of the lining of the lung cavity in about 70% of its cases.1 About 1.5 million people are diagnosed with pleural effusion in the US each year. Since about 3000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year, most cases of pleural effusions are not due to mesothelioma. However, finding mesothelioma in the pleural effusion or pleural soup could provide an early or earlier diagnosis.Basics About Pleural EffusionsPleural effusions between the layers…
  • Aggressive Treatment for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients Yields Positive Results

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma is cancer that develops in the abdominal cavity (peritoneal cavity), like polka dots on the lining of the intestines and the cavity. Peritoneal cases account for approx. 18%- 20% of all mesothelioma diagnoses,1 with approximately 400 new cases in the USA each year.2Most patients (98%) were exposed to asbestos for an average of 28 years but the exposed time varied greatly (±14 years).2 Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma included abdominal pain and bloating, weight loss, shortness of breath, change to abnormal bowel movements (diarrhea or constipation), and…
  • A "SMART" Treatment for Mesothelioma Doubles Survival

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Any treatment that doubles the length of survival for cancer patients is a SMART treatment for any cancer, especially mesothelioma. The “SMART” treatment stands for Surgery for Mesothelioma After Radiation Therapy.1 Drs. Cho and colleagues tested the feasibility of treating mesothelioma with precisely delivered radiation therapy first, before surgery in 25 patients.1 The idea is to fry most of the mesothelioma cells with radiation therapy and then remove any remaining tumor and any damaged lung tissue.SMART ResultsAfter a 23 month follow-up period in the “SMART” treatment, the…
  • Announcing: The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Program

    David Haas
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is proud to announce the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship program to benefit college students whose lives have been affected by cancer. $4,000 will be awarded each semester (Spring 2015 and Fall 2015) to one student who has battled any kind of cancer or who has witnessed the personal struggle of a parent, sibling or other immediate family member or close friend.Applicants can share their story in either essay or video format. The application deadline for the Spring 2015 semester is December 1st. For the Fall 2015 semester, applications must be…
  • Advocate of the Month - October 2014

    MCA Warrior Stories
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Melinda for contributing as October's Advocate of the Month. Melinda, who writes on her blog The Discerning Reader, shares the story of how mesothelioma took her mother's life and affected her own.MCA: Tell us a little about your experience with mesothelioma.Melinda: My experience with mesothelioma was nonexistent until its unwanted presence invaded my mother's body, tearing my family to shreds. Never even heard of this ugly form of cancer until it was on our doorstep. A rare form of cancer rumbling in like a monsoon.MCA: Has cancer…
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  • What Do We Know About Childhood Cancer?

    Fredda Branyon
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Source: Organizations all over the world are struggling to find a cure for such a deplorable disease. It has taken millions of lives and continues to affect more if a proper cure is not created and developed soon. What is worse than cancer among adults is the fact that children can get it to, and the reason remains unclear. All we know is that a bunch of cells in a child’s body suddenly became rogue and attack other cells and tissues that surround it. Thousands of innocent children annually are diagnosed with pediatric cancer. It is estimates that close to 16,000 young ones…
  • Infographic: The U.S. Maternal Health Care Crisis

    Fredda Branyon
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Source: amnestyusa Amnesty International, an international non-governmental organization that is known for its strong human rights advocacy, released this infographic regarding the maternal health crisis that plagues the United States of America. It is a valiant and timely effort to capture the attention of the general public to this particular concern, as more and more women and their children are at risk of suffering from pregnancy-related complications. Dr. Fredda Branyon has dedicated her life to the advancement of complementary medicine, and has worked diligently to educate both patients…
  • Is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Worth All the Attention It is Getting?

    Fredda Branyon
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Source: Instagram If you’ve seen a video of Vin Diesel pouring a bucket of ice tubes over his head on top of a pickup truck or former president George W. Bush,  Jr. being doused with water by no other than the former first lady Laura Bush, then you have seen what the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has achieved over the past few weeks. Started in July 29, 2014 by 29 year old ALS patient Peter Frates of Boston, MA as a way to raise ALS awareness among family and friends became a viral sensation. Dozens of celebrities, political figures, and athletes have now participated in the challenge and have…
  • ALS Facts You Need to Know Before Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Fredda Branyon
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you are social media-savvy, then there is no way you could have missed the trending phenomenon that is taking the internet by storm. Dubbed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, this movement seeks to raise awareness on a rare but extremely lethal neurodegenerative disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Creative Commons The challenge starts when someone nominates you to either donate money to the ALS Association or do the Ice Bucket Challenge. This is done in the hopes of either raising awareness and/or encourage people to donate to the cause. If you decide to accept the challenge,…
  • Ten Unhealthy Breakfast Options

    Fredda Branyon
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A healthy breakfast can set the tone for nutritious choices all day long. Consider these not-so-healthy breakfast foods sabotage. Low- or no-fiber cereals Source: Cereal that is high in carbohydrates and sugar and low in fiber will causeq your blood sugar to spike, then quickly drop—which can lead to mid-morning cravings and moodiness. Nutritionist Mitzi Dulan, RD, author of The Pinterest Diet, recommends choosing cereal with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. Boost the fiber further by adding berries, a sprinkle of wheat germ or flaxseed, or sliced almonds.   Breakfast…
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  • Immunology for Oncology and Others

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Recently found an excellent Immunology course in Sydney - Immunology for BPTs (Basic Physician Trainees).Held once a year, over a weekend. Covers all the stuff needed for most of us.Immunology is taking over bits of Oncology and thus is vital to
  • Gestational Trophoblastic Cancer Chemotherapy

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Affects younger women in the child bearing age. Monitored by checking HCG levels.Usually chemotherapy with methotrexate is adequate.If the hormones levels do not return to normal or keep rising, the patient needs to be switched over to the EMA-CO procotol - Etoposide, Methotrexate, Dactinomycin - Cyclophosphamide, Vincristine (alternating week regimen).Curable diseases must always be treated.
  • KRAS mutation in colorectal cancer

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    KRAS mutation analysis is a vital part of the treatment algorithm for metastatic bowel cancer. The absence of the KRAS mutation means that medications like Cetuximab and Panitumumab can be used effectively in these patients.Presence of the mutation does not always mean that these medications cannot be used. The mutation in G13D might still have benefit with Cetuximab (still under investigation).Worth discussing with your Oncologist.
  • The Cost of Cancer Drugs from CBS News

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Amazing bit of journalism. Worth a watch. More about this soon.CBS news: Cost of Cancer Drugs
  • Web site creation

    5 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I am trying to create a website to link everything together. Fascinating project. Found a website creation site - and then had to think of a site name. Harder than I thought. The content creation is great. Am loving it as of now.Project underway.
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