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  • Therapy-resistant breast cancer mechanism revealed

    Breast Cancer News From Medical News Today
    26 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Mitsuyoshi Nakao, Director of the Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics in Kumamoto University and Associate Professor Noriko Saitoh revealed that a cluster of defined, non-coding RNAs are...
  • Scientists identify key to preventing secondary cancers

    EurekAlert! - Cancer
    26 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Sheffield) Leading scientists from the University of Sheffield and University of Copenhagen have identified a possible key to preventing secondary cancers in breast cancer patients, after discovering an enzyme which enhances the spread of the disease.
  • Molecule designed to treat lung cancer shows promising results in mice

    Lung Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    20 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    A new therapy for lung cancer, the most common cancer worldwide, has been identified by researchers. The team's study primarily focuses on lung cancer, yet further studies are ongoing in multiple cancer types, including breast cancer, prostate, sarcoma and colorectal cancer.
  • Scientists identify key to preventing secondary cancers

    Breast Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    27 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    Breast cancer is a disease that commonly spreads to other areas of the body; the most common site for the disease to spread is the bone. Leading scientists have identified a possible key to preventing secondary cancers in breast cancer patients, after discovering an enzyme that enhances the spread of the disease. They also report that an existing class of drugs for osteoporosis could stop the spread of the disease.
  • Researchers discover molecular approach to promote cancer cell death

    Lung Cancer News From Medical News Today
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Lung cancer researchers at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University have discovered a novel strategy to exploit apoptosis, a form of programmed cell death, for the treatment of lung cancer.
 
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    Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Importance of clinically actionable results in genetic panel testing for cancer

    27 May 2015 | 3:09 pm
    While advances in technology have made multigene testing, or 'panel testing,' for genetic mutations that increase the risk of breast or other cancers an option, authors of a review say larger studies are needed in order to provide reliable risk estimates for counseling these patients.
  • Diagnosing cancer with lumninescent bacteria: Engineered probiotics detect tumors in liver

    27 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Engineers have devised a new way to detect cancer that has spread to the liver, by enlisting help from probiotics -- beneficial bacteria similar to those found in yogurt. Using a harmless strain of E. coli that colonizes the liver, the researchers programmed the bacteria to produce a luminescent signal that can be detected with a simple urine test.
  • Tumor surroundings are shown to affect progression of different cancer subtypes

    27 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    Our environment can have a major impact on how we develop, and it turns out it's no different for cancer cells. A team of researchers reports that two different mouse models of breast cancer progressed differently based on characteristics of the tumor microenvironment -- the area of tissue in which the tumor is embedded.
  • Study could explain why ovarian cancer treatments fail

    27 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    Ovarian cancer cells can lock into survival mode and avoid being destroyed by chemotherapy, an international study reports. The research used whole genome sequencing to analyse tumor DNA samples from 91 patients with high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSC).
  • Researchers identify origin of chromosomal oddity in some cancer cells

    27 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    Surveys of the genomic terrain of cancer have turned up a curious phenomenon in some tumor cells: a massive rearrangement of DNA in one or a few chromosomes, thought to be produced during a single cell cycle. In a new study, scientists demonstrate how this sudden, isolated shuffling of genetic material -- known as chromothripsis -- can occur.
 
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    Breast Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Importance of clinically actionable results in genetic panel testing for cancer

    27 May 2015 | 3:09 pm
    While advances in technology have made multigene testing, or 'panel testing,' for genetic mutations that increase the risk of breast or other cancers an option, authors of a review say larger studies are needed in order to provide reliable risk estimates for counseling these patients.
  • Tumor surroundings are shown to affect progression of different cancer subtypes

    27 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    Our environment can have a major impact on how we develop, and it turns out it's no different for cancer cells. A team of researchers reports that two different mouse models of breast cancer progressed differently based on characteristics of the tumor microenvironment -- the area of tissue in which the tumor is embedded.
  • Scientists identify key to preventing secondary cancers

    27 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    Breast cancer is a disease that commonly spreads to other areas of the body; the most common site for the disease to spread is the bone. Leading scientists have identified a possible key to preventing secondary cancers in breast cancer patients, after discovering an enzyme that enhances the spread of the disease. They also report that an existing class of drugs for osteoporosis could stop the spread of the disease.
  • False breast cancer alarm has negative impact on health

    27 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    The psychological strain of being told that you may have breast cancer may be severe, even if it turns out later to be a false alarm. Researchers are calling for improving screening accuracy, thus reducing the number of false-positive mammograms.
  • Study suggests using excess stress to kill therapy resistant breast cancer

    26 May 2015 | 11:48 am
    Maxing out the inherently stressed nature of treatment-resistant breast cancer cells thwarts their adaptive ability to evolve genetic workarounds to treatment, according to a study. Looking at tumor progression as essentially an evolutionary process, researchers highlight the feasibility of maximizing cell stress by inhibiting adaptive pathways to cause cell death.
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    MD Anderson Cancer Center - News Releases

  • MD Anderson receives $9 million in CPRIT research funding

    21 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has received more than $9 million in research grants in the latest round of funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The grants were announced Wednesday, May 20. Full details can be found here.
  • Study Finds Biomarker May Boost Ovarian Cancer Chemotherapy Response

    20 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    A molecule that helps control gene expression may play a role in controlling chemotherapy resistance among patients with the most common form of ovarian cancer.
  • MD Anderson Making Cancer History Seminar in Austin rescheduled for June 16

    19 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Renowned oncologists from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center return to Austin June 16 for the institution's well-known Making Cancer History educational seminar, which was rescheduled from March due to inclement weather. Doctors will discuss innovations in personalized cancer therapies, share vital cancer prevention tips and update attendees on breakthroughs made possible by the Moon Shots Program, MD Anderson's unprecedented effort to rapidly reduce cancer deaths and transform care.
  • Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy achieves better overall survival than surgery for early lung cancer

    14 May 2015 | 5:25 am
    Patients with operable stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) could achieve better overall survival rates if treated with Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR) rather than the current standard of care - invasive surgery - according to research from a phase III randomized international study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
  • Variations in liver cancer attributable to hepatitis virus variations

    13 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Significant clinical variations exist among patients with the most common type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), depending on the viral cause of the disease -hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV). These differences suggest that hepatitis status should be considered when developing treatment plans for newly diagnosed patients, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
 
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    Prostate Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Researchers unveil new gene subgroup in prostate cancer

    25 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Prostate cancer researchers have drawn a molecular portrait that provides the first complete picture of localized, multi-focal disease within the prostate and also unveils a new gene subgroup driving it.
  • International study of advanced prostate cancer genome finds potential targets for drug therapy

    21 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    First study of the genomic composition of prostate cancer shows many patients have gene mutations that can be targeted with existing or potential drugs. The finding is based on an analysis of tumor samples from 150 men with metastatic prostate cancer that no longer responded to standard hormone-blocking therapy.
  • Scientists unveil prostate cancer's 'Rosetta Stone'

    21 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    Almost 90 percent of men with advanced prostate cancer carry genetic mutations in their tumors that could be targeted by either existing or new cancer drugs, a landmark new study reveals. Scientists now have created a comprehensive map of the genetic mutations within lethal prostate cancers that have spread around the body, in a paper being hailed as the disease's 'Rosetta Stone.'
  • Australian public not being informed about dangers of medical overdiagnosis

    20 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    A national survey reveals that only one in ten Australians report being told about the risk of overdiagnosis by their doctors, according to research. The increasingly recognized problem of overdiagnosis happens when someone is diagnosed with a disease that will never cause them any harm, often as a result of healthy people being screened for diseases such as breast or prostate cancer. Overdiagnosis can be harmful due to unnecessary labeling and treatment.
  • Researchers focus on potential tool for predicting survival, staging in prostate cancer

    20 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    A molecule that promotes metastasis of advanced prostate cancer to the bone, an incurable condition that significantly decreases quality of life, has been identified by researchers. The research may offer new targets for diagnosing and treating this common disease.
 
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    Lung Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Nanotechnology identifies brain tumor types through MRI 'virtual biopsy' in animal studies

    26 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    A tiny drug-delivery system has been invented that can identify cancer cell types in the brain through 'virtual biopsies' and then attack the molecular structure of the disease. The results could be used to deliver nano-scale drugs that can distinguish and fight tumor cells in the brain without resorting to surgery, the authors say.
  • E-cigarette vapor, even when nicotine-free, found to damage lung cells

    26 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    With the use of e-cigarettes on the rise, especially among young people, research to uncover the health effects of e-cigs is becoming increasingly important. In a new study, researchers find that e-cig solution and vapors—even those that are nicotine-free—damage lung health.
  • Researchers discover molecular approach to promote cancer cell death

    21 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    Lung cancer researchers have discovered a novel strategy to exploit apoptosis, a form of programmed cell death, for the treatment of lung cancer. The protein Bcl-2 is a known target for cancer treatment since it allows cancer cells to evade cell death via apoptosis.
  • Molecule designed to treat lung cancer shows promising results in mice

    20 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    A new therapy for lung cancer, the most common cancer worldwide, has been identified by researchers. The team's study primarily focuses on lung cancer, yet further studies are ongoing in multiple cancer types, including breast cancer, prostate, sarcoma and colorectal cancer.
  • Smoking a significant predictor of lung cancer recurrence in survivors

    19 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    A new study has shown that many lung cancer survivors are at high risk for developing another lung cancer or having their cancer return after completing treatment. The study specifically looked at lung cancer survivors from three different institutions who had shown no further evidence of having the disease after completing the required treatment for lung cancer.
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    Colon Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Non-invasive colon cancer screening may be promising for African-Americans, study finds

    18 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    Stool DNA (sDNA) testing, a new non-invasive technology for colon cancer screening, is a promising alternative to colonoscopy for African Americans, according to a new study. According to the results, sDNA sensitivity and specificity of advanced lesions and all adenomas (polyps) in African Americans was similar to or exceeded that of other racial groups, and in some respects, more sensitive than FIT, the other non-invasive screening.
  • Cancer survivors have evolving information needs

    15 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    Judging by the nature and topics of their information seeking, cancer patients' information needs appear to differ depending on the type of cancer they have and where they are in their survivorship.
  • Contraceptive, cholesterol-lowering drugs used to treat cancer

    14 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    The combination of a cholesterol-lowering drug, Bezafibrate, and a contraceptive steroid, Medroxyprogesterone Acetate, could be an effective, non-toxic treatment for a range of cancers, researchers have found.
  • Economic burden of cancer extends into survivorship

    13 May 2015 | 6:11 pm
    The economic burden of cancer extends beyond diagnosis and treatment, and concludes that cancer survivors face thousands of dollars of excess medical expenses every year, a new study concludes. Researchers found the total annual economic burden per nonelderly cancer survivor was $20,238 for colorectal, $14,202 for breast, and $9,278 for prostate cancer. Elderly cancer survivors also bear significant total economic burden (colorectal: $18,860; breast: $14,351; prostate: $16,851).
  • 3D 'organoids' grown from patient tumors could personalize drug screening

    7 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    Three-dimensional cultures (or 'organoids') derived from the tumors of cancer patients closely replicate key properties of the original tumors, reveals a study. These 'organoid' cultures are amenable to large-scale drug screens for the detection of genetic changes associated with drug sensitivity and pave the way for personalized treatment approaches that could optimize clinical outcomes in cancer patients.
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    EurekAlert! - Cancer

  • Scientists identify key to preventing secondary cancers

    26 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Sheffield) Leading scientists from the University of Sheffield and University of Copenhagen have identified a possible key to preventing secondary cancers in breast cancer patients, after discovering an enzyme which enhances the spread of the disease.
  • Promising trial of brigatinib shows all next-gen ALK inhibitors may not be created equal

    26 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Colorado Denver) Phase I/II clinical trial results reported at the American Society for Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting 2015 show promising results for investigational drug brigatinib against ALK+ non-small cell lung cancer, with 58 of 78 ALK+ patients responding to treatment, including 50 of 70 patients who had progressed after previous treatment with crizotinib, the first licensed ALK inhibitor. Progression-free survival in patients previously treated with crizotinib was 13.4 months.
  • Endoscopic removal of spinal tumor with the patient awake at Rhode Island Hospital

    26 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Lifespan) Albert Telfeian, M.D., a neurosurgeon at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital, performed the first reported case of extracting the tumor endoscopically while the 16 year-old patient was awake and under a local anesthetic. The minimally invasive procedure enabled accurate diagnosis, which evaded multiple physicians previously. The case report was published online in the journal, Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, and will appear in the July 2015 issue.
  • ASCO: Trial creates 6 percent weight loss after breast cancer treatment

    26 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Colorado Denver) Obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer. A multi-institutional study presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting 2015 shows that female breast cancer survivors are able to lose weight through modest lifestyle changes.
  • Study could explain why ovarian cancer treatments fail

    26 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Queensland) Ovarian cancer cells can lock into survival mode and avoid being destroyed by chemotherapy, an international study reports.
 
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    Cancer Treatment

  • Aging or health issues

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    27 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    Today I volunteer at a local conference. I have to be there shortly so need to leave asap (and its 6:13 AM as I write this). Its an annual conference for my professional life. I have volunteered there for several years. Maybe 7, maybe 9? I can't remember any more.But this will be the last year. Getting up so early is now difficult for me. And being on my feet for a few hours isn't going to work either. Usually I stay for most of the conference but this year, I'll probably head home after the morning keynote speech.read more
  • The imperfect mammogram

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    26 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    Sometimes I start to think, which can be a dangerous proposition and something that my husband believes I should not do too frequently. One thought that has wandered through my brain is that we make assumptions about mammograms and other medical tests and procedures. I also found an article that agrees with me.read more
  • A weekend away

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    25 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    I took advantage of the long weekend and went camping with my husband and my brother and his four kids. I resisted the urge to bring technology with me and only brought my phone, and then killed the battery. So I was low tech.Now we are back. I have 190 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emails downloading as I type and am facing piles of laundry. (And a nasty bowl of spinach that I left in the microwave instead of bringing it along to reheat for Friday night's dinner). It was nice to get away and hang out with my nieces and nephews.read more
  • Damn those pesky blood tests

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    22 May 2015 | 3:25 am
    Yesterday my plan was to go to my therapist and then get some blood work done for my rheumatologist. The hospital switched to a new software program with a new patient interface. I like the interface because I can see all my upcoming appointments and test results and all sorts of fun stuff.read more
  • FTC Lowers the Boom on Sham Cancer Charities

    Ross Bonander
    21 May 2015 | 5:15 pm
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) along with regulators from 50 states and the District of Columbia have charged four so-called 'US cancer charities' with fraud, and the amount of donations they are accused of diverting is staggering. The complaint, filed in federal court, accuses the following four charities of having diverted over $187 million in charitable donations in order to pay for solicitors, staff salaries, bonuses, and personal expenses: Cancer Fund of America (CFA) Cancer Support Services (CSS) read more
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    CancerHawk

  • FREE College Admissions & Financial Aid Counseling for Teen Cancer Survivors

    Robyn
    18 May 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Ask anyone who has navigated the college admission and financial aid process and they will tell you that the entire process can be overwhelming under the best of circumstances.  Add-in a diagnosis of cancer (past or present) to the equation and the challenges now increase tenfold.  Students grades may have suffered as a result of missed school due to treatments.  A family’s ability to pay for college, much less college counseling and prep services, may be impacted as a result of the unexpected (and at times, massive) bills associated with treating the cancer.  Challenges such as…
  • Questions to Ask Your Radiation Oncologist

    Robyn
    14 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Image credit: 123RF Stock Photo One of the most effective weapons in the war against cancer is radiation therapy as it delivers high-energy beams directly to a specific target.   The American Cancer Society estimates that 2 out of 3 cancer patients will receive some type of radiation treatment as part of or as their entire treatment regimen. Radiation therapy is can be given either with a curative intent (that is, with the hope that the treatment will cure a cancer, either by eliminating a tumor, preventing cancer recurrence, or both) OR it can be given with palliative intent (that is, to…
  • Competitive Sailing Program for Cancer Survivors

    Robyn
    7 May 2015 | 5:50 am
    Photo Credit: Micah Kearns “Well it’s not far down to paradise, at least it’s not for me.  If the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility. Oh the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see, believe me.” ~ Christopher Cross, 1980 There are many physical and mental benefits to spending time outdoors.In fact, research has shown that outdoor sports and adventure activities not only improve physical and mental wellness, but they can also promote recovery and healing.  Just ask Jennifer Hinkel, cancer survivor and founder of Resilience Racing, the…
  • Mother’s Day Giveaway 2015

    Robyn
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    In honor of Mother’s Day, Fifth Season Financial is looking to honor one very special mother with cancer with a $250 gift certificate. Here’s how it works: Visit Fifth Season Financial.com to enter the giveaway.  You can either nominate a remarkable mom or they can fill out the form themselves. Entries must be made on behalf of a person who is: 18 years or older Diagnosed with an advanced cancer A United States citizen or permanent resident Submissions must be received no later than 11:00am on May 6.  One winner will then be selected to receive a gift certificate in the…
  • 2015 College Scholarships for Cancer

    Robyn
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:59 pm
    There are a wide range of organizations and advocacy groups dedicated to helping anyone “affected by cancer” afford a college education.  “Affected by cancer” applies not only to cancer patients and survivors; but it can also include children or siblings of cancer patients and survivors as well as students who have lost a parent to cancer. Visit these sites to see if there is a scholarship opportunity that applies to you… FinAid is a comprehensive source of student financial aid information. Click here for a huge listing of scholarship aid available for…
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    Cancerwise | Cancer blog from MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Coping and hoping during pancreatic cancer treatment

    Cancerwise Blogger
    26 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    By Shannon Magee I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on May 23, 2013. The statistics told me that the prognosis for pancreatic cancer is pretty dismal. But, as I've learned, statistics are not a reason to give up hope. Since my pancreatic cancer diagnosis, I've met a lot of cancer patients and caregivers through myCancerConnection, MD Anderson's one-on-one support program. Together, they have shown me that we all find our own way to cope and to hope as we journey through the darkness. As I've learned from my own experience and from listening to others' stories, keeping hope alive and…
  • 'We had life and it was beautiful'

    Cancerwise Blogger
    26 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    By Joaquin AltenbergWhenever I think about my amazingly brave strong mother, I can't help but thank MD Anderson for the moments they gave us. My mother was 24 when she was diagnosed with advanced stage ovarian cancer. Doctors in our city gave her less than 60 days to live. Luckily, she was in the medical profession and had heard of the work being done at MD Anderson. Enjoying more time togetherI was 6 years old then. I remember she went through a challenging experimental surgery, chemotherapy and numerous other treatments. There were many days we lay together, not knowing if it was the last…
  • What I'll miss after melanoma treatment

    Cancerwise Blogger
    21 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    By Tolley St. Clair One more treatment to go. ONE. MORE. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's been a long road since my melanoma diagnosis, to say the least. Scans, blood work and too many doctors' visits. You know the drill. To say cancer was a wake-up call is putting it mildly. When I received my melanoma diagnosis, I was living and working in San Antonio (hundreds of miles away from my family), and dating someone. Now, a year-and-a-half later, I'm two years out of college, living with my parents (and not working) in Florida, participating in a clinical trial, and single as a…
  • E-cigarette legislation offers new promise for Texas youth

    Cancerwise Blogger
    19 May 2015 | 2:09 pm
    By Clayton BoldtRecently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that e-cigarette use has grown rapidly among teens in the past few years. It may seem encouraging that this rise coincides with a drop in the use of tobacco products among kids. But e-cigarettes may not be harmless.The truth is that we have very limited information on e-cigarettes. Their long-term impacts remain unknown, and we don't yet have enough data to support them as a healthy option.E-cigarettes may create new tobacco usersBecause e-cigarettes are not currently regulated by the FDA, manufacturers…
  • 6 ways to help a cancer patient when you're far away

    Kellie Bramlet
    19 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    For cancer patients and caregivers, the support of friends and loved ones can make a big difference. But when you live in another city or state, this can be hard. There are still ways you can help a cancer patient, though. We asked cancer patients, survivors and caregivers in our Facebook community to share their advice for helping loved ones with cancer from afar. Here's what they said. Stay up to date on your friend or loved one's treatment. Learn as much as you can so you can  understand what he or she may be going though. If your friend is sharing updates through social media or on a…
 
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    Mesothelioma News Center | Latest in Asbestos & Mesothelioma News

  • Russia, India Block Proposal to Restrict Asbestos Exports

    Tim Povtak
    20 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    For the fifth consecutive time, a handful of countries blocked a United Nations proposal that effectively would have restricted the exportation of dangerous chrysotile asbestos. Russia, India, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Cuba and Kyrgyzstan stopped the proposal to put the toxic mineral on the Rotterdam Convention Hazardous Substances list, which would have tightened shipping regulations and likely reduced the spread of asbestos. Although an overwhelming majority of countries represented last week in Geneva, Switzerland, backed the U.N. proposal, there was no unanimous consensus, which the…
  • Study Finds UK Must Improve Mesothelioma Care

    Tim Povtak
    15 May 2015 | 3:12 pm
    The United Kingdom needs a more universal, multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma to improve survival times and overcome the no-hope attitude that too often surrounds this diagnosis. Researchers in the U.K. analyzed 8,740 mesothelioma cases from England and Wales over a five-year period and found a startling variation in how doctors manage the disease, sparking a call for more experienced specialty centers to treat it. Researchers also estimated that the incidence of mesothelioma will continue to rise in the U.K. until it peaks in 2020, despite the…
  • Fish Oil Supplements Could Harm Cancer Patients

    Tim Povtak
    14 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    Taking common fish oil supplements — or even eating a particular fish — may reduce the effectiveness of chemotherapy for cancer patients, including those with malignant mesothelioma, according to a new study. Doctors and scientists from the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam last month found clear, tumor resistance to chemotherapy in pre-clinical models. They determined fish oil can be detrimental. "We currently advise our [cancer] patients not to take fish oil in the days surrounding chemotherapy treatment," lead researcher, Dr. Laura van Hussen-Daenen, told Asbestos.com. "Fish…
  • Immunotherapy Clinical Trial Opens in Chicago

    Tim Povtak
    8 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    Internationally recognized mesothelioma specialist Dr. Hedy Kindler is recruiting patients for what could become a groundbreaking clinical trial at the University of Chicago Medicine's Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her expectations are high. There are 90 different clinical trials in various stages around the country today testing pembrolizumab — the hottest new immunotherapy cancer drug — but only one trial involves malignant mesothelioma. The University of Chicago has it. "This is really exciting," she told the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation last month. "This is an exciting…
  • Woman Wins $13M for Deadly Asbestos in Talcum Powder

    Tim Povtak
    5 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    A California woman won a $13 million lawsuit against Colgate-Palmolive after a jury determined she developed mesothelioma from asbestos in the company's Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder. Judith Winkel, 73, told the court she used the popular scented talcum powder from 1961 to 1976. It wasn't until 1973 that federals laws required commercial talcum products to be asbestos-free. Although researchers have debated the connection between talc and cancer for years, last week's verdict was the first against Colgate-Palmolive for asbestos exposure from commercial talcum powder. Talc, one of the world's…
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    Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

  • My Decade of Survivorship

    Heather Von St. James
    25 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Today is a day I was never meant to live, this year was one I wasn’t supposed to see, this life is one I wasn’t supposed to have.No one ever prepares you to fight for your life. When your reality becomes just that, learning that your existence is not guaranteed, your world becomes something you could have never imagined. I always wanted to be a mother, and after marrying the most amazing man, I was ready to be a parent. We would be a new family. I would become a mother, and find a new kind of unconditional love. After giving birth to our daughter, I was overjoyed. That joy suddenly faded…
  • Clinical trials pave the way for successful mesothelioma treatments

    Dr. Raphael Bueno
    17 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Clinical trials are critical to finding and advancing treatments for mesothelioma patients. Since its inception in 2002, the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has been conducting a series of clinical trials to evaluate various treatment options for patients before, during and after surgery. At any given time, our experts within the IMP are conducting multiple treatment clinical/research trials—with some having lasted over a decade. For certain trials, any patient with mesothelioma who requires surgery is eligible to participate. For other trials, the…
  • 2015 ADAO International Asbestos Awareness Conference Recap

    Cameron Von St. James
    14 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I always look forward to conferences, to me, they’re like a family reunion. They’re a reunion you look forward to. They’re a reunion with the cool relatives you actually like to spend time with. My wife Heather, a mesothelioma cancer survivor, calls conferences cancer camp-- like summer camp, but without the canoeing and backpacking. No matter what we call it, Heather and I always have a great time and make new friends. This year, I was asked to speak at a conference we look forward to a lot-- the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s (ADAO) 11th annual International Asbestos…
  • Leading Cancers in Women: Highlighting Women's Health Week

    Emily Walsh
    12 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This week is National Women’s Health Week, a week intended to make sure that all women and girls take control of their health and begin to lead a healthier life at any age. This week is primarily about education and letting women know how to prevent the diseases most likely to affect them. Although it can be intimidating to consider life changing diseases, the best time to be informed is prior to having an issue or diagnosis. And, as it turns out with many issues in women’s health, taking small steps now to assist in the prevention of disease can drastically reduce your likelihood of…
  • Evaluating Workplace Hazards During Occupational Safety and Health Week

    Brian Turner
    7 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    According to Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970, every employee has the right to know what their potential workplace hazards are. But how do you know what types of hazards you should be really concerned about? This week we’re celebrating the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week by sharing some tips for considering the safety of your workplace.When thinking about the safety of your workplace, think about which hazards are temporary issues that can easily be remedied, which ones are a sign that training may not be up to par, leaving employees at risk, and which ones are…
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  • May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

    primeviewllc
    25 May 2015 | 10:20 pm
    It’s May and it’s Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. The American Academy of Dermatology launches “Who’s Got Your Back” campaign this year to highlight the importance of applying sunscreen at the back, it being the most common location for Melanoma. But what makes this observance significant?   Melanoma News Today writes that, “Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, in which cells within skin moles become malignant (usually due to ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds), with the potential to quickly spread to other parts of the body if…
  • May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

    primeviewllc
    18 May 2015 | 8:32 pm
    With May being the National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, it is but right that you begin thinking of ways (in case you haven’t started yet) to become physically active. According to Shellie Pfohl, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition executive director, “National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is the ideal time for every American to take steps to improve our health by engaging in a healthier and more active lifestyle.” Below are some tips to guide you: Take a break from your usual routine. If you are used to watching TV all day during weekends, why not reduce…
  • Spring Illnesses & How to Avoid Them

    primeviewllc
    11 May 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Pixabay.com The coming of spring feels exciting to most of us. It is the sign that the cold, dark gloom of winter has passed. We begin to enjoy warmer weather, longer days and more sunshine. However, spring brings with it its own health concerns. Be aware of these conditions that many have with the coming of spring, and how to avoid them. Allergies. Spring and fall are the seasons most likely to aggravate symptoms of those with pollen allergies due to the changing of the foliage around us. Symptoms are typically centered in the nose, throat and eyes. Most sufferers find relief from taking…
  • Are Energy Drinks Bad for My Health: Pros and Cons of Energy Drinks

    primeviewllc
    4 May 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Pixabay.com It’s hard to believe that there was a time not so long ago when the local convenience store did not have two or three coolers devoted only to energy drinks. The trend started slowly, with a funny tasting beverage called Red Bull that claimed to give us ‘wings’. Once Red Bull proved a success, a torrent of energy drinks followed. Today they are part of many people’s daily routine. But are they beneficial? Can they be harmful? Here are some things to consider about energy drinks before you decide:   Energy drinks really do increase your energy level. While many dietary…
  • How to Eat Now to Prevent Problems Later

    primeviewllc
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:41 pm
      Pixabay.com   Health scientists and medical researchers have confirmed that there are areas of the world in which people have maximum life spans. These areas are coastal Asia, California, and the Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Sicily. People living in these areas tend to have lifestyles that have proven to contribute to longer-than-average lifestyles. Diet is a major component of these areas, and their diets can tell those of us outside of these areas how we should be eating now to prevent problems later in life. These are the earmarks of the diet that seems to promote…
 
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    Cancer, Medicine and Life

  • Empathy Cards for Cancer Patients (Slate)

    15 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    Beautiful cards with great thoughts http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2015/05/06/empathy_cards_by_emily_mcdowell_are_greeting_cards_designed_for_cancer_patients.html
  • Homeopathy: Scientific review

    15 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    The premium scientific organization in Australia - The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has done a systematic review of homeopathy and found the lack of useful evidence in treating various medical conditions.https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/health-topics/complementary-medicines/homeopathy-review
  • Survivorship

    5 Mar 2015 | 3:40 am
    I recently attended a Survivorship conference. It changed me. Listening to people who have been through chemotherapy or people who have cared for people fighting cancer, does put things in a  different perspective. These are people who are trying their best to make each day count for their loved one.A decade or two ago, we really did not seem to care about long term needs of people going through cancer therapy. Not many survived... so why stress about the long term effects.Now things are different, people are being cured of their cancer. They have to deal with the effects from fingers…
  • Why are mainly old magazines present in a doctors waiting area?

    13 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Great study published in the BMJhttp://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g7262
  • Cost of Cancer Care - A Perspective

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Good insighthttp://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/11/the-punishing-cost-of-cancer-care/?_r=0
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    City of Hope Breakthroughs

  • Cancer Insights: What I’ll be looking for in Chicago – an ASCO 2015 preview

    Sumanta Kumar Pal, M.D.
    27 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is a U.S.-based organization that ties together oncology health care professionals (doctors, nurses and pharmacists) from around the world. The organization’s annual meeting represents a key forum in which scientific breakthroughs in oncology are unveiled. Attendance is nothing short of spectacular – last year, the meeting drew 34,000 attendees with just over half coming from outside of the U.S. ASCO 2015 preview: For a medical oncologist specializing in prostate, kidney and bladder cancer, the annual meeting of the nation’s top…
  • Free app lets blood donors schedule appointments and see impact

    Nicole Levine
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Traditionally, blood donation comes with perks – tokens such as a gift certificate, swag emblazoned with the donor center’s logo or the occasional movie ticket. Carlos Morgan, a regular blood donor at City of Hope, checks the new COH Donate app on his smartphone. Morgan had just given three units of platelets. Kasie Uyeno, manager of Blood Donor Recruitment for City of Hope, knows that’s not what brings donors back to the center again and again. They come for the ability to help others. That understanding sparked her idea for COH Donate: a free app that, in addition to…
  • ASCO 2015: Cancer research brings new and better therapies to patients

    Nicole Levine
    26 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Anyone who tours City of Hope will almost certainly be taken by two key buildings: City of Hope Helford Clinical Research Hospital and the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Cancer Immunotherapeutics & Tumor Immunology. City of Hope scientists will share their cancer research breakthroughs at the ASCO 2015 annual meeting in Chicago. The heart of the campus, in more ways than one, the two buildings are a stone’s throw from each other. The hospital is dedicated to treating cancer patients who are currently fighting their disease, and the research institute to finding the treatments…
  • Lung cancer patient can ‘finally push play on my life again’

    Emily Bennett Taylor
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Lung cancer patient Emily Bennett Taylor with her husband, Miles. Taylor has had “No Evidence of Disease (NED)” for two years. In June 2012, 28-year-old Emily Bennett Taylor was getting ready to celebrate her second wedding anniversary with her college sweetheart when she discovered that she had Stage 4 lung cancer. Taylor was a former college athlete, had led a healthy and active lifestyle and had never smoked. She quickly began treatment at City of Hope and vowed from Day 1 that she would do whatever it took to survive. After eight rounds of chemotherapy, surgery to remove…
  • 23-year-old gave scant thought to skin cancer, then he noticed dark mole

    Samantha Bonar
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Skin cancer” was pretty much the last thing on the mind of a healthy, outdoorsy kid like Tanner Harbin. College student and skin cancer patient Tanner Harbin now gives much more thought to sun safety. That wasn’t the case before his diagnosis with a rare form of cancer. “I like hockey – playing it and watching it,” the 23-year-old from San Dimas said. “I like to go off-roading with my dad – we have a Jeep and we have a cabin up in Big Bear, so we go up there and do stuff like that.” When he’s not palling around with his dad, Harbin works at an Ace Hardware and goes…
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    Living Fit, Healthy and Happy (SM)

  • Whole Foods Market's Oakland Store Voluntarily Recalls Certain Products Due To Undeclared Allergen

    healthy_blogging
    27 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    by Joseph According to a posting on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) website, Whole Foods Market's Oakland store which is located at 230 Bay Place is voluntarily recalling Jivara Lactee Milk Chocolate Valrhona cut and wrap pieces because of undeclared hazelnuts on the product label. The company says the recalled product came in pieces wrapped in clear plastic wrap. The recall includes all Jivara Lactee Milk Chocolate Valrhona cut and wrap pieces packed on dates before May 19th 2015. The UPC code for this product is 250344025508. People who are sensitive to hazelnuts or are allergic to…
  • Aging Exercise Rustles Thoughts Of Aches And Pains

    healthy_blogging
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Aging Exercise Rustles Thoughts Of Aches And Pains Submitted by: Ellen Miller I am still looking for the fountain of youth. I have not found it yet, but I am hoping that it will pop up in a bottle on the grocery shelf at a reasonable price. I doubt it, but there is always hope. On my more realistic days, I like to think that I am drastically slowing the aging process, though not halting it completely. Through my daily exercise routine and nutritional choices, I feel and look younger than other people my age. I know this personally and...
  • Tips to Reduce Tummy Fat

    healthy_blogging
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tips to Reduce Tummy Fat Submitted by: Kya Grace For human beings their body is their first priority. A fit toned body is probably of the primary importance for each and every individual. Tummy flab is characterized by a big wobbly flab on the stomach. According to the statistics of National Center of Health, 142 million Americans lie in the category of overweight people out of which 73 million are overweight men and 30.7 million are obese. Lack of exercise and over-eating are not the only causes of obesity. Eating late at night, poor posture, improper digestion are some of...
  • Weight Loss Surgery Tips

    healthy_blogging
    24 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Weight Loss Surgery Tips Submitted by: Ann Marier If you are one of the many people out there that are looking to have weight loss surgery done, then you need to know that there are many different things that you are going to have to take into consideration before you actually go through with the weight loss surgery. First of all you are going to have to go into your doctor, so that you can get a full examination and so that thus the doctor can tell you how healthy you are at the moment, as this is very important...
  • Important News About A Clinical Trial For Patients With Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    healthy_blogging
    23 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    by Joseph As a CureClick Ambassador I want to share this information with my readers: Eli Lilly is sponsoring a clinical trial for people with stage IV lung cancer. To be more specific this study is for people who have already been treated with chemotherapy. The trial is intended to compare the new investigational medicine versus the standard-of-care treatment with respect to life expectancy outcomes. This research trial could be of great importance to you or someone you know. Information about the clinical trial and eligibility requirements are listed below: TitlePreviously Treated Stage IV…
 
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