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  • Researchers shed light on how diet influences cancer development

    Lung Cancer News From Medical News Today
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Researchers find that switching from a low- to high-calorie diet can either reduce tumor growth or encourage it, depending on when the dietary change is made.
  • Testosterone may contribute to colon cancer tumor growth

    Colon Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    Evidence suggesting that the male hormone testosterone may actually be a contributing factor in the formation of colon cancer tumors has been discovered. "Previously, scientists believed that female hormones may have lent some sort of protection against tumor susceptibility," the lead researcher said. "However, by showing that removing testosterone from rats leads to a drastic decrease in colon cancer susceptibility, it appears that male hormones may actually contribute to colon tumor growth rather than female hormones being protective."
  • New Oncotype DX® data further demonstrate the practice-changing impact of the test in guiding the treatment of early stage breast cancer

    Breast Cancer News From Medical News Today
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Genomic Health announced presentation of the first prospective outcomes data from a large adjuvant study with the Oncotype DX breast cancer test at the recent 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer...
  • Scientists link proteins that keep cells multiplying to cancer

    Breast Cancer News From Medical News Today
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Researchers find a family of RNA-binding proteins known as Musashi proteins - that can change and lock cells into a proliferative state - may be involved in cancer regulation.
  • Cells identified that enhance tumor growth and suppress anti-cancer immune attack

    Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    A study has identified the population of white blood cells that tumors use to enhance growth and suppress the disease-fighting immune system. The results mark a turning point in cancer immunology and provide the foundation for developing more effective immunotherapies.
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  • Cells identified that enhance tumor growth and suppress anti-cancer immune attack

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    A study has identified the population of white blood cells that tumors use to enhance growth and suppress the disease-fighting immune system. The results mark a turning point in cancer immunology and provide the foundation for developing more effective immunotherapies.
  • Latest evidence on using hormone replacement therapy for treating menopausal symptoms

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Hormone replacement therapy is the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms, in particular for younger women at the onset of the menopause, suggests a new review, which highlights that menopausal symptoms, including hot flushes and night sweats are common, affecting around 70% of women for an average of 5 years but may continue for many years in about 10% of women.
  • Scientists identify new, beneficial function of endogenous retroviruses in immune response

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    Endogenous retroviruses play a critical role in the body's immune defense against common bacterial and viral pathogens, researchers have found. Retroviruses are best known for causing contagious scourges such as AIDS, or more sporadically, cancer.
  • Mutations need help from evolution to cause cancer

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    In addition to DNA damage, cancer depends on the slow degradation of tissue that allows cancer cells to out-compete healthy cells, a new study shows. "We show that mutations, although necessary, cannot promote blood cancer development without an age-altered tissue microenvironment," the researchers write.
  • Scientists map out how childhood brain tumors relapse

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    The unique genetic paths that the childhood brain tumor medulloblastoma follows when the disease comes back has been mapped out, researchers report. Scientists looked at biopsies from the relapsed tumours of 29 patients. They found a range of changes that only appeared when the disease returned and were responsible for the cancer becoming more aggressive.
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    Breast Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • How breast cancer cells break free to spread in body

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    More than 90 percent of cancer-related deaths are caused by the spread of cancer cells from their primary tumor site to other areas of the body. A new study has identified how one important gene helps cancer cells break free from the primary tumor.
  • Orphan receptor proteins deliver two knock-out punches to glioblastoma cells

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    Two related proteins exert a lethal double whammy effect against glioblastoma cells when activated with a small molecule. Scientists say when activated, one protein, called the short form, stops glioblastoma cells from replicating their DNA, and the other, called the long form, prevents cell division if the DNA has already been replicated.
  • Diagnostic screening: Microwave imaging of the breast may be better and safer

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Although currently available diagnostic screening systems for breast are effective at detecting early signs of tumors, they are far from perfect, subjecting patients to ionizing radiation and sometimes inflicting discomfort on women who are undergoing screening because of the compression of the breast that is required to produce diagnostically useful images. New research suggests a better, cheaper, and safer way to look for the telltale signs of breast cancer may be with microwaves.
  • New study finds promising drug doubled positive effect in hormone-receptor positive breast cancer

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    In a groundbreaking study that offers new hope for women with advanced breast cancer, researchers have published final clinical trial results that showed the amount of time patients were on treatment without their cancer worsening (called progression-free survival) was effectively doubled in women with advanced breast cancer who took the experimental drug palbociclib.
  • Breast density helps better predict breast cancer risk

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    Adding a measurement of breast density better predicts women's risk for breast cancer, a study has found. The study evaluated the association between risk factors and breast cancer diagnosis based on more than 3,400 women who received digital mammograms, including women diagnosed with breast cancer and women not diagnosed with breast cancer between 2003 and 2013.
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    MD Anderson Cancer Center - News Releases

  • Texas legislators Invest In Ovarian Cancer Research at MD Anderson

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The KK125 Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, established by State Rep. Ken King (R-Canadian), District 88, and State Rep. Kyle Kacal (R-College Station), District 12, has donated $50,000 to ovarian cancer research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
  • MD Anderson, UnitedHealthcare Launch New Cancer Care Payment Model

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and UnitedHealthcare have launched a pilot to explore a new cancer care payment model for head and neck cancers that focuses on quality patient care and outcomes. The collaboration is among the first using bundled payments in a large, comprehensive cancer center.
  • Diagnostic Tool Reduces Chemotherapy Rates Post-Surgery In Women With Breast Cancer

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    In what's believed to be one of the largest population-based studies of Oncotype DX ever conducted, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have found that the commercial diagnostic tool, Oncotype DX, was associated with a decrease in chemotherapy use in younger patients, but not in those over 66 years of age.
  • MD Anderson applauds FDA approval of HPV vaccine

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of a new vaccine that targets five additional strains of human papilloma virus (HPV) fortifies a proven cancer-prevention weapon, according to Ronald A. DePinho, M.D., president of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. 
  • PRM-151 Therapy Well Tolerated In Patients With Advanced Myelofibrosis

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    A study that investigated the potential of the compound PRM-151 (PRM) for reducing progressive bone marrow fibrosis (scarring) in patients with advanced myelofibrosis has shown initial positive results. Myelofibrosis is a life-threatening bone marrow cancer.
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    Prostate Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • How does prostate cancer form? Parkinson's Link?

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
    The cause of prostate cancer may be linked to Parkinson’s disease through a common enzyme family called sirtuins. Finding an enzyme that regulates this process could provide excellent new prevention approaches for this common malignancy, researchers say. Sirtuin enzymes have been implicated in neurodegeneration, obesity, heart disease, and cancer.
  • New class of synthetic molecules mimics antibodies

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    The first synthetic molecules that have both the targeting and response functions of antibodies have been crafted by scientists. The new molecules -- synthetic antibody mimics -- attach themselves simultaneously to disease cells and disease-fighting cells. The result is a highly targeted immune response, similar to the action of natural human antibodies.
  • Testing for drug-resistant bacteria before prostate biopsy can reduce infections

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    Some infections after prostate biopsy due to drug-resistant Escherichia coli can be thwarted by simple rectal swab cultures prior to the procedure. The cultures test for antibiotic-resistant E. coli, and the findings are used to direct the selection of antimicrobial prophylaxis used for the procedure, according to researchers.
  • Measuring the malignancy of prostate cancer

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    A protein that influences the epigenetic characteristics of tumor cells is directly linked to the grade of malignancy of prostate cancer. This key discovery has been made by a team of scientists in a study of 7,700 samples of tumor tissue. The detection of this biomarker may serve as an indicator of the likelihood that the disease may take an aggressive course, and may thus be helpful in choosing an appropriate treatment.
  • Agent prevents prostate cancer growth, spread in animal studies

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    Researchers have completed a critical step in the journey from a basic science discovery in the lab to a potential clinical application by showing an experimental agent prevents tumor growth and spread in mice with prostate cancer harboring a common chromosomal abnormality. The agent, YK-4-279, is the first drug targeted at the chromosomal translocations found in about half of prostate cancer cells.
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  • My Words Are In Mumbai

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    On November 12, 2014, I received this email: Hi. I am a journalist from Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India. I have followed your blog for years. It wasn’t by chance that I saw it. Since my sister was first diagnosed and passed away three years after complications from breast cancer in 2000, I have been reading […]
  • You Must Read “Berlin Dancer,” Yo! (GIVEAWAY)

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    I could not get enough of the TV show “Breaking Bad.” I loved everything about it. (Well, not the reminder that meth and murder are real problems in real life.) I was captivated by the characters, the stories within stories, the edge-of-my-seat moments, the humor. Yo. I binge watched that show whenever I could, although […]
  • From Breast Cancer to Berlin Dancer

    30 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    One of my badass breast cancer survivor friends wrote a book. WROTE A BOOK. (Which, in Kindle version, happens to cost just .99 cents right now.) My true test of a good book is making it through the first few pages without putting it down. Cindy Hurst—your book has passed my test, and I cannot wait […]
  • TEN Whole Years

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Ten years ago TODAY, on November 24, my phone rang at 10:00 a.m., and the doctor who had performed my breast biopsy the day before told me that my pathology report was back. “Unfortunately, cancer cells were found,” he said. TEN YEARS. I am lucky.
  • Believe It, Girl

    1 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    That girl. In the pink wig. And the tutu. And the date 8-19-14 written on her shirt. That is my friend Jenn. She received her breast cancer diagnosis just after she returned home from dropping her fifth- and eighth-grader kids for their very first day of school. She rang me shortly after her devastating call arrived. Still in […]
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    Colon Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Bacterial biofilms are associated with colon cancer, imaging technique reveals

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    An imaging technology reveals that bacterial biofilms are associated with colon cancer, researchers report. The discovery draws on a novel way to "see" microbial community structure. Called combinatorial imaging, it could potentially be used to clinically diagnose pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions in the ascending colon.
  • Testosterone may contribute to colon cancer tumor growth

    10 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    Evidence suggesting that the male hormone testosterone may actually be a contributing factor in the formation of colon cancer tumors has been discovered. "Previously, scientists believed that female hormones may have lent some sort of protection against tumor susceptibility," the lead researcher said. "However, by showing that removing testosterone from rats leads to a drastic decrease in colon cancer susceptibility, it appears that male hormones may actually contribute to colon tumor growth rather than female hormones being protective."
  • An unholy alliance: Colon cancer cells in situ co-opt fibroblasts in surrounding tissue to break out

    5 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    Researchers report that they have evidence of a coordinated attack on the basement membrane of human colon cells by cancer cells in situ and CAF cells in the extracellular matrix that begins long before the actual translocation of cancer cells.
  • Innovative 'Tumor in a Dish' Turns Cells Into Cancer

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    Finding faster and more accurate ways to test new cancer drugs is always a priority for cancer researchers. One researcher is hoping to make that happen with his innovative "tumor in a dish" method.
  • One-two punch of drugs better than either alone against colorectal cancer

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    Experimental anti-cancer agents PF-04691502 and PD-0325901 excel in lab tests against colorectal cancer models and enter phase 1 trial, scientists report. "This study demonstrates strong potential for this combination in treating laboratory models of colorectal cancer. We hope that if we can discover biomarkers that predict which tumors respond and which don't respond to the combination that we can optimize its use," one researcher says.
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    EurekAlert! - Cancer

  • A polymorphism and the bacteria inside of us help dictate inflammation, antitumor activity

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (The Wistar Institute) A common polymorphism can lead to a chain of events that dictates how a tumor will progress in certain types of cancer, including a form of breast cancer as well as ovarian cancer, according to new research from The Wistar Institute that was published online by the journal Cancer Cell. The research reveals a more explicit role about the symbiotic relationship humans have with the various bacteria that inhabit our body and their role during tumor progression.
  • Laparoscopic surgery for bladder cancer leads to good long-term cancer control

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Wiley) Long-term survival rates following laparoscopic surgery for bladder cancer are comparable to those of open surgery, according to a study published in BJU International.
  • Cells identified that enhance tumor growth and suppress anti-cancer immune attack

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) A study led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists has identified the population of white blood cells that tumors use to enhance growth and suppress the disease-fighting immune system. The results, which appear in the Dec. 18 edition of the scientific journal Immunity, mark a turning point in cancer immunology and provide the foundation for developing more effective immunotherapies.
  • Mutations prevent programmed cell death

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Technische Universitaet Muenchen) Programmed cell death is a mechanism that causes defective and potentially harmful cells to destroy themselves. It serves a number of purposes in the body, including the prevention of malignant tumor growth. Now, researchers at Technische Universität München have discovered a previously unknown mechanism for regulating programmed cell death. They have also shown that patients with lymphoma often carry mutations in this signal pathway.
  • Machine learning reveals unexpected genetic roots of cancers, autism and other disorders

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering) A Canadian research team led by professor Brendan Frey has developed the first method for 'ranking' genetic mutations based on how living cells 'read' DNA, revealing how likely any given alteration is to cause disease. They use a new 'machine learning' computational technique developed at the University of Toronto to discover unexpected genetic determinants of autism, hereditary cancers and spinal muscular atrophy, a leading genetic cause of infant mortality.
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    Cancer Treatment

  • Food for thyroid thought

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:36 am
    In 1981, I had my thyroid removed. I have no idea what my thryoid numbers were then. I don't even know how much tracking they did of thyroid numbers anyway. I have never really understood thyroid numbers anyway. I know if your numbers are too high, you need to take take more to make them go more
  • FDA Expands Use of Somatuline for Some Neuroendocrine Tumors

    Ross Bonander
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:23 pm
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved lanreotide (Somatuline) for the treatment of patients with unresectable, well or moderately differentiated, locally advanced or metastatic gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). This type of cancer is uncommon. Somatuline is a depot injection. It has previously been approved for the long-term treatment of the hormonal disorder acromegaly. read more
  • How to survive cancer

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    So with a cancer diagnosis, not only are you instantly plunged into cancerland on the roller coaster from hell, your life is more
  • The future of cancer is amazing

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:29 am
    Watch it here. (I can't get the code to center it correctly.)read more
  • Never share prescriptions

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:22 am
    This is a prime example of why to never share prescription medications. A young woman in California took an antibiotic from a friend and ended up with a horrible reaction and is hospitalized with an allergic reaction that took a very nasty turn.Two comments to note: First of all the friend had an antibiotic left from a previous cold. She should have taken all the antibiotic and not stopped it. Second of all, NEVER SHARE PRESCRIPTIONS!read more
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  • 10 Tips for Traveling During Chemo

    14 Dec 2014 | 5:55 pm
      Many cancer patients travel or take a vacation while undergoing chemotherapy, especially during their “off” weeks.  But is it safe?  Where are the best places for cancer patients to travel?  What, if any, precautions should cancer patients take when traveling?  The key to safe traveling during chemo is to think ahead and prepare for any special
  • 5 Ways to Reduce Costs When Traveling for Cancer Treatment

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:51 pm
      To get the best care possible, many cancer patients need to travel out-of-state for treatments, surgeries and even second opinions. Being away from your family and your routine is not only difficult, it’s expensive. One recent study found that people with cancer were 2.65 times more likely to declare bankruptcy than people without cancer. Fortunately, there
  • Can A Health Savings Account Pay Your Cancer Bills?

    7 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Cancer, like any chronic illness, can cause financial distress and even bankruptcy. Research has shown that roughly 65% of cancer survivors – most of whom had health insurance – did not have enough household income to cover treatment-related expenses and 1/3 of cancer survivors reported they were less financially secure after treatment than before*.  Yikes!  These statistics are frightening. One
  • College Scholarship for Gastro-Esophageal Cancer

    30 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Deanna’s Wish Memorial Scholarship has been established to help students whose lives have been affected by Gastro-Esophageal Cancer attend college.  This $1500 scholarship was created by The DLH Foundation, a one-stop informational resource for patients and caregivers touched by gastro-esophageal cancers. The website includes information on treatment options, nutrition and clinical trials. Deanna’s Wish Memorial Scholarship is available to deserving students
  • 10 Ways to Help Siblings of Cancer Patients

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:05 pm
      Cancer has a profound effect on the entire family, especially when it’s a child whose been diagnosed.  While everyone is understandably focused on the care of the ill child, it’s natural for siblings to feel anxious, neglected, scared and even resentful at times.  MD Anderson‘s website offers great advice via podcast on how to tell children that sibling has cancer.  Click HERE to listen
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    Cancerwise | Cancer blog from MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Our experts' most helpful insight from 2014

    Cancerwise Blogger
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    No matter where you are in your cancer journey, you're likely curious about cancer prevention and treatment. Or, maybe you're trying to figure out how to manage an unexpected side effect or whether or not you can exercise during cancer treatment. Whatever the case, you're sure to find wisdom, guidance and hope in the insight of our doctors and other experts, many of whom shared their expertise here on Cancerwise and in our Cancer Newsline podcast series in 2014.Below, we've pulled together some of the most helpful insight and advice our doctors and other experts shared this past year. We hope…
  • Best of Cancerwise 2014: 30 ways to make life better for someone with cancer

    Cancerwise Blogger
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Want to make life a little easier for someone facing a cancer diagnosis? Or, just not sure what to say or how to make them smile? According to our patients, survivors and caregivers, it's not as hard as you might think.This past year, our bloggers and members of our Facebook community shared plenty of great suggestions on what to say and how to help cancer patients and caregivers. Here's some of the best advice they shared in 2014.19 ways to help someone with cancerMost cancer patients are used to people saying, "Let me know if I can help." But if you really want to help someone dealing with…
  • Best of Cancerwise 2014: Stories of hope

    Cancerwise Blogger
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Throughout the past year, our cancer patients have shared stories of their challenges and trials while revealing their determination, spirit and strength. These stories give us all what we could always use a little bit more of: hope. Here are some of our most inspiring stories of hope from 2014.Infant leukemia survivor reflects on the hospital that raised meA few months after 9-month-old Ivana Camarillo was diagnosed with infant leukemia, she received a cord blood transplant. Now, at age 15, she's helping other kids with cancer. "Most people wonder why I do this and why I haven't just left…
  • Remembering my first Christmas with AML

    Cancerwise Blogger
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:48 am
    By Gillian KruseMy acute myeloid leukemia (AML) diagnosis came completely out of the blue for me. During the Thanksgiving holiday in 2010, I got my first annual physical in a few years simply because I'd recently started my first full-time job with benefits after graduating from college. In less than two weeks, what started as some slightly concerning bloodwork results turned into "You have an appointment at MD Anderson tomorrow morning." Much of the afternoon and evening after I received my AML diagnosis was a blur for me, but I distinctly remember sitting on the floor in my living room and…
  • How our busy employees get exercise

    Cancerwise Blogger
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Lindsey Garner No matter how you like to get your heart rate up and work up a sweat, exercising for at least 30 minutes every day can help lower your chances for many common cancers. If you're looking for ways to get your 1/2 hour in, check out how some of our busy employees stay active.Triathlon training"I like to exercise with a triathlon coach to prepare for my long distance races. It helped me prepare to swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles for IRONMAN Texas 70.3 and IRONMAN Florida 70.3. Now I'm training for my second IRONMAN Texas 140.6, which includes a 2.4-mile swim,…
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    Mesothelioma News Center | Latest in Asbestos & Mesothelioma News

  • Asbestos Found on Rottnest Island Angers Activists, Medical Community

    Lorraine Kember
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    The discovery of asbestos near vacation bungalows on Rottnest Island, an idyllic Western Australian tourist destination, and the local government's claim that the substance is "low risk" has raised red flags among activists, members of the medical community and other lawmakers. Dr. Michael Gannon, president of the Australian Medical Association (WA), said Rottnest Island authorities downplayed the severity of the asbestos health threat. "It's not zero risk, and it's time for the Rottnest Island Authority to have a look at this accommodation and try to make it zero risk," media reports show.
  • VA Continues to Fall Short for Veterans with Mesothelioma

    Tim Povtak
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    Michael Johnson watched his father, retired U.S. Marine Corps veteran John Johnson, die prematurely almost three years ago from mesothelioma after the VA health care system misdiagnosed and mishandled his case more than once. His biggest point of contention — which ultimately cost his father's life — is that patients within the VA health care system have no way of knowing there is a mesothelioma specialty center that can provide the care they need and likely extend their lives. "It's mind-boggling the way the VA works," Johnson told "If my father had been diagnosed…
  • Landreneau Forging New Path for Mesothelioma Patients in Pittsburgh

    Tim Povtak
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    Renowned thoracic surgeon Dr. Rodney Landreneau once hoped the number of pleural mesothelioma patients would have declined significantly by now — decades after the widespread use of asbestos dropped dramatically in America. But his hope never materialized. Landreneau, a mesothelioma and lung cancer specialist, and pioneer in treatment advances, remains in high demand today. Last month, he moved back to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he helped carve his reputation as a surgical innovator 25 years ago. "Unfortunately, there still are a lot of patients being diagnosed with…
  • Vegetable Compound May Reduce Mesothelioma Treatment Side Effects

    Joey Rosenberg
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    For a cancer as rare and difficult to treat as mesothelioma, innovative thinking is vital to making progress that helps survivors live longer and feel healthier. While experimental therapies for this disease have harnessed genetically modified viruses, leopard frog eggs and laser-activated drugs, innovation doesn’t always come from exotic sources. Sometimes treatment breakthroughs are hiding in plain sight. Take the veggies on your dinner plate, for example. A research team has reported an anti-cancer vegetable compound called PEITC could have interesting therapeutic benefits for pleural…
  • New Drug Ofev Gaining Momentum in Fight Against Mesothelioma

    Tim Povtak
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    Mesothelioma patients battling shortness of breath — a symptom that makes everyday activities increasingly difficult — may soon find relief with nintedanib, a new anti-cancer drug shown to relieve respiratory distress. Nintedanib recently received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a lung scarring condition with similarities to asbestosis. German-based drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim markets the drug under the brand name Ofev. The European Commission also granted the marketing of the drug as Vargatef for use…
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    Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

  • Is a Clinical Trial Right for Me?

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We often discuss the results of clinical trials so let’s discuss clinical trials in more depth: who participates, what’s being tested, how clinical trials change treatment of future mesothelioma patients. Clinical trials often form the foundation for treatments given to most cancer patients. Physicians design some clinical trials to identify a disease mechanism. Other clinical trials test whether treatment A is better than treatment B: a clinical trial compares their efficacy--how well the tumor is killed, how long before a tumor begins growing again, the patient’s length of survival or…
  • BAP1 Genetic Mutation and its Positive and Negative Effects on Mesothelioma

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    While a cure for mesothelioma does not exist currently, doctors are working tirelessly to gain a greater understanding of genetic cues that can potentially lead to a cure for mesothelioma. Understanding genetic cues, like genomic mutations, can inform doctors of how mesothelioma develops in patients, which could lead to earlier detection of the disease and creation of individualized treatments for improved prognoses for patients.The BAP1 mutation has been studied and identified as a marker for an increased likelihood of mesothelioma development in people exposed to asbestos, while also being…
  • Advocate of the Month - December 2014

    MCA Warrior Stories
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Francesca Govier for sharing her story with our community as December's Advocate of the Month. Francesca's dad passed away after battling mesothelioma and taught Francesca about appreciating her family and being a strong woman at a young age. Share Francesca's story and spread her message of love and support to the cancer community.MCA: Tell us a little about your experience with mesothelioma.Franceca: Before the start of 2011, I had never even heard of mesothelioma. I probably couldn't have even guessed what the word meant back then. But…
  • The Importance of a Second Opinion

    Jennifer Lucarelli
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Quite frequently, patients may receive a cancer diagnosis from their primary care physician or a doctor at the local hospital rather than from an oncologist specializing in mesothelioma.If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma you should consider getting a second opinion from a mesothelioma specialist. A second opinion is a medical review by an independent physician of the first physician’s diagnosis and/or treatment protocol. It is a standard medical practice to seek a “medical consult.”A second opinion by a mesothelioma specialist will ensure that you can be…
  • Talcum Powder as a Cause of Mesothelioma?

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A woman came down with mesothelioma but she could not recall any obvious source for exposure to asbestos. Neither she nor any family member worked in a shipyard. No asbestos insulation was reported in her house. The roads did not contain any gravel containing asbestos fibers.One possibility was that she had used a type of talcum powder as long as she could remember.Woman's Lung Tissue Contained Asbestos FibersGordon et al 20141 recently analyzed the type of fibers in 50 samples of her brand of talcum powder. The age of the samples ranged from 50 years ago to those purchased within several…
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  • Habits of Healthy People

    Fredda Branyon
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:24 am
    Have you ever noticed that seemingly healthy people have commonalities in some of their habits in what they eat, what they do, and how they think? There is that correlation among what you do, what you think, and what you eat in being healthy? Do you agree with that? Well, it’s worth a look – as they say, health and happiness are the real wealth in our lives, and of course, family and friends. Health is the only wealth that if we have, can help us attain a longer life to enjoy the good things in life. Here are some habits of some people that we can call healthily happy. HAVE ENOUGH…
  • Physical and Psychological Symptoms of Work-related Stress

    Fredda Branyon
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:20 am
    Work has been defined as “any mental or physical activity as a means of earning compensation or wage”. As such, with the physicality and mental alertness needed in various types of work or occupations, one can experience stress due to various factors that are involved in one’s work. This can be due to heavy work load, job insecurity, long hours at work, or misunderstanding with one’s superior. But, how will you know if you have reached the threshold of stress? How will you know you are in fact, stressed in the first place? There are symptoms that determine you are stressed in your…
  • Boosting your Immune System

    Fredda Branyon
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:12 am
    I came across an infographic that I think it very timely for the season. If you’re in a cooler state – specifically one where snow sets in at an early date, you will have to boost your immune system because as they say, when winter comes, so does several illnesses. Dr. Fredda Branyon has dedicated her life to the advancement of complementary medicine, and has worked diligently to educate both patients and physicians on the true power of hope. Throughout her illustrious career, she has studied with some of the world’s most renowned alternative oncology experts from Germany, Israel,…
  • Some of the Top Stressors at Work

    Fredda Branyon
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Work eats up most of our weekdays, at the minimum, 8 productive hours each day or at least 1/3rd of our daily schedule, while for some it can be longer hours depending on the nature of the job, one’s work demands, volume of deliverables, commute, and so forth. Given that, we will list some of the top stressors of the work force that adds to the hustle and bustle of work and living.   Image Source: Wikimedia Long Commutes In a given survey, long commute, was one of the top answers of employees that give them most stress.  In fact, it was found that bumper-to-bumper traffic can cause…
  • Types of Food to Avoid During Pregnancy

    Fredda Branyon
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    Pregnancy is one of the most challenging times for a pregnant woman. Challenging because there are many restrictions, food being one of them. Nutrition is of utmost importance for the mother and for the fetus, but, you must also consider that not all food items are safe and healthy for you and your baby. There are actually some foods you must really avoid. Here is a list of some of them: - Eggs Eggs may be considered staple for anyone’s breakfast, but for you, as a pregnant woman, there is a health risk to eating eggs. Eggs can be a source of harmful bacteria called “Salmonella”. Even…
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    Cancer, Medicine and Life

  • Why are mainly old magazines present in a doctors waiting area?

    13 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Great study published in the BMJ
  • Cost of Cancer Care - A Perspective

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Good insight
  • Saying NO to excessive Pharmaceutical Costs

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Hospital says NO to excessive Pharmaceutical costingsThis story has been doing the rounds for a while, and things seem to be getting slightly clearer now. Great stance for these doctors and the hospital to support them to refuse the massive costs of some medications (for minimal extra advantage). What if everyone took a stance against these costs? Is that feasible? Is it wise?Worth thinking about.
  • Single Best Medical Resource

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    I have found that the single best medical resource that I use is UpToDate.www.uptodate.comFull access is expensive, but it is definitely worth the money spent. Online, Desktop and mobile phone access is available.There is a cheaper version for doctors-in-training or if you buy access in groups.
  • Patient data: can we use it better?

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
     Great video about patient data. Innovative ways to making data work better for everyone.
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    City of Hope Breakthroughs

  • Leukemia drug gets FDA approval due, in part, to City of Hope researcher

    Darrin S. Joy
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    A new therapy is offering hope to patients with a certain form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The drug recently received approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, thanks in part to studies conducted by Anthony Stein, M.D., at City of Hope. City of Hope’s Anthony Stein, M.D., helped gain approval for a new leukemia drug, giving clinicians a new treatment option for patients diagnosed with a highly aggressive cancer for which there are limited treatment options. The drug Blincyto, also known by its generic name of blinatumomab, is a bispecific T-cell engager, or BiTE. An…
  • Heartburn or esophageal cancer? 8 questions and answers

    Denise Heady
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Too often, the symptoms of esophageal cancer are mistaken for those of more benign conditions. That’s an easy mistake to make because many people do experience such symptoms every now and then, including trouble swallowing, hoarseness, coughing, frequent vomiting or hiccupping, even the more alarming chest pain or the feeling that food is getting struck in the throat. Heartburn or esophageal cancer? Coffee and peppermint, along with a host of other foods, can boost the risk of heartburn. That, in turn, can boost the risk of  esophageal cancer. Knowing whether such symptoms are caused…
  • Why don’t cancer cells starve to death? Researcher aims to find out

    Darrin S. Joy
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Cancer cells are voracious eaters. Like a swarm of locusts, they devour every edible tidbit they can find. But unlike locusts, when the food is gone, cancer cells can’t just move on to the next horn o’ plenty. They have to survive until more food shows up — and they do. City of Hope researcher Mei Kong has received a $1.7 million National Cancer Institute grant to understand how cancer cells avoid starvation during their self-caused famines. Mei Kong, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Cancer Biology, recently received $1.7 million from the National Cancer Institute to…
  • Inspiring Stories: Nurse is also colon cancer survivor

    City of Hope
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    On Jan. 1, 2015, six City of Hope patients who have journeyed through cancer will welcome the new year with their loved ones atop City of Hope’s Tournament of Roses Parade float. The theme of the float is “Made Possible by HOPE.” The theme of the parade is “Inspiring Stories.” Representing City of Hope’s nursing and clinical care teams will be Anne Bourque, R.N., clinical nursing director in the Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation. But Bourque also has her own patient story to tell. Here, the 35-year veteran of City of Hope…
  • Oral cancer patient, 25, now urges others: Demand answers to symptoms

    Denise Heady
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    When 25-year-old Angelina Mattos was diagnosed with Stage 4 oral cancer earlier this year, she learned that her only hope of survival was through the removal of her tongue, a surgery that leaves people without the ability to talk or eat normally, sometimes permanently ending their ability to speak. Tongue cancer incidence rates are increasing in women ages 18 to 44. Angelina Mattos, right, was initially misdiagnosed; now she urges people with symptoms to be their own advocates. She’s shown here with Ellie Maghami, chief of head and neck surgery at City of Hope, who warns that oral…
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    Living Fit, Healthy and Happy (SM)

  • Bleating Heart Cheese Recall Various Cheeses Due Health Risk

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    by Joseph According to a press release posted on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) website, Bleating Heart Cheese (BHC) is voluntarily recalling various sheep milk and cow’s milk cheese produced in late May, late June and early July of 2014, because sampling by the (FDA) found the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in at least one sample of the following cheese products: “Ewelicious Blue” – natural rind, aged 2 – 3 months, identifying code 14-0618 on the bottom side of the label. “Fat Bottom Girl” - natural rind, aged 2 – 3 months, identifying code 14-0702 on the bottom…
  • Breast Cancer in Poor Women - Later Diagnosis

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Breast Cancer in Poor Women - Later Diagnosis Submitted by: Heather MacGibbon. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians report for 2011 shows that later detection of breast cancer in poor woman has lead to a higher mortality rate then that of non poor women – who generally receive more frequent screenings. "In general, progress in reducing breast cancer death rates is being seen across races/ethnicities, socioeconomic status, and across the U.S.," said Otis W. Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. "However, not all women have benefited equally. Poor women are now…
  • Flat Creek Farm & Dairy Recalls Cheese Due To Possible Health Risk

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:27 pm
    by Joseph According to a press release posted on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) website, Flat Creek Farm & Dairy of Swainsboro, GA has recalled 3 lots of cheese due to potential contamination with Salmonella. According to the press release the recalled cheese lots have the following lot codes: 140802XAZ (Aztec Cheddar) 140702XAZ (Low Country Gouda voluntary recall) 140725XGO (Aztec Cheddar voluntary recall The lot codes can be found on the front of the packages. According to Flat Creek records, as of November 25, 2014 all of the purchasers have been notified and all but 1.5…
  • Giant Eagle Recalls Apple Pistachio Salad With or Without Chicken Due To Possible Health Risk

    14 Dec 2014 | 6:57 pm
    by Joseph According to a postng on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) website, Giant Eagle is recalling Giant Eagle Apple Pistachio Salad and Apple Pistachio Salad with Chicken because these salads might contain fresh cut Gala red apples that have been recalled by Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. due to potential contamination by Listeria monocytogenes. The recall is being implemented because samples of red apple slices produced by Del Monte and collected by the Division of Food Safety of the Ohio Department of Agriculture tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes…
  • Having Fun and Good Health Through the Holidays - Exercise Well

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Having Fun and Good Health Through the Holidays - Exercise Well Submitted by: Lynda Enright As the holiday months are upon us, I am focusing my articles on managing your healthy lifestyle and arriving at January 1 feeling great! This is definitely a challenging time of the year for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Not only are the holidays filled with endless opportunities for eating, finding the time for regular exercise may be an added challenge. Plan ahead So, how can you continue the healthy habits you created the rest of the year? #1 – Make a plan! Physical activity is...
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