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  • Oesophageal Cancer - New Standard of Care

    Cancer, Medicine and Life
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    The standard therapy of offering patients Cisplatin with 5Fluorouracil with Radiotherapy has been around for a long time. Has worked well over time, but not well enough.The recent CROSS study has proven that Carboplatin and Paclitaxel with Radiotherapy (neoadjuvant or definitive) is the new standard of care. It is much more effective for squamous cell cancers as compared to adenocarcinomas (but works well in both conditions).This regimen is well tolerated and most patients complete therapy. I have now changed my clinical practice and use this regimen as the default.
  • 5 Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

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    Robyn
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
      Getting through the holiday season can be difficult under the best of circumstances, but if you or a loved one is facing cancer, the holidays can be especially trying.  For some people, the demands of the season will be physically and emotionally overwhelming. For others, treatments and unpleasant side effects can disrupt long-held traditions. Dana Farber Cancer Institute posted these 5 tips
  • Cheap malaria drug could treat colorectal cancer effectively too, say experts

    Colon Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    A common malaria drug could have a significant impact on colorectal cancer providing a cheap adjunct to current expensive chemotherapy, medical experts say. Colorectal cancer (CRC) makes up about 10 percent of the annual 746,000 global cancer cases in men and 614,000 cases in women.
  • New model of follow up for breast cancer patients

    Breast Cancer News From Medical News Today
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Public health researchers from the University of Adelaide have evaluated international breast cancer guidelines, finding that there is potential to improve surveillance of breast cancer survivors...
  • Overweight, obesity linked to nearly 500,000 new cancers in 2012 worldwide

    Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Researchers estimate that a quarter of all obesity-related cancers in 2012 were attributable to the rising average body mass index (BMI) in the population since 1982, and were therefore “realistically avoidable”. 
 
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  • Overweight, obesity linked to nearly 500,000 new cancers in 2012 worldwide

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Researchers estimate that a quarter of all obesity-related cancers in 2012 were attributable to the rising average body mass index (BMI) in the population since 1982, and were therefore “realistically avoidable”. 
  • Wide gulf in cancer survival between countries, most comprehensive global study to date shows

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Five-year survival estimates have been published for 25.7 million cancer patients diagnosed with one of 10 common cancers and 75,000 children diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia between 1995 and 2009, using individual patient data from 279 cancer registries in 67 countries.
  • Long-term testosterone therapy does not increase risk of prostate cancer

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Testosterone (T) therapy is routinely used in men with hypogonadism, a condition in which diminished function of the gonads occurs. Although there is no evidence that T therapy increases the risk of prostate cancer (PCa), there are still concerns and a paucity of long-term data. In a new study, investigators examined three parallel, prospective, ongoing, cumulative registry studies of over 1,000 men. Their analysis showed that long-term T therapy in hypogonadal men is safe and does not increase the risk of PCa.
  • Vegetable oil ingredient key to destroying gastric disease bacteria

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is strongly associated with gastric ulcers and cancer. To combat the infection, researchers developed LipoLLA, a therapeutic nanoparticle that contains linolenic acid, a component in vegetable oils. In mice, LipoLLA was safe and more effective against H. pylori infection than standard antibiotic treatments.
  • Pathology specialist contributes to debate on breast cancer gene screening

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    What are the risks and benefits of screening for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in the general adult population? An expert has published an invited commentary on this issue.
 
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    Breast Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Pathology specialist contributes to debate on breast cancer gene screening

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    What are the risks and benefits of screening for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in the general adult population? An expert has published an invited commentary on this issue.
  • Gene linked to tamoxifen-resistant breast cancers

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    After mining the genetic records of thousands of breast cancer patients, researchers have identified a gene whose presence may explain why some breast cancers are resistant to tamoxifen, a widely used hormone treatment generally used after surgery, radiation and other chemotherapy.
  • New device may ease mammography discomfort

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
    A new device that may result in more comfortable mammography for women has been created by researchers. According to a new study, standardizing the pressure applied in mammography would reduce pain associated with breast compression without sacrificing image quality.
  • New ways to drain cancer's 'fuel tank' discovered

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    A potential weakness in cancer’s ability to return or become resistant to treatment has been discovered, targeting the ‘fuel’ part of stem cells which allows tumors to grow. By observing cancer stem cells in a lab setting, researchers discovered that mitochondria are especially important for the proliferative expansion and survival of cancer stem cells, also known as 'tumor initiating cells', which would then promote treatment resistance.
  • Study shows mental health impact of breast size differences in teens

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Differences in breast size have a significant mental health impact in adolescent girls, affecting self-esteem, emotional well-being, and social functioning, report researchers.
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  • Taking Up Hiking As A New Hobby

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

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

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

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

  • Eight MD Anderson faculty named as AAAS fellows

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    Their responsibilities may range from exploring the intricacies of biostatistics to bringing new drugs more rapidly to the patient, but eight faculty members from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center all share one honor - being named as Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Novel Regulatory Mechanism For Cell Division Found

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    A protein kinase or enzyme known as PKM2 has proven to control cell division, potentially providing a molecular basis for tumor diagnosis and treatment.
  • MD Anderson, Memorial Hermann Launch Innovative Breast Program

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Memorial Hermann and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have launched operations under their recently formed partnership to offer high-quality, specialized breast screening and diagnostic services at a network of community breast care centers in the greater Houston area.
  • Power Behind 'Master' Gene For Cancer Discovered

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    A study at MD Anderson led by Mong-Hong Lee, Ph.D., a professor of molecular and cellular oncology, has demonstrated the significance of CSN6 in regulating Myc which may very well open up a new pathway for treating and killing tumors. The study results are published in this month's issue of Nature Communications.
  • Metabolic 'Reprogramming' By the p53 Gene Family Leads To Tumor Regression

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    Scientists have found that altering members of the p53 gene family, known as tumor suppressor genes, causes rapid regression of tumors that are deficient in or totally missing p53. Study results suggest existing diabetes drugs, which impact the same gene-protein pathway, might be effective for cancer treatment.
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    Prostate Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Long-term testosterone therapy does not increase risk of prostate cancer

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Testosterone (T) therapy is routinely used in men with hypogonadism, a condition in which diminished function of the gonads occurs. Although there is no evidence that T therapy increases the risk of prostate cancer (PCa), there are still concerns and a paucity of long-term data. In a new study, investigators examined three parallel, prospective, ongoing, cumulative registry studies of over 1,000 men. Their analysis showed that long-term T therapy in hypogonadal men is safe and does not increase the risk of PCa.
  • Selenium compounds boost immune system to fight against cancer

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    Cancer types such as melanoma, prostate cancer and certain types of leukemia weaken the body by over-activating the natural immune system. Researchers have now demonstrated that selenium -- naturally found in, e.g., garlic and broccoli -- slows down the immune over-response. In the long term, this may improve cancer treatment.
  • Prostate cancer researchers develop personalized genetic test to accurately predict recurrence risk

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Prostate cancer researchers have developed a genetic test to identify which men are at highest risk for their prostate cancer to come back after localized treatment with surgery or radiotherapy. "Our findings set the stage to tackle the ongoing clinical problem of under-treating men with aggressive disease that will recur in 30% to 50% of patients due to hidden, microscopic disease that is already outside the prostate gland during initial treatment," says the lead author.
  • Novel molecular imaging drug offers better detection of prostate cancer

    11 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    A novel study demonstrates the potential of a novel molecular imaging drug to detect and visualize early prostate cancer in soft tissue, lymph nodes and bone. The research compares the biodistribution and tumor uptake kinetics of two Tc-99m labeled ligands, MIP-1404 and MIP-1405, used with SPECT and planar imaging.
  • Molecular breakthrough could halt spread of prostate cancer

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:37 am
    Scientists believe a new treatment, shown to be effective in mice, could halt the growth of tumors in patients with prostate cancer. The findings show that targeting a molecule called SRPK1 could stop progression of prostate cancer.
 
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    Lung Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Race, Hospital, Insurance Status All Factors in How Lung Cancer Is Treated

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    African Americans, Hispanics, and those who receive care at a community hospital are all significantly less likely than other patients to receive treatment for early stage non-small cell lung cancer, according to a report. The study is the largest to date looking at treatment received by patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer, an early stage of lung cancer that has not spread to the lymph nodes and is characterized by a small nodules in the lung tissue. Treatment during this early stage offers the best chance for long-term survival.
  • Lung regeneration mechanism discovered

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    A research team reports on the role of certain lung stem cells in regenerating lungs damaged by disease. Their work sheds light on the inner workings of the still-emerging concept of lung regeneration and points to potential therapeutic strategies that harness these lung stem cells.
  • Chromosomal rearrangements help distinguish between independent primary tumors and metastasis

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    A diagnostic test based on chromosomal rearrangements can trace the lineage of lung cancer to determine whether two separate lung cancers in the same patient are independent tumors or a tumor that has spread to another region of the lung, a study has found.
  • Lung cancer screening with low-dose CT could be cost effective

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Lung cancer screening in the National Lung Screening Trial meets a commonly accepted standard for cost effectiveness, researchers report. This relatively new screening test uses annual low-dose CT scans to spot lung tumors early in individuals facing the highest risks of lung cancer due to age and smoking history.
  • Smoking associated with elevated risk of developing a second smoking-related cancer

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    An analysis of five large, prospective cohort studies indicates that lung (stage I), bladder, kidney and head and neck cancer survivors who smoked 20 or more cigarettes a day prior to their cancer diagnoses have an up to five-fold higher risk of developing a second smoking-associated cancer compared to survivors of the same cancers who never smoked.
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  • TEN Whole Years

    Jacki
    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

    Jacki
    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 […]
  • HIS Breast Cancer

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

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

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

  • 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.
  • Power behind 'master' gene for cancer discovered

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    It’s hard to believe, but there are similarities between bean sprouts and human cancer. In bean sprouts, a collection of amino acids known as a protein complex allows them to grow longer in the darkness than in the light. In humans, a similar protein complex called CSN and its subunit CSN6 is now believed to be a cancer-causing gene that impacts activity of another gene (Myc) tied to tumor growth, researchers report.
  • Cheap malaria drug could treat colorectal cancer effectively too, say experts

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    A common malaria drug could have a significant impact on colorectal cancer providing a cheap adjunct to current expensive chemotherapy, medical experts say. Colorectal cancer (CRC) makes up about 10 percent of the annual 746,000 global cancer cases in men and 614,000 cases in women.
  • Need to encourage patients to screen for colon cancer? Try a lottery

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Convincing patients to do an often dreaded colon cancer screening test could just take a little extra nudge – like a chance to win $50. Patients who were told they had a 1-in-10 chance of winning $50 were more likely to complete home stool blood tests that help screen for colon cancer, according to a new study.
  • Scientists find way to reduce ovarian cancer tumors, chemo doses

    13 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    In a potential breakthrough against ovarian cancer, researchers have discovered how to both shrink tumors and improve drug delivery, allowing for lower doses of chemotherapy and reducing side effects.
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    EurekAlert! - Cancer

  • PharmaMar announces US partner Janssen files NDA for YONDELIS for soft-tissue sarcoma

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Pharmamar) Based on a phase 3 trial in which dacarbazine was used in the comparator arm, Janssen has submitted a NDA for YONDELIS (trabectedin) to the FDA for the treatment of patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma, including liposarcoma and leiomyosarcoma, who have received prior chemotherapy including an anthracycline.
  • Why cancer cells grow despite a lack of oxygen

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Goethe University Frankfurt) Healthy cells reduce their growth when there is a lack of oxygen (hypoxia). This makes it even more surprising that hypoxia is a characteristic feature of malignant tumors. In two publications in the current edition of the 'Nature Communications' journal, researchers from Goethe University and the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen report on how cancer cells succeed at circumventing the genetic program of growth inhibition.
  • New insights into breast cancer spread could yield better tests and treatments

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Albert Einstein College of Medicine) A study combining patients' tumor cells with a laboratory model of blood vessel lining provides the most compelling evidence so far that a specific trio of cells is required for the spread of breast cancer. The findings could lead to better tests for predicting whether a woman's breast cancer will spread. The study, led by researchers at the NCI-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center and Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, published today in Science Signaling.
  • Krishnaraj Rajalingam selected to be a fellow of the Gutenberg Research College

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz) The Gutenberg Research College (GRC) of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz has awarded the coveted GRC fellowship to Professor Krishnaraj Rajalingam. In the upcoming years, he will lead a research team at the Research Center for Immunotherapy at Mainz University.
  • Vegetable oil ingredient key to destroying gastric disease bacteria

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of California - San Diego) The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is strongly associated with gastric ulcers and cancer. To combat the infection, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering developed LipoLLA, a therapeutic nanoparticle that contains linolenic acid, a component in vegetable oils. In mice, LipoLLA was safe and more effective against H. pylori infection than standard antibiotic treatments.
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    Cancer Treatment

  • Generic drug prices going up

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:21 am
    Brand name prescription drug prices are sky rocketing. The silver lining for all of us patients is that generic drugs would become available at a much lower price. But now those prices are going up as well.In the US, the government does not negotiate drug prices or mandate generic drug prices - which have been priced based on the cost of key ingredients - the smart way to do pricing instead of basing it on how much it is worth for the patients life (which is another blog post).read more
  • FDA Warns Against Some Use of Morcellators Due to Possible Cancer Spread

    Ross Bonander
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    The US Food and Drug Administration is warning against the use of laparoscopic power morcellators for both hysterectomy and for myomectomy (removal of fibroids) in the majority of women. The warning is meant to reduce the risk of spreading an unsuspected cancer in patients treated for uterine fibroids. This warning is a safety communication and update from a similar one issued in April of this year. read more
  • I find it annoying!

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    Why, oh why, do we have to have stupid pink ribbons everywhere???? Seriously? I knit and crochet and have tables at craft shows locally in November and December each year. Yesterday I was at a show and there were pink ribbons up in the bathroom. Do we need them? Why?Every craft show also seems to have someone who decides to plaster pink ribbons on at least half their crafts. I don't think I would mind it if they were equal opportunity ribbons for all the different types of cancer and not just the pink ones.read more
  • Removing the 'crap shoot' aspect from RA treatment

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:21 am
    Right now when you get diagnosed with rhuematoid arthritis this is the standard procedure:read more
  • There is a huge lesson here for all of us

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    We all have a lesson to learn here. We need to learn to accept our lives for what they are instead of allowing parts of it to cause us stress or depression.I have now read this article three times. Learning to Live with It: Becoming stress free.read more
 
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  • 10 Ways to Help Siblings of Cancer Patients

    Robyn
    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
  • 5 Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

    Robyn
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
      Getting through the holiday season can be difficult under the best of circumstances, but if you or a loved one is facing cancer, the holidays can be especially trying.  For some people, the demands of the season will be physically and emotionally overwhelming. For others, treatments and unpleasant side effects can disrupt long-held traditions. Dana Farber Cancer Institute posted these 5 tips
  • Announcing Cancer Survivor’s Scholarship

    Robyn
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:25 pm
    I’d like to introduce you to yet another new scholarship program for cancer survivors- the first annual Survivors Scholarship- created and funded by The Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik.  This $1000 scholarship is open to any cancer survivor attending college or law school this spring.  The award will be paid directly to the college in the student’s name to
  • Pam’s Angel Kit Gives Comfort & Warmth

    Robyn
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:18 pm
      We all need a little love once in a while… and if you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer and are receiving chemotherapy, check out the Pamela A. Kearby Foundation.   To help provide comfort and alleviate some of the more common side effects caused by chemotherapy, the foundation delivers Pam’s Angel Kits (PAK) to women undergoing treatment for
  • Giving Thanks for this FREE Thanksgiving Dinner

    Robyn
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
      Fifth Season Financial is looking to donate a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings to three patients diagnosed with an advanced cancer and their families. Here’s how it works: Visit Fifth Season Financial.com to fill out the form on the right side of the page.  You can either nominate a patient or they can fill out the form themselves.
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    Cancerwise | Cancer blog from MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • 11 tips for cancer caregivers from our Facebook community

    Cancerwise Blogger
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    At MD Anderson, we consider our cancer caregivers to be cancer survivors, too. After all, our caregivers walk every step of the way with our patients. We asked the cancer patients, survivors and, of course, caregivers in our Facebook community to share their advice for cancer caregivers. Here's what they said. Be patient. Cancer is a journey and can't typically be cured or treated overnight. Make things easier on your loved one -- and yourself -- by setting realistic expectations.Take care of yourself. It's not easy to make time for yourself, but if you'll have a hard time caring for others.
  • 4 holiday party tips for cancer patients

    Cancerwise Blogger
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Kristine KeenyFor many, the holidays mean food and fun with friends and family. But for us cancer patients and survivors, the holidays mean the stress that comes with dealing with all those things. During my sarcoma treatment, I had to go out of my way to avoid small children and anyone who looked like they might have a cold at holiday events. Even now that I've completed sarcoma treatment, I have to avoid a long list of vegetables and all dairy products.  But along the way I've learned how to get by during the holidays. Here are my tips for cancer patients and survivors on staying…
  • Why I'm thankful after my esophageal cancer diagnosis

    Cancerwise Blogger
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Mary GinleyLast fall, I had trouble swallowing. I assumed it was acid reflux and went to the doctor for some swallow tests. My doctor also suspected it was acid reflex. That afternoon, he called to say we were both wrong."It's bad, Mary. It's esophageal cancer. You need an endoscopy and biopsy immediately, and you need to clear your calendar. It's going to be rough."I remember sitting down, stunned. I had never heard of esophageal cancer. While I always go into a mammogram braced for the worst, it hadn't occurred to me that the swallowing tests could reveal something equally serious. After…
  • What my kids should know about sun safety

    Cancerwise Blogger
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Amanda Woodward Sometimes I ponder the inevitable conversation with my kids about my melanoma diagnosis. I know I can dodge the subject for a while and chalk the frequent check-ups up to simply that -- check-ups. At some point, though, I will have to share that "mommy had melanoma" and all that it means. YUCK! Not a day that I look forward to and certainly not something I'm prepared for. But my melanoma journey has taught me a thing or two about sun safety and caring for my skin, and I want to share that knowledge with my kids. Here's a short list of things I hope our kids come to know…
  • A stem cell transplant patient looks to returning home

    Cancerwise Blogger
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Harley Hudson I decided to keep a diary of my stem cell transplant experience so it might help others in preparing for their stem cell transplants. You can read my previous entries here.I used to own a primitive flight simulator that I ran using the keyboard. I could take off and fly any airplane on the list. What I couldn't do was land. I had two problems: I was ignorant of the process, and I was impatient. I had never flown before, so I had no idea what was involved.My stem cell transplant experience -- a part of my chronic lymphocyctic leukemia (CLL) treatment -- was much like using the…
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    Mesothelioma News Center | Latest in Asbestos & Mesothelioma News

  • Genetic Mutation Increases Survival Time for Mesothelioma Patients

    Tim Povtak
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The genetic mutation that increases the chances of developing mesothelioma now is identified as the same one that leads to a dramatic increase in survival time — creating real hope for future therapeutic advances. It's the bad news/good news tumor suppressor gene known as BAP1. "You can look at it two ways," Dr. Michele Carbone, director of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, told Asbestos.com. "At one end, it's a mutation that favors the initial growth of the cancer cells. On the other side now, it's a mutation that somehow impairs the growth of those cells. It could be they are just…
  • Australian Government Will Compensate Residents of Mr. Fluffy Homes

    Lorraine Kember
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    In a landmark decision, the Commonwealth of Australia has offered the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) a concessional loan of $1 billion to mitigate the catastrophic aftermath caused by the notorious Mr. Fluffy insulation product that contained deadly asbestos. The Mr. Fluffy insulation company pumped loose-filled asbestos into the roofing spaces of more than 1,000 homes across the ACT during the 1970s. The company marketed the product as "Asbestosfluf" because of its fluffy appearance. A 1980s government-funded cleanup operation failed to completely remove the asbestos product from those…
  • Mesothelioma Survivor Credits Cannabis Oil Treatment to His Recovery

    Tim Povtak
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    Twelve months ago, doctors told Ruth Ashcraft it was time to look seriously into a palliative care or hospice facility for her husband, Andy, whose health had taken another turn for the worse. He already had surpassed the typical survival time for a pleural mesothelioma patient, and his experimental, clinical trial drug had stopped working. He was struggling to breath and deteriorating steadily. They had just drained more than three gallons of fluid from around his lungs and inside his abdomen. It was time, doctors said. Ruth listened, but she didn't listen very well. She had other plans —…
  • New Skin Cancer-Fighting Drug Keytruda Boosts Mesothelioma Survival

    Tim Povtak
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Help could be on the way for future mesothelioma patients who need it the most. Researchers in Spain are the first to successfully identify a specific protein found only in mesothelioma patients with the shortest survival times. The findings should provide a clearer target for potential therapy advances, giving those cancer patients more of a fighting chance. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this year granted accelerated approval for the drug pembrolizumab, known by its brand name Keytruda, which is designed to target skin cancers. However, the drug also targets…
  • Surgeon David Mason Building Thoracic Program at Baylor in Dallas

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

  • 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?

    Staff
    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…
  • Advocate of the Month - November 2014

    MCA Warrior Stories
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to welcome Amanda Linehan to our blog to share her story of how cancer has affected the lives of her loved ones and the impact it's had on her life. Amanda writes on her blog at Organicglory about living a healthy lifestyle. Read and share her story below.Last month, I joined a friend for his 30th birthday on a fancy dinner cruise around Boston Harbor. It was a magnificent evening, full of great food, dancing, and stunning skyline views. But as we passed by the city’s North End and Charlestown Navy Yard, I couldn’t help but reflect: how did I…
  • How Pleural Effusions Can Help With Early Mesothelioma Diganosis

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

    Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma is cancer that develops in the abdominal cavity (peritoneal cavity), like polka dots on the lining of the intestines and the cavity. Peritoneal cases account for approx. 18%- 20% of all mesothelioma diagnoses,1 with approximately 400 new cases in the USA each year.2Most patients (98%) were exposed to asbestos for an average of 28 years but the exposed time varied greatly (±14 years).2 Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma included abdominal pain and bloating, weight loss, shortness of breath, change to abnormal bowel movements (diarrhea or constipation), and…
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  • 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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ED9YSxgB9w
  • Oesophageal Cancer - New Standard of Care

    10 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    The standard therapy of offering patients Cisplatin with 5Fluorouracil with Radiotherapy has been around for a long time. Has worked well over time, but not well enough.The recent CROSS study has proven that Carboplatin and Paclitaxel with Radiotherapy (neoadjuvant or definitive) is the new standard of care. It is much more effective for squamous cell cancers as compared to adenocarcinomas (but works well in both conditions).This regimen is well tolerated and most patients complete therapy. I have now changed my clinical practice and use this regimen as the default.
  • Some Partners and Cancer Sufferers

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    What is wrong with some guys? I met with three women with cancer in the past two weeks, who were diagnosed with nasty cancer - and their partners have walked out on them (after diagnosis). This is when these women need the maximum amount of support. This is when their world is falling apart... more of it falls apart :(Some of these stories are so sad, that it drives us to despair.This is supposedly delinked from the medical world, but it is absolutely interlinked with our care. If a patient is falling to bits in her/his mind, how can they deal with everything else?The nurses in the Unit are…
  • Immunology for Oncology and Others

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Recently found an excellent Immunology course in Sydney - Immunology for BPTs (Basic Physician Trainees).Held once a year, over a weekend. Covers all the stuff needed for most of us.Immunology is taking over bits of Oncology and thus is vital to understand.www.immunology4bpts.com
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