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  • Ovary removal linked with 62% reduction in BRCA1-related breast cancer deaths

    Breast Cancer News From Medical News Today
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    The benefits of oophorectomy, the procedure to remove the ovaries, are confirmed in a new study published in JAMA Oncology that examines survival among breast cancer patients.
  • Novel therapeutic candidate targets key driver of HCC in genomically defined subset of patients

    Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:57 am
    Findings on a novel therapeutic candidate for a genomically defined subset of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients with an aberrant fibroblast growth factor receptor 4 (FGFR4) pathway have been presented. BLU-554, a small molecule inhibitor of FGFR4, has been identified as a potential treatment option for up to 30 percent of HCC patients.
  • Ovary removal linked with 62% reduction in BRCA1-related breast cancer deaths

    Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    The benefits of oophorectomy, the procedure to remove the ovaries, are confirmed in a new study published in JAMA Oncology that examines survival among breast cancer patients.
  • Proposed breast cancer screening guidelines would increase deaths, experts say

    Breast Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    The breast cancer screening guidelines proposed yesterday by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) would result in thousands of additional and unnecessary breast cancer deaths each year, according to radiologists at Loyola University Health System (LUHS).
  • Toxic Mushroom-based Drug May Help Battle Colorectal Cancer

    MD Anderson Cancer Center - News Releases
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    For some time, cancer scientists have considered the toxin, alpha-amanatin derived from "death cap" mushrooms, as a possible cancer treatment. However, due to its penchant for causing liver toxicity, its potential as an effective therapy has been limited.
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    Prostate Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Trial shows benefit of 'BRCA-targeting' drug in prostate cancer

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    Men with prostate cancer benefit from treatment with the pioneering drug olaparib -- the first cancer drug to target inherited mutations -- according to the results of a major trial.
  • Use of radiotherapy after prostate cancer surgery declining, despite evidence of benefit

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    Despite strong evidence and guidelines supporting its use, post-surgical radiation therapy for prostate cancer patients at risk of recurrence is declining in the United States. This study finds fewer than 10 percent of patients at risk of recurrence received postoperative radiotherapy within six months of surgery in the U.S.
  • A new lease on life for prostate tissue

    19 Apr 2015 | 4:37 pm
    What if a prostate cancer patient could learn which anti-cancer treatments would work best for him without having to swallow a single pill or endure a single intravenous line or injection? Research involving the development of human organoid prostate models could have implications for how future therapy is guided for some of this population.
  • Obesity significantly increases prostate cancer risk in African-American men

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    Obesity in black men substantially increases the risk of low- and high-grade prostate cancer, while obesity in white men moderately reduces the risk of low-grade cancer and only slightly increases the risk of high-grade cancer, according to the first large, prospective study to examine how race and obesity jointly affect prostate cancer risk.
  • After prostate cancer, start walking, experts say

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    Walking at an easy pace for about three hours every week may be just enough physical activity to help prostate cancer survivors reduce damaging side effects of their treatment, according to a new study. "Non-vigorous walking for three hours per week seems to improve the fatigue, depression and body weight issues that affect many men post-treatment," said the lead author of the study. "If you walk even more briskly, for only 90 minutes a week, you could also see similar benefits in these areas."
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    Lung Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Potential new lung cancer therapy

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:24 pm
    New findings about regulation of PD-L1, a protein that allows cancer to evade the immune system, has shown therapeutic promise for several cancers, including the most common form of lung cancer.
  • New subsets of lung cancer with KRAS gene mutations identified

    19 Apr 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Mutations of the KRAS gene are commonly known to lead to cancer. However, deeper understanding of exactly how they do this continues to be explored by cancer researchers. This line of research has the potential to open up new approaches for treatment of lung adenocarcinoma (LUAC), the most common form of lung cancer, researchers say.
  • DNA blood test detects lung cancer mutations

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Cancer DNA circulating in the bloodstream of lung cancer patients can provide doctors with vital mutation information that can help optimize treatment when tumor tissue is not available, an international group of researchers has reported.
  • One in four advanced lung cancer patients tested for EGFR mutations started on first-line treatment before test results available

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    Lack of test results may impact treatment effectiveness and survival, survey in Europe, Asia and US reveals.
  • Smokers underestimate risks of a few cigarettes

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    Many people still dangerously underestimate the health risks associated with smoking even a few cigarettes a day, despite decades of public health campaigning, researchers report. "People who smoke very much tend to underestimate their risks," an investigator said, "and it makes me think that 'denial' is still prevalent. As an oncologist and tobacco control advocate, it amazes me and strikes me as so unfortunate that such lack of knowledge is so prevalent."
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  • Because Cancer Never Sleeps

    11 Apr 2015 | 8:26 pm
    A few little tears filled my eyes when a photo of a luminary (see middle image) arrived via text yesterday from my friend Sharon, who was up all night at the Relay for Life event in Newberry, Florida. (Because cancer never sleeps.) I had no idea this luminary would help light the high school track last night. […]
  • Cancer Messed With My Mind

    16 Feb 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Today, I sat in a chair with a microphone in hand in the front of a classroom filled with 100-plus first-year University of Florida medical students. Dr. Averbuch sat in the other chair, sort of facing me and sort of facing the students whose eyes focused on both of us. Dr. Lynch, my oncologist and […]
  • 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 […]
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    Colon Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Toxic mushroom-based drug may help battle colorectal cancer

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    For some time, cancer scientists have considered the toxin, alpha-amanatin derived from “death cap” mushrooms, as a possible cancer treatment. However, due to its penchant for causing liver toxicity, its potential as an effective therapy has been limited.
  • Long non-coding RNA modulates colorectal cancer metabolism

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA) are unusual in that they don’t encode proteins like normal RNA. Yet they do play a role in regulating cellular functions and interest cancer researchers.
  • Oral milk thistle extract stops colorectal cancer stem cells from growing tumors

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:43 am
    A new study shows that orally administering the chemical silibinin, purified from milk thistle, slows the ability of colorectal cancer stem cells to grow the disease. When stem cells from tumors grown in silibinin-fed conditions were re-injected into new models, the cells failed to develop equally aggressive tumors even in the absence of silibinin.
  • Oncogene regulated by nutrients identified

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    In response to nutrient excess, the MCRS1 protein acts as a 'switch' for mTOR, a protein that is altered in cancer, diabetes and disorders associated with aging. These results correlate with increased MCRS1 protein levels in samples taken from patients with colorectal cancer. Blocking this protein may prove to be an effective treatment for cancer or other diseases associated with mTOR alterations, researchers say.
  • Too much of a bad thing can be good in brain tumors

    7 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    DNA mutations can cause cancer but in some cases, more mutations may mean a better prognosis for patients. A comprehensive genomic analysis of more than 700 brain tumors has revealed one such subtype of the most malignant brain tumor, called glioblastoma, or GBM. This subtype possesses thousands of tumor-specific DNA errors or mutations instead of dozens observed in most glioblastoma cases. It is also associated with longer survival.
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    EurekAlert! - Cancer

  • A 'forest instead of the trees' viewpoint may motivate change after negative feedback

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Society for Personality and Social Psychology) The probability that an individual accepts negative feedback is dependent on construal level and perceived changeability of the feedback domain, according to new research.
  • Drug prices to treat multiple sclerosis soar, point to larger problem

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Oregon State University) A study released today found that drugs used to treat multiple sclerosis have soared in price in the past two decades, in some cases more than 700 percent, even though newer drugs have come to the market -- a process that normally should have stabilized or reduced the cost of at least the older medications. The findings point to a systemic problem in the US pharmaceutical industry that leads to enormous, uncontrolled and rapidly increasing prices for some types of drugs.
  • Theodorescu receives prestigious Barringer Medal

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Colorado Denver) CU Cancer Center Director, Dan Theodorescu, M.D., Ph.D., earns the Barringer Medal from the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons.
  • Diffusion tensor MR tractography effective as quantitative tool, treatment marker response

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (American Roentgen Ray Society) MR tractography may be a reliable quantitative imaging biomarker to assess prostate cancer treatment response to androgen deprivation and radiation therapy.
  • Stem-cell-based therapy promising for treatment of breast cancer metastases in the brain

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Harvard Medical School) Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed an imageable mouse model of brain-metastatic breast cancer and shown the potential of a stem-cell-based therapy to eliminate metastatic cells from the brain and prolong survival. The study published online in the journal Brain also describes a strategy of preventing the potential negative consequences of stem cell therapy.
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    Focused on Health

  • Sugar and cancer: What's the link?

    Focused on Health Blogger
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    by Danielle UnderferthConcerned about sugar? You’re not alone.Many popular diets target this simple carbohydrate as a dietary villain. The volume of information on sugar and health can be overwhelming and sometimes misleading.“Carbohydrates, which break down into glucose, are the primary fuel source for your body. You require a normal level of glucose in your bloodstream to maintain body function,” says Clare McKindley, clinical dietitian at MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center.You get sugar naturally in foods like fruits, vegetables and dairy products, which are packed with…
  • Exercise: Interval training to build a lean body

    Focused on Health Blogger
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    by Brittany CordeiroAre you ready to add some oomph to your exercise routine? High intensity interval training can help you break out of your exercise comfort zone, build a lean body and improve your aerobic fitness quickly.It’s important that you’re up for the challenge, however. High intensity interval training isn’t for the faint of heart.“During intervals, you push your body to its limit. So, you run as fast or bike as hard as you can for a set amount of time, like one minute. Then, you recover for one minute. And do it again,” says Carol Harrison, a senior exercise physiologist…
  • Keep your home safe to lower your cancer risk

    Focused on Health Blogger
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    by Markham HeidYour home should be a safe place. But when it comes to your cancer risk, potentially harmful toxins may be posing a danger to you and your family.“There are several concerning things that people need to be aware of in the home,” says Lewis E. Foxhall, M.D., vice president of Health Policy at MD Anderson. “That’s especially the case for young children and pregnant women.”Some of the potential toxins in your home are familiar. Others may surprise you. And the research linking many of these toxins to cancer is inconclusive or ongoing, Foxhall says. “But it’s better…
  • Recipe: Brussels sprouts and apples

    Focused on Health Blogger
    5 Feb 2014 | 4:00 pm
    by Brittany CordeiroLooking for a healthy side dish? Mix Brussels sprouts with apples, and you’ll get a tasty dish loaded with cancer-fighting vitamins and nutrients.Ingredients1/2 cup diced apple8 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quarted2 tablespoons apple cider2 teaspoons olive oil1 teaspoon thyme1/4 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon black pepperDirections1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.2. Combine apple and Brussels sprouts in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish. Add apple cide, olive oil, thyme, salt and black pepper; toss well. Bake for 25 minutes or until sprouts are tender.Yield: 3/4 cupServing…
  • Hours of sitting: What’s your cancer risk?

    Focused on Health Blogger
    5 Feb 2014 | 4:00 pm
    by Brittany CordeiroYou spend the day sitting behind a desk. You commute home to relax, sit and watch TV, read a book or play computer games. Like most Americans, you’ll spend more than 8 hours of your day sitting. And sitting for several hours a day puts your health at risk – even if you exercise regularly."Extended sitting raises your risk for colorectal, ovarian and endometrial cancers, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma," says Karen Basen-Engquist, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at MD Anderson.  It also increases your risk for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular…
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    Cancer Treatment

  • One hell of a day

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:59 pm
    I finally got some sleep last night and felt better. Until I decided to be normal.I got up and puttered around. Then I realized I could sit on my a$$ for a couple of hours before meeting a friend at 11. So I raced through the gym and had a fairly good workout for once. I left the gym and met my friend - actually my old boss form the late 1980s. We had lunch and left the diner. Then my day went more
  • Running ragged and then some

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:34 am
    I've been running myself ragged and am not recharging. This week I have had several long days. Well not just that week, last week as well. Long emotionally and physically draining days. Repeated again and again. These are the days where I come home and am too tired to walk up the stairs. I haven't had the time to rest that I need but I am still moving, more
  • Lessons in dying

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:43 am
    I started this post shortly after Elizabeth Edward's passing in December 2010. I keep going back to this post periodically and added and deleting thoughts. Each time I am usually prompted by another friend's advancing health more
  • Blood test for cancer?

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:54 am
    [Did you take the survey yet on who reads blogs? There's still time. I'm sure you meant to go back and complete it later so here is a gentle reminder. You only have 9 more days. Go take the damn survey!]read more
  • Challenging doctors

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:09 am
    I think I challenge my doctors. I think they they I am going to fall apart on them or something and I am not that easy to treat. First of all, I am allergic to all the good drugs - penicillins, Benadryl and prednisone, plaquenil (treats RA), codeine, and a couple other things. I even had one doctor say to me that I must be really fun to treat.If I have an allergic reaction, the standard course of treatment is Benadryl and steroids. Not me. They have to find another combination. And if I have an RA flare, the common treatment is steroids, usually prednisone. Not me more
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  • College Scholarships for Cancer

    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…
  • ISO: Young Cancer Survivors Who LOVE Soccer

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    The Craig Willinger Fund sends young soccer fans who have battled cancer to see their favorite soccer team- domestic or international- play on their home pitch or another unique soccer venue.  They are currently soliciting applications for an upcoming trip to FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada or other dream venue.  Qualified applicants should be 10 to 25 years of age and have a story of how soccer helped them transcend a cancer diagnosis. APPLICANT GUIDELINES: 1.  All applicants must be between the ages of 10 and 25. If selected for a trip, you must fall within this age range by your…
  • Inspirational Tuesday Quotes For Cancer Patients

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    While there is no scientific evidence linking positive thinking to survival rates, the anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. People with positive attitudes tend to recover faster from surgeries and they tend to cope better with their illnesses. Inspirational Quotes For Cancer Patients Here is a true story. In 2009, Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in his left leg. Doctors put his odds of survival as low as ten percent, And even if he did survive, no one thought he would ever be able to run, much less play football again. Fast forward 2 years……
  • Motivational Fighting Cancer Quotes

    9 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    When facing illness, sometimes it’s the little things that can help you get through the day. A smile from a stranger, a song on the radio, a call from an old friend or an motivational phrase can make all the difference. After my husband was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive sarcoma, we changed our ring tones to Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” . We needed this positive little pick-me-up to get through the day. Fighting Cancer Quotes It has been said that a positive attitude can improve the quality of your life during cancer treatment. Although this may not be easy to do, inspiring…
  • Inspirational Quotes For Cancer Patients

    7 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    I’ve always been told to look on the bright side, focus on the good, and reach for the stars. But let’s face it, cancer can make that really difficult to do. Researchers have found that our minds can have a powerful effect on our bodies. Immunity is one area where thoughts and attitudes can have a particularly powerful influence. Since keeping the immune system nourished is key to fighting cancer, I’d like to share some inspirational quotes for cancer patients to help keep you going and feeling positive. Inspirational Quotes For Cancer Patients: “I am here today, and today I would…
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    Cancerwise | Cancer blog from MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Facing pancreatic cancer and the Whipple procedure head on

    Cancerwise Blogger
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    By Shannon Magee On May 23, 2013, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The next week, my husband and I came to MD Anderson for my first appointment. My friend, a doctor, had recommended I seek treatment at MD Anderson if I needed a Whipple procedure, a difficult surgery used to treat pancreatic cancer. I didn't yet know if I needed a Whipple procedure. But I didn't want to waste any time or look back with any regrets. Plotting my attack against my pancreatic cancer  During my first appointment at MD Anderson, my amazing surgeon, Matthew Katz, M.D.,  told me that I would be dead…
  • Coping with lymphedema after sarcoma treatment

    Cancerwise Blogger
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    By Cara SorrellWhen I first went away to college after completing sarcoma treatment, I thought I'd be leaving cancer behind me, except for the occasional checkup. Unfortunately, I was quite mistaken. The end of my sarcoma treatment brought lymphedema, a type of swelling usually occurs in the arm or leg as a result of lymph node damage caused by cancer treatment. Noticing my lymphedema symptomsOne day, I was walking back to my dorm with a group of friends. I started lagging far behind and couldn't speed up. Something was wrong. I didn't know it then, but this was the first sign of lymphedema.
  • Get to know Nova Sprague, cardiac ultrasound technologist

    Cancerwise Blogger
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    By Lindsey GarnerNova Sprague always has had a passion for animals, especially dogs. And she never thought she'd work with them instead of people. But MD Anderson drew her in, she says.After completing her Bachelor of Animal Science from Texas State University, Sprague put her passion for animals to work at an emergency animal clinic in Austin, Texas.There, as a veterinary technician, she assisted with cases that needed ultrasounds.She decided to learn to perform the procedure herself and moved home to Houston to enroll in ultrasound school and work at a local veterinary clinic. While doing…
  • First person: Getting to know Ferran Prat

    Cancerwise Blogger
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    By Gillian KruseA globe-trotting chemist turned-lawyer-turned businessman, Ferran Prat, Ph.D., J.D., sees himself as an agent for some of cancer medicine's biggest stars. As vice president for Strategic Industry Ventures, he helps connect our researchers with pharmaceutical companies, resources and tools to help in their efforts to end cancer.We recently spoke withPrat to learn more about him. Here's what he had to say.Where were you born and raised?I was born in a small village on the border of Spain and France called Sant Joan de les Abadesses. It's north of Barcelona and has about 4,000…
  • How I'm coping with thyroid cancer as a photographer and a mom

    Cancerwise Blogger
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    By Amanda WhiteFor the past ten years, I've been working as a photographer specializing in weddings, senior portraits, family portraits, editorial and commercial photography. I've also been battling thyroid cancer for the past five years. I was -- and still am -- passionate about bringing important, yet often overlooked, subjects to light, all while dealing with my own story. That's what's led me to my latest photography project focusing on moms with cancer. Facing thyroid cancer as a momI received my thyroid cancer diagnosis two months after the birth of my first son, Jack. I had to undergo…
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    Mesothelioma News Center | Latest in Asbestos & Mesothelioma News

  • Asbestos in Schools, Hospitals Puts Children and Doctors at Risk

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    When Heather Karras learned the Alabama elementary school her children attend contains asbestos, she pulled them out — and asked for answers. Delayed responses from Bay Minette Elementary School officials raised fears the deteriorating 1920s-era school possibly was placing children, teachers and anyone else who visits the building at risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos causes mesothelioma, an often terminal cancer that affects nearly 3,000 people annually in the U.S. “What did I do?” Karras told “I thought we moved here to have a better life at this old hometown school.
  • Mesothelioma Patients Live Longer After Aggressive Cancer Surgery

    Tim Povtak
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    Aggressive pleurectomy/decortication surgery, while often recommended, will cause a significant decrease in pulmonary function with early-stage mesothelioma patients whose symptoms were previously minimal. More symptomatic patients with advanced disease will experience an improved quality of life and a preservation of their current pulmonary status after the same surgery. Those findings were reported in a study from the Department of Surgery, Division of Oncology at the University of Chicago Medical Center, raising questions about aggressive surgery for the early stages of mesothelioma. "Some…
  • Upcoming Mesothelioma Symposium Will Focus on Latest Research

    Tim Povtak
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    Renowned specialist and thoracic surgeon Dr. Robert Cameron, who has pioneered many of the worldwide treatment advances in recent years, will host the 5th Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma on May 2. The symposium will be held at the LeMeridien Delfina in Santa Monica, California, close to the UCLA Mesothelioma Comprehensive Research Program, where Cameron serves as director. Although the symposium is designed for physicians, nurses, oncologists, radiologists and pulmonologists, it also will be open to patients, families and anyone wanting to learn more…
  • Asbestos Forces Young Family from Their 'Mr. Fluffy Home'

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    On a sunny afternoon in the Australian capital city of Canberra, Katie Williams and Daniel Lawrence brought their newborn son, Hugh, home from the hospital. Like any new parents, they were excited, especially because Hugh was the “miracle” in vitro fertilization baby they had longed for. The pair placed Hugh’s baby carrier on the porch outside the front door and snapped photos to mark the occasion. Then Williams broke down, bursting into tears. Despite welcoming a newborn into their lives and their home, it was not the family homecoming they wished for. Four years after purchasing the…
  • Apple Is Bringing Clinical Trials to Your Fingertips

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    Trusting smartphone apps to help manage the details of life is commonplace in this digital age. There are dozens of applications on multiple platforms that help users manage their finances, schedule appointments and control their weight. Now, one of the biggest app developers in the world wants to revolutionize how our devices manage disease and possibly provide better outcomes. Apple recently launched ResearchKit, a digital tool equipped with iPhone apps created specifically for medical research. The first five ResearchKit apps include: Parkinson mPower Share the Journey (for breast cancer)…
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    Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

  • Catching Up and Looking Forward with Inaugural Scholarship Recipient Olivia Current

    David Haas
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance recently caught up with Olivia Current, a four-year Acute Myeloid Leukemia survivor and the first recipient of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship. Since her diagnosis at age 16, Olivia has been beating the odds and looking forward to her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse. In the future, Olivia hopes to inspire, encourage, and heal other sick children. Here’s what Olivia had to say: MCA: You are the inaugural Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship winner! What have you been up to since then?Olivia Current: I am so thankful to be the Mesothelioma…
  • ADAO Turns Awareness into Action

    Gary Cohn
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Emily, Linda and Alan ReinsteinWhen her husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003, Linda Reinstein was devastated. She had never heard of the disease, couldn’t pronounce it and soon learned that doctors couldn’t cure it.Sometimes, she would sit crying on a box in a dark garage in her southern California home, trying, she recalls, “to handle my grief and my bewilderment. I was alone.” Then she would pull herself together and walk back into her house to help take care of her husband Alan and her then 10-year-old daughter Emily.Alan Reinstein died in 2006 at age 66 after a fierce…
  • Metex Asbestos PI Trust Now Accepting Claims

    Jennifer Lucarelli
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    As of March 9, 2015, Metex Manufacturing Corp., formerly known as Kentile Floors Inc., is accepting asbestos-related personal injury and death claims through a trust established under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Per the trust’s website, the Initial Claim Filing Date is September 9, 2015. All claims filed with the Trust between March 9, 2015 and September 9, 2015 will be deemed filed with the Trust on the Initial Claim Filing Date and will be processed in the order stipulated by the Trust’s Distribution Procedures. Over the course of the 20th century, Kentile Floors…
  • 5 Ways to Show Support During Asbestos Awareness Week

    Jackie Clark
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Late last week, the Senate passed Resolution 125 to designate the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week. Sponsored by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT, and Sen. Steve Daines, R-MT, the resolution asks that people take time to learn about the dangers of asbestos and even calls on the Surgeon General to “warn and educate people about the public health issue of asbestos exposure, which may be hazardous to their health.”While Asbestos Awareness Week runs from April 1-7, the effect of educating oneself and sharing information with loved ones will have a lasting…
  • Get the FACTs: Proposed Bill Set to Silence Mesothelioma Victims

    Gary Cohn
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Bruce VentoSusan Vento’s husband, longtime U.S. congressman Bruce Vento, died of mesothelioma nearly 15 years ago, but Susan’s fight against asbestos has never been more urgent than it is today.Vento is in the middle of a fierce battle to defeat a bill that is backed by the asbestos companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This bill, known as the Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act of 2015, that would make it significantly more difficult for asbestos victims and their families to file claims, likely delaying their receiving compensation. The bill would, among other…
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  • 5 Health Questions on Yahoo Answers That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

    13 Apr 2015 | 7:23 pm
    5 Health Questions on Yahoo Answers That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head If you want to see some funnies from yahoo answers, this is the article to read. Yahoo has provided us a channel where we can ask any question in different categories and in a few minutes you could get an answer. But sometimes life really gives us surprises and we may find some questions that will make you wonder, “who in the world would ask such a thing?”. Questions that would definitely make you smile, frown, furrow your brow or maybe completely leave Yahoo Answers because of annoyance. Here are 5 questions we…
  • Things You Don’t Know About National Women and Girls HIV/Aids Awareness Day

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Things You Don’t Know About National Women and Girls HIV/Aids Awareness Day Are you aware of the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day? Well now you are! Read on to learn more. We are all aware of the disease called HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS(acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), and we are aware that every year many people die because of this illness which has no cure. Do you know that people around the world are finding ways how to protect themselves from HIV/aids? There is this campaign that is held every year, organized and done by different organizations and…
  • March is National Nutrition Month

    9 Mar 2015 | 5:50 pm
    March is National Nutrition Month Since March is National Nutrition Month, take heed of these takeaways from this awareness campaign. Ever heard that March is National Nutrition Month? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics made this yearly campaign on March to drive focus to the importance of eating right healthy food and developing exercising habits. This program will give you awareness to make the right choices when it comes to the food that will benefit you. Here are some takeaways from this campaign: Image Source: Pexels Eat your fruits and veggies It can’t be stressed enough how…
  • 4 Easy Ways to Help Your Heart be Healthier

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:44 pm
    4 Easy Ways to Help Your Heart be Healthier Keep your heart healthy – here are a few tips to help Image Source: Pexels It’s natural for us to sometimes act before we think – and we do have a tendency to forget that some of the things we do are harmful to our health, especially our heart. That is why we should remember some things to help our heart keep on running smoothly. We don’t want our heart failing on us because this will not be  good news. Get Active! Manage Your Weight You will definitely gain weight as time passes. That is why you need to stand up and work out those…
  • Stress Management Checklist: Ways how to get rid stress

    Fredda Branyon
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Stress Management Checklist: Ways how to get rid stress You can strengthen yourself against stress. Find out how with these following ideas. Image Source: Pexels Our day to day activities present opportunities for us to suffer from stress – that’s a given. Stress is defined as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.”. When we overexert ourselves, or we are faced with circumstances we can’t seem to handle or overwhelm us, then we feel stressed. Managing stress is easy if you know what to do specifically when stress…
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    City of Hope Breakthroughs

  • Hematologist-oncologist Guido Marcucci wants ‘a society free of cancer’

    City of Hope Staff
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Guido Marcucci, M.D., wants to put himself out of business. Renowned hematologist-oncologist Guido Marcucci is co-director of the Gehr Family Center for Leukemia Research within our Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute. A respected clinician and esteemed basic and translational scientist, Marcucci joins City of Hope as co-director of the Gehr Family Center for Leukemia Research within the Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute. In this position, and as director of the Division of Hematopoietic Stem Cell and Leukemia Research,…
  • Myelofibrosis clinical trial aims to halt cascade of symptoms

    Tami Dennis
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    To say that myelofibrosis patients need more treatment options would be an understatement. The severely low platelet counts, known as thrombocytopenia, that are one of the hallmark symptoms of the disease can lead to chronic fatigue and weakness that not only damage quality of life but, ultimately, shorten life span. Myelofibrosis patients often suffer from severely low blood platelets, or thrombocytopenia. A myelofibrosis clinical trial at City of Hope could lead to a new treatment option. City of Hope is now testing a new drug, pacritinib, that could help boost those platelet counts in…
  • Clinical trials could lead to new options for colorectal cancer patients

    Tami Dennis
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer need more options. Two clinical trials currently underway at City of Hope could help provide those options. Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer often stop responding to the primary drugs used against the disease, leaving them with few options and little hope. Determined to increase those options, doctors and researchers at City of Hope are conducting two clinical trials that could lead to new treatments for people with colorectal cancer, currently the third most common cancer in the U.S. Marwan Fakih, co-director of the Gastrointestinal…
  • To fight cancer, these researchers go where the action is – the nucleus

    Rachel Hall
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Molecular oncology researchers explore a cancer cell’s nucleus for new ways to fight tumors. Investigators working at City of Hope are making many significant inroads against many forms of cancer. To do that, they have to take a variety of approaches. Molecular oncology researchers focus on abnormal cancer-associated activity in a cell’s nucleus. One especially prominent factor in many breast and ovarian cancers is the BRCA1 tumor suppressor. When BRCA1 activity is compromised, cells cannot properly repair breaks in chromosomal DNA, which encourages the accumulation of even…
  • Take-away from new breast cancer screening guidelines: It’s personal

    Nicole White
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    In light of the new breast cancer screening guidelines, which call for women to have mammograms every other year from age 50 to 74, it’s more important than ever for women to understand their individual risk. New breast cancer screening guidelines call for women age 50 to 74 to have mammograms every other year. On Monday, the U.S. Preventive Services Task force released new breast cancer screening guidelines that are a clear withdrawal from one-size-fits-all screening. For women at “average risk,” every other year from 50 to 74 seems to be the window that has the most…
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    Living Fit, Healthy and Happy (SM)

  • Every Day Eats

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Every Day Eats Submitted by: Sandra Prior As a runner, how much carbohydrate do I really need in my diet? Your carb needs are quite different than those of your sedentary pals. If you're running about 40 kilometres a week, aim for at least 4.5 grams of carbohydrate every day for each kilogram of body weight. That's about 340 grams of carbs for a 75kg runner (non-runners need just 250 grams a day). If you're running higher mileage, increase this to three to seven grams of carbs for each kilogram you weigh. An easy way to make sure you're getting...
  • Royal Frozen Food Recalls Beef and Chicken Blintzes Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    by Joseph The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Royal Frozen Food, an establishment in Los Angeles, California, is recalling approximately 3,821 pounds of beef and chicken products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk. The agency says the chicken blintzes and beef blintzes were produced on various dates before April 16, 2015. The beef and chicken blintzes items were shipped to retail stores and markets in California and Nevada. The following products are subject to recall: 20-oz.
  • Winning Tactics For Giving Up The Diet

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Winning Tactics For Giving Up The Diet Submitted by: Gary Matthews You might disagree, but hear me out on this, if you're thinking of going on a diet to lose those extra pounds think again. Long-term weight control through dieting is near impossible, for the simple reason is that diets promote only short-term solutions not long term. After dieting you'll certainly look lighter on the scales, but in most cases this is because you've dumped a few pounds of body fluid and muscle, and not because you've lost any significant amounts of body fat. One of the main reasons diets...
  • Baseball Strength Training - The Right Way

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Baseball Strength Training - The Right Way Submitted by: Paul Yost Baseball strength training is one area of the sports world that's a bit behind in terms of training methodology. Thoughts of training with light weights, emphasizing stretching only and performing long slow bouts of endurance training are still around today. It's my opinion this idea leads to more opportunity for injury and reduced performance. This article's focus is not on giving out a cookie cutter program, but about providing ideas for improving your baseball strength training program. On that note, baseball is considered…
  • 11 Shortcuts to a Healthier You

    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    11 Shortcuts to a Healthier You Submitted by: Sandra Prior Living longer and feeling better doesn’t have to be drudgery. Armed with the right tools, a man can completely protect and preserve his own body. What you’re about to read is your own personal toolbox. Top to bottom it contains all the right know-how you need to avoid a disaster down the road. Prevent Colon Cancer Swap the chips for a snack that may save your life: Brazil nuts. They're the top food source of selenium, a mineral that one study showed may reduce the risk of colon cancer by...
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    Cancer Safety Council

  • Why Are Your Electronic Health Records Blocked From Your Doctors?

    Charles Kosydar
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
      Imagine you arrive unconscious to the Emergency Department. If you are on a blood thinning medication, do you think the doctor should know this before sending you to surgery? If you have an allergy to penicillin, do you think the doctor should know this before prescribing you antibiotics? If you are immunosuppressed from chemotherapy, […]
  • The Top 6 Online Cancer Support Groups

    Jeremy Moran
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
      It’s important to not feel alone when dealing with cancer. Being either a contributing member or a silent reader within online cancer support groups can provide many benefits. The best online cancer support groups bring cancer patients and their loved ones together as a community, providing practical advice and emotional support. There are many […]
  • 1 in 5 Cancer Patients Misdiagnosed

    Charles Kosydar
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:56 pm
    What Is A Misdiagnosis? According to a joint survey including “400 pathologists, medical oncologists and surgical oncologists” conducted by the National Coalition on Health Care and Best Doctors titled ʻExploring Diagnostic Accuracy in Cancer,ʻ misdiagnosis is defined as “the incorrect assessment of a patientʼs illness type or stage.” As an example, your doctor could diagnose […]
  • The Third Leading Cause of Death in America

    Charles Kosydar
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Medical errors occur at a shockingly higher frequency then most people realize, according to the article ‘Medical errors in America Kill more people then AIDS or drug overdoses. Here’s why’ by Sarah Kliff. The occurrence is so high that depending on which estimate is used, medical errors are either the 3rd or 9th leading cause […]
  • Cost for Obtaining Medical Records Increases

    Charles Kosydar
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    The Board of Medicine in Florida recently allowed a substantial increase in the amount that hospitals and clinics can charge for releasing patientsʼ medical records, according to Health News Florida. The medical board voted unanimously to increase the fee for medical records to $1 per page. This fee also applies when medical records are stored […]
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