Other News Topics (not Types of Cancer)

Tips for Cancer Caregivers: November is National Family Caregiver Month (11-10-2014)

Caring for a family member or friend with cancer is often very challenging. The experience can be exhausting both mentally and physically, but it actually becomes even more so when you don’t take care of yourself. I use a metaphor of a watering can... Continue Reading

Study Suggest That Psoriasis Patients Have Increased Cancer Risk (10-15-2014)

Based on recently analyzed data from a retrospective analysis of commercial insurance claims, rates of cancer are higher in patients with psoriasis and that some anti-psoriatic drugs may pose a higher risk than others. Dr. Alexa B. Kimball of Massachusetts... Continue Reading

Anamorelin May Be First Drug to Treat Cancer Cachexia (10-14-2014)

A new drug, anamorelin, may be the first ever to effectively improve cancer cachexia. These findings were presented at the 2014 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress in Madrid, Spain, September 26–30.[1] Cancer cachexia is a “wasting”... Continue Reading

New Studies Suggest Cancer Treatments During Pregnancy May Be Safe (10-6-2014)

Two small studies presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology annual meeting suggest that children whose mothers undergo chemotherapy or radiation for cancer during pregnancy are not at increased risk for mental development or heart problems. Although... Continue Reading

Advances in Genomic Testing-What you Need to Know (09-29-2014)

Q: What is genomic testing? A: Genomic testing looks at a group of genes and their varying levels of expression. This gene expression or activity can characterize how genes interact with one another and predict the behavior of certain tissues within... Continue Reading

Depression in Cancer Patients: What We Are Missing and What Can Be Done (09-2-2014)

Major depression is an important complication of cancer that can result in additional impairment of quality of life.  A series of three articles published in the Lancet presented new research on depression in people with cancer and confirmed that depression... Continue Reading

Vegetarian Diet Linked to Poor Health (04-17-2014)

A vegetarian diet may be linked to a lower body mass index (BMI) and less frequent alcohol consumption; however, it also appears to be associated with poorer health, a higher need for health care, and poorer quality of life, according to the results of... Continue Reading

New Guidelines Could Add 12.8 Million New Statin Users (03-26-2014)

The new American College of Cardiology–American Heart Association (ACC-AHA) guidelines for managing cholesterol—if adhered to strictly—would increase the number of adults eligible for statin therapy by 12.8 million, according to the results of a... Continue Reading

ASCO’s Top Five List for Improving Cancer Care (12-25-2013)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has released its second “Top Five” list of opportunities to improve the quality and value of cancer care. The list—published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology—is part of the Choosing Wisely®... Continue Reading

Supplements May Not Protect Against Cancer and Heart Disease (12-4-2013)

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a draft recommendation stating that it cannot recommend for or against vitamin and mineral supplements for the prevention of cancer or heart disease. The recommendation is based on the results... Continue Reading

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