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Cholesterol-lowering drugs may not reduce colorectal cancer risk

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may not reduce colorectal cancer risk

Long-term use of the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins does not appear to decrease a patient's risk of colorectal cancer, suggests a new, large case-control study from Penn Medicine researchers published this week in PLOS Medicine. [More]
Study links rise in double mastectomy to media coverage of celebrities with breast cancer

Study links rise in double mastectomy to media coverage of celebrities with breast cancer

An increase in women with breast cancer choosing double mastectomy may be influenced by media coverage of celebrities, a new study finds. [More]
Scientists discover new diagnostic marker for liver cancer

Scientists discover new diagnostic marker for liver cancer

Scientists may have discovered a significant new diagnostic marker for liver cancer, according to a paper published in the April 18 online issue of Nature Cell Biology. [More]
Researchers develop new method for identifying DNA mutations in single cancer cell

Researchers develop new method for identifying DNA mutations in single cancer cell

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have announced a new method for detecting DNA mutations in a single cancer cell versus current technology that analyzes millions of cells which they believe could have important applications for cancer diagnosis and treatment. The results are published in the April 18 online issue of Nature Methods. [More]
Scientists develop innovative technique to deliver cancer drugs deep into tumour cells

Scientists develop innovative technique to deliver cancer drugs deep into tumour cells

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have invented a new way to deliver cancer drugs deep into tumour cells. [More]
International panel reclassifies a type of thyroid tumor to reduce cancer overdiagnosis

International panel reclassifies a type of thyroid tumor to reduce cancer overdiagnosis

Led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, an international panel of pathologists and clinicians has reclassified a type of thyroid cancer to reflect that it is noninvasive and has a low risk of recurrence. The name change, described today in JAMA Oncology, is expected to reduce the psychological and medical consequences of a cancer diagnosis, potentially affecting thousands of people worldwide. [More]
Study links cancer survivorship to marriage, birthplace, race and ethnicity

Study links cancer survivorship to marriage, birthplace, race and ethnicity

Previous studies have shown that married patients with cancer fare better than unmarried cancer patients, surviving more often and longer. In a new study, published April 11 in the journal Cancer, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that the benefits of being married vary by race and ethnicity, with male non-Hispanic white bachelors experiencing the worst outcome. This group had a 24 percent higher mortality rate than their married counterparts. [More]
Research shows tumor suppressor protein regulates polarity genes

Research shows tumor suppressor protein regulates polarity genes

What does Brad Pitt have in common with a fruit fly? His Hollywood hairstyles cover a prominent cowlick - the swirl of hair that that is caused by a patterning mechanism also active in our two-winged friends -- that similarly feature "polarized" hair patterns. [More]
NIST researchers develop first widely useful standard for MRI of the breast

NIST researchers develop first widely useful standard for MRI of the breast

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed the first widely useful standard for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast, a method used to identify and monitor breast cancer. [More]
Study: Nearly 29% of cancer survivors suffer financial burden

Study: Nearly 29% of cancer survivors suffer financial burden

An analysis of US data from 2011 indicates that nearly 29 percent of cancer survivors are financially burdened as a result of their cancer diagnosis and/or treatment. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study also reveals that such hardships can have lasting physical and mental effects on cancer survivors. [More]
Use of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy tripled from 2002 to 2012 despite no survival benefit

Use of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy tripled from 2002 to 2012 despite no survival benefit

The use of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM), the surgical removal of a breast unaffected by cancer as part of the course of treatment for breast cancer, has more than tripled from 2002 to 2012 despite evidence suggesting no survival benefit over breast conservation, according to a new study from Brigham and Women's Hospital published in Annals of Surgery on March 11, 2016. [More]
New drug combination treatment makes breast cancer tumours disappear in just 11 days

New drug combination treatment makes breast cancer tumours disappear in just 11 days

Approximately a quarter of women with HER2 positive breast cancer, who were treated with a combination of the targeted drugs lapatinib and trastuzumab before surgery and chemotherapy, saw their tumours shrink significantly or even disappear, according to results from a clinical trial. [More]
Path Links upgraded to digital pathology to provide highest quality cancer diagnostic services

Path Links upgraded to digital pathology to provide highest quality cancer diagnostic services

Path Links, the single managed NHS clinical pathology service operating across Lincolnshire, has upgraded to digital pathology to continue its focus on providing the highest quality diagnostic services for Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and 186 General Practices across the county. [More]
Clinician communication increases patient knowledge, relieves distress related to incidental nodule detection

Clinician communication increases patient knowledge, relieves distress related to incidental nodule detection

A cross-sectional survey showed a quarter of patients with detected incidental pulmonary nodules experienced significant distress related to the nodule. Detailed clinician communication increased patient knowledge, relieved distress, and improved patient experience. [More]
New method uses MRT with Dixon sequence for accurate measurement of breast density

New method uses MRT with Dixon sequence for accurate measurement of breast density

A high breast density is an independent risk factor for breast cancer. MRT is the safest method for breast cancer diagnosis and is now used for early diagnosis. Medical University Vienna researchers at the University Clinic for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine have now successfully developed a method for the exact measurement of breast density using magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) examinations with the Dixon sequence. [More]
Majority of breast cancer patients develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder

Majority of breast cancer patients develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder

According to a study led by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich researchers, a majority of patients diagnosed with breast cancer go on to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and in most of these cases the symptoms persist for at least a year. [More]
Dana-Farber, EDI partner to provide new app to improve communication during serious illness

Dana-Farber, EDI partner to provide new app to improve communication during serious illness

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the EDI Institute are partnering to provide a new mobile imaging technique for cancer patients, family members, and staff to express their feelings around the illness. Expressive Digital Imagery (EDI) is used on a smartphone or tablet to provide a creative outlet for people to express complex feelings and emotions that words alone cannot. [More]
Study shows male cancer survivors less likely to have children

Study shows male cancer survivors less likely to have children

A study of all Norwegian men born between 1965 and 1985 shows that male cancer survivors are less likely to have children than those without a cancer diagnosis. [More]
New study addresses needs of long-term cancer survivors

New study addresses needs of long-term cancer survivors

A team of researchers from Yale School of Public Health and Yale Cancer Center recently published a study in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship that addresses the needs of cancer survivors who are at least nine years beyond an initial diagnosis. [More]
Meditation reduces anxiety, pain and fatigue in women undergoing breast cancer biopsies

Meditation reduces anxiety, pain and fatigue in women undergoing breast cancer biopsies

Meditation eases anxiety, fatigue and pain for women undergoing breast cancer biopsies, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute. They also found that music is effective, but to a lesser extent. [More]
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