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Many Survivors of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers Have Chronic Health Problems, Unhealthy... by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Survivors of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers have worse health and unhealthier behaviors than people without a history of cancer, a new analysis shows. These surviv ... Read on »
Congress Passes FDA User-Fee Legislation to Address Drug Shortages by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Both chambers of Congress have passed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187) to reauthorize the Prescription Drug User Fee Act and Medica ... Read on »
A Tough Transition: Cancer Survivorship Plans Slow to Take Hold by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Nearly 6 years after undergoing a lumpectomy and radiation treatment for a small tumor in her breast, 49-year-old Kris Batley recently took her last tamoxifen pill. Read on »
Breast Cancers Can Change Biologically as They Progress and Relapse by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer In many women with recurrent breast cancer, the estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) status of their tumor ... Read on »
Study Suggests New Treatment Option for Some Lymphomas by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Updated findings from a large European clinical trial indicate that patients with some types of lymphoma could initially be treated with the chemotherapy drug bendamustine ( ... Read on »
Study Shows First Effective Drug for Cancer Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Results of a phase III trial (CALGB-170601) show that duloxetine (Cymbalta) effectively treats painful peripheral neuropathy caused by certain types of chemotherapy. Read on »
Study Finds Small Increase in Cancer Risk after Childhood CT Scans by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer A new study shows that radiation exposure from computed tomography (CT) scans in childhood results in very small but increased risks of leukemia and brain tumors in the firs ... Read on »
Preoperative Chemotherapy, Radiation Improve Survival in Esophageal Cancer by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Patients with esophageal cancer who received chemotherapy and radiation before surgery survived, on average, nearly twice as long as patients treated with surgery alone. The ... Read on »
Pertuzumab Approved to Treat Some Metastatic Breast Cancers by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved pertuzumab (Perjeta) to treat women with HER2-positive breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Pertuzum ... Read on »
Global Cancer Burden Expected to Shift by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) estimate that 16 percent, or around 2 million, of the 12.7 million new cancer cases diagnosed in 2008 ... Read on »
For Some Breast Cancers, New Drug May Be Treatment Option by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Results from an international clinical trial suggest that women with metastatic, HER2-positive breast cancer that is no longer responding to the targeted therapy trastuzumab ... Read on »
Featured Clinical Trial: Adjuvant Everolimus for Resected Kidney Cancer by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The name of the trial is Phase III Randomized Study of Everolimus versus Placebo in Patients with Renal Cell Carcinoma Who Have Undergone Nephrectomy or Partial Nephrectomy ... Read on »
Expanding the Playing Field: Immune-Based Therapy Shows Potential for Lung, Other Cancers by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Results from two early-phase clinical trials presented last week at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting provide further evidence that priming the immun ... Read on »
Even Low Doses of Radiation in Childhood May Raise Breast Cancer Risk by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer More childhood cancer survivors who received radiation to the chest as part of cancer treatment may be at risk of breast cancer later in life than previously thought. Read on »
Charting a Course to Genome-Guided Cancer Medicine by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer If the cost of sequencing DNA continues to decline, patients with cancer could have their tumors profiled as part of routine care. But how this might actually work is far fr ... Read on »
A Conversation with Dr. Patricia Steeg on Redesigning Clinical Trials to Test Therapies that Could... by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Dr. Steeg, who heads the Women's Cancers Section in NCI's Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology, recently spoke with the NCI Cancer Bulletin about the challenges in developin ... Read on »
Targeted Drug Shows Potential in Advanced Solid Tumors and Brain Metastases by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Results from two early-phase studies of dabrafenib, given alone or combined with another targeted drug, show that the drug is safe and may be effective for patients with adv ... Read on »
Sigmoidoscopy Proves to Be Effective Screening Tool for Colorectal Cancer by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer In a large randomized trial involving healthy men and women aged 55 to 74, sigmoidoscopy substantially reduced the incidence of and mortality from colorectal cancer. Read on »
Program Helps Older, Overweight Cancer Survivors Lose Weight, Eat Better by Cancer.gov Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer A tailored, home-based program has helped older cancer survivors who were overweight or obese eat better, get more exercise, lose weight, and maintain these improvements ove ... Read on »