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Stereotactic radiotherapy slows pancreatic cancer progression for inoperable patients
By Dross at 2010-10-29 21:43

DETROIT – For pancreatic cancer patients unable to undergo surgery – the only known cure for this form of cancer – a highly targeted cancer radiation therapy may help slow cancer progression and lessen disease symptoms, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Called stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), the study found it was able to delay pancreatic cancer progression locally, on average, by almost six months.

While, on average, the patients in the study lived about 10 months, one-third lived more than a year.

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Chemotherapy plus radiation prevents bladder cancer recurrences
By Dross at 2010-10-26 01:59

Adding chemotherapyterm to radiation therapy for muscle invasive bladder cancer allows 67 percent of people to be free of disease in their bladders two years after treatment. This compares to 54 percent of people who receive radiation alone, according to the largest randomized study of its kind presented at the plenary session, November 1, 2010, at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

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Hormone Therapy Increases Invasive Breast Cancer and Mortality, WHI 11-Year Follow Up Finds - UB NewsCenter
By Dross at 2010-10-26 00:38

Results of a new Women's Health Initiative (WHI) report show that hormone therapy is associated with an increased risk of death from breast cancer, as well as an increased risk of developing invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD, professor of social and preventive medicine at the University at Buffalo and one of the primary authors on the paper, published today in JAMA, says the breast cancers found in these women also tended to have more lymph node involvement, indicating a poorer prognosis.

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Prostate Cancer Patients are at Increased Risk of Precancerous Colon Polyps
By Dross at 2010-10-19 03:59

Men with prostate cancer should be especially diligent about having routine screening colonoscopies, results of a new study by

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A New Method Is Found For Accurate Diagnosis Of Gall Bladder Cancer, One Of The Most Deadly Forms Of Cancer
By Dross at 2010-10-14 22:53

Researchers a the University of Granada and the Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hospital Virgen de las Nieves at Granada found that the metabolic imaging diagnosis technique –based on the analysis of a structural analog of glucose labeled with a positron-emitting compound (18F)– allows early diagnosis of gall bladder cancer, a relatively rare disease with high mortality rates among most patients suffering from it.

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Consuming vegetables linked to decreased breast cancer risk in African-American women
By Dross at 2010-10-14 01:57

(Boston) - Investigators from the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have reported that African American women who consume more vegetables are less likely to develop estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer than women with low vegetable intake. The study results, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, were based on data from the Black Women's Health Study (BWHS), a large follow-up study of 59,000 African American women from across the U.S. conducted by investigators at the Slone Epidemiology Center since 1995.

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Elasticity found to stretch stem cell growth to higher levels
By Dross at 2010-10-04 21:03

One of the major challenges in stem cell transplants is how to obtain sufficient numbers of these remarkably rare cells to put into patients. To help overcome this issue, research from the Centenary Institute, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney has found a way to increase the number of blood-forming stem cells when growing them outside of the body.

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X-rays linked to increased childhood leukemia risk
By Dross at 2010-10-04 21:00

Berkeley – Diagnostic X-rays may increase the risk of developing childhood leukemiaterm, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health.

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Researcher at Childrens Hospital LA discovers way to overcome radiation resistance in leukemia
By Dross at 2010-10-01 22:19

LOS ANGELES (September 29, 2010) – A team of researchers lead by Fatih M. Uckun, MD, PhD, of The Saban Research Institute of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has determined that radiation resistance in leukemiaterm can be overcome by selectively attacking a molecular target known as SYK tyrosine kinase.

B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common cancer occurring in children and adolescents. Despite having received intensive chemotherapyterm, some patients have recurring disease, known as relapse. For these individuals, the prospect of long-term survival is poor.

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New lung cancer research finds half of advanced lung cancer patients receive chemotherapy
By Dross at 2010-10-01 21:48

For the first time to date, research published in the October edition of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology (JTO) sought to determine the use of chemotherapyterm in a contemporary, diverse non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) population encompassing all patient ages. Prior population-based studies have shown that only 20 to 30 percent of advanced lung cancer patients receive chemotherapy treatment.

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Mayo Clinic study discovers role of DNA methylation in multiple myeloma blood cancer
By Dross at 2010-09-30 21:26

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Sept. 30, 2010 — DNA methylation — a modification of DNA linked to gene regulation — is altered with increasing severity in a blood cancer called multiple myeloma, according to a study by Mayo Clinic and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

And at specific points of DNA, "global hypomethylation," in which many genes lose the modification, may be associated with the step-by-step development of myeloma, according to a scientific paper published this month in the journal Cancer Research.

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Age 50 as mammography screening threshold proven unfounded
By Dross at 2010-09-30 21:19

The landmark breast cancer screening study of women 40-49, published online in Cancer, has proven that annual mammography screening of women in their 40s reduces the breast cancer death rate in these women by nearly 30 percent. The results of this largest study ever conducted on women in this age group confirm that the use of the age of 50 as a threshold for breast cancer screening is scientifically unfounded. Women should begin getting annual mammograms at age 40.

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Screening tool can detect colorectal cancer from a small blood sample
By Dross at 2010-09-30 04:50

DENVER — A new microRNA (miRNA) screening assay detected the majority of early-stage colorectal cancers with good specificity and sensitivity.

"Our test has the potential to be safe, cheap, robust, accurate and of little or no inconvenience to the individual, and could, therefore, easily be integrated into national screening programs as part of an annual checkup," said Søren Jensby Nielsen, Ph.D., scientific manager, Diagnostic Product Development, Exiqon A/S.

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Surgery Offers Long-Term Survival for Early-Stage Prostate Cancer Patients
By Dross at 2010-09-30 03:42

In the largest, most modern, single-institution study of its kind, Mayo Clinic urologists mined a long-term data registry for survival rates of patients who underwent radical prostatectomy for localized prostate cancer. The findings are being presented at the North Central Section of the American Urological Association's 84th Annual Meeting in Chicago.

A radical prostatectomy is an operation to remove the prostate gland and some of the tissue around it.

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War on cancer produces collateral damage to the heart
By Dross at 2010-09-28 02:09

Philadelphia, PA, September 21, 2010 – For the past two decades, cancer therapy has become more sophisticated and effective, resulting in an ever-expanding group of long-term cancer survivors. There is also a growing awareness of the potentially negative effects of cancer treatment on the heart and the management of cardiac disease during and after cancer therapy.

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