2018 Research Round Up Podcast: Sarcomas, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Kidney Cancer, and Brain Tumors

2018 Research Round Up Podcast: Sarcomas, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Kidney Cancer, and Brain Tumors

The ASCO Annual Meeting brings together physicians, researchers, patient advocates, and other health care professionals to present and discuss significant new research across all types of cancer and the spectrum of cancer care, from prevention, through treatment, and into survivorship. But with more than 5,800 abstracts presented at the meeting and online, it’s hard to keep up with all of the research news. The Cancer.Net Associate Editors are here to help sort through the science. In the Research Round Up podcast series, they share their thoughts on what is exciting…

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If You’re 45 or Older, Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer

If You’re 45 or Older, Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer

(HealthDay News) — The American Cancer Society’s new colorectal cancer screening guidelines recommend that people at average risk start screening at age 45. That’s a drop of five years from the former guidelines, which recommended the first screening at age 50. In lowering the age recommendation, the society cited rising numbers of colorectal cancer cases among younger Americans. Screening should begin even earlier for people at higher risk of contracting colorectal cancer, the society says. Risk factors for earlier screening include: A family or personal history of colorectal cancer…

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HPV Shot Eliminates Advanced Skin Cancer in 97-Year-Old

HPV Shot Eliminates Advanced Skin Cancer in 97-Year-Old

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Two years ago, Ian McKenzie thought his mom’s remaining days were dwindling. The 97-year-old woman had developed a severe case of what was thought to be an untreatable form of squamous cell carcinoma, the second leading form of skin cancer. Lesions had developed over much of her right leg, in such numbers and size that chemotherapy and surgery were ruled out as treatments. On a hunch, her doctor, Dr. Anna Nichols of the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, tried an unorthodox…

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Deciding on a Cancer Clinical Trial? 4 Things to Ask

Deciding on a Cancer Clinical Trial? 4 Things to Ask

Shilpa Gupta, MD, is an associate professor and lead for the Solid Tumor Phase 1 Program at University of Minnesota. She specializes in genitourinary cancers and has extensive experience with immunotherapy in her practice and as part of clinical trials. Follow Dr. Gupta on Twitter @shilpaonc. What is a cancer clinical trial?  Clinical trials are research studies that involve volunteers. They help doctors find better ways to treat cancer.   Clinical trials also look for ways to improve quality of life for people with cancer. Through clinical trials, researchers determine…

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Infertility, Not Fertility Drugs, Linked to Raised Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Infertility, Not Fertility Drugs, Linked to Raised Risk of Ovarian Cancer

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fertility drugs do not increase a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer, a new study suggests. It did find that infertility itself is associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer. The researchers examined data from more than 58,000 women in Denmark who had infertility treatments (ART, or assisted reproduction technology) between 1994 and 2015. The investigators then compared them with more than 549,000 women who did not undergo ART. “We found that the higher risk of ovarian cancer among women having assisted reproduction…

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