Shield Your Kids From the Sun’s Damaging Rays

Shield Your Kids From the Sun’s Damaging Rays

SUNDAY, May 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Sun damage puts children and teens at risk for deadly melanoma, so parents need to protect their youngsters from the sun and teach them about sun safety, oncologists say. “Don’t assume children cannot get skin cancer because of their age,” said Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the solid tumor division at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. “Unlike other cancers, the conventional melanoma that we see mostly in adolescents behaves the same as it does in adults,” he explained in a…

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Living With HIV? Here’s What You Need to Know About Cancer

Living With HIV? Here’s What You Need to Know About Cancer

Dr. Ramya Ramaswami is an oncologist in the HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch of the National Cancer Institute. She cares for people with HIV and cancer. In 1981, several cases of a rare skin cancer called Kaposi sarcoma were reported in young gay men. This alerted the medical community to the existence of a new condition called acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and its underlying cause, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Over the next several years, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and cervical cancer were also seen among people with AIDS. These 3 conditions—Kaposi sarcoma,…

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Expert Panel Highlights Patient Choice for Prostate Cancer Screen

Expert Panel Highlights Patient Choice for Prostate Cancer Screen

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More men could receive PSA blood tests for prostate cancer under revised guidelines released Tuesday by the nation’s leading panel on preventive medicine. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) now recommends that men aged 55 to 69 decide for themselves whether to undergo a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, after talking it over with their doctor. This blood test looks for a protein produced by the prostate, a small walnut-shaped gland that produces seminal fluid. Cancerous prostate tissue produces higher levels of PSA….

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How to Safely Handle and Dispose Medication

How to Safely Handle and Dispose Medication

During and after cancer treatment, you may have medication to take at home. This may include chemotherapy in a form such as a pill that is taken by mouth, called oral chemotherapy.  There may also be medicine for symptoms and side effects, such as opioid pain medication. It is important for you and your family caregivers to know the safest ways to store and dispose of specific types of medication. In this podcast, Paul Celano, MD, talks about topics related to patient safety as well as how to dispose of…

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Drug Duo Approved for Aggressive Thyroid Cancer

Drug Duo Approved for Aggressive Thyroid Cancer

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Two anti-cancer drugs administered together have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat an inherited form of thyroid cancer. Tafinlar (dabrafenib) and Mekinist (trametinib) combined have been approved to treat anaplastic thyroid cancer caused by an abnormal BRAF V600E gene, the agency said Friday in a news release. Anaplastic thyroid cancer is a rare, yet aggressive form of the disease. Almost 54,000 people will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the United States this year, and more than 2,000…

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