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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Did You Know: 2 Surprising Sources of Foodborne Bacteria

Did You Know: 2 Surprising Sources of Foodborne Bacteria

Adam Ghering is a public affairs specialist with the Food Safety and Inspection Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Most people would say that they can tell pretty quickly what is clean and what is dirty. If you see stains on your pants, you know that your pants are dirty. However, seeing whether bacteria is on your food is an entirely different story.  All foodborne bacteria are microscopic and can’t be seen with the naked eye, so it is difficult to know if your foods have been cross-contaminated. Bacteria…

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850 Million People Worldwide Have Kidney Disease

850 Million People Worldwide Have Kidney Disease

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Kidney disease is a “hidden epidemic” affecting more than 850 million people worldwide, renal experts say. That’s twice the number of diabetics (422 million) and more than 20 times the number of people with cancer (42 million) or HIV/AIDS (36.7 million). But most people don’t realize that kidney disease is a major health issue. “It is high time to put the global spread of kidney diseases into focus,” said David Harris and Adeera Levin of the International Society of Nephrology. Harris is the…

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Reunión Anual de ASCO 2018: Necesidad de menos tratamiento para algunos pacientes con cáncer de mama y cáncer de riñón, inmunoterapia para el cáncer de pulmón de células no pequeñas y quimioterapia de mantenimiento para el rabdomiosarcoma

Reunión Anual de ASCO 2018: Necesidad de menos tratamiento para algunos pacientes con cáncer de mama y cáncer de riñón, inmunoterapia para el cáncer de pulmón de células no pequeñas y quimioterapia de mantenimiento para el rabdomiosarcoma

El tema de la Reunión Anual de la American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO, por sus siglas en inglés) 2018 es Aplicar los descubrimientos: Expandir el alcance de la medicina de precisión. La medicina de precisión ha permitido lograr muchos avances en la atención del cáncer, pero aún queda mucho por aprender en esta creciente área de investigación. Más aun, como el presidente de ASCO, Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO, escribe en el informe sobre los avances clínicos en oncología (en inglés) de este año, la promesa de la medicina de…

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Don’t Skip Kids’ Sun Protection on the Fourth

Don’t Skip Kids’ Sun Protection on the Fourth

SUNDAY, July 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When planning your Fourth of July outing, remember sun protection for youngsters. “It is imperative for parents to protect their children from the harmful effects of extreme sun exposure,” said Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the Solid Tumor Division at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Kids are not immune from cancer just because they’re young, Pappo emphasized. “While rare, melanoma is the most common type of skin cancer in younger patients and affects mostly teenagers. If diagnosed early, it can…

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Being a Physician-Patient Is a Double-Edged Sword

Being a Physician-Patient Is a Double-Edged Sword

Dr. Stephanie L. Graff is a breast medical oncologist. She is the director of the Breast Cancer Program at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health and the associate director of the Breast Cancer Research Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute. She serves on the ASCO Research Community Forum. Dr. Graff is on Twitter @DrSGraff. Dr. Kelly Shanahan is a board-certified OB/GYN living with metastatic breast cancer. She practiced for 25 years. Dr. Shanahan is the former medical director of METUP, volunteers and reviews grants for Metavivor, is a…

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