Frequent Skin Cancers May Signal Risk of Other Cancers, Too

Frequent Skin Cancers May Signal Risk of Other Cancers, Too

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who have frequent recurrences of a common skin cancer may be at increased risk of a range of other cancers, a new study suggests. Researchers found the heightened risk among patients who’d had many bouts of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) — a highly treatable form of skin cancer diagnosed in over 3 million Americans each year. Patients who’d developed at least six BCCs over 10 years showed higher-than-average risks of breast, colon, prostate and blood cancers. It’s well known that people who…

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Spotlight On: Cancer Case Managers

Spotlight On: Cancer Case Managers

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you will interact with a number of different members of the health care team at various times during treatment. When you walk into a doctor’s office, hospital, or cancer center, you may encounter nurses, physician assistants, social workers, doctors—the list goes on. In the Spotlight On series, we talk with some of these health care professionals to learn more about their jobs and the role they play in providing high-quality cancer care. A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. All the information about treatments and…

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New Treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Approved

New Treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Approved

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Poteligeo (mogamulizumab) injection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with two types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The drug was approved to treat relapsed or refractory mycosis fungoides (MF) and Sézary syndrome (SS) after the patient has had at least one prior therapy delivered through the bloodstream. “Mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome are rare, hard-to-treat types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and this approval fills an unmet medical need for these patients,” Dr. Richard Pazdur, director of the FDA’s Oncology…

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Cancer, Depression, and Suicide Risk: Signs to Watch For

Cancer, Depression, and Suicide Risk: Signs to Watch For

Dr. William Breitbart is Chairman of the Jimmie C. Holland Chair in Psychiatric Oncology and is the Attending Psychiatrist, Psychiatry Service, in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). He’s also Attending Psychiatrist, Supportive Care Service, in the Department of Medicine at MSKCC and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, at Weill Cornell Medical College. Cancer can be an emotional experience, and sadness is a very common emotional response to a diagnosis or to the various events that can…

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The Dark Side of Sunless Tanning

The Dark Side of Sunless Tanning

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Don’t kid yourself that using a sunless tanning product will prevent skin cancer. Unless you’re willing to stop sunbathing altogether, you’re still at risk for skin damage, researchers report. “For the most part, adults who use sunless tanning products continue to engage in risky tanning behaviors,” said study leader Matthew Mansh, a dermatology resident at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Sunless tanners include sprays, ointments, creams, foams or lotions. They’re touted as a safe alternative to outdoor sunbathing or indoor tanning. But…

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Research Round Up Podcast: Side Effects, Head and Neck Cancer, Breast Cancer, and Melanoma

Research Round Up Podcast: Side Effects, Head and Neck Cancer, Breast Cancer, and Melanoma

Cancer research, such as the research presented at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting, is not only about finding new and better treatments for cancer. Often, the goal of the research is to find ways to improve the quality of life for people living with cancer. This includes finding new ways to prevent and manage the side effects of cancer treatment and looking at ways to safely reduce the amount of treatment. In today’s Research Round Up podcast, Cancer.Net Associate Editors discuss this theme across 4 areas of cancer care: side effect…

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To Boost Colon Cancer Screening, Use the Mail

To Boost Colon Cancer Screening, Use the Mail

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer is treatable if caught early. And sending screening tests in the mail might boost timely detection, a new study suggests. University of North Carolina (UNC) researchers found that Medicaid patients were more likely to get screened if they received stool-testing kits by mail instead of just reminders. “There has been a national push to increase colorectal cancer screening rates since colorectal cancer is a preventable disease, but screening rates are only about 63 percent, and low-income, and otherwise vulnerable populations, tend…

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Shield Yourself From the Summer Sun

Shield Yourself From the Summer Sun

SATURDAY, July 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When you’re out having fun in the sun this summer, remember to take steps to prevent sunburn. Along with being painful, sunburns can cause lasting damage that can lead to a number of skin problems, including skin cancer, warned Dr. Suzanne Olbricht, chief of dermatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “The sun’s UV rays damage the DNA in the cells of your skin,” she explained in a medical center news release. “These harmful DNA changes can be quite profound and…

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Gyms With Tanning Beds Send Mixed Message

Gyms With Tanning Beds Send Mixed Message

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Gym rats are trying to get healthy. So why do so many U.S. gyms have tanning beds, researchers want to know. Since indoor tanning raises the risk of skin cancer, this common combo sends a conflicting message to gym users, University of Connecticut researchers say. “By pairing exercise with tanning beds, gyms send the message that tanning is part of a healthy lifestyle. It is not,” said study author Sherry Pagoto. She’s a professor of allied health sciences. Pagoto and her colleagues surveyed…

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Getting Fit for Cancer Treatment: Why It Matters

Getting Fit for Cancer Treatment: Why It Matters

Loriana Hernandez-Aldama is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and former news anchor and medical reporter turned cancer survivor, advocate, and speaker. After being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, she launched ArmorUp for LIFE,  a nonprofit organization that encourages people to change their lives through diet, exercise, and lifestyle before a life-threatening illness like cancer hits and inspiring people to stay healthy during and after treatment. I’m a mother, wife, and Emmy Award-winning journalist who spent all of 2014 facing a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia. In the midst of in vitro…

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