Reunión anual de ASCO 2018: Cambios en el tratamiento del cáncer pancreático y del cáncer colorrectal

Reunión anual de ASCO 2018: Cambios en el tratamiento del cáncer pancreático y del cáncer colorrectal

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 precisión “depende de nuestra capacidad…

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Liver Cancer a Big Threat to U.S., Other Developed Nations

Liver Cancer a Big Threat to U.S., Other Developed Nations

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Liver cancer cases in several developed countries have doubled in the past 25 years, due to the continuing obesity epidemic and a spike in hepatitis infections, new research suggests. Even worse, the sharp rise in liver cancer cases is starting to swamp the limited number of liver specialists in those nations, the researchers added. In the four countries — the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada — liver cancer is the only major cancer for which death rates are rising. “While…

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Eid al-Fitr and Cancer: How to Keep Foods Safe When Ramadan Ends

Eid al-Fitr and Cancer: How to Keep Foods Safe When Ramadan Ends

Janice López-Muñoz, BS, MSIH, is a public affairs specialist with the Food Safety and Inspection Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More than 1 billion Muslims around the world observe Ramadan. This holy month is a time of fasting and prayer for the followers of Islam, who abstain from food and drink each day from dawn until dusk. The end of Ramadan is marked with a celebration known as Eid al-Fitr. The celebration involves large dinners, which include delicacies and large dishes of lamb, chicken, omelets, and salads. During…

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Antiviral Treatments Reduce Cancer Risk for HIV Patients

Antiviral Treatments Reduce Cancer Risk for HIV Patients

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Long-term antiviral treatment cuts the risk of cancer in HIV patients as they age, a new study says. People with HIV are at increased risk for both AIDS-related cancers (Kaposi sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or invasive cervical cancer) and non-AIDS-related cancers (lung and larynx cancer, melanoma and leukemia). Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a major part of HIV treatment, and previous research has shown a link between long-term viral suppression and reduced risk for certain types of cancer. However, no studies have specifically examined the…

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How Advocacy Helps Me Fight Fear of My Spouse’s Recurrence

How Advocacy Helps Me Fight Fear of My Spouse’s Recurrence

Voices on Cancer is an award-winning Cancer.Net Blog series where advocates share their stories and the lessons they have learned about being a cancer advocate. Annie Achee is the President and Medical Research Liaison of the National LeioMyoSarcoma Foundation, which builds leiomyosarcoma (LMS) awareness, provides patient and family resources, and funds research projects to accelerate treatment advances. Her advocacy work celebrates her husband, who was successfully treated for the disease. My advocacy story My husband, Mitch, a physician, was diagnosed in 2011 with leiomyosarcoma (LMS), a rare cancer I could hardly…

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Colonoscopies, Endoscopies Carry Greater Infection Risk Than Thought: Study

Colonoscopies, Endoscopies Carry Greater Infection Risk Than Thought: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Getting a colonoscopy or an endoscopy may be riskier than you thought. Researchers report that the rate of infections following these procedures at outpatient ambulatory surgery centers could be 100 times higher than previously believed, a new study finds. Bacterial infections such as E. coli and Klebsiella can strike 1 in 1,000 patients after a screening colonoscopy, nearly 2 in 1,000 after a non-screening colonoscopy, and more than 3 in 1,000 after an endoscopy, the study authors said. Previously, it had been believed…

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ASCO Annual Meeting 2018: Treatment Changes for Pancreatic Cancer and Colorectal Cancer

ASCO Annual Meeting 2018: Treatment Changes for Pancreatic Cancer and Colorectal Cancer

The theme of the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting is Delivering Discoveries: Expanding the Reach of Precision Medicine. Precision medicine has led to many advances in cancer care, but there is still much to learn in this growing field of research. Even more, as ASCO President Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO, writes in this year’s Clinical Cancer Advances report, the promise of precision medicine “is only as good as our ability to make these treatments available to all patients.” While much of the cancer research at…

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Gene Test May Allow Many With Early Breast Cancer to Avoid Chemo

Gene Test May Allow Many With Early Breast Cancer to Avoid Chemo

SUNDAY, June 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A majority of women with an early form of a common breast cancer may be able to skip chemotherapy, depending on the results of a comprehensive gene test. The new study of nearly 7,000 women found that use of the already available Oncogene DX gene test could pinpoint those women who needed chemotherapy, and those who did not. The women had a specific type of breast tumor known as “hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative, and axillary node-negative.” The findings could be a game-changer in breast…

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ASCO Annual Meeting 2018: Geriatric Assessment Improves Communication, Racial and Gender Differences in Cancer Treatment, and a Comparison of Cancer Treatment Costs

ASCO Annual Meeting 2018: Geriatric Assessment Improves Communication, Racial and Gender Differences in Cancer Treatment, and a Comparison of Cancer Treatment Costs

The theme of the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting is Delivering Discoveries: Expanding the Reach of Precision Medicine. Precision medicine has led to many advances in cancer care, but there is still much to learn in this growing field of research. Even more, as ASCO President Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO, writes in this year’s Clinical Cancer Advances report, the promise of precision medicine “is only as good as our ability to make these treatments available to all patients.” While much of the cancer research at…

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Wise Words on Women’s Health

Wise Words on Women’s Health

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — May is Women’s Health Month. With that in mind, doctors are offering suggestions for steps that women can take to reduce their risk of diseases and safeguard their health, both physical and mental. Dr. Blanca Sckell is medical director of the Ambulatory Care Center and internal medicine program at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, in New York City. She offered the following advice for women who are seeking ways to boost their health. For starters, manage stress. Try to take a few minutes each day to…

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