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  • Radiation Misinformation May Delay Crucial Treatment

    November 14, 2016
    Anyone who grew up with the threat of the Cold War hanging over their heads knows radiation is a bad thing. After all, as the movie “War Games” pointed out, deployment of nuclear weapons can only lead to a lose-lose situation. Be that as it may, radiation in small doses does not pose the threat that many believe. In...read more
  • Preventative Mastectomy Rates Rise in the U.S.

    October 24, 2016
    More women are choosing to have healthy breast tissue removed to prevent the likelihood of breast cancer. That’s the finding of a recent study into the use of preventative mastectomies in the United States. That rate, in fact, has increased dramatically over the past decade. Preventative mastectomies are generally performed when a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in a...read more
  • Follow-Up CT Scans Can Reduce Lung Cancer Mortality

    October 16, 2016
    Outside of skin cancer, lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United states. The disease strikes women as readily as men, impacting an estimated 224,000 new people each year. Some 158,000 Americans die from lung cancer annually, shedding light on the need to enhance testing and earlier interventions. Studies have found that the use of...read more
  • Cigar Smoking and Cancer: Get the Facts

    September 24, 2016
    People who smoke cigars often say they chose this route to avoid the cancer risks so strongly associated with cigarette smoking. While it’s true lighting up a stogie may not necessarily pose the same lung cancer risk as cigarettes do, that doesn’t mean cigar smokers are free and clear of potential ramifications. Smoking tobacco – in any form – can...read more
  • Genetic Mutations: They’re Probably More Common Than You Thought

    September 15, 2016
    Genetic mutations have long been known to play a role in the development of certain forms of cancer. The BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, for example, can dramatically increase risk for breast and other forms of cancer. These mutations, however, are considered relatively rare. Until recently, in fact, genetic mutations in general were considered few and far between. Researchers are...read more
  • Breast Cancer Reoperation Rates Vary, Study Finds

    August 25, 2016
    Undergoing breast cancer surgery once can be trying for any woman. Having to return to the operating room within months of the first procedure, can be especially difficult. Unfortunately, a number of reasons can make this eventuality arise, including concerns about clean margins and surgical complications. The good news is that a recent study found that the number of...read more
  • Family Caring for Sick Older Adults Face Many Challenges

    August 13, 2016
    When older people become sick, it is not at all uncommon for family members to step in to provide varying degrees of care. Those who provide a great deal of services on behalf of their loved ones, however, may also suffer emotional difficulty themselves, a new study found. The study that arrived at those findings involved more than 1,700 family...read more
  • Mammograms Can Benefit Older Women: Study

    July 24, 2016
    For women who have diligently reported for annual mammograms throughout their middle years, hitting the age of 75 can be a welcomed change of pace. After all, this is the age when most doctors say the need to continue screening for breast cancer is no longer a concern. A recent study, however, has found that women can still benefit...read more
  • Induction Chemotherapy: Study Finds No Benefit In Head and Neck Cancer

    July 15, 2016
    Enhancing the survival rate of people with advanced head and neck cancer is a serious concern for many oncologists. One common treatment protocol, however, may not offer the benefits once thought. A recent study shed light on the relative inability for induction chemotherapy followed by radiation to provide a benefit for patients with more advanced cases. The study found,...read more
  • Treatment Combination Can Improve Prostate Cancer Outcomes

    June 25, 2016
    For the thousands of American men diagnosed with intermediate-risk prostate cancer each year, enhancing survival chances even a little bit can be a big consideration of any treatment option. Researchers are finding the combination two of the most common treatments used on their own in this type of cancer can offer a modest increase in survival likelihood. A recent study...read more

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