Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Cancer Patients and Mental Illness

Researchers noted that cancer treatment has improved significantly over the past decade, yet mental health treatment has not been fully integrated into the treatment of cancer patients. They further asserted that studies have shown that depression and anxiety can impact patients’ feelings and attitudes...
February 24th, 2010 | News | Read More

Colon and Rectum Cancer. How Is Colorectal Cancer Staged?

The stage describes the extent of the cancer in the body. It is based on how far the cancer has grown into the wall of the intestine, whether or not it has reached nearby structures, and whether or not it has spread to the lymph nodes or distant organs. The stage of a cancer is one of the most important...
February 22nd, 2010 | News | Read More

How to Minimize Hair Loss During Chemotherapy

Depending on the type of chemo you’re receiving, wearing a frozen gel cap or ice pack during treatment may help reduce hair loss. By chilling the scalp during intravenous chemo(scalp hypothermia)blood flow to hair follicles is reduced. This, in turn, reduces the amount of the chemo drug absorbed...
February 22nd, 2010 | News | Read More

Prostate Cancer Hormone Therapy May Increase Heart Risk

While hormone therapy is beneficial for many men with prostate cancer, there is growing concern that it may increase heart disease risk factors, according to a report by leading health organizations. The report, written by experts from the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and the...
February 16th, 2010 | News | Read More

Pregnancy and Breast Cancer

Very few pregnant women are diagnosed with breast cancer. But because more women are choosing to have children later in life, and because the risk of breast cancer increases as women age, there may be more cases in the future. For instance, only 1 in 50 breast cancers are found in woman under 35, but...
February 16th, 2010 | News | Read More

A Genetic Test for Heart Disease and Cancer Risk

DecodeMe, a division of Iceland-based Decode Genetics, launched two new services this week: a test that detects genetic variations associated with different cardiovascular diseases, and a screen that detects genetic variations linked to the risk of developing various cancers. At $195 and $225, respectively,...
February 7th, 2010 | News | Read More

Changes in Body Fluid Odors Indicate Presence of Lung Cancer Tumors

New animal research from scientists at the Monell Center and collaborators demonstrates that body fluid odors can be used to identify animals with lung cancer tumors. “Cancer tumors result in a change in body-related odors that can be detected both by trained animal sensors and by sophisticated...
February 6th, 2010 | News | Read More

Genoptix laboratory helps doctors diagnose certain types of cancer

Genoptix is a Carlsbad laboratory that helps doctors diagnose certain types of cancer. They have the largest group of hematopathologists under one roof in the U.S. The company has grown rapidly. In a little more than a decade since its founding, it has grown to more than 400 employees with $135.3 million...
January 28th, 2010 | News | Read More

Early Detection For Pancreatic Cancer

by-Cathy Bueti. As some of you may know my father passed away in June of ’08 from pancreatic cancer. Like most patients it was diagnosed too late and he lived only a year from his diagnosis. And that was longer than they predicted when the docs gave him 8 months. He didn’t go see a doctor...
January 27th, 2010 | Life After Cancer, News, Opinion | Read More

The Youngest Cancer Patients

New parents lose a lot of sleep worrying about their newborn’s adjustments to this world, but some parents have more serious concerns—like coping with the dismay of finding out that their baby has cancer. In fact, about 10% of all cancers to strike children under the age of 15 are diagnosed in infants...
January 25th, 2010 | News | Read More