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January 11, 2017

Fighting For You: Dr. Herbert Beck

Q: Why did you choose to specialize in gynecologic oncology? A: I came to the specialty of gynecologic oncology by the way of obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN). About one year into my studies, it became readily apparent to me that I wanted to become more involved in the surgical subspecialty. At that time, I was […]

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January 11, 2017

TAPUR Trial Targets Individual Cancers with Treatments Outside of FDA-approved Indication

Researchers have launched a new study designed to broaden access to drugs for some patients with advanced cancers and to collect and share data on individual responses to drugs that have not yet been approved for their specific cancer types. The Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) study is for patients who had genomic […]

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January 11, 2017

Five Viruses that Cause Cancer

Five viruses have been added to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 14th Report on Carcinogens, released in November 2016. The report identifies environmental factors, including infectious agents, known (or reasonably anticipated) to cause cancer. It’s estimated that 12 percent of human cancers worldwide are caused by viruses, which are made up of […]

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December 12, 2016

Celebrate with Mocktails, not Cocktails

Wine, champagne, winter lagers, and festive cocktails — celebrating the holidays often includes libations special to the season. But do these spirited drinks increase your risk of cancer? A new analysis shows a direct link between alcohol and seven types of cancer may have you reconsidering that next beer. The study, published in the scientific […]

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December 12, 2016

Smoking, Your DNA and Cancer

It’s no earth-shattering revelation that smoking is bad for you. It has been linked recently to nearly 30 percent of cancer deaths in the United States, for starters. But a new study reveals for the first time that smoking does more than harm your health; it actually damages the body’s DNA. According to study results […]

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(Original Caption) Lung cancer. Coloured axial (cross-sectional) computed tomography (CT) scan of a chest showing a large malignant (cancerous) tumour (yellow, far left) in the left lung (purple). The front of the body is at top. The heart (yellow, upper centre) and the spine (yellow, bottom) are also seen.

November 23, 2016

Lung Cancer Treatment: Studies Show Hope on the Horizon

The Claim: A combination of HDAC inhibitors with PD-1 blockade is a promising strategy for lung cancer treatment. The Study: Researchers at the south Florida H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute tested lung cancer models in mice, screening 97 FDA-approved oncologic compounds for agents that could enhance the human body’s immune response to tumors. Researchers […]

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November 14, 2016

5 Things You Need to Know About Lung Cancer

In recent years, Ashish Sangal, MD, a medical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), has noticed more patients have come to initial consultation appointments with a fair amount of background knowledge about lung cancer. “Because social media and the internet make information so easily available, I’ve seen that significantly increase,” says Dr. Sangal, […]

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November 14, 2016

A Damaging Duo: Cancer and Diabetes

Like familiar faces in a crowd, cancer and diabetes seem to bump into each other often. At first blush, the two diseases appear to be strangers, but scientists have found they have multiple connections and often are found together in the same patients. The results of a new study, conducted at the University of Toronto […]

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November 13, 2016

6 Top Myths About Pancreatic Cancer

Although it’s estimated that more than 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016, many people are misinformed about the disease. In honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve debunked the top six pancreatic cancer myths. Myth #1 – Pancreatic cancer is always deadly. Contrary to what some believe, pancreatic cancers can be […]

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October 11, 2016

Double Duty

In the past, women requiring mastectomy for breast cancer typically faced a series of operations and recoveries. But now patients may be able to opt for simultaneous surgeries, which can give better cosmetic results including less scarring. Before undergoing any type of breast reconstruction surgery, it’s important understand what it involves and get answers to […]

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