Horizons: Cancer News

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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

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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October 10, 2016

Pain Management: Alternative to Narcotics for Breast Surgery

Question: Why is managing pain such an important part of cancer treatment? Answer: According to the National Cancer Institute, pain is one of the most common symptoms cancer patients face. Studies have shown that reducing or controlling the level of pain patients experience may lead to better outcomes. Patients also have a tendency to heal […]

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October 7, 2016

Breast Cancer Test: Studies Show Hope on the Horizon

The Claim: With the help of Oncotype DX, a test that predicts the likelihood of benefit from chemotherapy, some women with early-stage breast cancer won’t have to go through chemo. The Study: The West German Study Group study followed more than 3,100 patients at 93 German centers who had estrogen-receptor positive HER2-negative early-stage breast cancer and who […]

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September 14, 2016

Lymphoma, Leukemia, Myeloma: Hope on the Horizon

Advances in diagnosing and treating blood cancers have helped double survival rates, and the future outlook may be even brighter. Blood cancers—lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma—made up almost 10 percent of all cancer cases diagnosed in 2015, or about 162,000 new cancer cases. At the same time, progress is being made on the survival front. More […]

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September 14, 2016

Simple Lifestyle Habit May Lower Risk of Ovarian Cancer

A growing body of research suggests staying active may help women reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer. About one in 75 women will develop ovarian cancer during her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. In one study, researchers analyzed data from nine studies and found chronic inactivity was associated with ovarian cancer.  Compared […]

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