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  January 05, 2012
Cancer Deaths Down Since 1990
  By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Declining cancer incidence has translated into one million fewer cancer deaths in the U.S. over the past 20 years, according to data from the American Cancer Society (ACS).

  July 8, 2008
VEGF Inhibitor Shows Promise in Neurofibromatosis
  By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

HOUSTON, July 8 -- A majority of patients with type 2 neurofibromatosis had objective tumor responses to treatment with bevacizumab (Avastin), data from a small clinical trial showed.

  Sept 22, 2008
ASTRO: Proton Radiation Linked to Lower Risk of Second Malignancy
  By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

BOSTON, Sept. 22 -- Proton therapy may cut the risk of a second malignancy by half compared with conventional radiation treatment, results of a retrospective comparison suggested.

  Aug 25, 2008
Incense Use Increases Risk of Squamous-Cell Respiratory Cancers
  By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 25 -- Long-term exposure to incense may increase the risk of respiratory-tract cancers, according to data from a large Chinese cohort study. 

  Aug 20, 2008
Statins Not Responsible for Increased Cancer Risk
  By Todd Neale, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

BOSTON, Aug. 20 -- Patients taking statins to control cholesterol are not at increased risk for cancer from the drugs, according to a meta-analysis.  <READ MORE>

  July 16, 2008
Combination of Cancer Drugs Linked to Anemia
  By Peggy Peck, Executive Editor, MedPage Today

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 16 -- Combining two targeted therapies -- bevacizumab (Avastin) and sunitinib (Sutent) -- may promote microangiopathic hemolytic anemia in patients with solid tumors, according to Genentech, maker of bevacizumab.  <READ MORE>


May 19, 2008
ASCO: Needles May Ease Morbidities of Head-and-Neck Cancer Treatment 


By Peggy Peck, Executive Editor, MedPage Today

CHICAGO, June 5 -- Acupuncture may reduce shoulder pain and the dry mouth associated with treatment of head-and-neck cancer, according to a small randomized trial reported here.    <READ MORE>

  June 1, 2008
ASCO: In Endometrial Cancer, Less GI Toxicity with Brachytherapy than External-Beam
  By Peggy Peck, Executive Editor, MedPage Today

CHICAGO, June 1 -- Vaginal brachytherapy is as effective in preventing a recurrence of endometrial cancer after surgery in intermediate- to high-risk women as external-beam pelvic radiotherapy but with less GI toxicity, Dutch researchers reported here.

  May 30, 2008
ASCO: American Society of Clinical Oncology Meeting
  By Peggy Peck, Executive Editor, MedPage Today

CHICAGO, May 30 -- The National Cancer Institute's budget has been squeezed to the tune of $500 million since 2004, with little possibility of significant assistance before 2011.  <READ MORE>

  May 27, 2008
Evidence 'Equivocal' for Antioxidants in Cancer Treatment
  By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today

SAN DIEGO, May 27 -- The evidence for supplementing cancer radiation or chemotherapy with antioxidants is "equivocal at best" in the face of serious concerns about potential harm, researchers here said. <READ MORE>

  May 13, 2008
HPV Status May Predict Response and Survival in Oropharyngeal Cancer
  By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 13 -- In patients with advanced oropharyngeal cancer, elevated levels of human papillomavirus (HPV) identify a potentially large subgroup that has a high likelihood of response and favorable prognosis, investigators here found.  <READ MORE>

  Apr 21, 2008
AACR: Neoadjuvant Anti-VEGF Therapy Aids Local Control in Rectal Cancer 
  By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

SAN DIEGO, April 21 -- In patients with advanced rectal carcinoma, adding bevacizumab (Avastin) to neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiation led to 100% local control at four years, investigators in a small clinical study reported here. <READ MORE>

  Apr 15, 2008
AACR: Molecule Promising Against Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma 
  By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

SAN DIEGO, April 15 -- Eight of nine patients with metastatic basal cell carcinoma had durable clinical benefit with minimal toxicity when treated with an investigational compound that inhibits signaling in the Hedgehog pathway.  <READ MORE>

  Apr 14, 2008
AACR: Potential Markers of Response to Antiangiogenic Therapy Identified 
  By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

SAN DIEGO, April 14 -- The effectiveness of antiangiogenic cancer therapy may be keyed to specific patterns of circulating endothelial progenitor cells that are stimulated by the treatment, according to findings reported here.  <READ MORE>

  Apr 14, 2008
Computer Model Suggests CT Tops Colonoscopy for Cancer Screening 
  By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

ROME, April 14 -- For colon cancer screening, computed tomography outperforms colonoscopy with or without ultrasonography because of the added benefit of detecting extracolonic lesions, results of a computerized model suggest.  <READ MORE>

  Mar 24, 2008
Miami doctor breaks new ground in cancer surgery 
  By Tom Brown, Reuters

MIAMI (Reuters) - Dr. Tomoaki Kato had to remove a lot more than a cancerous tumor during an unprecedented operation on a 63-year-old Florida woman earlier this month.  <READ MORE>

  Mar 24, 2008
NCI-Sponsored Cancer Trials Offer Decent Clinical Return on Investment 
  By Crystal Phend, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

TAMPA, Fla., March 24 -- The National Cancer Institute's cooperative groups seem to have a reasonably good batting average taking treatments through phase III trials into clinical practice.  <READ MORE>

  Mar 20, 2008
PET/CT May Unmask Hidden Cancers in Li-Fraumeni Patients 
  By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

BOSTON, March 20 -- Occult malignancies in patients with Li-Fraumeni syndrome have more difficulty hiding from whole-body fluorodeoxyglucose F18 (FDG) PET/CT imaging, results of a preliminary clinical evaluation suggest.  <READ MORE>

  Mar 18, 2008
New Technique May Outsmart Pancreatic Cancer: October 26, 2007  
  By www.nibib.nih.gov

Pancreatic cancer, which claimed the life of famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti just a year after diagnosis, is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. for both men and women.  <READ MORE>

  Mar 13, 2008
SGO: Biology Role Cited for Racial Disparities in Uterine Cancer Outcomes  
  By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

TAMPA, Fla., March 13 -- Blacks with uterine cancers have an increased risk for death and recurrence, even when they receive the same level of care as white women, suggested two studies reported here.  <READ MORE>

  Feb 18, 2008
AAPM: Breakthrough Cancer Pain Eased with Fentanyl Buccal Tablets  
  By Ed Susman, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today

KISSIMMEE, Fla., Feb. 18 -- For opioid-tolerant cancer patients, a fentanyl buccal tablet appears to relieve breakthrough pain rapidly, reported researchers here.  <READ MORE>

  Jan 17, 2008
Dearth of Trials Hinders Progress for Teens and Young Adults with Cancer 
  By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 17 -- Lack of access to clinical trials figures prominently in the inferior cancer cure rates seen in adolescents and young adults compared with children, investigators here have found.  <READ MORE>

  Jan 11, 2008
New Therapies and Strategies Show Promise Against Breast Cancer
  By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 11 -- Here's a look at intriguing prospects still in early trials in five areas of breast cancer research presented at the recent San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.  <READ MORE>


Jan 3, 2008
No Improvement Made in Access to Cancer Treatment for Black Patients

  By Crystal Phend, Staff Editor, MedPage Today

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 7 -- Racial disparities in treatment of the most common types of cancer remained virtually unchanged a decade after they first came to light.  <READ MORE>


Jan 3, 2008
Risks of Anemia Drugs in Chemotherapy Patients Are Bolstered

  By Peggy Peck, Executive Editor, MedPage Today

ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 3 -- More research has strengthened an association between erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) and an increased risk of mortality when the drugs are used for chemotherapy-induced anemia, the FDA said today.  <READ MORE>


Dec 10, 2007

  By Johns Hopkins Medicine

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered that cancers arising from epigenetic changes - in this case the inappropriate activation of a normally silent gene - develop by becoming addicted to certain growth factors.  <READ MORE>


Oct 30, 2007
ASTRO: Routine Shots Get Short Shrift for Cancer Patients

  By Michael Smith, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 -- Routine vaccinations for cancer radiotherapy patients may be slipping through the cracks, a researcher said here.  <READ MORE>


Oct 24, 2007
AACR-NCI-EORTC: Low Side Effect Chemotherapy in the Works

  By Crystal Phend, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24 -- An investigational chemotherapeutic agent may be less likely to cause some of the most common side effects of similar drugs, according to an early-phase study.  <READ MORE>


Oct 15, 2007
Colorectal Cancer Leads Decline in Cancer Death Rates

  By Peggy Peck, Executive Editor, MedPage Today

ATLANTA, Oct. 15 -- Cancer death rates fell by about 2.1% per year from 2002 to 2004, compared with a 1.1% per year decline from 1993 through 2002, according to the annual report to the nation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.  <READ MORE>


Oct 11, 2007

  By Johns Hopkins Medicine

One year after completing the first large-scale report sequencing breast and colon cancer genes, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center scientists have studied the vast majority of protein-coding genes which now suggest a landscape dominated by genes that each are mutated in relatively few cancers.  <READ MORE>


Sept 10, 2007

  By Johns Hopkins Medicine

Nearly 30 years after Nobel laureate Linus Pauling famously and controversially suggested that vitamin C supplements can prevent cancer, a team of Johns Hopkins scientists have shown that in mice at least, vitamin C - and potentially other antioxidants - can indeed inhibit the growth of some tumors ? just not in the manner suggested by years of investigation.  <READ MORE>


Aug 14, 2007
Flaxseed might benefit cancer treatment: study

  By Channel NewsAsia

Established in March 1999, Channel NewsAsia positions itself as an Asian TV News  channel, fully complemented by English and Chinese online portals that provide  news and information on global developments with Asian perspectives. Channel NewsAsia brings viewers not only the latest news but also the stories behind the headlines. Based in Singapore, Channel NewsAsia reports from the major Asian and key Western cities, including New York, Washington D.C, London and Brussels.  <READ MORE>


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