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Cancer Drug Shortages Taking a Heavy Toll on Patients

image Drug shortages are taking a heavy toll on cancer patients, shows a national survey of health professionals. This shortage is forcing treatment changes and delays that for some patients meant worse outcomes, more therapy-related complications and higher costs. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators played an important role in the study. The survey queried oncology pharmacists and others involved in managing cancer drug shortages for academic medical centers, co...
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Study Shows Bidi Smoking Causes Cancer

image A first of its kind study in India has proven conclusively that smoking bidi increases the propensity for cancer. P. Jayalekshmi of the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) here, who led the study on bidi-induced lung, oral, laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer, said lung cancer risk among former bidi smokers was higher than in those who never smoked bidis. Separate studies on the impact of bidi smoking on lung and oral cancers, and cancers of larynx and hypopharynx in close to 70...
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Genetically Modified Immune Cells may Help Treat Cancer

image Fiver cancer patients experienced complete relief from their disease after being injected by their own immune cells that were genetically modified with an extra cancer-fighting gene. The patients had all experienced a serious relapse of a form of cancer of the white blood cells, called B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, before the treatment, the Independent reported Results of the early-stage trial, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, demonstrate t...
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Bitter Melon Holds Cure for Cancer

image Extract of bitter melon was found to hold the key to cure cancer. Bitter melon, a vegetable common in India and known as 'karela' in Hindi is often used in Indian and Chinese cooking. "The goal of our study is to see if a complementary alternative medicine treatment based upon bitter melon can stop the spread of head and neck cancer," she said. Ray studies using bitter melon extract to prevent or treat cancer by thwarting the spread of cancer cells. In a controlled lab...
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10,000 Indians Diagnosed With Eye Cancer Each Year, Say Experts

image Every year, an estimated 10,000 new cases of eye cancer are diagnosed in the country, say experts. They were speaking at a two-day international conference on "Oculoplasty, Aesthetics, Ocular Oncology and Squint" organised by Delhi-based eye care chain Centre for Sight (CFS). It is being attended by 50 experts and 150 doctors from all over the country. Dr. Santosh G. Honavar, director medical services at CFS, said about 10,000 people are diagnosed every year f...
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New Chemo Drug to Preserve Fertility and Expand Cancer Fighting Ability

image A newer, much gentler chemotherapy drug in the form of nanoparticles has now been introduced, and is all set to preserve fertility without compromising on its toughness on cancer cells. This is the first cancer drug tested while in development for its effect on fertility using a novel in vitro test. The scientists designed a quick new in vitro test that predicts the toxicity of a chemotherapy drug to fertility and can be easily used to test other cancer drugs in development as ...
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Study Could Help Oncologists Preserve Brain Functions While Treating Cancer Patients

image Radiation oncologists who treat brain tumors could be helped by a new research conducted by scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center who are shedding more light on how to best preserve the brain's functions while still destroying the cancer cells. Ann M. Peiffer, Ph.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology at Wake Forest Baptist, and colleagues looked at how radiation treatment to different brain areas impacts function to help protect cognition for patients during and af...
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Gene Therapy Could be the Silver Lining for Patients Suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

image In a recent advancement in cancer research, scientists used gene therapy to cure an aggressive form of leukemia. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia progresses very rapidly and results in death within weeks when left untreated. When the cancer is relapsed, bone marrow transplant is the only choice of treatment in case the patient survives long enough to receive the treatment. Renier J. Brentjens, cancer specialist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and his team treated f...
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Prostate Screening: Digital Rectal Exam is an Important Part

image Penn State College of Medicine researchers have stressed that the digital rectal exam is an important screening test to discover prostate cancer. The digital rectal examination is a procedure where a physician feels the surface of the prostate with a gloved finger. The doctor is able to feel any lumps or hard areas on the prostate. A PSA test checks for levels of prostate-specific antigen in the blood, with higher levels signaling potential cancer. As men age, the accept...
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