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RSNA: Device May Make Mammograms More Comfortable

Today - Dutch researchers have developed a device that may reduce the discomfort many women feel during a mammogram, while preserving the quality of the image.

Hospital Volume Not Linked to Costs of Cancer Surgery

Today - Hospital surgical volume does not appear to correlate with Medicare payments for cancer surgery, according to research published online Nov. 24 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.


Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide

Today - Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, according to a study published online Nov. 26 in The Lancet Oncology.

Breast Cancer Treatments More Effective Now Than in the Past

Today - Comparison of recurrence and outcome patterns shows that current treatments for breast cancer are more effective than previous therapies, according to research published online Nov. 24 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.


Clonal Hematopoiesis With Somatic Mutations Up With Age

Today - Clonal hematopoiesis with somatic mutations is increasingly common with aging, according to two studies published online Nov. 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Diagnostic Criteria Developed for Cancer-Linked Weight Loss

Nov 26, 2014 - A grading system has been developed for clinically important weight loss (WL) in patients with cancer, which includes the independent prognostic significance of body mass index and percent WL, according to research published online Nov. 24 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.


Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff

Nov 26, 2014 - Many young people consider hookahs a hip and safer way to smoke, but a new study finds fumes from the water pipes contain the toxin benzene, which has been linked to an increased risk of leukemia. These findings were published online Nov. 21 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention

Prosocial Internet Support Group Not Beneficial for Breast Cancer

Nov 25, 2014 - A prosocial Internet support group that encourages breast cancer survivors with elevated anxiety or depression to help others may not be beneficial, according to a study published online Nov. 17 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.


Genetic Diversity May Improve Tx Response in Melanoma

Nov 21, 2014 - Evidence suggests a genetic basis for clinical response to cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 blockade in melanoma, according to research published online Nov. 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Mastectomy Rates Rising Among Women Eligible for Lumpectomy

Nov 21, 2014 - A rising number of early-stage breast cancer patients who are eligible for lumpectomy are nonetheless undergoing mastectomy, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in JAMA Surgery.


Patient-Doc Relationship Affects Alternative Med Use Disclosure

Nov 20, 2014 - Patient-centered communication with a physician can improve the likelihood of cancer patients disclosing the use of complementary health approaches, according to a study published online Nov. 11 in Cancer.

Telephone Support Intervention Beneficial for BRCA Carriers

Nov 20, 2014 - A telephone-based, peer-support program can reduce distress and unmet information needs among women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, according to a study published online Nov. 17 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.


Variation in Proportion of Cancer Survivors Undergoing HIV Testing

Nov 20, 2014 - The proportion of cancer survivors undergoing HIV testing varies by state and demographic and health-related factors, according to a study published Nov. 13 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

Treatments Show Promise in Metastatic Melanoma

Nov 19, 2014 - In metastatic melanoma, nivolumab improves overall and progression-free survival versus dacarbazine, and dabrafenib plus trametinib improves survival versus vemurafenib monotherapy, according to two studies published online Nov. 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine.


AHA: Even With Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Better Choice

Nov 19, 2014 - Fear of unhealthy weight gain can be a factor holding smokers back from quitting the habit. But a new study finds that even if people do gain a few pounds once they quit, their post-cigarette health is still much better than if they'd kept on smoking. The findings are being presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, held from Nov. 15 to 19 in Chicago.

Video Tool Educates Patients About Prostate Health

Nov 18, 2014 - A video-based educational tool may improve patient comprehension of common terminology used to describe prostate health, according to research published online Nov. 12 in Cancer.


Probable/Possible Carcinogenic HPV Types Are Biologically Active

Nov 18, 2014 - Molecular evidence indicates that eight probable/possible high-risk human papillomavirus types are biologically active, according to a study published in the December issue of The Journal of Pathology.

Guidelines Aim to Reduce 2nd Surgeries Post-Lumpectomy

Nov 14, 2014 - In a study of 241 ,597 women who had breast conservation surgery for breast cancer, 23.6 percent needed a second operation. The report was published online Nov. 12 in JAMA Surgery.


Many U.S. Doctors Wary of Genetic Testing

Nov 14, 2014 - Many American doctors may not support genetic testing in patients without a major family history of certain illnesses, suggests a new survey of physicians. The report appears in the Nov. 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients

Nov 14, 2014 - Breast cancer patients who experience pain and swelling related to their treatment may find relief in acupuncture and exercise, new research suggests. The two studies have been published in the November issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs.



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