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ASCO Reports Biggest Clinical Cancer Advances for 2015

Today - The biggest clinical cancer advances for 2015 have been identified in an annual report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, published online Jan. 20 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

High Levels of Formaldehyde Seen in E-Cigarette Vapor

Jan 23, 2015 - E-cigarette vapor can contain cancer-causing formaldehyde at levels up to 15 times higher than regular cigarettes, according to a letter published in the Jan. 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.


Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Higher Risk of Glioma

Jan 23, 2015 - The risk for developing a glioma appears to go up with long-term use of hormonal contraceptives, new research suggests. The findings were published online in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

More Stressors for Radiation Therapists Than Oncology Nurses

Jan 22, 2015 - For occupational groups in cancer care, radiation therapists have higher mean scores for stressors and coping strategies than oncology nurses, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences.


Coffee Consumption Linked With Reduced Melanoma Risk

Jan 22, 2015 - Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of malignant melanoma, with a trend toward more protection with higher intake, according to findings published online Jan. 20 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Patients Satisfied With Shared Appointments Before Mohs Sx

Jan 21, 2015 - Patient satisfaction is high for shared medical appointments for preoperative consultation regarding Mohs micrographic surgery, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.


Physicians Hit Barriers in Making Cancer Referrals

Jan 21, 2015 - Many physicians report encountering barriers when referring cancer patients to specialty care, according to research published in the Jan. 1 issue of Cancer.

Therapy Dogs May Help Patients Persevere With Cancer Treatment

Jan 21, 2015 - People undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for cancer may get an emotional lift from man's best friend, a new study suggests. The findings have been published in the January issue of the Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology.


Mindfulness Intervention De-Stresses Cancer Survivors

Jan 20, 2015 - A brief mindfulness-based intervention has a positive short-term effect on psychological and behavioral measures as well as proinflammatory signal markers in younger breast cancer survivors, according to a study published online Dec. 23 in Cancer.

Obesity More Expensive to Treat Than Smoking

Jan 20, 2015 - Annual health care expenses are substantially higher for smokers and the obese, compared with nonsmokers and people of healthy weight, according to a report published online Dec. 24 in Public Health. In fact, obesity is actually more expensive to treat than smoking on an annual basis, the report author concludes.


Active Breathing Coordinator Beneficial in RT for Left Breast CA

Jan 19, 2015 - For patients with left breast cancer, radiation therapy with the Active Breathing Coordinator can reduce the mean heart dose by 20 percent or more, while preserving local control, according to a study published in the January-February issue of Practical Radiation Oncology.


Teenage Acne Linked to Melanoma in Women

Jan 19, 2015 - There appears to be an association between teenage acne and melanoma, according to a study published online Jan. 8 in Cancer.

Sputum Biomarkers May Help ID Malignant Lung Nodules

Jan 19, 2015 - An experimental test which checks sputum for three microRNA biomarkers of lung cancer was able to distinguish early-stage lung cancer from noncancerous nodules the majority of the time, according to findings published in the Jan. 15 issue of Clinical Cancer Research.


Prostate Cancer Mortality Benefit Seen for Family Hx-Based Screens

Jan 19, 2015 - Screening white men with a family history of prostate cancer appears to be associated with a decrease in prostate cancer-specific mortality, according to a study published in the January issue of The Journal of Urology.

Fewer Surgeries for Patients With Advanced Colorectal Cancer

Jan 16, 2015 - Fewer U.S. colorectal cancer patients who are diagnosed in the final stages of their disease are having what can often be unnecessary surgery to have the primary tumor removed, researchers report. These patients are also living longer even as the surgery becomes less common, although their general prognosis is not good, according to the study published online Jan. 14 in JAMA Surgery.


Insulin Resistance Ups Breast Cancer Risk Regardless of BMI

Jan 16, 2015 - After menopause, unhealthy insulin levels may predict breast cancer risk even more than excess weight, new research suggests. The study was published in the Jan. 15 issue of Cancer Research.

Metabolic Sx Tied to Higher Risk of Endometrial Cancer

Jan 15, 2015 - A diagnosis of metabolic syndrome is associated with higher risk of endometrial cancer, regardless of whether the patient is considered obese, according to new research published in the January issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.


Race, Ethnicity Impact Breast Cancer Prognosis

Jan 15, 2015 - The chances of being diagnosed with early breast cancer, as well as surviving it, vary greatly depending on race and ethnicity, according to a new study published Jan. 13 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Aerobic Exercise Reduces Fatigue With Radiotherapy for Breast CA

Jan 15, 2015 - An aerobic exercise program can reduce fatigue in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing.



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