Saturday, December 16, 2017

New drug shows promise in a variety cancers

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CANCER DIGEST – Dec. 16, 2016 – A new drug that targets the protein made by a mutation of a gene common to many cancers has shown activity against a variety of tumor types, according to researchers.

The study presents the early results of a first phase clinical trial that aims to establish safe and effective doses of the drug, called ulixertinib. Such phase I clinical trials test a range of doses to determine first, whether the drug can slow or halt the progress of the cancer, and determine the side effects as well. The study results appear in Cancer Discovery, the journal of the American Association of Cancer Research.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Screening has little affect on breast cancer deaths

CANCER DIGEST – Dec. 9, 2017 – A French study of the breast screening program in the Netherlands found that screening for breast cancer every two years produced a 5 percent reduction in cancer deaths compared to a 28 percent reduction in death from improved treatments.

The finding challenges a the current guidelines in the U.S. and other countries that recommend mammography exams every two years for women 50-75. The study was published in the Dec. 5, 2017 British Medical Journal.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

When is the cost of treatment too high?

CANCER DIGEST – Nov. 24, 2017 – Unfortunately, that’s a question that too many cancer patients face every day. As the cost of newer and sometimes more effective treatments soar into the thousands of dollars per month more and more patients are making choices that reduce the effectiveness of those treatments.

In a recent National Cancer Opinion Survey, by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 27 percent of Americans who have cancer or have a family member with cancer have taken steps to lower their treatment costs. Such steps include skipping appointments, refusing treatment, not filling prescriptions, skipping doses or splitting doses, all are actions that can reduce the effectiveness of treatment.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

IUDs may protect against cervical cancer

CANCER DIGEST – Nov. 17, 2017 – Use of intrauterine devices or IUDs to prevent pregnancy may also prevent cervical cancer, a new study from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine shows.

An analysis of data from 16 observational studies involving more than 12,000 women worldwide showed that women using an IUD, experienced cervical cancer one-third less often compared to those who didn’t use the devices.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Few people recognize alcohol as a cancer risk

CANCER DIGEST – Nov. 10, 2017 – Alcohol use increases the risk of breast, colon, esophageal and oral cancers according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) the largest organization of cancer doctors in the world.

More worrisome to the doctors were results of its National Cancer Opinion Survey they conducted earlier this year that showed 70 percent of Americans do not recognize drinking alcohol as a risk factor for cancer.