Wednesday, January 20, 2016

'Simple Rules' boost ovarian cancer determination

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CANCER DIGEST – Jan. 20, 2016 – New method of evaluating ovarian lesions shown on ultrasound could dramatically improve the ability of doctors to accurately determine whether they are cysts or cancerous tumors.

In a study published online today in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a group of European researchers led by Professor Dirk Timmerman, MD, PhD, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium, showed the new method to be accurate nearly 90 to 100 percent of the time, which could speed treatment for those women diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Friday, January 15, 2016

FDA approved drug might be effective in preventing colorectal cancer for some

Link between obesity and colorectal cancer risk found

CANCER DIGEST – Jan. 15, 2016 – A drug FDA-approved for treatment of other bowel conditions may prevent colorectal cancer in obese people a new study shows.

Researchers looking to understand the link between obesity and an increased risk of colorectal cancer found that a key hormone in the intestine is blocked in mice on a high calorie diet, which in turn turned off a tumor suppression mechanism in intestinal cells.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Radiation plus chemo reduces recurrence in some pancreatic cancer

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CANCER DIGEST – Jan. 5, 2016 – Pancreatic cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy and radiation after surgery were less likely to have the cancer recur within the five years following treatment than patients who only received chemotherapy after surgery.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Ultrasound shown comparable to mammography for breast cancer detection

Portable ultrasound may be comparable
to mammography for detecting breast
CANCER DIGEST – Dec. 31, 2015 – Ultrasound is as sensitive for detecting breast cancer as mammography, and should be considered for testing for the disease according to an international study.

Researchers led by by Wendie Berg, MD, PhD, in the Department of Radiology at Magee-Women’s Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center conducted the study involving 2,809 women from 20 different centers in the United States, Canada and Argentina. Of those 2,662 completed three annual