An 11 year follow-up of participants in the Women's Health Initiative has demonstrated that women who took hormone replacment therapy are more likely to develop cancer and the cancers detected in these women are more likely to be more advanced (node positive).  Deaths due to breast cancer were also… more
Metastasis, the spread of cancer from its original site, is associated with the great majority of cancer deaths.  Researchers have shown, in a mouse model, that when pancreatic cancer cells spread, they appear to be accompanied by non-cancerous cells from the same organ.  The non-cancer cells may… more
Surgeons at the Mayo Clinic have succeeded in using lasers, guided by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to remove tumors as large as 2 inches.  The laser is used to precisely heat the tumor, killing the cancer and sparing healthy tissue.
A study by MD Anderson researchers adds to the evidence that the demand for radiation therapy may exceed the capacity of radiation oncologists over the next ten years.  As the population ages and minority populations grow, the demand is increasing much faster than new radiation oncologists are… more
After ten years of follow-up, a study comparing anastrozole (an aromatase inhibitor) with tamoxifen (an estrogen antagonist) has shown that anastrozole is better at preventing breast cancer recurrence in post-menopausal women with estrogen receptor positive cancer.
Researchers have identified a protein, microseminoprotein-beta (MSMB), that may be a better predictor of prostate cancer risk than prostate specific antigen (PSA).  The newly identified marker is found in urine and prostate tissue.  Levels of MSMB are lower in men at risk for ( or already diagnosed… more
A new Phase I clinical trial at Cincinnati Children's hospital will attempt to use herpes viruses to treat cancer.  The viruses being used are defective and don't grow in normal cells but are able to multiply in, and kill, cancer cells.
Women who have had breast surgery and had lymph nodes removed from under their arms are at elevated risk of developing lympedema.  These women may have been told to limit exercise affecting this area of their bodies. New research suggests that upper-body exercise may be beneficial to these women… more
Using special imaging techniques, researchers think they may be able to detect changes in cells from the cheeks of people developing lung cancer.  Even though the cheek cells are not cancerous, they are affected by the cancer in ways that change their appearance when analyzed by special microscopic… more
Results from a French study on men and women treated with a variety of targeted cancer drugs show that the treatments negatively impact their sex lives.  The effects were significant and both sexes were subject to this side-effect. This study was presented at the 35th Congress of the European… more
A analysis of over 85,000 women showed that living a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of breast cancer, even in women with a family history of the disease.
Androgen deprivation therapy is commonly used to treat prostate cancer.  A recent study in Australia indicates that this treatment may lead to bone loss in treated men.
A study with a group of men from Colorado showed that about 8 in 10 did not know that men could get breast cancer. While male breast cancer is not common, it does occur.
Results presented at an American Association of Cancer Researchers' meeting suggests that race may be more important than insurance status in determining how long women wait to get a breast cancer diagnosis.
Esophageal cancers associated with HPV infection are associated with multiple sexual partners and have a different prognosis than other esophageal cancers. The differences may mean that treatments for the diseases should also differ.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has released patient friendly versions of their cancer treatment guidelines. The NCCN is a 'go to' place for oncologists and now patients can learn from the same source.
Over 80% of childhood cancer patients survive at least 5 years.  New evidence suggests that their expected lifespan is still reduced.
A bacteria found in the waters off of Key Largo, Florida has been found by University of Florida researchers to produce a chemical, largazole, that has shown the ability to reduce the growth of colorectal cancer cells in experimental systems.  The researchers have shown that the chemical interferes… more