Oncology & Cancer Articles & Stories

New Legislation Aims to Reverse Sequester Cuts Impacting Chemotherapy

New Legislation Aims to Reverse Sequester Cuts Impacting Chemotherapy

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) has introduced legislation that would reverse the sequester cut that has pushed some cancer clinics to stop accepting Medicare patients. Several reports already indicate that the reduced reimbursements from these cuts have serious impacts on services and chemotherapy ... Read More


Exercise Aids in Protecting the Immune System Against Future Cancers

Exercise Aids in Protecting the Immune System Against Future Cancers

Following completion of chemotherapy, cancer survivors who exercise regularly over the course of several weeks are aiding their immune systems in becoming more effective, which prevents cancer from developing in the future. Read More


Gene May Aid in Determining Best Chemotherapy Approach for Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Gene May Aid in Determining Best Chemotherapy Approach for Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Researchers from the Moffitt Cancer Center have discovered a gene that may predict survival for pancreatic adenocarcinoma, the fourth leading cause of cancer mortality in the US. Lead researcher, Richard Kim, M.D., conducted an investigation to better define the role of the RRM1 (ribonucleotid... Read More


Chemo Bath for Liver Cancer Seen as Treatment Breakthrough

Chemo Bath for Liver Cancer Seen as Treatment Breakthrough

A new treatment that isolates the flow of blood to a cancerous liver while the organ receives a "chemo bath" has been employed for the first time in the UK. The procedure saturates the liver with elevated doses of chemotherapy without impacting other areas of the body. Read More


Risk of Lung Cancer Has Risen Dramatically Among Female Smokers in Recent Decades

Risk of Lung Cancer Has Risen Dramatically Among Female Smokers in Recent Decades

Female smokers face a much higher risk of death from lung cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease in recent years compared to female smokers 20 to 40 years ago. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, this can be attributed to changes in smoking behavior. The increase in mortalit... Read More


Cancer Patients at the Mercy of Sequester Medicare Cuts

Cancer Patients at the Mercy of Sequester Medicare Cuts

Cancer clinics throughout the US are now refusing thousands of Medicare cancer patients in need of treatment. Doctors claim that the reduced funding for Medicare that took effect on April 1st, make it impossible to afford costly chemotherapy drugs and remain in business. The only alternative f... Read More


Virus Capable of Killing Prostate Cancer Cells Shows Treatment Promise

Virus Capable of Killing Prostate Cancer Cells Shows Treatment Promise

A Newcastle disease virus that has been modified to target and kill all types of prostate cancer cells while leaving normal cells untouched has shown potential as an effective cancer treatment. This treatment would be capable of avoiding the side effects that normally accompany hormonal treatm... Read More


Breast Cancer Patients Should Avoid High-Fat Dairy Products

Breast Cancer Patients Should Avoid High-Fat Dairy Products

Patients struggling with breast cancer should avoid eating high-fat dairy products in order to improve their chances at long-term survival. Conducted by Kaiser Permanente researchers and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, this study is one of the first to find a connect... Read More


Colorectal Cancer Risk Reduced By 70% with Colonoscopy

Colorectal Cancer Risk Reduced By 70% with Colonoscopy

The risk of advanced colorectal cancer is reduced by about 70% in average-risk adults who receive colonoscopy screening. This finding was discovered by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and was published in the journal "Annals of Internal Medicine". Read More


Alcohol is a Major Player in U.S. Cancer Mortality

Alcohol is a Major Player in U.S. Cancer Mortality

It has been widely known that sun exposure can cause skin cancer and smoking can lead to lung cancer. Now a new report reveals that alcohol consumption is responsible for 3.5 percent of cancer deaths in the U.S. Published in the American Journal of Public Health, the findings outline cancer r... Read More



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