Monday, May 25, 2015

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New focus on tumor subtypes could help patients, according to medical groups
But almost half don't have conversation with doctor about potential for future problems
To the ever-growing list of things smartphones can put at your fingertips (weather, traffic, games, stock quotes), Apple aims to add "relieve suffering" and "advance science."
Findings suggest need to modify screening methods
CHICAGO - Here's another reason for getting a second medical opinion: Biopsy specialists frequently misdiagnose equivocal breast tissue, potentially leading to too-aggressive treatment for some women and under-treatment for others, a study suggests.
Abnormal cells are misidentified in one-fourth of cases, research suggests
Research based on VA medical records finds no bump up in risk, despite use of hormone therapy
More than a third with 'locally advanced' disease don't get treatment aimed at preventing tumor's return
Problem more pronounced among minority women, study finds
Over roughly six years, no difference seen in survival
Finding suggests scans may have value beyond detection
These include tests for colon, breast and cervical malignancies
No differences in survival or recurrence in women who chose to keep nipple, researcher says
Study finds most breast cancer patients will need two or more procedures to complete process
Strongest benefit seen in most common types of tumors, researchers say
Better pre-surgical chemotherapy means more of the breast can safely be saved, researchers say
Experimental devices might reduce risk of side effects, lower costs, researchers say
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening every 2 years for all after 50
Finding may help explain greater breast cancer risk in this population, researchers say
Elderly women will account for growing proportion of cases, study predicts
Side effect is very rare, tied to drug-linked inflammation of hands, experts say
Angelina Jolie's decision for surgery might not be right for everyone carrying BRCA mutations