Thursday, December 18, 2014

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An experimental cell therapy that boosts the immune system continues to produce remarkable remissions as it is tested in more patients with more types of advanced blood cancer, says a University of Pennsylvania team led by gene-therapy pioneer Carl June.
Figure doesn't include secondhand smoke, cigars, pipes or smokeless tobacco
Researchers also found exercising seven hours or more a week boosted chances of living longer
While more than half had experienced a potential symptom, only 2 percent thought malignancy possible
Some half a million cases of cancer a year are due to people being overweight or obese.
Drug sanctioned for rapidly-growing form of bone marrow cancer
Tim Lynch has a theory about why he beat the brutal brain cancer glioblastoma. Even with intensive treatment, the average survival is about 15 months. As the tumor grows, it destroys the very abilities that define people as human - thinking, feeling, communicating.
Study found genes for the eye color and for red hair were tied to moles, often a precursor for the skin cancer
More people are dying from melanomas thinner than a dime than from the thicker cancerous skin lesions long thought to be more dangerous.
People who talked on mobile or cordless phones for more than 25 years had triple the risk of a certain kind of brain cancer compared to those who used wireless phones for less than a year
Researchers suspect diet may play role in possible reduced risk
Findings underscore importance of prevention efforts
Reasons behind trend unclear, and it's happening even as rates decline among older Americans
Benefit seen in long-term smokers when testing is done by skilled experts
Pairing cancer drug, immune booster gave patients about 5 extra months, researchers report
Researchers say they've identified 800 'markers' of disease
A California newlywed, Brittany Maynard, 29, diagnosed with a swift and fatal brain cancer, has moved with her husband to Oregon so she can have control at the end of her life under Oregon's pioneering death-with-dignity law.
But medications such as ibuprofen pose their own risks, experts say
Women have slightly greater gains than men, study finds
Women have slightly greater gains than men, study finds
Study found a one-hour flight equaled the UV ray exposure of a 20-minute tanning bed session
Risk of the disease rises with age, but there are many therapies that can help, expert says
Since both involve hormone levels, researchers suspected a possible connection
Drug blocks blood supply that fuels tumors
Idea is to identify women who do and don't need further treatment
Women without estrogen-dependent disease benefited most in study
Screen looks for viruses tied to a number of blood cancers or abnormalities
Suppressing the ovaries and adding an anti-estrogen drug reduced recurrence in premenopausal women
Gardasil 9 protects against 9 types of the virus, compared to the 4 covered by Gardasil
Virus can lead to cervical cancer
Studies show that a shorter course of treatment yields similar benefits, but it remains underused, experts say
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