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Studies say low-risk patients often receive unnecessary, costly treatment.
Two new prostate cancer studies have found that many low-risk patients have been receiving more treatment than is needed or helpful - racking up millions of dollars in excess health-care costs and, potentially, causing more physical harm than good.
But it's likely to be the non-melanoma type, dermatologist says
Puma Biotechnology Inc said its experimental cancer drug met its main goal in a late-stage trial.
Study of over 1 million women suggests it could be stand-alone screening method
Experts note study findings aren't definitive, and risk is minimal
Doctors suggest widely varying treatments; second opinion vital, experts say
Just seven years from now, pancreatic cancer is projected to become this country's second-leading cancer killer, surpassed only by lung cancer and claiming 48,000 lives a year - nearly the population of Harrisburg.
More research is needed to understand why, authors say
The surgeon delivered the bad news on Elizabeth Koniz's lumpectomy: "We didn't get clean margins." Stunned, she couldn't think of anything else.
3 D Mammography offers new way to detect cancer
Men with both conditions have worse survival odds, study contends
Analysis included more than 500,000 women from Denmark
Surgical biopsy could pave way for targeted treatments, study says
You probably know that smoking causes lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease. But former smokers want you to know that cigarettes can give you a stroke, make your teeth fall out, and cause your baby to be born dangerously early.
During eight months of radiation treatment for breast cancer in the mid-1990s, the Pleasanton woman walked the 6-mile round trip to her doctor's appointments five days a week.
But researchers still urge long-term monitoring
Challenges in managing side effects may prompt some doctors to treat tumors less aggressively, researchers suggest
People with CLL and a specific genetic anomaly can now get the therapy
Lifestyle choices influence long-term outcomes, researcher says
But most men regain their fertility within two years of final treatment, researchers add
HPV is the main culprit, but vaccination can reduce the risk, experts say
Agency urges doctors to recommend it along with other routine immunizations
Most blood cancer patients will find an acceptable match through bone marrow registry
But it's likely to be the non-melanoma type, dermatologist says
But label warns drug may be toxic to liver
Cutting uterus into smaller fragments for minimally invasive removal can disperse undetected malignancy
Study of over 1 million women suggests it could be stand-alone screening method
Experts note study findings aren't definitive, and risk is minimal
Women choosing the procedure gained just one to seven extra months of life over 20 years, researchers say
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