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Researchers who study hereditary breast and ovarian cancer call it "the Angelina Jolie Effect." They reported a sustained global surge in requests for BRCA genetic testing after the actress wrote about her preventive mastectomy two years ago. Last month, she gave another boost to awareness when she wrote about her recent surgery to remove her ovaries.
Charlotte Beard finally found a hair stylist who knows what it’s like to lose your hair.
No one would chide a bald chemo patient for making bad decisions about her hair. But a stranger told one of Beth Eaby-Sandy's cancer patients - a woman whose treatment had made her skin turn bright red - that she "really should wear sunscreen."
Unlike the imaginary monsters of our childhoods, the ones lurking under the beds, in the closets or outside the windows on moonlit nights, the monster haunting Deborah Romero is real.
When researchers talk about the new, mostly experimental form of cancer treatment known as immunotherapy, they often use glowing terms like revolutionary and transformative.
Multiple gene mutations identified that could be targets for treatment
Susan Funck got the horrible news on her 47th birthday - Aug. 27, 2012. Her 13-year-old daughter, Hannah Duffy, had a brain tumor. A biopsy later confirmed that the tumor was malignant. It would be fatal.
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.
The breakthrough cancer immunotherapy being developed by the University of Pennsylvania and Novartis Pharmaceuticals can now move ahead without the cloud of a patent lawsuit.
Answer isn't clear, but research suggests supplements, and certain fish, might reduce effect of chemotherapy
During and after two courses of chemotherapy and four surgeries to treat her melanoma, Donna Piunt suffered side effects including nausea, vertigo, and cognitive issues.
Malignancies and treatments can take toll on quality of life in adulthood, study finds
A Philadelphia baby has died after a yearlong battle with a rare form of childhood cancer. Relatives of Shane Metzgar's posted on social media and a fund-raising page on Tuesday that the 20-month old boy died Monday, a year and two days after he was diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, known as alveolar RMS, a cancer of the muscles.
Experimental vaccine and cancer drug each slow disease progression, researchers find
In January, the 54-year-old finally went in for his first colonoscopy. To his shock, doctors found a tumor in his lower bowels. And when they operated, they very likely saved his life.
Researcher suggests a change in screening policies
Study found real improvements in quality of life once men got active
Researcher urges physicians to take note of findings
Side effect is very rare, tied to drug-linked inflammation of hands, experts say
Current practice of only focusing on tumor samples might adversely affect care
Compounds in breath may signal chances of developing deadly disease, researchers say
Compounds in breath may signal chances of developing deadly disease, researchers say
Dermatologist stresses there is no safe amount of sunning time
Multiple gene mutations identified that could be targets for treatment
Researchers credit better education on risk of UV rays, changes in children's play
Scientists 'astonished' by the finding
Small trial suggests the scans might help, but experts aren't so sure
Chemotherapy fees can be 43 times more than those for insured patients, study finds
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