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Man’s best friend may have just graduated to oncologist’s best colleague.
The sweeping chronicle of cancer that premieres this week on PBS has strong Philadelphia connections. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is famed documentarian Ken Burns' three-part, six-hour film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling book. On Wednesday, the third and final episode prominently features a breakthrough immunotherapy being developed at the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in partnership with pharmaceutical giant Novartis.
Expert panel looked at data on over 8 million people to come up with risk factors for the disease
Researchers identify a method to prevent chemotherapy from wreaking havoc on healthy cells.
Researchers have looked back in time a billion years to solve a mystery that could lead to cures for some cancers a few years in the future.
In study, brentuximab extended time patients survived without further progression of the blood cancer
Sabrina Chahir was waiting to meet the man who helped send her cancer into remission.
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.
In the next year or two, doctors will begin routinely monitoring cancer using a potentially revolutionary technique that searches for a genetic signature in a blood sample, according to experts in the field.
Study finds the cholesterol-lowering drugs linked to slower progression of disease
Frankie, a German Shepherd mix, had 90 percent accuracy at spotting tumor traces in urine samples
Marketers often overstate benefits, downplay limitations, oncologists say
Amy Reed, the doctor who has pushed for a ban on the gynecological surgery device that worsened her uterine cancer prognosis, said Wednesday that she is fighting a recurrence.
Patient and physician groups cheered Monday as the Pennsylvania House overwhelmingly passed legislation to equalize patients' out-of-pocket costs for oral and intravenous cancer drugs.
Poorer outcome seen in study when tumor began on the organ's right side
Experimental vaccine and cancer drug each slow disease progression, researchers find
Findings suggest need to modify screening methods
Reducing pill burden improves quality of life
Study shows lower risk of lung, colon tumors at 65 and older
Expert panel looked at data on over 8 million people to come up with risk factors for the disease
Disclosure that she had ovaries removed spotlights issues faced by women with BRCA mutations
But it's too early to make blanket recommendation, expert says
But quitting more than 10 years ago is associated with reduced risk, study says
Chemotherapy or radiation could compromise the immune system
But quitting more than 10 years ago is associated with reduced risk, study says
Simple screen used levels of two proteins to spot the disease with 95 percent accuracy, study found
Shifting preferences for tanning, along with belief that darker skin is protected, may explain trend
But it's not clear from study if dropping these habits would shorten the time people need outside nutrition
Blacks, Hispanics more likely to be guided by referrals, health plan limits
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