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Empowering a Patient: Parenting a Young Adult with Cancer by Steve Pierce

I recently read the Insight blog post, From Pediatric to Young Adult Patient: The Importance of Advocating for Yourself, and I found it very enlightening. As I read about Jeremy’s experience dealing with cancer as a young adult, it occurred to me that his point of view has a flip-side: parenting a young adult [...]

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Five Things Female Childhood Cancer Survivors Should Know

November 10, 2015 / by Dana-FarberBy Lisa Diller, MDWhile recent research shows improvement in long-term survival rates for childhood cancer patients, challenges remain for many of the almost 400,000 survivors in the United States. Among the long-term survivors are women facing gynecological health issues from the late effects of their treatment. There are a number [...]

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New Nanotherapeutic Approved for Pancreatic Cancer by Karen Honey, PhD

Yesterday, Onivyde, which is a nanotherapeutic form of the conventional chemotherapeutic irinotecan, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in combination with two other conventional chemotherapeutics, fluorouracil and leucovorin, to treat patients with advanced pancreatic cancer that has progressed despite treatment with gemcitabine-based chemotherapy.This advance against cancer is particularly welcome [...]

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Past Vendor Spotlight: LympheDivas

SurvivorRoom PresentsThe makers of LympheDivas and LympheDudesThe story of LympheDIVAs began in Philadelphia when two young breast cancer survivors, Rachel Troxell and Robin Miller, developed lymphedema, a side effect of breast cancer treatment that can cause permanent swelling in the arms. Their physicians and lymphedema therapists recommended a compression sleeve as the most effective way [...]

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New Tool Will Compare Costs and Benefits of Cancer Treatments

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As options for cancer patients become increasingly complicated, and expensive, the most influential source for U.S. oncology treatment guidelines will for the first time offer a tool to assess the costs versus benefits of available therapies.The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) says its new tool will provide a clearer picture of [...]

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Airport Travel Tips for People with Cancer

July 9, 2015 Amber Bauer, ASCO staffI always feel a sense of relief when I finally slide into my seat and click my seatbelt into place. Airline travel is usually not a relaxing experience under the best of circumstances, and getting through an airport when you have special needs can be downright stressful. However, a [...]

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Avocados may hold the answer to beating leukemia

Rich, creamy, nutritious, and now cancer fighting. New research reveals that molecules derived from avocados could be effective in treating a form of cancer. This study was published in Cancer Research(2015; doi:10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-14-2676).Professor Paul Spagnuolo, PhD, from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, has discovered a lipid in avocados that combats acute myeloid leukemia (AML) [...]

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An Existing Blood Test Can Detect Ovarian Cancers Earlier

A New Way to Catch Hidden Ovarian Cancer EarlyBy Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, MD, MPHPublished May 29, 2015When my mother was in her late thirties, she saw her gynecologist after she had missed her period and developed a sudden, sharp pain in her side.He examined her and ran some blood tests. Initially, they thought she might [...]

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Nivolumab Extends Lung Cancer Survival

CHICAGO — This year's American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting kicks off with one of the hottest topics — immunotherapy. And long-awaited results from the phase 3 study of nivolumab (Opdivo, Bristol-Myers Squibb) in lung cancer, released today, do not disappoint.For patients with advanced nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer who deteriorated after platinum-based chemotherapy, [...]

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Bodily Changes Can Signal Ovarian Cancer

There are five main types of cancer that affect a woman’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar (outer area).The most deadly of those is ovarian. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2015, about 21,290 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer and an estimated 14,180 women will die from the [...]

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