Topic: Cancer

liquid biopsy
Jun 23 2015

“Liquid biopsy” may help monitor cancer treatment effectiveness

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

Biopsies are frequently used as a tool to monitor whether cancer treatment is working and whether the disease has developed resistance to current treatment. But researchers have been looking for a less invasive way to achieve the same end. A new study, led by physicians at the National Cancer Institute, found that a blood test... Read More

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preventing skin cancer
Jun 18 2015

Could a simple vitamin pill help prevent skin cancer?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Every year, more new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed than the number of new cases of breast, colon, prostate and lung cancer combined. New research may have found a safe, inexpensive way to lower the risk of people who are at a higher risk of developing the most common types of skin cancer—basal cell... Read More

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advanced care plan
Jun 11 2015

Why you shouldn’t wait to make an advanced care plan

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

When you’re healthy, it’s natural not to think about what might happen if you experienced a serious illness or injury. But this is actually the best time to consider the many complex issues that surround a life-threatening health issue. What steps should you take now to ensure you receive the care you want if you’re... Read More

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Cancer Treatment decisions
May 28 2015

How to make an informed cancer treatment decision

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer, there are several decisions you need to make about what treatment plan to follow and what physician and hospital you’d prefer to provide your care. To help you understand what information you need to make these important decisions, we talked with Robert G.... Read More

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Second Opinion Thyroid Cancer
May 19 2015

Thyroid cancer: Why Second Opinions are So Important

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Thyroid cancer is one of the fastest growing cancer diagnoses in the U.S., with nearly 63,000 new cases expected to be diagnosed this year. Recently, researchers have been exploring whether this rapid growth in the number of new cases is the result of increased screening and over diagnosis. If you’ve received a thyroid cancer diagnosis,... Read More

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clinical trial
May 12 2015

What do the phases of a clinical trial mean?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious, complex or rare health problem, you may consider taking part in a clinical trial of a new treatment, especially if standard treatments haven’t worked for you. What occurs during a clinical trial depends on what phase the trial is in. That’s why it’s important for you to understand... Read More

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considering a clinical trial
Apr 14 2015

Considering a clinical trial? Get the answers to these questions first

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a serious illness, you may have the option of taking part in a clinical trial of new medication, surgical approach, or medical device. Before you decide to be part of a clinical trial, however, it’s important for you to understand the possible benefits and risks.... Read More

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Importance of second opinions
Apr 9 2015

Data shows second opinions can change the course of your healthcare

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

According to a survey conducted by Gallup, only about 30 percent of Americans feel the need to seek a medical second opinion or gather additional information about their health problem or proposed treatment. But second opinions are crucial, especially for people who are diagnosed with complex or serious health conditions, because medicine is an art... Read More

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What questions should you ask when cancer treatment ends?
Mar 17 2015

8 questions should you ask after cancer treatment ends

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you or a member of your family has undergone treatment for cancer, you’ve spent a lot of time with specialists who have carefully monitored your response to treatment, helped you cope with any side effects you experienced, and tracked your overall health and well-being. But what should you do after your treatment is completed... Read More

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new vaccine slows breast cancer
Jan 20 2015

New vaccine slows the progression of breast cancer in initial trial

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

For several decades, researchers have been working to develop vaccines that help the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. Recently, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine tested a breast cancer vaccine they developed and the results were encouraging, which may open a new avenue for women facing this disease. The new vaccine causes... Read More

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