Topic: Cancer

breast cancer diagnosis
Oct 30 2014

Were you diagnosed with breast cancer? Genetic testing may be crucial

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

By the end of 2014, doctors in the U.S. will have diagnosed more than 232,000 women and 2,300 men in the U.S. with breast cancer. Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is an opportune time to discuss how pivotal genetic testing can be if you’ve been newly diagnosed with the malignancy. After you’re diagnosed, you... Read More

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Conquer leukemia
Oct 17 2014

Mother joins son’s fight to conquer leukemia

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Cindy Piazza

All any parent ever wants is for his or her child to be happy and healthy. When a little boy or girl is diagnosed with cancer, the news can leave parents feeling angry, sad or in shock. Making the situation even more difficult is the fact that much of the news – the diagnosis, the... Read More

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Sun overexposure remains a health hazard during the autumn and winter.
Sep 30 2014

Risk of skin cancer doesn’t disappear with summer

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Every year, doctors diagnose about 2.8 million cases of basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common form of skin cancer. Additionally, there are about 70,000 cases each of squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Fortunately, most cases of skin cancer are preventable. These malignancies are typically associated with sun exposure. In the U.S., people usually... Read More

The number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 70 has increased sixfold.
Sep 16 2014

More prostate cancer patients diagnosed at younger age: Are you at risk?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

During the past 20 years, the number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer before their 70s and 80s, the typical age for diagnosis of this disease, increased nearly sixfold, according to new research published in the journal Nature Reviews: Urology. The study explores the risk factors associated with these earlier diagnoses. Although prostate cancer can... Read More

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Second opinions for biopsies may help patients find more effective disease treatment.
May 30 2014

Medical Second Opinions on Biopsy Results Could Save Lives

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

While biopsies provide important information that helps diagnose cancer and other diseases, several studies have found that there can be errors in the interpretation of the results. Seeking a medical second opinion can make a difference in both your diagnosis and your treatment options. Read More

Personalized medicine delivers more effective cancer treatment
May 21 2014

Personalized medicine delivers more effective cancer treatment

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

Cancer research is advancing with each passing year, and though no cure has been found yet, the odds of survival increase as more efficient and accurate treatment options are developed. Determining which treatment is most likely to be effective for an individual patient, however, can prove difficult. Read More

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Dec 2 2013

Should you get a yearly lung cancer screening?

Preventive Care  •  By Robert Conners

Lung cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the United States and it’s also the most deadly. It’s the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and accounts for approximately 28 percent of all cancer deaths. When lung cancer is diagnosed in its earliest stages, the cure rate is 50 percent... Read More

Nov 12 2013

Pre-surgery drug may help women battle aggressive breast cancer

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted fast track approval for the biologic, targeted cancer drug pertuzumab, known by the brand name PerjetaR, to treat HER2-positive breast cancer before surgery. The drug had previously been approved last year to treat late stage, HER2-positive breast cancer. Additional larger clinical trials to confirm the results... Read More

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Sep 20 2013

Personalized therapy for cancer: New hope for patients

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

For decades, certain cancers were difficult or impossible to battle, meaning that patients frequently lived only months after diagnosis. A recent Wall Street Journal article and video  highlights the significant progress that’s being made in developing drugs that target the specific genetic mutations linked to the development of certain cancers and the impact this is... Read More

Sep 3 2013

Five Changes that Could Lower Your Prostate Cancer Risk

Preventive Care  •  By Michael Scott

By proactively making changes to what you eat, your activity level, and other lifestyle factors, you may be able to decrease your risk of prostate cancer, the second most common cancer in American men. The potential benefits of these lifestyle changes are supported by evidence from a range of clinical studies, an important factor to... Read More

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