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Memory Problems More Common Among Cancer Survivors (October 27, 2010)

People with a history of cancer appear to be 40% more likely to experience memory problems than people with no history of cancer. These findings were recently presented at the Third American Association for Cancer Research Conference on The Science of... Continue Reading

Cancer Patients with Pain or Depression Should Be Monitored for Other Symptoms (October 25, 2010)

Most cancer patients who experience pain or depression also report many accompanying physical symptoms such as fatigue, difficulty sleeping, difficulty remembering things, and extremity, joint, or back pain. These patients also reported high healthcare... Continue Reading

Melatonin-containing Cream Effective Against Radiation-induced Dermatitis in Breast Cancer (October 20, 2010)

Early-stage breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy following breast-conserving surgery experienced significantly less skin irritation when they used a melatonin-containing cream compared with a placebo (a cream without melatonin). The results... Continue Reading

Denosumab More Effective Than Zometa at Delaying Bone Complications (October 15, 2010)

Among patients with multiple myeloma or bone metastases from breast cancer, prostate cancer, or other solid tumors, denosumab was more effective than Zometa® (zoledronic acid) at delaying or preventing bone complications such as fracture. Results from... Continue Reading

Fertility Preservation Improved with Early Referral to Specialist (October 12, 2010)

Young women with breast cancer who were referred to a fertility specialist prior to surgery were able to undergo fertility preservation procedures faster and start chemotherapy sooner compared with patients referred to a specialist following surgery.... Continue Reading

Less Social Support for Non-White Women After Cancer (October 8, 2010)

Non-White women report less social support than White women after a cancer diagnosis, but, encouragingly, both White and non-White survivors report that they are physically active. These findings were recently presented at the Third American Association... Continue Reading

Kepivance Effective in Managing Mucositis in Patients Undergoing Multiple Cycles of Chemotherapy (October 5, 2010)

A single dose of Kepivance® (palifermin) prior to each cycle of chemotherapy in sarcoma patients may substantially reduce the likelihood of moderate to severe mucositis. These findings from a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial were... Continue Reading

Depression Is Prevalent in Partners of Cancer Patients (October 1, 2010)

Men whose partners were diagnosed with breast cancer were 39% more likely to be hospitalized due to an affective disorder (major depression, bipolar disease, and other serious mood-altering conditions) compared with men whose partners were not diagnosed... Continue Reading

Place of Death Matters for Patients and Caregivers (September 27, 2010)

The place where cancer patients die may affect their quality of life and end of life as well as the psychiatric health of their caregivers, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. End-of-life care for cancer patients may be... Continue Reading

Hallucinogen May Provide Benefits to Advanced Cancer Patients (September 20, 2010)

According to a small study of 12 patients with advanced cancer, use of psilocybin, the hallucinogenic ingredient contained in “magic mushrooms,” may be a safe and effective way to improve mood and reduce anxiety. These results were recently published... Continue Reading

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Denosumab More Effective Than Zometa at Delaying Bone Complications (October 15, 2010)

Among patients with multiple myeloma or bone metastases from breast cancer, prostate cancer, or other solid tumors, denosumab was more effective than Zometa® (zoledronic acid) at delaying or preventing bone complications such as fracture. Results from... Continue Reading

Denosumab More Effective Than Zometa in Prostate Cancer Patients with Bone Metastases (February 10, 2010)

Among men with bone metastases from prostate cancer, the investigational drug denosumab was more effective than Zometa® (zoledronic acid) at delaying or preventing bone complications such as fracture. Results from this Phase III clinical trial will... Continue Reading

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Yoga Improves Sleep and Quality of Life (May 26, 2010)

A four-week yoga program that included breathing, meditation, postures, and other techniques improved sleep and quality of life among cancer survivors. The results of this study will be presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical... Continue Reading

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Kepivance Reduces Toxicity of High-dose Therapy for Multiple Myeloma (March 24, 2010)

Among patients undergoing high-dose therapy and autologous stem cell transplantation for multiple myeloma, a three-day short course of Kepivance® (palifermin) reduces the toxicity of treatment. These results were published in the Annals of Oncology. Multiple... Continue Reading

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Study Suggests Long-acting Patch that Prevents Nausea and Vomiting Can Be Given in Combination with Intravenous Medication (February 9, 2010)

Use of a combination of Sancuso® (granisetron transdermal system; a patch that delivers granisetron through the skin for up to five days) and intravenous granisetron appears to be safe and feasible. This approach may provide immediate and extended... Continue Reading

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Acupuncture Relieves Pain, Improves Functioning After Neck Surgery (April 29, 2010)

Acupuncture may reduce pain and improve functioning among patients with cancer who have undergone surgery to the neck, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.[1] As well, acupuncture may relieve xerostomia (dry mouth) among... Continue Reading

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