Monday, April 18, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Medical News: Medicare to Cover Prostate Cancer Immunotherapy

I saved this March 31st article about how sipuleucel-T (Provenge), the autologous immunotherapy for prostate cancer, is genuinely effective in metastatic hormone-refractory disease. 
prostate cancer symptoms and it s early detection prostate cancer is ...

Medicare to Cover Prostate Cancer Immunotherapy

Provenge must work if Medicare is going to cover treatement, right?  Good news on both fronts.
Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

Saturday, April 9, 2011

This is big news last two days...

Alcohol may be linked to cancer - LA Times

Do we need to add cancer to this list?  I thought moderate drinking was supposed to prevent certain types of cancer.  Are you confused yet?

Feel good and keep smiling anyway!  Pat

Friday, April 8, 2011

Breast Milk May Hold The Key To Predicting Cancer: USATODAY.com

Here is an interesting link to an article about the genetic secrets which may be revealed by examining breast milk:

Breast milk cells may someday predict cancer - USATODAY.com
This mom is breastfeeding her baby in the cradle hold position.

Pattie and I were just discussing this... Predicting possible future cancers is a giant step forward.  Not to be a "Debbie Downer," but then what?

We need more cures!  Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Soy Foods OK After Breast Cancer: Study

No surprise here:
Soy Foods OK After Breast Cancer: Study

Dr. Xiao Ou Shu, "Our study indicated that soy food intake among breast cancer survivors is safe and may reduce the risk of recurrence," said Dr. Xiao Ou Shu, a professor of epidemiology and medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Click on the headline link above to learn more about this new study, reported at the big oncology conference in Orlando, Florida this week.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

Breaking News: New drug for Rare Thyroid Cancer Approved By FDA

Vandetanib Approved for a Rare Thyroid Cancer - US News and World Report

Monday, April 4, 2011

Cancer Death Rates Continue To Drop 1.6% Yearly

Here is the first part of a "mostly good news" article, I saved last week on Bloomberg Business Week...

U.S. Cancer Rates Continue to Fall

Report suggests that better screening, diagnosis and treatments are paying off

THURSDAY, March 31 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of new cancers in the United States has dropped by almost 1 percent a year and the rate of death from cancer has fallen 1.6 percent a year, a new report shows.
These declines, seen between 2003 and 2007, continue a trend that began in the 1990s, the researchers added.

Importantly, this is the first time a drop in the rate of deaths from lung cancer among women has been seen, coming a decade after lung cancer death rates started declining in men, they noted.

"The drop in lung cancer rates among women is due to women quitting smoking," said report co-author Lynn Ries, a health statistician at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. "Women started smoking a lot later than men, so the peak in the mortality rate occurred a lot later," she added.

The report is the work of researchers at the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, the U.S. National Cancer Institute, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society. It is published in the March 31 online edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Although cancer rates are declining in adults, there has been a rise in cancers diagnosed in children. Most of these involve increases in the incidence of leukemias. However, the rate of death from cancer among children is declining, Ries noted.

Read the rest by clicking on this link:  Researcher expects to see even fewer cancer deaths in the future.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

Saturday, April 2, 2011

House plan cuts Moffitt's cancer research money...

I currently see a myeloma specialist at Moffitt Cancer Center, on the South Florida University campus just north of Tampa.  You can bet I don't like this proposed budget cut:

House plan cuts Moffitt's cancer research money - St. Petersburg Times
Photo at H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center by Gregg Sales

Friday, April 1, 2011

Lung Cancer Drug Fails To Improve Overall Survival Rates...

Here is some not-so-good news from AP and Fox News:

Lung Cancer Drug Fails in Late-Stage Study

Amgen Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. announced Wednesday that a drug being developed by the two companies for cancer patients failed in late-stage testing to improve overall survival rates for lung cancer patients.

The drug, motesanib, was being developed for patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer. Patients involved in the trial were either receiving a combination of motesanib with chemotherapy or a placebo with chemotherapy.

Here is a link back to the story if you would like to read more. 

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

BREAKING NEWS: Lung Cancer Rates Among Women Drop

Lung Cancer Rates Among Women Drop - NBC Los Angeles