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US cancer report: Treatments advancing but half of deaths could be prevented
CBS News
A new progress report on cancer in the United States is touting advances at keeping patients alive longer. The American Association for Cancer Research took a deep dive into U.S. cancer statistics and decades worth of research advances dating back to 1990. They found there have been more than 1 million fewer cancer deaths among men and women since. The annual report from the cancer association serves as an educational tool for patients, families, researchers and policy-makers, explained Dr. Kenneth Anderson, director of the Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
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TREATMENT


Brachytherapy to treat cervical cancer declines in US, treatment associated with higher survival
Medical Xpress
A study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital found that brachytherapy treatment was associated with better cause-specific survival and overall survival in women with cervical cancer. The population-based analysis also revealed geographic disparities and decline in brachytherapy treatment in the United States. Brachytherapy is a type of cancer treatment in which radioactive implants are inserted directly into the tissue near the tumor site.
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Drugs for inherited cancers get fresh push
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription required)
Drug makers are rallying to a class of drugs that, if they succeed, could be the first treatments to target breast and ovarian cancers tied to the genetic mutations known as BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. Two years ago, the drugs were all but written off after a string of clinical study failures in broader cancer-patient populations. But later research and a closer examination of existing data showed the drugs, known as PARP inhibitors, had a pronounced effect in BRCA patients.
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Living with cancer: A rainbow coalition
The New York Times
Everyone recognizes the pink ribbon of breast cancer, but fewer know the color of testicular (orchid), uterine (peach), lung (white), pancreatic (purple) or head and neck (burgundy/ivory) cancers. Given current research and treatment, as well as a commitment to equity, is it time to imagine a rainbow coalition? Even though TV ads tell us about erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer (light blue), are we leery of publicly discussing "lady parts?" We should take this to be a serious question about the debilitating silence surrounding gynecological cancers.
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Misconceptions, fears prompt contralateral mastectomies
Medscape (Free login required)
Women with breast cancer, especially younger women, are choosing to have their healthy breast removed because of mistaken beliefs about the effectiveness of mastectomy and unfounded fears about the risks for contralateral disease. In a cross-sectional survey of 123 women with early bilateral breast cancer who chose to undergo contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, the overwhelming majority cited improving their chances of survival and reducing the risk that cancer will develop in the other breast as their primary reasons for deciding to have the additional surgery.
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PREVENTION


Report: Nearly 60 percent of uterine cancer cases preventable
HealthDay News
Regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight can prevent three of every five new cases of endometrial cancer in the United States, according to a new review of scientific evidence. Researchers estimate that 59 percent of endometrial cancer cases — about 29,500 every year in the United States — could be prevented if women exercised at least 30 minutes a day and avoided excess body fat.
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RESEARCH


Major cancer genotyping study logs 5,000th tumor profile
Medical Xpress
More than 5,000 genetic profiles of tumor DNA have been completed in a large research study by scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Boston Children's Hospital designed to speed the development of personalized cancer care with precision treatments. Scientists have also moved to the next generation of tumor DNA sequencing technology, which will significantly expand the range of genes and possible mutations to be analyzed, and the speed at which they are catalogued. They have also expanded the program to include pediatric cancer patients.
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Chinese hospital request for 'virgin' blood for HPV tests causes stir
Medical Daily
One Chinese hospital called upon adult female virgins to donate their blood so that tests of the human papillomavirus can be performed more effectively against control samples, China Daily reports. Despite the hospital's adamancy that the tests are legitimate, reactions to the request have been mixed.
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