Shortened Oxaliplatin-Based Chemo Course Reduces Neuropathy Risk

Oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy, while effective, can cause peripheral sensory neuropathy (PSN)—an incurable, debilitating condition in which peripheral nerve damage occurs and causes muscle weakness, pain, and pins and needles sensation, among other symptoms—in patients with stage III colon cancer. However, researchers recently discovered that a shortened three-month course of adjuvant oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy reduces the risk of PSN in patients with stage III colon cancer. For this study,...
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Cancer Causes More Deaths Than CVD in High-Income Countries

Globally, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the majority cause of death in those aged 35 to 70 years; however, according to a new study, in high-income countries, cancer mortalities are more common than death from CVD. The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study, results of which were published in The Lancet, involved 162,534 participants aged 35 to 70 years old from 21 countries across five continents, including low-income countries (LICs), middle-income countries (MICs), and high-incom...
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Relaxation Techniques Increase Cancer Patients’ Self-Esteem

Instead of cancer survivors feeling strong after combating cancer, many of them suffer from low self-esteem. This disease may negatively impact patients' thoughts and feelings towards themselves due to its effects on their physical and mental status. Previous studies have shown an association between practicing relaxation techniques and increased self-esteem, so researchers decided to test the impact of these relaxation techniques on cancer patients. For this study, published in Supportive Care ...
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Sociodemographic Factors Affect Oral Cancer Screenings

When oral cancers are discovered in the early stage, the survival rate is 82.8% versus 28% when the disease is found after metastasis; therefore, it is important to implement preventive measures for early diagnosis of oral cancer. Researchers evaluated rates of oral cancer among those who have been to the dentist in the past two years to determine if sociodemographic factors, like income or race, predict discrepancies in the rate of diagnosis and found that a significantly high amount of minorit...
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Congenital Heart Disease Linked to Cancer: Interview With Zacharias Mandalenakis, MD, PhD

One of the most common birth defects, congenital heart disease (CHD) is associated with an increased risk of developing cancer. Zacharias Mandalenakis, MD and colleagues conducted a study to further explore the link between CHD and cancer. In this interview with i3 Health, Dr. Mandalenakis provides insights on this link and strategies for mitigating risk. What led you to research this topic? Zacharias Mandalenakis, MD, PhD: I am an adult cardiologist, and I work at the Adult Congenital Heart Ass...
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