How Being Unmarried Impacts Cancer Treatment: An Interview With Joan DelFattore, PhD, MS

Studies have shown that unmarried patients with cancer are less likely to receive surgery and radiotherapy than their married counterparts; they are also less likely to survive their cancer. In a research-based perspective essay published in The New England Journal of Medicine , Joan DelFattore, PhD, MS, a survivor of stage IV gallbladder cancer, suggests that contrary to assumptions made by a number of researchers, the disparities in cancer treatment for individuals who are single may stem not ...
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​Poultry Consumption Linked to Cancer Risk

In addition to the known cancer risks associated with consumption of red and processed meats, a new study warns of an increased cancer risk from poultry. "The latest meta-analysis from the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research concluded that red meat was a probable cause and processed meat a convincing cause of colorectal cancer," write the researchers in their presentation abstract in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health , led by first author Anika Knüppe...
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Proton Therapy for Breast Cancer With Rachel B. Jimenez, MD

While conventional radiation therapy can be effective for patients with breast cancer, it carries with it risk of damage to the heart and lungs. Proton beam radiotherapy, a specialized type of external beam radiation that precisely targets a tumor with high doses of radiation while minimizing damage to nearby tissue and critical organs, shows promise as an alternative for some patients. In a phase 2 study published recently in the Journal of Clinical Oncology , a team of researchers at Massachus...
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Bortezomib/Lenalidomide/Dexamethasone for Multiple Myeloma

​ A phase 3 trial reports that a combined regimen of subcutaneous bortezomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone (VRD) is effective as induction therapy prior to autologous stem cell transplant (autoSCT) in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma, with responses that strengthen over time. "Achieving and maintaining high-quality response is the treatment goal for patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma," state the researchers in their publication in Blood , led by first author Laura Rosiñol, MD, PhD...
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Who Should Receive Breast Cancer Chemoprevention? USPSTF Updates Recommendations

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued an updated recommendation statement on the use of medication to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most frequently occurring nonskin cancer and the second most common cause of cancer-related death among women, but for whom is the reduction in cancer risk worth the potential adverse effects of the medications? The guidelines, published in JAMA , recommend the use of risk-reducing medications for asymptomatic ...
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