Cancer Blog

Here's our collection of cancer-related stories. We sift through a variety of stories and share the issues that we think matter to cancer patients, caregivers, healthcare providers and survivors. Learn about current events in the cancer community, human interest stories, and promising technology and treatment advances. Tell us what you think in the Comments section at the bottom of each post.

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Feb

26

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Study: Younger Breast Cancer Patients May Benefit from Healthy Breast Removal

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According to a new study published Thursday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), younger breast cancer patients who underwent prophylactic mastectomy, increased their breast cancer-specific survival rate nearly 5%.

The group benefitting from this preventative surgery were women under age 50 with Stage I or II breast cancer.

The Los Angeles Times interviewed researcher Dr. Isabelle Bedrosian, a surgical oncologist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Whatever the oncologist tells them is their odds, we’re saying you can improve those odds by 4.8% as a result of having this surgical procedure on top of all the other medical things you do to treat your cancer."

Bedrosian noted that the survival increase may not be enough for some women to move forward with the preventative surgery, as up to 10% of women are displeased with their decision to remove their healthy breasts for cosmetic reasons.

To learn more about the cancer mentioned in this post, please visit our breast cancer information page.

Feb

25

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Study: Cervical Cancer Vaccine May Not Benefit Older Women

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A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), found that older women may not benefit from the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

The study researched 9,466 Costa Rican women who were screened for carcinogenic HPV infections, which is the central cause of cervical cancer.

"The rate of newly detected carcinogenic HPV infections declined with increasing age and ranged from 35.9% in women aged 18–25 years to 13.5% in women aged 42 years and older," the study states.

According to a New York Times article published Wednesday, lead study author Dr. Ana Cecilia Rodríguez said, "Because the HPV vaccine can only prevent infections, and these women are not getting that many new infections, the potential benefit of HPV vaccination among older women is very limited.”

To learn more about the cancer mentioned in this post, please visit our cervical cancer information page.

Feb

24

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Ovarian Transplant May Increase Fertility for Cancer Patients

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Young women diagnosed with cancer who want to have children after treatment, may consider an ovarian transplant to prevent becoming sterile.

The Washington Post published an article Wednesday about the story of Stinne Holm Bergholdt, who at age 27 was diagnosed with bone cancer. Bergholdt was concerned she wouldn't be able to have children after undergoing treatment, so she asked her doctors to remove an ovary and replace it afterward.

Bergholdt is now the first woman in the world to give birth twice after having an ovary transplant. She is the mother of two young daughters.

"It was very hard to believe after everything I'd been through I could actually have children," Bergholdt states in the article. "Now that we know this technique works, it should be available to every woman who goes through cancer treatment."

What are your thoughts about Bergholdt's story?

To learn more about the cancer mentioned in this post, please visit our bone cancer information page.

Feb

23

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Penn States Gets Its Groove on for $8M

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The acclaimed largest student-run philanthorpy in the world, the Penn State IFC/Panhellennic Dance Marathon (aka THON), raised nearly $8 million over the weekend for pediatric cancer research.

THON is active all year-long with several events like a Family Carnival and 5K Run/Walk, but last weekend's two-day dance marathon is what raised the big bucks.

THON started in 1973 raising $2,000. In 1977, THON partnered with the Four Diamonds Fund, which was created by Charles and Irma Millard after their 14-year-old son Christopher passed away as a result of cancer.

The fund helps support families whose insurance won't cover the costs of cancer treatment, and it supports start-up grants for research at the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Institute, part of the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

THON is a 46-hour, no sitting, no sleeping, dance marathon, says Caitlin Zanhowski, THON's 2010 Overall Chairperson.

This year, more than 700 dancers and 400 organizations partipated. And over the last 37 years, THON has raised over $61M.

Feb

22

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Vitamin D May Shrink Breast Cancer Cells

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According to a new study from State University of New York, vitamin D may help kill cancer cells. Good Morning America published an article Monday interviewing researcher JoEllen Welsh. She says, "vitamin D enters the cells and triggers the cell death process. It's similar to what we see when we treat cells with [breast cancer treatment drug] Tamoxifen."

Other experts are saying that more research needs to be conducted as results in mice can have different effects in humans.

The medical industry knows that vitamin D deficiencies can be linked to certain types of cancer.

To learn more about the cancer mentioned in this post, please visit our breast cancer information page.

Feb

19

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CancerCompass.com, Empowering Cancer Patients

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Being diagnosed with cancer can be an incredibly unsettling experience for the patient and their loved ones. At CancerCompass.com, we strive to provide cancer patients with information to help them make informed decisions.

CancerCompass.com is also a community, where people can share their cancer experiences in a supportive environment.

Below is a list of our resources:

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The Cancer Atlas® is an education tool featuring 3-D medical animations of various types of common cancers, diagnostic tools, and medical treatments and procedures.

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This section of our website provides the latest information in general cancer news. Patients can filter the news to get the latest information on one particular type of cancer too.

Cancer Blog
Our blog provides current events in the cancer community, as well as stories, studies, and information we believe are beneficial to cancer patients, cancer survivors, caregivers and more.

Cancer Information
This section of our website provides a wealth of information regarding common cancers like: risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, side effects, recovery, and research.

Cancer Newsletter
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We know health insurance can be complicated. We provide information needed for cancer patients to educate themselves about choosing the right coverage.

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Learn new conventional treatments, complementary therapies, and about living with cancer. We also provide a section for caregivers to learn more about the important roles they play in caring for their loved one with cancer.

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Our message boards provide a community for cancer patients and caregivers. Learn about their stories or share your own. We also have more specific message boards related to care nutrition, cancer treatment, and message boards for specific types of common cancers.

Feb

18

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Millions Missing Colon Cancer Screenings

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Colorectal cancer is the No. 2 cancer killer in America. And according to a new Washington Post article, millions are missing out on their regular colon cancer screenings which help prevent the disease.

The article states that almost half the people who need potentially lifesaving checks for colorectal cancer miss them, despite years of effort to make colon screenings as widespread as tests for breast and prostate cancer.

Recently, Kaiser Permanente, a California health care organization, mailed stool tests to patients who were due for their colon screenings. Stool tests also screen for colon cancer, and are cheaper than a colonoscopy. As a result, Kaiser Permanente's colon screening rates rose above the national average.

What are your thoughts about colon cancer screenings? Do you think Kaiser Permanente's old-fashioned screening method is the way to go, or should people continue with colonoscopies?

To learn more about the cancer mentioned in this article, please visit our colon cancer information page.

Feb

18

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Study: Aspirin May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence

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A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on Wednesday, found that women with breast cancer who took aspirin decreased their risk of recurrence and breast cancer death.

Researchers studied 4,164 women with stages I, II, and III breast cancer between 1976 to 2002.

According to a USA Today article, researcher Michelle Holmes of Harvard Medical School, said aspirin may help control cancer by fighting inflammation.

The study claims that further research is needed to determine whether aspirin should be used mainstream to help reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence.

To learn more about the cancer mentioned in this article, please visit our breast cancer information page.

Feb

17

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Study: Men's Occupation May Affect Lung Cancer Risk

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A new Italian study titled: Lung Cancer and Occupation in a Population-based Case-Control Study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researched how a person’s occupation can affect their odds of developing lung cancer.

Researchers studied the correlation between lung cancer and occupations either suspected or known to increase the risk of developing the disease.

"This study confirmed the important role of past occupational exposures as a determinant of lung cancer risk at the beginning of the new century," researchers state in the study.

The study found about 5% of men's lung cancer could be attributed to their occupation. Some of the occupations included in the study were leather tanners, glass workers, and welders.

Researchers state that the study confirms the need for continued monitoring and improved control of work-related exposures.

To learn more about the cancer mentioned in this post, please visit our lung cancer information page.

Feb

17

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Meat Industry Upset Over WCRF's Red Meat Restrictions

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The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) issued a statement on Monday regarding the British meat industry "misleading the public by making factually inaccurrate and potentially defamatory comments," according to the WCRF website.

The upset is regarding the WCRF recommendation that people limit their intake of cooked red meat to 500g per week after an international panel found evidence that red meat may be linked to bowel cancer.

According to a BBC article, the British meat industry claims the WCRF report is flawed as independent scientists are questioning "the conviction with which the link between red meat and cancer was presented in the report."

To learn more about the cancer mentioned in this post, please visit our colon cancer information page.

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