Breast Cancer Awareness Month; Join us in the fight for the cure!

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From: Home Care Assistance In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as a proud partner of the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure® campaign, Home Care Assistance is dedicated to community outreach and education around this prevalent disease. Did you know that breast cancer is currently the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women? While such …

TRIPLE STEP TOWARD THE CURE

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TRIPLE STEP TOWARD THE CURE HOSTS THEIR FOURTH ANNUAL STEPPING TOWARD THE CURE 5K FUN RUN & WALK    For the fourth year in a row, Triple Step Toward the Cure steps out to bring awareness to the need for targeted treatments and a cure for triple negative breast cancer Los Angeles, Calif. (September 2013) – California based non-profit organization Triple Step …

Could Antidepressant Combat Lethal Lung Cancer?

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As posted on Drugs.com An older and little-used class of antidepressants may help combat a particularly deadly form of lung cancer, according to a new study. Using a unique computer program, researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine identified tricyclic antidepressants as a potential treatment for small cell lung cancer. This class of drugs was introduced decades ago and …

Treating Kids’ Cancer With Science And A Pocket Full Of Hope

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by Joe Palca Try to imagine someone who is supremely calm while at the same time bursting with energy, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what is like. He’s a cancer researcher, physician, cyclist, kayaker and cook, not always in that order. He approaches each activity with incredible passion. But to really understand Olson, you have to watch …

Got cancer? There’s help out there, you just have to find it

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By Debra Sherman, Correspondent at Reuters In my last post, I told you how to research cancer centers. The skyrocketing costs of cancer care has raised the alarm of patient advocates and oncologists, especially as a growing number of U.S. families end up declaring bankruptcy over unpaid bills. One recent study showed that people with cancer were more than 2.5 …

New approach to treating human brain cancer could lead to improved outcomes

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From Patrick Bartosch A new experimental approach to treating a type of brain cancer called medulloblastoma has been developed by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham). The method targets cancer stem cells—the cells that are critical for maintaining tumor growth—and halts their ability to proliferate by inhibiting enzymes that are essential for tumor progression. The process destroys the ability …

Why is cancer care failing?

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by: Shirie Leng, MD as seen on KevinMD.com The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a report on the state of cancer care in the United States.  The IOM generally knows what it’s talking about.  It’s a non-profit, non-governmental advisory group essentially.  To get on one of their advisory boards you have to be a national, if not international, expert …

SOY. Is It Bad for Me?

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by: Dr. Barry Boyd, Oncologist, Hematologist, & Pioneer in Integrative Medicine I get this question almost daily from my breast cancer patients. People are understandably confused. As is the case with other foods, as research evolves, there are changing messages disseminated about their impact on health matters. So, what information compels you to make decisions in life? The story about soy …

Drugstore prescription program helps patients after discharge

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From MedCity News by Adams, Pam PEORIA — As if the Walgreen Co. logo wasn’t ubiquitous enough, it now greets visitors and patients in the lobby of UnityPoint Health-Methodist. But the sight of a Walgreen’s pharmacy in the hospital lobby also is a sign of a growing trend in health care. The drugstore chain, which recently took over Methodist’s hospital-owned …

Cancer patient’s compassionate use conundrum incites a social media ambush on BioMarin

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by Deanna Pogorelc Posted in MedCity News For the past seven years, Andrea Sloan has been battling ovarian cancer. Now, she’s waging a second battle – this one against BioMarin Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:BMRN) – after being denied access to an experimental drug she thinks is her last hope. And in the process, she’s raising some tough questions about the process of …