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Scientists light the way for immune system to attack cancer

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Source: University of Rochester Medical Center From: sciencedaily.com The science behind harnessing the immune system to fight cancer is complicated, but a University of Rochester Medical Center laboratory discovered a simple, practical way to use light and optics to steer killer immune cells toward tumors. In a study published by the online journal Nature Communications, lead author Minsoo Kim, Ph.D., …

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NCCN Publishes New Patient Education Resources for Thyroid Cancer—One of the Most Commonly Diagnosed Cancers in Women in the United States

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In 2017, it is estimated that more than 56,000 new cases of Thyroid Cancer will be diagnosed in the United States—and approximately 75% of those patients will be women. In the United States, Thyroid Cancer is one of the of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among adolescents and young adults—the second most prevalent cancer in young women and sixth among …

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Local Surgeon Reports Positive Findings from Use of 3D Marker in Breast Cancer Treatment

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Better Cosmetic Outcomes and Shorter Radiation Therapy Seen in Study Results A research study by local surgical oncologist Michael Cross, M.D., F.A.C.S., concluded that use of the BioZorb® surgical marker appears to provide better cosmetic outcomes and may be associated with an increased use of breast-conserving surgery in his practice. The study found that more than 90% of patients who …

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Does Low-Dose Aspirin Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer?

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By: Jennifer Barrett, Assistant Editor From: pharmacytimes.com Low-dose aspirin may help women reduce their risk of developing breast cancer, a new study published in Breast Cancer Research has suggested.1 Overall, regular low-dose aspirin use (81 mg) was tied to a 16% lower risk of breast cancer in women when taken at least 3 times per week. The study, led by …

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Doctors Excited By Results Of New Immunotherapy Cancer Treatment

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By: Dr. Maria Simbra From: pittsburgh.cbslocal.com No chemotherapy, No radiation. There’s a new way to treat cancer that doesn’t involve either. It’s working for patients and even doctors are excited about it. Joe Milcarek had no symptoms of lung cancer. Doctors discovered it on scans he had as part of participation in a lung study. “They found a tumor about …

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Contemporary Inflammatory Breast Cancer Therapy Yields Low Local/Regional Recurrence

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From: The American Society of Breast Surgeons Aggressive Triple-Modality Therapy Prevents Cancer from Returning in the Chest Wall and Lymph Nodes Current triple-modality therapy for highly aggressive inflammatory breast cancer achieved a 95.5% five-year survival rate with no local cancer recurrence, similar to other breast cancers, in a new study presented this week at the Annual Meeting of the American …

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Cancer cells metastasize far earlier than suspected

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By: Bradley J. Fikes From: sandiegouniontribune.com Solid tumors can metastasize far earlier than previously thought, according to a study by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute. Tumor cells nearly always get into the bloodstream at the core, not the periphery, as the conventional model states. These cells become mobile before the primary tumor starts invading nearby tissue, the study found. …

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Debunking the Myth of Lymphedema Risk

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From: The American Society of Breast Surgeons Axillary Surgery Only One Factor Breast cancer-related lymphedema, chronic swelling of the arm and chest area, is strongly associated with multi-modality therapies and not axillary node surgery alone as widely believed, according to a new study presented this week at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. The study found …

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Despite Evidence that It Benefits Patients with Cancer, Study Finds Most Oncologists Don’t Discuss Exercise with Patients

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It is well documented that physical activity (PA) benefits patients with cancer, both during and after treatment. Exercise helps patients combat both physical and psychological impacts of cancer treatment, giving them a sense of well-being, control, stress reduction, and empowerment. However, exactly what constitutes an appropriate PA recommendation within a multimodal cancer treatment plan is unclear. To uncover barriers to …