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Drug accelerates blood system’s recovery after chemotherapy, radiation

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From: ucla.edu A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem cells after exposure to radiation. If the results can be replicated in humans, the compound could help people recover quicker from chemotherapy, radiation and bone marrow transplants. The study, published in Nature Communications, also sheds light on the basic biology …

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Chemo and Radiation’s Effect on Your Eyes

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By: Jane Ashley From: whatnext.com When we think of chemotherapy side effects, we think about nausea, fatigue and low blood counts. But did you know that some chemotherapy drugs and other cancer treatments may affect your eyes? From tearing to dry eyes to sensitivity to light, be sure to tell your oncologist about any changes to your eyes. How Can …

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Chemo Disturbs Sleep in Breast Cancer Patients

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By: Lorraine L. Janeczko From: oncnet.com Patients treated with chemotherapy have disturbed sleep-wake activity, a prospective study from Hong Kong and Australia confirms. “The first administration of adjuvant chemotherapy is associated with sleep disturbance and sleep-wake activity rhythm disruption among breast cancer patients, while the disturbance and disruption during the last cycle are less severe,” the researchers write in Sleep, …

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Study in JNCCN Identifies Significant Factors for Reducing the Risk of Immunosuppression and Fever in People Being Treated with Chemotherapy

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Researchers find the timing and length of use for corticosteroids has a particularly strong impact on the likelihood of severe, life-threatening adverse events for people with cancer New research in the October 2018 issue of JNCCN—Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network identifies risk factors for chemotherapy-induced febrile neutropenia (FN) —a dangerously low white blood cell count, which increases the …

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Need for supportive care in oncology will increase during the next decade

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From: GlobalData The need for effective supportive care in oncology will increase in the next decade as patients continue to live longer and cancer progresses to become more like a chronic disease. This includes the need for chemotherapy-related conditions, as chemotherapy will remain the backbone of cancer therapy for the foreseeable future, observes GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. …

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Study: Specific Type of Brain Training Shows Impact Against Chemobrain

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A newly published pilot study shows that a specific type of brain training —found in BrainHQ from Posit Science — was able to show impact on cancer-related cognitive impairment, more commonly known as “chemobrain.” Up to 90 percent of cancer survivors report cognitive issues from the disease or its treatment. There is no widely-accepted treatment for chemobrain. The independent research was conducted by a team at …

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Old-Style Chemo Is Still A Mainstay In The Age Of Targeted Cancer Therapy

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By: Richard Harris From: npr.org Chemotherapy remains one of the mainstays of cancer treatment, but these harsh drugs are slowly being edged aside in medical research, as new treatments, like immunotherapy, grab the spotlight. Still, this is not the end of the road for chemotherapy. For one thing, doctors are coming to realize that some of these drugs are useful …

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How some breast cancer cells return after chemo

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By: Shawna Williams From: futurity.org Researchers have identified a biochemical chain of events that allows some breast cancer cells to survive chemotherapy and restart tumor growth. The recurrence of cancer stem cells is tied to the drug resistance that develops in many breast tumors. Because of that resistance, the benefits of chemo are short-lived for many patients. Cancer recurrence after …

Gene Tests Can Help Some Breast Cancer Patients Avoid Chemotherapy, Study Says

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From: cbslocal.com Some breast cancer patients could avoid chemotherapy treatment without jeopardizing their chances of survival by taking a genetic test to determine the risk of their cancer recurring, a study has found. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, examined early-stage breast cancer patients using MammaPrint, a 70-gene test that creates something of a cancer “fingerprint” and categorizes patients as high risk or low …

Women who faced cancer share what they ate during chemo

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By: Susan Selasky From: freep.com Chemotherapy is tough in so many ways. The cancer treatment seeks to wipe out the bad cancer cells but, along the way, takes the good ones, too. And it knocks out taste buds and makes everything taste like metal. But a few metro Detroit women found certain foods helped get them through treatment and even …