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New Blood Test May Detect Multiple Types of Cancer at Earlier Stages

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From: healthline.com Screening methods for certain types of cancer, particularly breast cancer and prostate cancer, can lead to early diagnosis. However, there’s no catchall test to screen for every one of the more than 100 types of cancer that exist. Researchers at GRAIL, a Silicon Valley healthcare company, are working on a DNA test based off a simple blood draw that can …

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This ‘metastasis-blocking’ compound may stop the spread of cancer

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By: Catharine Paddock PhD From: medicalnewstoday.com Using a new approach, scientists have located a compound that stops the spread of breast, pancreatic, and prostate cancers in mice. The compound — which they call metarrestin — destroys a unique structure inside the nucleus of cancer cells that can spread and form new tumors. A paper on the work — in which researchers from the National Institutes …

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Blood test could detect people’s breast cancer risk at birth and save millions of lives, research claims

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By: Sun Reporter From: thesun.co.uk Doctor Anna Rose’s revolutionary research could mean that previously overlooked information could now be used to actually identify cancers at an earlier stage. A SIMPLE blood test costing a few pounds could detect the risk of cancer at birth. Researcher Dr Anna Rose, 31, of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, found a test on …

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OHSU kicks off initiative to personalize clinical trials for cancer

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By: Tom Sullivan From: healthcareitnews.com Oregon Health & Science University on Thursday announced a new research project to create personalized clinical trials for cancers, including breast, pancreatic and prostate. With the new initiative, OHSU joins a growing number of academic medical centers and hospitals undertaking precision medicine initiatives focused specifically on cancer, including Swedish Cancer Institute and Intermountain Healthcare in …

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The Prostate Cancer Foundation, in Collaboration With World’s Leading Researchers, Publish Standard Setting Comprehensive Patient Guide

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Source: Prostate Cancer Foundation From: PR Newswire Guide Offers Recommendations on Newest Life-Extending Treatments for Men with Metastatic Prostate Cancer and their Families The Prostate Cancer Foundation, in honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month this September, today released the Prostate Cancer Patient Guide, a new, comprehensive health guide for prostate cancer patients, of whom there are estimated to be three …

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The Messenger Also Matters: Value-Based Payment Can Support Outreach To Vulnerable Populations

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By: Ruth C. Browne, Marilyn Fraser, Judith Killen, and Laura Tollen From: healthaffairs.org With the proliferation of value-based payment initiatives and implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) coverage expansions, states have had many opportunities in recent years to improve the health of vulnerable populations through health promotion, prevention, and care coordination. We believe value-based payment models can and must …

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New Spanish-language videos and brochures provide cancer patients with overview of radiation therapy

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From: PR Newswire Cancer patients who speak Spanish have new tools to help them understand treatment options for their disease. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) today released a series of Spanish-language patient videos on radiation therapy for cancer, including breast, prostate, lung, brain and other common cancer types. The videos complement a set of Spanish-language brochures on radiation …

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New drug delivery system shows promise for fighting solid tumors

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A new cancer-drug delivery system shows the ability to exploit the oxygen-poor areas of solid tumors that make the growths resistant to standard chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Carcinomas that affect the breast, lung, prostate and colon are among these solid-tumor cancers, as are malignancies in the lymphatic system, known as lymphomas, and the much less common sarcomas that arise in …

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When is it OK not to treat cancer?

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By: Dr. Laura Esserman From: cbsnews.com The Hippocratic Oath advises doctors to first do no harm … words many doctors today are taking to heart when it comes to decisions about cancer treatment. Here’s Barry Petersen:  Lisa Mann was readying for a double mastectomy when she consulted Dr. Laura Esserman and heard two critical words. “Well, she said, ‘First of …

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California cancer rates dropped during Recesssion — and that may not be good news

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By: Jocelyn Weiner From: dailynews.com As the country plunged into recession between 2008 and 2012, something unexpected happened: An earlier small decline in the number of new cancer cases became a much bigger one. The authors of a study published last month by the Cancer Prevention Institute of California believe they have a plausible explanation for the trend: People who …