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Chemotherapy before surgery in the treatment of high risk rectal cancer

Posted by on Sep 15, 2018 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the outcomes of chemotherapy before surgery in patients with high-risk rectal cancer. Researchers suggested that chemotherapy improves tumor shrinkage before rectal surgery.   Some background The standard treatment for patients with rectal cancer is surgery. High-risk patients may benefit from short-course...

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Does chemotherapy after surgery improve survival in older patients with colon cancer?

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the use of chemotherapy after surgery in elderly patients with stage 2 and 3 colon cancer. Researchers suggested that chemotherapy after surgery improves outcomes in patients with stage 3 colon cancer. Some background Life expectancy in the Western countries has increased. Colorectal cancer is diagnosed most...

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“Your Life Depends on Your Own Advocacy”

“Your Life Depends on Your Own Advocacy”

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 1 comment

“Always trust your gut. Don’t leave your treatment in the hands of someone that you don’t trust or that does not seem like a team player. Yes, they are all smart—even brilliant—but read, read, read, and question them at every corner and challenge the standard of care. Exercise, healthy eating, learning the ropes of insurance, mediation/prayer...

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Comparing open and laparoscopic surgery for patients with rectal cancer 

Posted by on Sep 8, 2018 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study compared the outcomes of patients with rectal cancer treated with either laparoscopy (LPS; removal of the tumor by using a cable with a camera inserted near the tumor) or open surgery. Researchers found no differences in outcomes between LPS and open surgery for these patients.   Some background Treatment for rectal...

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Clinical Trials Today

Clinical Trials Today

Posted by on Aug 26, 2018 in Benign prostatic hyperplasia, Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Coronary artery disease, Diabetes mellitus, Erectile dysfunction, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hypertension, Infertility, Kidney stones, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Nocturia, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Overactive bladder, Parkinson's Disease, Prostate cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Stroke, Urinary incontinence, Urinary tract infection | 4 comments

Prior to the 20th century, most people lived about 47 years in the developed world because of infectious diseases. In 1940, the first use of penicillin to treat infectious diseases occurred and penicillin became available in 1945 to the general public. Science and research conducted throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, created more antibiotics so that life...

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Surgery improves survival of colorectal cancer patients with lung metastasis

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the outcomes of surgery to lung metastasis (LM; cancer spreads to the lungs) in patients with colorectal cancer. Researchers suggested that lung surgery increases the survival of these patients.   Some background Colorectal cancer is one of the major diseases seen in the US. LM appear in 5-15% of patients and...

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Post-surgery chemotherapy in early rectal cancer is associated with improved outcomes

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the safety of localized surgery followed by chemotherapy compared with total mesorectal excision (TME; bowel and lymph nodes around the tumor are removed) in early stages (T0 to T1) of rectal cancer. Researchers suggested that local surgery followed by chemotherapy improves long term outcomes in early stages of...

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Cancer Vaccines

Cancer Vaccines

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 2 comments

When I think of vaccines, I think of the MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella) vaccines which help our bodies establish immunity against diseases that used to kill.  Now, there are vaccines being created for cancer. The rise of cancer vaccines According to Dr. Nora Disis, an oncologist and researcher in cancer vaccines at the University of...

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Accurate diagnosis and treatment of diarrhea following colon cancer surgery can improve quality of life

Posted by on Jul 14, 2018 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the causes and treatment options for diarrhea after colon surgery in colon cancer patients. Researchers suggested that an accurate diagnosis will improve the treatment of these patients. Some background Surgery to remove colon tumors changes the anatomy and the normal intestinal function of the bowel. Thus, many...

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Oxaliplatin based treatments as adjuvant chemotherapy treatment in colon cancer patients

Posted by on Jul 14, 2018 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effectiveness of a 3-month oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy treatment after surgery in patients with stage 3 colon cancer. Researchers suggested 6-months of treatment is associated with better outcomes. Some background The current standard treatment for stage 3 colon cancer patients is surgery followed by...

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mFOLFOX6 and XELOX have similar side effect rates stage 3 colon cancer

Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the safety of the chemotherapies mFOLFOX6 and XELOX in Japanese colon cancer patients. Researchers suggested that the safety of both treatments is acceptable. Some background FOLFOX chemotherapy is the standard treatment for stage 3 colon cancer patients who underwent surgery. mFOLFOX6 combines leucovorin,...

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