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New Studies Linking Gut Bacteria and Cancer Treatment

New Studies Linking Gut Bacteria and Cancer Treatment

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 2 comments

In It’s All In Your Gut, A High Fiber Diet and the Immune System, we introduced the microbiome that lives in our body.  It helps with our digestion and makes the short-chained fatty acids (SCFAs) that are important to our immune system.  Now several recent studies are looking at bacteria in the bodies of people with cancer.   Specifically, these...

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War on Cancer: The Right Metaphor?

War on Cancer: The Right Metaphor?

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 8 comments

“For me, having lost my husband, it’s frustrating to hear publicly people saying to John McCain, ‘If anybody can beat this you can — you’re so tough.’  Not that it’s intentionally hurtful, but it does leave those of us who’ve lost a loved one thinking, ‘Was my loved one not tough enough? Did he not fight hard enough?'” ~Dannagal...

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A combination of FOLFOXIRI and targeted therapy in the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study examined the effectiveness of FOLFOXIRI combined with targeted therapy (TT) in advanced colorectal cancer. This study concluded that FOLFOXIRI plus TT was associated with better outcomes compared to other treatment combinations. Some background Chemotherapy is used to reduce symptoms and increase survival in colorectal...

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If Not For Immunotherapy…

If Not For Immunotherapy…

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Blog, Colorectal cancer | 1 comment

“I’m barely 27 and if it were not for immunotherapy and cancer research, I would not have seen 25.”  So starts Stefanie Joho speech at a 2017 Congressional Hearing called “Progress in Immunotherapy: Delivering Hope and Clinical Benefit to Cancer Patients.” When Stefanie was 22, she was diagnosed with a very aggressive Stage II...

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Is chemoradiation with local removal, better than total surgical removal to treat stage II rectal cancer?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked survival rates of stage II rectal cancer patients who underwent different treatments. It compared radical surgery versus local excision with added-on chemoradiation. The article concluded that overall survival was not different between the treatments. Some background Radical surgery (RS – complete...

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Post-surgery complications can affect chemotherapy treatment after surgery in colorectal cancer

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the post-surgery factors that affect the use of chemotherapy after surgery in colorectal cancer patients. Researchers suggested that post-surgery complications are associated with delay or not receiving chemotherapy treatment.   Some background Surgery and post-surgery chemotherapy are the standard...

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Can Video Gaming Build Resilience? You Decide…

Can Video Gaming Build Resilience?   You Decide…

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Stroke | 0 comments

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, a recent news story discussed the mental health consequences of disasters. Researcher Jean Rhodes of University of Massachusetts Boston studied the mental health of young parents living in New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina. RISK- Resilience In Survivors of Katrina is the project’s name. An...

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