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PTSD and Cancer

PTSD and Cancer

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 0 comments

“I think all too often we underestimate the impact of a cancer diagnosis on the mental health and well-being of the individual, thus it goes unaddressed.” ~Stephanie Zimmerman, MSN Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can bring on feelings of worry, fear, dread, anger, uncertainty and loss.  Research indicates that, for some people, these symptoms of...

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A review in melanoma brain metastasis treatment

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study reviewed the currently available treatments for melanoma brain metastasis (MBM; spread to the brain). Researchers reported that treatment should be personalized for the different types of patients.  Some background Melanoma has the highest risk of spreading to the brain among all common cancer types. Until the last...

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Does Alcohol Increase Cancer Risk?

Does Alcohol Increase Cancer Risk?

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 0 comments

In July 2017, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conducted the National Cancer Opinion Survey to find out what people in the US know about cancer.  ASCO released the results in October.  The findings have already influenced recommendations made by the organization. Beliefs About Cancer Risk Among other questions, the survey asked  4,016...

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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 | 1 comment

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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Isolated limb perfusion in the treatment of advanced melanoma

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study examined the effectiveness of isolated limb perfusion (ILP) in locally advanced melanoma. Researchers suggested that ILP was safe and effective in these patients. Some background Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the standard treatments for advanced melanoma. However, ILP has been shown to increase the rates...

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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 | 6 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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Nivolumab treatment is associated with an improved survival in advanced melanoma

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effect of nivolumab (Opdivo) in patients with progressive melanoma after ipilimumab (Yervoy) treatment. Researchers suggested that nivolumab treatment is associated with better response compared with chemotherapy. Some background Recent new therapies, such as immunotherapy, have changed the treatment of...

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Treatment with PD-1 agents improves melanoma outcomes

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell This review investigated the effectiveness of PD-1 agents in the treatment of melanoma. Researchers suggested that treatment with these agents is associated with improved cancer outcomes.   Some background The best treatment for melanoma remains to be determined, however surgery may be associated with a high cure rate. Patients...

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Does age effect immunotherapy treatment in melanoma?

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell The study examined if age played a role in the effect of immunotherapy treatment on patients with melanoma. The study concluded that immunotherapy is similarly effective in patients of all ages. Some background Immunotherapy is a type of treatment which targets the immune system to help it to fight cancer. A specific type of...

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Promising News in Melanoma From ASCO 2017

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Melanoma | 0 comments

Video information: As part of our coverage from the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, Dr. Ryan Sullivan from Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School provides a positive update for melanoma patients. Dr. Sullivan shares positive news related to PD-1 inhibitors and other promising advancements...

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