August 8, 2016 |
It's always important to eat wisely, even more so when you're sick. When it comes to cancer, however, researchers are discovering tantalizing new evidence that a patient's diet can actually help shrink tumors. Nicole Simone, a radiation oncologist at Thomas Jefferson University's Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center , has been studying the effect of diet on standard therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy to see whether what you eat can make a difference. So far, it appears that it does.
July 13, 2016 |
The amount of advertising by cancer centers has exploded over the past decade - and so have come-ons that emotionally manipulate or even mislead patients. That is the bottom line of a study and accompanying editorial published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. "Cancer center advertisements generally make appeals based on emotion - not fact," wrote Steven Woloshin, a physician and a medical communication researcher with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in New Hampshire.
October 20, 1993 |
WASHINGTON NEW GUIDELINES ON MAMMOGRAMS In a major reversal, the National Cancer Institute is announcing plans to change its own guidelines on recommending mammograms for premenopausal women. Instead of urging that all women aged 40 to 49 be screened every year or two with mammograms, a position the institute has held since 1987, the NCI, citing inconclusive evidence from eight randomized trials and controversy among specialists, is now proposing that women under 50 get the X-rays only when advised to do so by their doctors.
June 25, 2013
Michael Potter, 89, a scientist at the National Cancer Institute whose research led to greater understanding of tumors and the immune system and who won the prestigious Lasker Award for medical research, died Tuesday at his home in Bethesda, Md. He had acute myeloid leukemia, said his daughter, Melissa Adde Magrath. Dr. Potter worked for more than 50 years at the National Cancer Institute, a branch of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. He was a principal investigator in NCI's Laboratory of Cell Biology and, for more than 20 years, was chief of the Laboratory of Genetics.
January 11, 2016
Ellen Stovall, 69, a three-time cancer patient nationally known among physicians, legislators and policymakers as one of the country's most forceful advocates for cancer survivors, died Jan. 5 at a hospital in Rockville, Md. Mrs. Stovall's death was announced by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, where she was president and CEO from 1992 to 2008. Her brother, Stephen Lewis, said she had cardiac ailments related to her radiation and chemotherapy. Mrs. Stovall, a Scranton native, was 24 and the mother of a newborn boy when she learned that she had Stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1971.
October 16, 2002 |
Update: Exercise, diet still can curb hypertension The government has issued updated guidelines on high blood pressure that emphasize that exercise and diet are often enough to prevent hypertension. They also cite research casting doubt on the benefit of some products promoted as blood pressure reducers. Calcium supplements and fish oil supplements, for example, show only modest effects, according to the agency's guidelines, which appear in today's Journal of the American Medical Association.
December 6, 1988 |
JUVENILE EAR INFECTIONS. Parents of children with recurrent ear infections, take note - 75 percent of them could be controlled just by eliminating milk or milk products. That's according to Fred Pullen, a Miami ear, nose and throat specialist who says that blocked eustachian tubes - the passages between upper throat, nose and inner ear - that cause the problem can result from an allergy, as in an allergy to milk. Substitute calcium supplements for dairy products, Pullen says. CHEMICAL HAZARDS.
June 23, 2014 |
Facing a double mastectomy and hysterectomy, Eva Moon eased the anxiety with a limerick: I've just had a genetic test And I'm feeling a little depressed It's not just because I'll have menopause But I wasn't quite done with my breasts Humor isn't touted much in clinical trials or in FDA approvals, but when it comes to cancer, laughter is good medicine, according to Moon. A 58-year-old performing artist from Redmond, Wash., with fiery red hair and a sultry voice, Moon spoke at the Eighth Annual Joining FORCEs Conference in Philadelphia last week.
April 30, 2016 |
The Wistar Institute in University City will collaborate with a Swedish biopharmaceutical company, with the goal of developing new cancer therapies. The partnership with Cormorant Pharmaceuticals AB, of Stockholm, will pair Wistar's methods for analyzing tumor biopsies with Cormorant's experimental drug HuMax-IL8, which is in early-stage testing in patients at the National Cancer Institute. Wistar scientist Dmitry I. Gabrilovich and colleagues have developed a new biomarker based on understanding how myeloid suppressor cells play a major role in the regulation of immune responses.
June 12, 2016
Q. Should I get screened for prostate cancer? A. Prostate specific antigen, or PSA, testing remains the main screening test for prostate cancer, along with clinical prostate gland examination. PSA is produced by the prostate gland in men; higher levels of PSA may indicate the presence of prostate cancer. But studies also indicate that overdiagnosis and overtreatment of prostate cancer could be a concern, because men often die with and not of prostate cancer. Because we can't yet determine which early-stage prostate cancers can progress to advanced disease and which are slow-growing and can be left untreated, a number of professional organizations recommend "shared decision-making.