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.
April 21, 2013 |
The seventh child to receive an experimental leukemia therapy at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia got good news last week: It worked. "Avrey Walker is cancer free!!!! A total remission!" her father, Aaron, exulted on their Facebook page. The 9-year-old from Redmond, Ore., was diagnosed at age 4 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a blood cancer that can be deadly within a few months if not treated. Like other children in the study at Children's, Avrey had undergone years of intermittent chemotherapy, only to relapse each time the toxic treatments ended.
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.
October 23, 1988 |
Announcement of the selection of Dr. Robert C. Young as chief executive of the Fox Chase Cancer Center marked the end of a 10-month search, a screening process that involved many of the nation's leading oncologists and medical administrators. Elected president of the cancer center at an Oct. 13 meeting of its board of directors, Young is to take office on Dec. 15, succeeding John R. Durant. Since Durant left office early in the year, a committee headed by G. Morris Dorrance Jr., chairman of the Fox Chase Cancer Center's board, has been reviewing candidates for the office.
March 28, 1997 |
Scientists at the National Cancer Institute have given their views on mammograms for women in their 40s. What should you do? Question: I'm a 41-year-old woman who has never had a mammogram. Should I get one now? Answer: The National Cancer Institute says yes for women 40 or over, but start by talking to your doctor. Whether you get one every year or every two years in your 40s depends on your risk factors; after age 50, doctors recommend the tests every year. Q: What are the known risk factors?
April 26, 1991 |
Despite all the research and therapies, more and more American women are suffering and dying from breast cancer. It now strikes one of nine. If you have a relative who has had the disease you are aware of the terrible suffering involved. My mother was diagnosed as having a breast tumor in 1983 and, after an initial "cure," died from its spread five years later. I happen to have had a direct influence on federal research policy on the possible relationship between diet and breast cancer when I was staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition almost two decades ago. Hearings on the link between diet and chronic diseases, including breast cancer, led to the federal adoption of dietary goals.
January 2, 1994 |
Michael Freilick of Cherry Hill has been named a consultant to the National DES Education Program, a new $2.2 million program launched by the National Cancer Institute. DES, or diethylstilbestrol, is the synthetic estrogen drug widely prescribed to pregnant women from 1941 to 1971. It has been linked to miscarriages and uterine cancer in women whose mothers took DES, and might be associated with fertility problems and testicular cancer in men. Freilick, a DES son and a testicular cancer survivor, founded and runs the DES Sons Network, a national support network for men exposed to the drug.
June 2, 1986
I reply to John R. Durant's May 24 Op-ed Page article, "People do survive cancer. " Dr. Durant forgot to finish the sentence with: "But many more people die from it. " In 1971, when Congress declared war on cancer, 600,000 Americans got cancer; this year, nearly one million Americans will get cancer. Naturally, there will be more survivors in 1986 but there will also be many more deaths than there were in 1971. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 300,000 Americans died of cancer in 1971, but nearly 500,000 Americans will die of cancer in 1986.