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  1. Tetanus Shot May Boost Brain Cancer Survival

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adding a simple tetanus shot to another vaccine treatment for a highly lethal form of brain cancer dramatically extended some patients' survival in a small new study. Researchers from Duke Cancer Institute found that

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  2. New Drug OK'd for a Deadly Pediatric Cancer

    March 10, 2015 -- A new drug to treat high-risk neuroblastoma has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that most often occurs in children under age 5. Patients with high-risk neuroblastoma have only a 40 to 50 percent chance of long-term survival

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  3. Biosimilar Drugs: FAQ

    March 10, 2015 -- Drugs known as biologics have grabbed headlines over the years, both for their potential in fighting cancer and other diseases, and for their high price tag. Now, the FDA's approval of the first so-called “biosimilar” drug clears the way for manufacturers to make lower-cost version

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  4. Relatives' Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A family history of prostate cancer may be tied to a woman's risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests. Women whose father, brother or son have had prostate cancer may have a 14 percent higher risk of developing breast

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  5. Vegetarian Diet May Lower Colon Cancer Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A vegetarian diet might cut your risk of colorectal cancer by 20 percent, a new study finds. For fish-eating vegetarians, the protective link was even stronger, researchers said. Colorectal cancer is the second leading c

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  6. Can Statins Help Improve Prostate Cancer Survival?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may slow down prostate cancer in men who are also taking medication to reduce their levels of male hormones, according to new research. Taking a statin alongside androgen deprivation the

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  7. 'Biosimilar' Drug May Mean Cheaper Patient Options

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the nation's first "biosimilar" drug, a move that could lead to more affordable medications for Americans who take cutting-edge biologic drugs. This first drug, Za

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  8. Breast Cancer Survivors and Thyroid Cancer Risk

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who survive breast cancer may have a higher-than-average risk of developing thyroid cancer in the next several years, a new study suggests. Looking at government data on over 700,000 U.S. women treated for breast cancer

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  9. Drug May Help Some With Breast Cancer Stay Fertile

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer chemotherapy can trigger an unfortunate side effect for some patients -- early menopause. But a new study suggests that adding the drug goserelin to chemotherapy cuts the odds of that happening in women wi

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  10. Top 5 Deadliest Cancers

    Cancer care has come a long way. There are treatments for many types, and in some cases, even cures. But there’s still a long way to go. Cancer remains the No. 2 cause of death in the U.S., just behind heart disease. Do you know which cancers take the most lives, and most importantly, which ones you

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