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  1. Blood Test Might Help Spot Pancreatic Cancer Early

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood test might one day help doctors spot pancreatic cancer in its early stages, Danish scientists report. The researchers said their testing is still too preliminary to be certain it can accurately diagnose panc

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  2. Are Clinical Trials Right for You?

    If you have advanced breast cancer, you may be thinking about joining a clinical trial. Patients often test new drugs or treatments in these careful studies. Joining a trial can benefit you and the women who come after you. After all, we have today's treatments because other women took part in a cli

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  3. Feel Your Best During Treatment

    Easing your pain, fatigue, or even itchy, peeling feet is part of your doctor's job when you're in treatment for advanced breast cancer. Don't be afraid to speak up! There are many ways to treat the side effects of cancer drugs. When you have advanced breast cancer, you are likely to be on some kind

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  4. When Breast Cancer Spreads

    If your cancer spreads beyond your breast and the nearby lymph nodes, it's called advanced cancer, or metastatic cancer. The most common places it spreads to are the liver, lungs, bones, and brain. News that your cancer has spread is scary, but there are many treatments that work for metastatic brea

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  5. Your Treatment Options for Advanced Breast Cancer

    If you're facing advanced breast cancer, called metastatic or stage IV cancer, you probably have a lot of questions. That's understandable. "The goals of therapy are to prolong life, while at the same time maintaining a good quality of life," says Julie Gralow, MD, of the Seattle Cancer Care Allianc

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  6. Cervical Cancer Screening Found to Benefit Older Women in New Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cervical cancer screening beyond age 50 saves lives and remains beneficial to women up to age 69, a new British study suggests. Both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Preventive Services Tas

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  7. Mekinist Plus Tafinlar Approved for Late-Stage Melanoma

    By Scott Roberts HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Mekinist for use with another drug, Tafinlar, to treat advanced melanoma that is spreading or cannot be removed by surgery. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin

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  8. U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Continue to Drop: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As fewer Americans smoke, the number of people who develop lung cancer continues to drop, U.S. health officials report. Between 2005 and 2009, lung cancer rates went down 2.6 percent each year among men, from 87 to 78 c

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  9. U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline Again: Report

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of cancer deaths among Americans continues to decline, according to a new report. Over the last 20 years, the overall risk of dying from cancer has dropped 20 percent, researchers found. The fastest decline in c

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  10. U.S. Panel Backs Routine Lung CT Scans for Older, Heavy Smokers

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A highly influential government panel of experts says that older smokers at high risk of lung cancer should receive annual low-dose CT scans to help detect and possibly prevent the spread of the fatal disease. In its fin

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