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    1. Lumpectomy Plus Radiation May Beat Mastectomy

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with early stage breast cancer may survive longer if they opt for the less-extensive surgery called lumpectomy, followed by radiation, rather than a mastectomy, a new study suggests. "I think these results offer women

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    2. Timing Key for Early Breast Cancer Treatment

      By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The sooner early stage breast cancer patients have surgery following their diagnosis, and chemotherapy after their surgery, the better their chances of survival, two new studies find. In one study, researchers at Fox Chas

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    3. Could a Scan Someday Replace Lymph Node Biopsy?

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists are testing a noninvasive alternative to lymph node biopsy for detecting early signs that melanoma skin cancer has spread. Patients currently undergo surgical removal, often involving a radioactive tracer, of the

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    4. Breast Cancer Drugs Battle Disease's Return

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A pair of drugs already on the market appear to reduce the recurrence of breast cancer in women who've already undergone treatment, two new clinical trials show. The chemotherapy drug capecitabine (Xeloda) seems to red

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    5. Colon Cancer Treatment: What You Need to Know

      When Jennifer Marrone of San Diego, CA, was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer at age 30, she didn't just want to know what her treatment options were. "I wanted to know how they were going to affect my life," says Marrone, who's now 35. She was pleased when her oncologist at UC San Diego Health g

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    6. FDA Approves Cap to Reduce Chemo Hair Loss

      A scalp cooling system that reduces breast cancer patients' hair loss due to chemotherapy has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The DigniCap is made by Dignitana AB of Sweden. The company will lease the device to cancer centers and patients will be charged a fee for each use, t

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    7. Drugs May Protect the Heart During Chemotherapy

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Two kinds of medications can prevent heart damage in breast cancer patients as they undergo chemotherapy, a new study suggests. Chemotherapy improves survival among women with early-stage breast cancer, but can dramatica

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    8. Leukemia Risk After Breast Cancer Treatment

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they're zeroing in on factors that may increase the risk of leukemia after breast cancer treatment. The findings are a step forward in determining ways to prevent this complication in breast cancer survivors

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    9. First Generic Version of Gleevec Approved by FDA

      Dec. 7, 2015 -- The first generic version of the cancer drug Gleevec (imatinib mesylate) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency approved 100-milligram and 400-milligram pills of the generic version to treat chronic myeloid leukemia. The once-a-day pills are made by Su

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    10. New Guidelines: Caring for Breast Cancer Survivors

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Battling breast cancer is tough, but survivors need care, too. Now, two major groups in cancer care have issued guidelines on the type of follow-up these patients require. The protocols, released jointly by the American Can

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