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    1. This Plus Radiation Fights Prostate Cancer: Study

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of "suicide gene therapy" and radiation is highly effective in treating prostate cancer, researchers say. In this type of gene therapy, a patient's cancer cells are genetically modified so that they prompt th

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    2. Suspicious Pigment Spots More Common on Dark Skin

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with darker skin are about one-third more likely to have potentially dangerous pigment "spots" on their palms and soles, a new study finds. In rare cases, these "acral pigmented lesions" turn out to be melanoma skin

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    3. Mammogram Guidelines: FAQ

      If you're approaching the big 4-0, you're probably wondering if it's time to book your first mammogram -- or if you can put it off for another few years. It's no wonder you're confused: Conflicting guidelines from leading medical groups have made this issue murkier than ever. Some key facts can help

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    4. Two Drugs Equal For Early Breast Cancer

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Postmenopausal women who have an early, noninvasive form of breast cancer had similar recurrence rates of disease whether they took the drug tamoxifen or the aromatase inhibitor anastrozole after surgery, new research sh

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    5. Laser: A Breast Cancer Treatment Alternative?

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Using a laser to heat and destroy tumors -- called laser ablation -- may be an effective way to treat small breast cancers, potentially saving some women from a lumpectomy, new research suggests. The laser ablation techn

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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