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  1. What Cancer Patients Need to Know About the Flu

    What do cancer patients and survivors need to know about the flu? WebMD asked Lisa Richardson, MD, associate director for science in the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. Should cancer patients get immunized against the flu? Absolutely. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age

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  2. Existing Breast Cancer Drugs May Help More Women

    Dec. 7, 2012 (San Antonio) -- Current screening tests may miss as many as 1 in 50 women with breast cancer who would benefit from treatment with highly effective breast cancer drugs. At issue is HER2-positive breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease that was difficult to treat until the FDA

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  3. Fruits, Veggies Tied to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

    Dec. 6, 2012 -- Women now have one more reason to eat their fruits and veggies. A new study suggests that women with higher levels of carotenoids (nutrients found in fruits and vegetables) have a lower risk of breast cancer -- especially cancers that are harder to treat and have a poorer prognosis.

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  4. Longer Tamoxifen Use Helps Breast Cancer Survival

    Dec. 5, 2012 -- Doubling the time that breast cancer patients take tamoxifen cuts the risk that the cancer will come back and further lowers the risk of dying of the disease, a new study shows. The study is expected to change the way doctors prescribe tamoxifen, a drug that blocks the effects of est

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  5. UV Nail Lamps Safe, Study Suggests

    Dec. 6, 2012 -- Widely used UV nail lamps are highly unlikely to cause skin cancer, even if used weekly for 250 years, a new study suggests. The finding contradicts the feeling of many dermatologists that the devices are as harmful as tanning beds. That feeling is largely based on a 2009 report of s

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  6. Breath Test May Detect Colon Cancer

    Dec. 5, 2012 -- A breath test similar to the one used to determine when a driver has had too much to drink shows promise as a screening tool for cancer. In a new study from Italy, researchers were able to identify patients with colorectal cancer with an accuracy of over 75% by analyzing samples of t

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  7. Diabetes Drug Metformin May Fight Cancer

    Dec. 3, 2012 -- One of the oldest, cheapest, and most widely used diabetes drugs may be a promising new cancer treatment. In new research from the Mayo Clinic, ovarian cancer patients who took the drug metformin survived longer than patients who did not take it. The study is just one of dozens under

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  8. 'Chemo Brain' Real, Not Just Patient’s Imagination

    Nov. 29, 2012 (Chicago) -- For cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy who have found their complaints of general mental fogginess and haziness dismissed by their doctors as not being a real medical condition, vindication has arrived. Using brain imaging, researchers have found physiological evidenc

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  9. Breast Cancer: Are Yearly Mammograms Worthwhile?

    Nov. 21, 2012 -- Women over age 40 are often urged to get yearly mammograms with the promise that early detection is their best hope for beating breast cancer. But a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that mammograms may not save as many lives as doctors once thought

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  10. Adding 3-D Mammograms May Improve Accuracy

    Nov. 20, 2012 -- Although mammograms remain the gold standard for breast cancer screening, they are not the perfect test. They don’t find up to 30% of cancers, and they often find something that may be suspicious for cancer but really isn’t after additional testing. These are called false-positive r

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