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  1. Proton Beam Therapy Better for Prostate Cancer?

    Nov. 1, 2012 (Boston) -- A pricey new treatment for prostate cancer called proton beam therapy appears to cause slightly less diarrhea, bloating, and cramping than traditional radiation treatments. But the effect is short-lived, a new study suggests. The findings come from a review of questionnaires

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  2. FDA Approves Synribo for Drug-Resistant Leukemia

    Oct. 29, 2012 -- The FDA has approved Teva's Synribo (omacetaxine mepesuccinate) for treating adults with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). The fast-track approval is for people for whom at least two of the most common treatments have failed. These treatments, tyrosine kinase inhibitors or TKIs, i

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  3. African-American Women: Breast Cancer More Deadly?

    Oct. 28, 2012 -- African-American women may be more likely to die of breast cancer than women of other races, especially in the first few years after the diagnosis, according to new research. As to why, there are no clear answers yet, but the emphasis on vigilant care is clear for African-American w

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  4. The Risks of Cancer Screening

    Routine cancer screening can save lives. It can also cause serious harm. This is the "double-edged sword" of cancer screening, says Otis Webb Brawley, MD, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society. "Many of these cancers we treat and cure never needed to be treated and cured," Brawley say

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  5. Colon Cancer: Aspirin May Improve Survival in Some

    Oct. 24, 2012 -- One of the oldest and cheapest drugs around may be highly effective against colon cancer, a new study shows. Some of the most cutting-edge cancer therapies involve targeted treatments used in patients with specific gene mutations, but many cost thousands of dollars a month. Not so i

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  6. Many With Incurable Cancer Think They Can Be Cured

    Oct. 24, 2012 -- It is not a desired discussion for the doctor, and certainly not for the patient. But an overwhelming majority of people with advanced cancer are under the impression that the chemotherapy they are receiving will cure their disease when it likely will not, a new study shows. In thes

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  7. Big Drop in Colon Cancer Attributed to Colonoscopy

    Oct. 23, 2012 -- Wider use of colonoscopy has led to a more dramatic decline in colorectal cancer rates, a new study suggests. Colorectal cancer cases and deaths have been falling for decades, with the most recent decline likely due to screening tests that enable doctors to detect and, if necessary,

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  8. Eating Well During Cancer Treatment

    Chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatments can be hard on your body. Fortunately, making healthy food choices can help you feel better and speed your recovery. "When you're being treated for cancer, it's important to avoid extreme diets that may leave you short on key nutrients," says Vero

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  9. Green Tea and Cancer Prevention: New Clues

    Oct. 18, 2012 (Anaheim, Calif.) -- Green tea and its extracts have long been studied for health benefits, including cancer prevention. Now, researchers have new clues about how it may work to help prevent or slow the growth of prostate and breast cancers. Researchers presented the new findings here

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  10. Multivitamins May Help Prevent Cancer

    Oct. 17, 2012 (Anaheim, Calif.) -- Taking a daily multivitamin for years may lower the risk of cancer, according to new research. The study followed nearly 15,000 middle-aged and older men for about 11 years. It is not yet clear if the findings would apply to women or younger men. "The main findings

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