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  1. Could Antidepressant Combat Lethal Lung Cancer?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 27 (HealthDay News) -- An older and little-used class of antidepressants may help combat a particularly deadly form of lung cancer, according to a new study. Using a unique computer program, researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine

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  2. Married People May Be Likelier to Survive Cancer

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Married cancer patients are less likely to die of their disease than those who aren't wed, a new study suggests. The study, of more than 730,000 people who were diagnosed with any one of 10 different cancers between 2004 and

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  3. Two Key Questions May Reveal Depression in Cancer Patients

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- A simple two-question survey can accurately screen cancer patients for depression, according to a new study. The survey asks patients whether, in the last two weeks, they have experienced little interest or pleasure in doing th

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  4. Chemotherapy Undertreatment in Obese Cancer Patients

    Many obese cancer patients receive inadequate doses of chemotherapy and this is one reason why they have higher rates of cancer recurrence and death, experts say. In order to correct the problem, the American Society of Clinical Oncology has adopted guidelines promoting full, weight-based chemothera

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  5. Colon Cancer Screenings Work, Twin Studies Report

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18 (HealthDay News) -- People are less likely to die from colon cancer if they use any of the currently recommended screening procedures, a pair of new long-term studies reveal. Colonoscopy remains the most effective screening tool, reducing the

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  6. Shorter Radiation Course for Early Breast Cancer

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18 (HealthDay News) -- In women with early breast cancer, three weeks of high-dose radiation is as effective as the current standard -- five weeks of lower-dose treatment, British researchers say. A short course of radiation given in larger dose

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  7. Tamoxifen's Mental Side Effects Are Real: Study

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Some women who take tamoxifen to treat or prevent breast cancer report experiencing a mental fogginess while on the drug, and researchers have now confirmed that there's a biological basis for those symptoms. The researchers w

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  8. Report Sees Advances in War Against Cancer

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 14 million people in the United States, or one in 23, are now cancer survivors. In comparison, only 3 million people, or one in 69, were cancer survivors in 1971, according to the third annual cancer progress report,

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  9. Fear Prompts Some Preventive Mastectomies

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Young women with breast cancer tend to overestimate their risk for getting cancer in the opposite, healthy breast -- sometimes driving them to have that breast removed, according to new research. Researchers polled 123 young

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  10. FDA Panel Backs Wider Use of Breast Cancer Drug

    By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. advisers endorsed on Thursday the broader use of a drug already used to treat advanced breast cancer that also appears to shrink early stage breast tumors. This could potentially offer women with early stage bre

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