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New test can detect eight types of cancer in a drop of blood

New test can detect eight types of cancer in a drop of blood

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have developed a single blood test that screens for eight common cancer types and helps identify the location of the cancer.

January 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Should you get a 3-D mammogram?

Should you get a 3-D mammogram?

A growing number of women are being asked if they want to have a three-dimensional (3-D) mammography in addiction to the standard to the two-dimensional (2-D) screening. What’s not yet clear is whether this newer, more expensive technology is better at catching cancers that are likely to kill.

January 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
The painful side of positive health care marketing

The painful side of positive health care marketing

As Wallace’s cancer has progressed over the past seven years, she has become more critical of what she sees as excessive positivity in health care marketing. It’s everywhere: TV ads, radio commercials, billboards. The advertisements feature happy, healed patients and tell stories of miraculous recoveries.

October 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
New gene therapies could cost more than $1m per patient

New gene therapies could cost more than $1m per patient

Outrage over the high cost of cancer care has focused on skyrocketing drug prices, including the $475,000 price tag for the country’s first gene therapy, Novartis’ Kymriah, a leukemia treatment approved in August. But the total costs of Kymriah and the 21 similar drugs in development — known as CAR T-cell therapies — will be far higher than many have imagined, reaching $1 million or more per patient.

October 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection galls to families

As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection galls to families

As more medical care shifts from hospital to home, families take on more complex, risky medical tasks for their loved ones. But hospitals have not done enough to help these families, said Dr. Amy Billett, director of quality and safety at the cancer and blood disorders center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital.

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Conference seeks to connect patients with metastatic breast cancer with researchers

Conference seeks to connect patients with metastatic breast cancer with researchers

The conference brings patients and caregivers together with medical professionals and scientists for the most current information on breast cancer treatments, research trials, integrative medicine, patient support and issues/advocacy for metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer.

September 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Forgoing conventional cancer treatments for alternative medicine increases risk of death

Forgoing conventional cancer treatments for alternative medicine increases risk of death

In a large study, patients with nonmetastatic breast, lung, or colorectal cancer who chose alternative therapies had substantially worse survival than patients who received conventional cancer treatments. After a median of 5 years, patients with breast or colorectal cancer were nearly five times as likely to die if they had used an alternative therapy as their initial treatment than if they had received conventional treatment.

September 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Prevention experts propose easing advice on number of cervical cancer screenings

Prevention experts propose easing advice on number of cervical cancer screenings

Instead of getting both a Pap test and an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer, many women should get just one or the other at regular intervals, according to a draft recommendation published this week by a panel of prevention experts.

September 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing your way through cancer

Writing your way through cancer

Expressive writing gained the attention of psychologists and medical doctors in the 1990s, when research came out about the value of disclosure and writing in the healing process. Since then, multiple studies have revealed writing’s salutary effects on people who are combating illnesses.

August 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Breakthrough’ leukemia drug also portends ‘quantum leap’ in cost

‘Breakthrough’ leukemia drug also portends ‘quantum leap’ in cost

The treatment, CTL019, belongs to a new class of medications called CAR T-cell therapies, which involve harvesting patients’ immune cells and genetically altering them to kill cancer. The drug has the potential to be one of the most expensive drugs ever sold

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More