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Many breast cancer patients missing out on genetic counseling

Many breast cancer patients missing out on genetic counseling

Nearly half of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients who should be recommended for genetic testing did not get it. A quarter of these patients were not counseled about their potential risk, a new study finds. Among those who were tested, fewer than two-thirds met with a counselor before surgery, when results could most influence treatment

March 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
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
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
Things your gynecologist wishes you would do

Things your gynecologist wishes you would do

No matter a woman’s age or how comfortable she is with her gynecologist, she may still be unsure about a few things, like which symptoms are worth mentioning, how often to make an appointment and how to prepare for an exam.

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beware of products that claim to cure cancer, FDA warns

Beware of products that claim to cure cancer, FDA warns

Frequently advertised as “natural” treatments and often falsely labeled as dietary supplements, such products may appear harmless, but may cause harm by delaying or interfering with proven, beneficial treatments.

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dozens of new cancer drugs do little to improve survival

Dozens of new cancer drugs do little to improve survival

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News Marlene McCarthy’s breast cancer has grown relentlessly over the past seven years, spreading painfully through her bones and making it impossible to walk without a cane. Although the 73-year-old knows there’s no cure for her disease, she wants researchers to do better. It’s been years, she said, since she […]

February 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Springboard Beyond Cancer” an online tool for those diagnosed with cancer

‘Springboard Beyond Cancer” an online tool for those diagnosed with cancer

How do you go on with life after you’ve been diagnosed with cancer?  Do you just survive day by day—or do you live, really live? How do you set goals? How do you assert your role in managing your health care? A new web tool is helping cancer survivors take control of their life and […]

February 9, 2017 | By | Reply More