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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
Colon cancer rates rising among younger white adults — and falling among blacks

Colon cancer rates rising among younger white adults — and falling among blacks

Rates of colorectal cancer among adults under age 55 and the number of deaths among that age group are rising.
The number of whites being diagnosed with colorectal cancer and their mortality rates are rising, even as blacks are seeing a decline in both categories. 

August 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Should you put sunscreen on infants? Not usually, says FDA

Should you put sunscreen on infants? Not usually, says FDA

“Babies’ skin is less mature compared to adults, and infants have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio. These factors mean that an infant’s exposure to the chemicals in sunscreens may be much greater, increasing the risk of side effects.”

August 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
How accurate are pathologists’ interpretation of melanoma skin biopsies?

How accurate are pathologists’ interpretation of melanoma skin biopsies?

New research indicates that pathologists are likely to agree when lesions are benign or highly malignant, but often disagree when gray-area lesions are less obviously characterized.

July 23, 2017 | By | Reply More