End-of-Life Care Remains Aggressive, Despite Patient Wishes (09-16-2013)

Although most patients with advanced cancer prefer hospice or palliative care that minimizes symptoms, many continue to receive aggressive treatment during their final weeks and months of life. In fact, elderly patients with advanced cancer often receive... Continue Reading

Carbon Ion Beam Radiation Effective in Spinal Sarcomas (09-6-2013)

Radiation therapy with carbon ions is a safe and effective treatment for people with inoperable spinal sarcomas, according to the results of a study published in Cancer. Sarcomas are a varied group of cancers arising from fibrous tissue, adipose tissue... Continue Reading

Following Lifestyle Recommendations Reduces Risk of Cancer Death (05-15-2013)

People who follow the diet and lifestyle recommendations laid out by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) have a 34 percent reduced risk of dying from several diseases and specifically, a 20 percent... Continue Reading

Cancer Deaths on the Decline (02-11-2013)

Overall cancer death rates continue to decline in both men and women and across major ethnic and racial groups, according to the annual Status of Cancer report published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. What’s more—cancer incidence... Continue Reading

Shorter Chemotherapy Intervals Effective in Ewing Sarcoma (11-1-2012)

In patients with localized Ewing sarcoma, chemotherapy administered every two weeks is more effective than chemotherapy administered every three weeks, with no increase in toxicity, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical... Continue Reading

Regorafenib May Expand GIST Treatment Options (06-13-2012)

Among patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) that worsen in spite of standard treatment, the investigational drug regorafenib delays cancer progression. These results—from a Phase III clinical trial—were presented at the 2012 Annual... Continue Reading

Approximately 16% of Worldwide Cancers Caused By Preventable Infections (05-17-2012)

Two million cancer cases each year—or roughly 16 percent of cancers worldwide—are the result of preventable and treatable infections such as human papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis C (HCV), according to the results of a study published in The Lancet... Continue Reading

Votrient Approved for the Treatment of Sarcoma (05-7-2012)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Votrient® (pazopanib) for the treatment of patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma (STS) who have received prior chemotherapy. It is the first new drug in decades to treat this type of cancer. Soft... Continue Reading

Longer Treatment with Gleevec Effective Against Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST) (04-9-2012)

In a Phase III clinical trial, three years of adjuvant (post-surgery) treatment with Gleevec® (imatinib) resulted in better survival than one year of adjuvant treatment among patients with high-risk gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). These results... Continue Reading

Genetic Change Linked with Rhabdomyosarcoma Survival (04-4-2012)

For children with rhabdomyosarcoma, a test for a specific genetic change could eventually improve risk estimates and treatment decisions. These results were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Rhabdomyosarcoma is a soft-tissue cancer that arises... Continue Reading

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