Skin Cancer

New Treatment Options Emerging For Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma (12-3-2014)

Basal cell carcinoma is the most commonly diagnosed type of skin cancer. Most cases can be treated with surgery or other types of local treatment and are not life threatening. In the most severe cases, the cancer may be very large, may invade structures... Continue Reading

Progress in the Treatment of Advanced Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers (11-14-2014)

By one estimate, over the past three decades more people in the United States have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.1 According to the American Cancer Society, 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed each... Continue Reading

Sonidegib Demonstrates Benefit in Advanced Basal Cell Skin Cancer in Phase II Trial (06-13-2014)

An experimental drug sonidegib (LDE225) appears to markedly shrink tumors in patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma according to results recently presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.1 Basal cell carcinoma... Continue Reading

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

Surgery May Not Be Best in Elderly Patients with Nonfatal Skin Cancer (06-28-2013)

Although skin cancer is often treated with surgery, older patients with a limited life expectancy may not benefit from this treatment approach because they may endure complications and not live long enough to benefit from the treatment, according to the... Continue Reading

Some Squamous Cell Skin Cancers Are Deadly (06-19-2013)

Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma is usually easily treated with surgery; however, a subsection of patients with specific disease risk factors are more likely to develop metastases and die from the disease, according to the results of a study published... 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

Coffee Might Reduce the Risk of Basal Cell Carcinoma (07-11-2012)

Good news for coffee lovers—drinking caffeinated coffee could lower the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, according to the results of a study published in Cancer Research. The Harvard study found that increased caffeine intake was associated... Continue Reading

Erivedge Effective in Basal-Cell Carcinoma (06-21-2012)

The targeted agent Erivedge™ (vismodegib) is associated with tumor responses in patients with locally advanced or metastatic basal-cell carcinoma and may even reduce the rate of new basal-cell carcinomas, according to the results of two studies published... Continue Reading

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