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April 29, 2005

Testicular Cancer Surviors and Anxiety

Long-term survivors of testicular cancer appear to be at increased risk of anxiety disorder, a study shows. (ABC News)

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April 27, 2005

Chernobyl Thyroid Detection Program at Risk

A program to detect thyroid cancer in areas contaminated in the Chernobyl nuclear accident is at risk due to dwindling donor funds - just as cancer rates are rising, the world's largest relief agency said on Tuesday. (UPMC Cancer Centers)

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April 26, 2005

Fertility Drug Linked to Uterine Cancer

The use of clomiphene citrate to induce ovulation in women with fertility problems appears to be associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer, according to a new report in the American Journal of Epidemiology. (UPMC Cancer Centers)

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April 23, 2005

Day Care May Prevent Childhood Leukemia

A new study provides further support that social activity with other children during the first few months of life protects against later risk of leukemia, say C. Gilham and colleagues. (CBS News)

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Arlen Specter Introduces Stem Cell Bill

Sen. Arlen Specter is pushing legislation to expand stem cell research with the perspective of a man fighting a deadly illness. The Pennsylvania Republican has Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymph system, and is being treated with chemotherapy. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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New Blood Test for Mesothelioma

Australian researchers have developed a world-first blood test which could help people worldwide in the early detection of mesothelioma, a deadly asbestos-related cancer of the lung lining. ((Ninemsn, Australia)

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Vitamin D and Lung Cancer

Lung cancer patients who have surgery in the winter are 40% more likely to die of the disease than those operated on in the summer, a US study suggests. (BBC News)

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April 22, 2005

New Cervical Cancer Test

A probe that gives on-the-spot results could replace smear tests for spotting cervical cancers, scientists believe. (BBC)

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Processed Meat and Cancer

Heavy consumption of processed meats such as hot dogs and sausages increases the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, according to a study of nearly 200,000 men and women in Hawaii and Southern California. (ABC News)

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Metformin and Cancer

A drug commonly used to treat Type 2 diabetes may prevent cancer, researchers have said. (BBC)

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April 21, 2005

New Ovarian Cancer Drug

A new drug stops the growth of certain ovarian cancer cells and their ability to metastasize, report Philadelphia scientists. (Monsters and Critics)

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April 20, 2005

Measles Virus May Treat Liver Cancer

A weakened measles virus, modified with a protein that normally takes up iodine in the thyroid gland, is being studied to treat human liver cancer cells grafted in an animal model. (

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Processed Meat Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

Eating a lot of red meat, and particularly processed meat, increases the risk of pancreatic cancer, according to findings from a large multiethnic study. (Ascend Foundation)

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Calcium May Prevent Colon Polyps

Taking calcium supplements protects against the development of colon polyps, which can become cancerous, and this benefit appears to persist for up to 5 years after people stop taking the supplements, according to a new study. (Reuters)

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NSAIDs Cut Risk of Oral Cancer Among Smokers

People who chose to light up cigarettes may want to take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen as well, according to research reported here at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research today. (Medical News Today)

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April 19, 2005

Malignant Glioma Treatment Improved

Using a fluorescent marker to aid in the surgical removal of malignant brain tumors improves patients' prognosis and survival, a new German study finds. (ABC News)

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April 18, 2005

Sphingomab Shows Promise as Cancer Drug

The drug, Sphingomab, may even completely wipe out some tumors -- all while leaving healthy tissue alone, early laboratory and animal studies show. (WebMD)

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Celebrex and Lipitor May Prevent Colon Cancer

When taken together, low doses of Celebrex and Lipitor may be effective in preventing colon cancer. Study rats "had a 95 percent reduction in invasive and non-invasive cancers, compared to the control group." (Forbes)

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Chinese Herb May Fight Cancer

The key chemical in a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, danggui longhui wan, may prove useful against cancer, says a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. (WebMD)

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Sunshine and Lung Cancer Survival

Does having lung cancer surgery during a sunny time of year improve your chances of survival? Maybe, according to Harvard researchers. (

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April 16, 2005

Tom Snyder Diagnosed with Leukemia

"I have been diagnosed with something called chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Jesus H. Christ! When I was a kid leukemia was a death sentence. Now, my doctors say its treatable!" (

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April 15, 2005

Scientists Say Cord Blood Samples Needed

Blood saved from newborns' umbilical cords could help treat about 11,700 Americans a year with leukemia and other devastating diseases, yet most is routinely discarded, a panel of influential scientists said Thursday. (AP)

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April 13, 2005

Laser Surgery for Laryngeal Cancer

There is a new type of surgery that can help people with laryngeal cancer which affects about 10,000 people each year in the USA. Most of the time it affects smokers. (

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Electroporation Promising Melanoma Treatment

Promising new gene therapy against skin cancer, in which researchers use electricity to open skin pores and deliver an immune-bosting gene, is now being readied for clinical trials. (Forbes)

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April 12, 2005

Mobile Phones and Cancer

A Denmark study compared the use of mobile phones by people who developed brain tumors with their use by a control group of healthy people. The results show that by three measures - using a phone, using it frequently or using it over several years - there is no evidence of a link with the development of tumors. (The Australian)

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April 11, 2005

Revlimid Delays Multiple Myeloma

Celgene Corp. on Monday said initial results from two pivotal-stage trials show that its blood cancer drug Revlimid in combination with chemotherapy significantly delays progression of multiple myeloma in relapsed patients. (Reuters)

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April 10, 2005

Vaccine Against Cervical Cancer and Genital Warts

A vaccine against the virus that causes cervical cancer and genital warts cut long-lasting infection by 90%, according to a pilot study out Wednesday. (USA Today)

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April 7, 2005

Frank Conroy Dead at 69 of Colon Cancer

Frank Conroy, who exerted a strong influence over a generation of American writers despite his own slender literary output, died April 6 of colon cancer at his home in Iowa City. He was 69. (Washington Post)

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Bush Declares April Cancer Control Month

President Bush Wednesday noted advances in efforts to fight cancer and declared April as Cancer Control Month, the White House said. (Science Daily)

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Too Much Iron and Cancer Risk

The combination of high iron stores in the body and a high iron intake from food could raise a person's risk of cancer, a new study suggests. (

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April 5, 2005

Peter Jennings Has Lung Cancer

"Peter Jennings, the chief ABC News anchorman for more than 20 years, has been diagnosed with lung cancer and will begin outpatient treatment next week, the network said Tuesday."

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April 4, 2005

Sandy Lyle Skin Cancer Scare

Sandy Lyle, who won here in 1988, has had a skin-cancer scare on the eve of his 24th Masters. Only 10 days ago, he had a potentially dangerous abscess removed from his left arm at the Mayo Clinic close to his home in Ponte Vedra. (

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April 3, 2005

Nonsurgical Lung Cancer Treatment

"Most patients who are diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer are not surgical candidates at the time of diagnosis. For these patients, minimally invasive interventional radiology procedures can improve survival, reduce pain, and improve quality of life. Interventional radiologists are uniquely skilled in using imaging guidance to deliver targeted cancer treatments throughout the body nonsurgically."

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April 2, 2005

Advanced Prostate Cancer May Be Curable

A Mayo Clinic study has shown that advanced prostate cancer may be curable:

A study of more than 5,600 men from the Mayo Clinic suggested that cT3 prostate cancer, a disease in which the cancer spreads from inside the prostate to immediately outside it, is operable and has 15-year cancer survival rates of almost 80 percent. (

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Fruit and Vegetables Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk

New research from Canada suggests that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may help prevent pancreatic cancer, a particularly deadly type of tumor. (UPMC Cancer Centers)

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Medulloblastoma and Autumn Births

Can the time of year you were born affect your chances of developing brain cancer? Possibly, report Duke University researchers, who studied four different groups of medical records from various regions of the country and found that children born in late summer and fall were more likely to develop an aggressively malignant brain tumor called medulloblastoma. (

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April 1, 2005

Non-Surgical Prostate Cancer Treatment

Doctors may soon be able to treat prostate cancer more effectively and with fewer side-effects by using a new, non-surgical technique that freezes and destroys the tumor while sparing the remaining healthy gland, preliminary research suggests. (

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Half of All Cancer Deaths Preventable

More than 60 percent of all cancer deaths could be prevented if Americans stopped smoking, exercised more, ate more healthful food and got recommended cancer screenings, the American Cancer Society reported today. (

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Cryoablation Effective Against Cancer Pain

Pain from cancer that has spread to the bone can be effectively diminished with a new treatment that freezes the cancerous areas, Mayo Clinic researchers reported today at the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology in New Orleans. (

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