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December 31, 2004

Men Worry Even After Clear Prostate Biopsy

Men who undergo a prostate biopsy because they've had a suspicious screening test result and then are given the good news that the biopsy is negative continue to worry about developing the cancer, study findings show. (UPMC Cancer Centers)

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Moderate Bladder Cancer Treatment Sometimes OK

Once bladder cancer invades surrounding muscles, surgical removal of the bladder -- radical cystectomy -- is usually deemed necessary. However, if the disease has not spread to other areas of the body, this can sometimes be avoided, according to Italian researchers. (UPMC Cancer Centers)

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December 30, 2004

Susan Sontag Dies From Leukemia

Author Susan Sontag died Tuesday at age 71 of complications of acute myelogenous leukemia.

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Jerry Orbach Dies From Prostate Cancer

Law & Order star Jerry Orbach has died of prostate cancer at the age of 69, his manager confirmed Wednesday.

Orbach died Tuesday night in Manhattan. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Orbach had been diagnosed with the disease, but his manager, Robert Malcolm, said at the time that the actor should be fine, that he was playing golf and continuing to shoot episodes of his TV program. (People)

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Diabetes Drugs and Multiple Myeloma

In the lab, multiple myeloma cells are killed by drugs similar to existing anti-diabetes drugs like Avandia or Actos, according to researchers at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, New York. (UPMC Cancer Centers)

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December 24, 2004

Colon Cancer Screening with DNA Stool Test

A non-invasive test that detects mutated tumor DNA in feces may be a useful method of screening for colorectal cancer, according to new research findings. (UPMC Cancer Centers)

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December 22, 2004

Lung Cancer Has Genetic Link

"Lung cancer appears to run in families, Icelandic researchers said yesterday, although exposure to tobacco smoke is still the dominant cause of the disease even for those who may be genetically predisposed."

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December 16, 2004

James Brown Has Prostate Cancer Surgery

The man they call the Godfather of Soul has been released from hospital after undergoing successful prostate cancer surgery. James Brown, 71, is expected to make a full recovery.

Brown was treated at the Midtown Urology Surgical Center in Atlanta. (Health Talk)

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December 15, 2004

Gamma Vitamin E May Fight Cancer Cells

Researchers have found that gamma-tocopherol, which occurs naturally in such foods as walnuts and pecans, inhibits the proliferation of lab-cultured human prostate and lung cancer cells.

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December 14, 2004

Calcium and Cancer

"For some time, nutrition researchers have thought that sufficient amounts of calcium in the diet may protect people from colon cancer. The results of studies vary, however. Two new explanations for this inconsistency have been offered: First, the source of calcium may make a difference. Second, inherited differences in the 'receptors' on cells that process nutrients could safeguard some people more than others."

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Alcohol Increases Blood Vessels That Feed Tumors

Previous reports have suggested that alcohol use helps cancers grow and now, new research offers a possible explanation for this phenomenon. (UPMC Cancer Centers)

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December 9, 2004

Ritalin May Help Childhood Cancer Survivors

Treatment with methylphenidate, better known as Ritalin, may reduce attentional and social problems in kids who've survived leukemia or brain tumors, according to researchers. (UPMC Cancer Centers)

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December 8, 2004

Arimidex Better Than Tamoxifen in Preventing Breast Cancer Recurrence

The data shows that in postmenopausal women with hormone sensitive, early breast cancer, Arimidex reduces the risk of breast cancer returning by an additional 26 per cent over and above the 50 per cent reduction in risk already offered by Tamoxifen, and it has fewer side effects.

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Velcade Said to Be Effective for Multiple Myeloma

Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Monday said studies show that its drug Velcade is effective for patients at all stages of the bone marrow cancer multiple myeloma. (UPMC Cancer Centers)

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December 5, 2004

Honey Found to Inhibit Tumor Growth in Mice

Researchers in Croatia have found that honey and royal jelly inhibit tumors in mice. Tumor growth and metastasis were lessened in the mice who received injections of bee propolis and royal jelly. Honey taken orally also had beneficial effects in mice if it was given before they were injected with cancer cells. If the cancer cells had already been injected, the honey was shown to increase secondary tumor growth.

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December 3, 2004

Milk Linked to Ovarian Cancer

"New research from Sweden suggests that drinking more than one glass of milk a day may double the risk of ovarian cancer."

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December 2, 2004

Green Tea for Prostate Cancer

A new research to be published in the journal Cancer Research has found the polyphenols present in green tea help prevent the spread of prostate cancer.

They do so by targeting molecular pathways that shut down the proliferation and spread of tumour cells, as well as inhibiting the growth of tumour nurturing blood vessels. (Times of India)

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