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January 25, 2006

Mormon President Gordon B. Hinckley Undergoes Surgery

The 95-year-old president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints underwent surgery at a Salt Lake City hospital to remove a cancerous portion of his colon, church officials said.

The growth was found when Gordon B. Hinckley had a routine medical screening _ presumably a colonoscopy _ and was removed through a laparoscopic procedure, according to a church statement Tuesday night. (Washington Post)

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January 5, 2006

Ovarian Cancer Treatment Brings Hope

Pumping heavy doses of chemotherapy drugs right into the abdomen boosted survival of women with advanced ovarian cancer by 16 months in what experts call the first big advance in more than a decade against one of the most lethal cancers in women.

There’s a high price, though: The treatment is so tough that nearly 6 in 10 women in a study could not endure it and switched to standard intravenous chemotherapy. Side effects included abdominal pain from bloating and problems with the catheter used to infuse the drugs. (MSNBC)

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January 3, 2006

Statins Don't Lower Cancer Risk

Two new studies deal a double blow to hopes that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs could help prevent cancer as well as heart disease.

In one report, researchers analyzed 26 rigorous, randomized studies involving more than 73,000 patients and concluded that drugs such as top-selling Lipitor and Zocor had no effect on the risk of developing or dying from any form of cancer. (

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