Extended chemo extends life for children with rare cancer

(HealthDay)—Children suffering from rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer of the muscle tissue, may have better chances for a cure if they have extended chemotherapy, a new study finds. In a phase 3 clinical trial, adding six months of low-dose maintenance chemotherapy after initial treatment extended the five-year survival rate from 74 percent to 87 percent, researchers found. Children with rhabdomyosarcoma who’ve […]

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Study finds rare gain for tough-to-treat pancreatic cancer

Patients with pancreatic cancer that hadn’t spread lived substantially longer on a four-drug combo than on a single standard cancer drug, a rare advance for a tough-to-treat disease, researchers reported Monday. The results indicate the powerful chemotherapy treatment known as folfirinox will likely become standard of care for the minority of patients whose pancreatic cancer is diagnosed early enough to […]

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No new adverse events reported for DTaP vaccination

(HealthDay)—No new or unexpected safety issues have been identified in association with diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccines in the United States, according to a study published online June 4 in Pediatrics. Pedro L. Moro, M.D., M.P.H., from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues searched the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) for U.S. reports of […]

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New study points to a potential ‘Achilles heel’ in brain cancer

Scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University believe they have uncovered an “Achilles heel” of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common and deadly form of brain cancer. Their study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences details how a mechanism that protects glioma stem cells can potentially be exploited to develop new and more effective treatments for […]

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13 DIY Father’s Day Gifts

It’s that time of June again: when we celebrate all the incredible dads, pops, grandpas, gramps and the like in our lives. But finding the perfect gift can feel tricky to say the least. For one thing, how did all the dads we know somehow end up that special mix of goofball and critic that make them really hard to shop […]

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Cervical cancer may be driven by imbalance in vaginal bacteria, research finds

Virtually all cervical cancers are caused by HPV, or human papillomavirus, dubbed the “common cold” of sexually transmitted infections because nearly every sexually active person catches it. Fortunately, the immune system vanquishes the majority of HPV infections, with only a small percentage progressing to precancer and, ultimately, cancer. But why do some people clear the infection while others are unable […]

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TAILORx trial finds most women with early breast cancer do not benefit from chemotherapy

New findings from the groundbreaking Trial Assigning Individualized Options for Treatment (Rx), or TAILORx trial, show no benefit from chemotherapy for 70 percent of women with the most common type of breast cancer. The study found that for women with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, HER2-negative, axillary lymph node¬-negative breast cancer, treatment with chemotherapy and hormone therapy after surgery is not more […]

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