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Why we should study cancer like we study ecosystems
Smithsonian
Sometimes, thinking about an old problem from a refreshing new angle is just the thing needed to find that eureka moment. Cancer, one of the most notorious medical maladies, has been studied intensely in the current era of modern medicine.
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Brain cancer: Hunger for amino acids makes it more aggressive
Science Daily
An enzyme that facilitates the breakdown of specific amino acids makes brain cancers particularly aggressive. Scientists discovered this fact while attempting to find new targets for therapies against this dangerous disease.
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How CT scans may help lower rate of lung cancer deaths
KERA News
Nearly 160,000 people die of lung cancer each year. Many cases aren't discovered until the advanced stage. But research since a 2011 trial involving older, heavy smokers indicates low-dose or low-radiation CT scans outperform chest X rays in detecting early signs of lung cancer and reducing its death rate.
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Gene test aids in thyroid cancer screening
Dr. Bicuspid
New genetic test accurately and consistently diagnoses benign nodules on the thyroid gland, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society. The problem with the current screening method — typically a fine-needle aspirate biopsy — is that in one-fifth to one-fourth of biopsies the results are unclear, according to the study authors.
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AJCC calls for contributors to Cancer Staging Manual, 8th Edition
American Joint Committee on Cancer
The American Joint Committee on Cancer is seeking cancer professionals to collaborate on the development of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, Eighth Edition.

A number of opportunities are available in two areas:
  • Disease Site Expert Panel: Members will research, write, review or otherwise contribute to chapter content.
  • Review Core: Members will provide expert review of all content in the areas of evidence-based medicine and statistics, precision medicine, cancer registry and surveillance and data harmonization.

    Access the application online. AJCC will not accept unsolicited curriculum vitaes. Only individuals who complete this application will be considered. The application period will close June 30. Contact ajcc@facs.org for more information.

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    Physical activity across the cancer continuum
    Cancer Network
    Research on the potential influence of physical activity on cancer outcomes is extensive, and it encompasses basic science; animal models; large-scale prospective epidemiologic research; and randomized controlled trials of a wide range of physical activity interventions designed to improve quality of life, functional status, and a number of physiologic parameters that may influence cancer risk and recurrence.
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    New study points to benefits of wait-and-see for early prostate cancer
    Reuters via MedCity News
    Watching and routinely examining men with early, slow-growing prostate cancer is more effective and cheaper than sending them to surgery or radiation right away, according to a new study.
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    Research may lead to new screening method for oral cancer, HPV
    The Medical News
    Research may lead to the development of a rapid, cost-effective means of screening for oral cancers and the human papillomavirus. The researchers point out that to be effective, the screening tests need to be done regularly, for example at a dentist's office during teeth cleaning. Rinsing with a mouthwash at a dentist's office can produce up to 10,000 cells that can be tested.
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    Is it fat loss or muscle wasting? Understanding cachexia
    Oncology Nurse Advisor
    Cachexia represents a challenging clinical syndrome with a profound effect on patients with cancer, including reduced physical function, reduced tolerance to anticancer therapy, and reduced survival. Yet, weight loss in patients with cancer often remains undiagnosed and untreated, primarily for two reasons.
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    Rural women less likely to get radiation therapy after lumpectomy
    Mayo Clinic
    Rural women with breast cancer are less likely than their urban counterparts to receive recommended radiation therapy after having a lumpectomy, a breast-sparing surgery that removes only tumors and surrounding tissue, a study by Mayo Clinic and others found.
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    Immediate post-op IVC prevents bladder cancer recurrence
    Renal & Urology News
    Intravesical chemotherapy administered immediately following transurethral resection of bladder tumor for non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer significantly decreases the likelihood of disease recurrence, findings of a new meta-analysis suggest.
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