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Researchers discuss overdiagnosis of thyroid cancer
HealthDay News
The increasing incidence of small and indolent thyroid cancer and stable mortality rates suggest overdiagnosis, according to an analysis published online in BMJ.
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Novel metabolic imaging method enhances prostate cancer diagnoses
News-medical.net
Metabolic imaging with hyperpolarized pyruvate is a noninvasive and well-tolerated method for visualizing prostate tumors, U.S. scientists have shown. In Science Translational Medicine, the team says their findings “will be valuable for noninvasive cancer diagnosis and treatment monitoring in future clinical trials.”
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Pain studies enhance precision medicine
Medical Xpress
According to a recent report from the Institute of Medicine, 100 million Americans live with persistent pain, the treatment of which costs $635 billion every year in medical bills and lost productivity. The report was a culmination of how awareness of persistent pain as an important medical condition has grown over the last decade or so.
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New procedures help pediatric cancer patients with future fertility
The Wall Street Journal
About 12,000 new cases of pediatric cancer are diagnosed annually, with leukemia and tumors of the brain and central nervous system among the most common types, according to the National Cancer Institute. Treatment advances have caused death rates to drop by 66 percent for childhood cancers over the past four decades, according to the American Cancer Society. About 83 percent of children with cancer live at least five years, up from 58 percent in the mid-1970s. Many are considered cured after treatment. However, some of these treatments can be toxic to the reproductive system, including bone-marrow transplants, radiation administered to the pelvic region, and certain drugs known as alkylating agents.
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Study links MRI tests, masectomies
Yale Daily News
Though magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has certainly advanced the field of diagnostic medicine, researchers at the School of Medicine have recently noticed an unintended consequence of the technology when used to diagnose breast cancer — an increase in breast removal surgeries.
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Rethinking the word 'cancer' for women with early signs
The Boston Globe
Without a doubt, breast cancer is the disease women fear most and — with its potential to kill — for good reason. But oncologists who treat breast cancer find that even the tiniest, most curable growths provoke extreme anxiety in women simply because the growths are called “cancer.”
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Ethical questions linger in cervical-cancer study
The Arizona Republic via USA Today
Researchers found that a simple test had cut the rate of death from cervical cancer, but the study included a control group in which women were monitored but not screened or routinely treated.
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Virus-derived particles target leukemia
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Unique virus-derived particles have been developed that can kill human blood cancer cells in the laboratory and eradicate the disease in mice with few side effects.
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Exercise is key to better health in cancer survivors
CBS News
After surviving cancer, patients may find it difficult to return to the same level of physical activity that they were used to before their diagnosis. However, staying active is extremely important. Dr. Karen Basen-Engquist, director of MD Anderson's Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship in Houston,TX told CBSNews.com that studies show exercise can lower rates of relapse for people with breast and colorectal cancers.
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Lucrative lifesavers — the hopes and perils of betting on cancer treatments
The Economist
Oncology is attractive for several reasons. First, the understanding of cancer is evolving rapidly. In the 20th century treatment relied on surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. These treatment options now seem rudimentary. Immunotherapy—getting the immune system to attack cancer—has gone from theory into practice.
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