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Tips and techniques for robot-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy
OBG Management
With robotic assistance, a surgeon can reduce blood loss, shorten hospitalization and ease laparoscopic suturing and knot-tying. But myomectomy is a complex procedure that requires considerable expertise. Here is a look at surgical strategies that enhance the likelihood of a successful outcome.
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TREATMENT


How the impact of cancer genomics on precision medicine is revolutionizing cancer treatment
BioNews Treatment
The Cancer Genome Atlas — a collaborative effort funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute — has opened up the new field of "precision medicine" (AKA "genetically informed medicine" or "personalized medicine"), which uses the availability of genetic information about a person's disease that can be used in diagnoses and treatment informed by and tailored to an individual’s specific genetic makeup and that particular disease variant.
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New type of cancer immunotherapy harnesses body's immune system to attack tumors
The Medical News
By carefully adjusting the function of crucial immune cells, scientists may have developed a completely new type of cancer immunotherapy — harnessing the body's immune system to attack tumors. To accomplish this, they had to thread a needle in immune function, shrinking tumors without triggering unwanted autoimmune responses. The approach, which makes use of a key protein to control immune function, lends itself to further study using candidate drugs that employ the same mechanisms.
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PREVENTION


Cervical cancer screenings less frequent for some, but questions remain
Los Angeles Daily News
As gynecologists begin to follow new guidelines for cervical cancer screening, some health experts said recently they are concerned women will receive mixed messages about when to go for examinations. The guidelines, released last year by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society, already are followed by most providers. But while many physicians agree with the recommendations, some worry that the guidelines throw a blanket statement over women's sexual behavior and age.
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Exercise may cut endometrial cancer risk for heavy women
Reuters
Overweight and obese women who get plenty of exercise may have a lower risk of endometrial cancer than if they were sedentary, according to new research. Strenuous and moderate physical activity were linked to lowered risk for heavy women, but there was no association between activity level and endometrial cancer risk for thinner women, researchers found.
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More women consider gene test after Angelina Jolie mastectomy revelation
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
After hearing about film star Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy, a growing number of U.S. women now say they may ask their doctors whether the same preventive measure is right for them, according to a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll. The survey of nearly 1,100 U.S. women found that almost all women (86 percent) had heard of Jolie's double mastectomy. And 5 percent of those women said they would seek medical advice on having a preventive mastectomy or ovary removal because of Jolie's decision.
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CLINICAL TRIALS


Precision Therapeutics study shows promise for ovarian cancer patients
Pittsburgh Business Times
Pittsburgh-based Precision Therapeutics announced its ChemoFX Drug Response Assay in clinical studies has helped ovarian cancer patients live 14 months longer. The company said a study from the Yale University School of Medicine using ChemoFX has been accepted for publication by Gynecologic Oncology. Precision Therapeutics said the study helped to determine the best course of chemotherapy.
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RESEARCH


More genetic screening needed for African-American breast cancer patients
OncLive
One in five African-American women with breast cancer carries an abnormality in at least one gene associated with breast cancer susceptibility, according to results of a genomic profiling study by researchers at The University of Chicago, suggesting a need for increased genetic screening among a population group which previously has been understudied.
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NEETs are prime suspects in breast cancer proliferation
Medical Xpress
Two proteins have been identified as prime suspects in the proliferation of breast cancer in a study by an international consortium of researchers from Rice University, the University of North Texas, Denton; the University of California, San Diego; and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The research may offer a path to therapies that could slow or stop tumors from developing.
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