Tag: cancer

New Blood Test Offers Hope for Better Lung Cancer Treatment

BY MARILYNN MARCHIONE BOSTON (AP) — Researchers have taken an important step toward better lung cancer treatment by using blood tests to track genetic changes in tumors as they progress from their very earliest stages. With experimental tests that detect bits of DNA that tumors shed into the blood, they were able to detect some recurrences of cancer up to a year before imaging scans could, giving a chance to try new therapy sooner. It’s the latest development for tests called liquid biopsies, which analyze cancer using blood rather than tissue samples. Some doctors use these tests now to...

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‘Sci-fi’ Cancer Therapy Fights Brain Tumors, Study Finds

BY MARILYNN MARCHIONE WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounds like science fiction, but a cap-like device that makes electric fields to fight cancer improved survival for the first time in more than a decade for people with deadly brain tumors, final results of a large study suggest. Many doctors are skeptical of the therapy, called tumor treating fields, and it’s not a cure. It’s also ultra-expensive – $21,000 a month. But in the study, more than twice as many patients were alive five years after getting it, plus the usual chemotherapy, than those given just the chemo – 13 percent...

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Planned Parenthood Hosts Health Fair

In the city of Brownsville Planned Parenthood will be hosting a health fair to raise awareness on cervical cancer. They will be offering free pap smears to the first 25 women. Pregnant women or those seeking to conceive will also receive a free Zika kit and tips on how to prevent the Zika virus. Paola Saldana of planned parenthood said, “First of all so that women can prevent Zika they need to get informed they can go get tested and request a test from the doctor especially if they’re pregnant. They need to wear long sleeves and try to...

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Vitamin D deficiency is widely overestimated, doctors warn

Doctors are warning about vitamin D again, and it’s not the "we need more" news you might expect. Instead, they say there’s too much needless testing and too many people taking too many pills for a problem that few people truly have. The nutrient is crucial for strong bones and may play a role in other health conditions, though that is far less certain. Misunderstandings about the recommended amount of vitamin D have led to misinterpretation of blood tests and many people thinking they need more than they really do, some experts who helped set the levels write in...

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One-fourth of US cancer deaths linked with 1 thing: smoking

CHICAGO (AP) — Cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in Southern states where smoking is more common and the rules against it are not as strict. The American Cancer Society study found the highest rate among men in Arkansas, where 40 percent of cancer deaths were linked to cigarette smoking. Kentucky had the highest rate among women – 29 percent. The lowest rates were in Utah, where 22 percent of cancer deaths in men and 11 percent in women were linked with smoking. "The human costs...

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