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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Breath test could help detect stomach and oesophageal cancers

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: A test that measures the levels of five chemicals in the breath has shown promising results for the detection of cancers of the oesophagus and stomach in a large patient trial presented at the European Cancer Congress … Continue reading

Published Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Some early stage breast cancer patients may benefit more from breast conserving therapy than from mastectomy

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Breast conserving therapy (BCT, breast conserving surgery combined with radiation therapy) is superior to mastectomy in certain types of breast cancer patients, according to results from the largest study to date, presented at the European Cancer Congress … Continue reading

Published Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Diabetes or its rapid deterioration can be an early warning sign for pancreatic cancer

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Patients and their doctors should be aware that the onset of diabetes, or a rapid deterioration in existing diabetes that requires more aggressive treatment, could be a sign of early, hidden pancreatic cancer, according to research presented … Continue reading

Published Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Experts predict melanoma death rates will fall by 2050, but numbers of deaths will increase unless effective treatments are developed

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: By 2050 the death rates from malignant melanoma will have decreased from their current levels but the numbers of people dying from the disease will have increased due to the aging of populations. However, if new treatments … Continue reading

Published Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

The immunotherapy, pembrolizumab, is active against mucosal melanoma tumours and prolongs survival for patients with bladder cancer

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Clinical trials of a new immunotherapy, pembrolizumab, have shown that it prolongs life significantly for patients with bladder cancer and is active against a rare sub-type of melanoma, called mucosal melanoma. The findings were presented in two … Continue reading

Published Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Delays in access to new cancer medicines and unjustifiable price rises for old ones disadvantage patients unnecessarily

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Cancer patients are living longer and in many cases the disease is becoming chronic rather than acute. Access to drugs that help extend life and improve quality of life, and fair prices for those drugs are therefore … Continue reading

Published Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Posted in Cancer

Women treated for precursor of breast cancer can expect to live as long as other women

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Women over 50 who have been treated for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) are more likely to be alive ten years later than women in the general population, according to new research presented at the European Cancer … Continue reading

Published Friday, January 27th, 2017 at 12:45 pm
Posted in Cancer

Twice-daily radiation therapy cuts deaths from head and neck cancer

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Treating head and neck cancer patients with a twice-daily radiation therapy combined with chemotherapy could save more lives, according to new research presented at the European Cancer Congress 2017 [1]. The study, led by Dr Claire Petit, … Continue reading

Published Friday, January 27th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Starting menstrual periods at a young age and childlessness increase risk of premature and early menopause

Women who had their first menstrual period when they were aged 11 or younger have an increased risk of an early or premature menopause and if they remain childless the risk is increased even more, according to results from the … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility

Quick and easy blood test for gut bacteria can predict accurately risk of death and heart problems in heart attack patients

The bacteria that inhabit our gut digest food and produce metabolites that can have a marked effect on the heart and blood vessels. Researchers have found that measuring the levels of a molecule called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) that is produced … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cardiology
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