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Families of Infertile Men Face Higher Cancer Risks

A deficiency or absence of viable sperm in a man's semen could spell danger for him and those closely related to him, new research suggests.

Cancers are more likely to occur in these men and their families, reports a team led by Dr. Joemy Ramsay, an assistant professor at Utah University in Salt Lake City.

The exact ...

New Treatment Brings Hope for Rare, Deadly  Cancer Linked to Asbestos

Mick worked in a factory boiler room in the 1970s, where he was exposed to asbestos.

He didn't think much of it until 2018, when he began to feel ill and dropped more than 40 pounds.

The diagnosis: malignant mesothelioma, a rare but rapidly fatal cancer linked to asbestos.

“It was a bit of a shock: I was given four months to live,” Mick recalled in a Queen Mary University ...

Immunotherapy Before Sarcoma Surgery Improves Outcomes

  • Patients with soft-tissue sarcoma had better surgical outcomes if they received immunotherapy and radiation therapy prior to their procedure, a new clinical trial reports.

    Soft-tissue sarcoma is a cancer that develops in soft tissues like fat, muscle, nerves, fibrous tissues and blood vessels.

    More than 90% of patients with a form of soft-tissue sarcoma called undifferentiat...

Exercise Can Be a Painkiller for Cancer Patients

Being active may help ease ongoing cancer pain.

That's the key takeaway from a study of more 10,600 people with a history of cancer and over 51,000 without the disease.

A team led by Erika Rees-Punia of the American Cancer Society and

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 12, 2024
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  • Many Cancer Patients With Heart Issues Also Have Sleep Apnea

    Sleep apnea appears to be linked to an increased risk of heart failure among cancer patients, a new study says.

    Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when relaxed muscles cause a blockage of the windpipe, interrupting breathing and causing a person to temporarily wake.

    The new study involved 296 general heart patients and 218 cancer patients with heart problems, researchers said.

    Sle...

    Financial Troubles Could Lead to Cancers Diagnosed at Later Stage

    Folks squeezed financially may find themselves shut out from medical care, leading to delayed cancer diagnoses, a new report finds.

    A full third of cancer patients suffered some form of recent financial hardship -- a bankruptcy, lien or eviction -- prior to their diagnosis, according to research led by the American Cancer Society and the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

    These patient...

    King Charles III Diagnosed With Cancer

    Follow-up from recent surgery for an enlarged prostate has revealed that Britain's King Charles III has cancer, Buckingham Palace announced Monday.

    The palace did not disclose the type of cancer that was discovered.

    "During The King's recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted," the palace said in a

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 5, 2024
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  • More Cancers Linked to Contaminated Water at Camp LeJeune

    A much anticipated government study finds that military personnel stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between 1975 and 1985 face at least a 20% higher risk for certain cancers than those stationed elsewhere.

    Why the increased risk?

    For decades, the drinking water at the Marine Corps base was contaminated with industrial solvents,

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  • February 1, 2024
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  • Losing Weight for No Reason? See Your Doctor

    If you ever find yourself losing weight, even though you're not dieting or upping your exercise, go see a doctor. It can be a sign of cancer, researchers report.

    “Unexpected weight loss can come from cancer or many other conditions,” said study senior author Dr. Brian Wolpin. He directs the Gastrointestinal Cancer ...

    FDA Warns of Rare Secondary Cancer Risk With CAR-T Therapies

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2024 (Healthday News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has told drugmakers to add a boxed warning to a type of cancer treatment called CAR-T therapy, saying the treatment itself may sometimes cause a secondary cancer.

    Still, FDA spokesperson Carly Kempler told NBC News

    'Brush Biopsy' Could Be Easy Dental Office Cancer Screen

    A newly developed “brush biopsy” allows dentists to screen for the most common form of mouth cancer, a new study reports.

    Dentists use a small brush to gently collect cells from potentially cancerous lesions inside the mouth, researchers write in the journal Cancer Medicine.

    The sample is then analyzed ...

    U.S. Cancer Death Rates Are Falling, But News Isn't All Good

    Cancer deaths continue to decline in the United States, with more than 4 million deaths prevented since 1991, a new report shows.

    But more people are developing cancers than ever, making the dreaded disease a continued threat to human health, according to the new report

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  • January 17, 2024
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  • Defense Secretary Austin Leaves Hospital After Prostate Cancer Surgery Complications

    Following two weeks of hospital care for complications from prostate cancer surgery, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has been released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Pentagon announced Monday.

    "Secretary Austin progressed well throughout his stay and his streng...

    How Obamacare Boosted Lung Cancer Survival

    As more Americans with lung cancer gained access to quality care after passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), their post-surgical survival rates rose, new data shows.

    The ACA (often called Obamacare) triggered the expansion of Medicaid coverage in many states. People with lung cancer who lived in states that took advantage of that move reaped a benefit, researchers found.

    “Thi...

    Race Still Plays Role in U.S. Cancer Death Rates

    While cancer death rates have fallen among Americans generally over the past two decades, a new study finds Black Americans are still more likely than whites to die from the disease.

    There has been some improvement in closing the gap -- in 2000, Black Americans were 26% more likely to die of cancer than whites, but by 2020 that disparity had shrunk to 12%, researchers at Duke University f...

    Drug May Help Childhood Cancer Survivors Avoid Later Heart Failure

    Childhood cancer survivors are at increased risk of developing heart failure later in life, due to the chemotherapy that was used to save their lives.

    But an already approved drug might help reduce that risk, according to a new report published Jan. 9 in The Lancet Oncology journal

    U.S. Teen Smoking Rates Have Plummeted, With Less Than 1% Now Daily Smokers

    The number of American teens who smoke or have even tried smoking has dropped dramatically compared to a generation ago, with less than 1% now saying they light up cigarettes daily.

    Researchers tracked data on students in grades 9 through 12 from 1991 through to 2021. They report a 16-fold decline in daily cigarette use -- from 9.8% of teens saying they smoked daily in 1991 to just 0.6% b...

    Lung Cancer CT Screening Can Save Lives, But Study Finds Downsides

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2024 -- Numerous studies have confirmed that annual lung cancer screening using CT scans does save lives.

    However, new data has emerged showing that scans often pick up abnormalities that lead to follow-up invasive tests -- and more complications.

    While no one is saying that all smokers and former smokers should skip lung CT scans, "real-world" complication rate...

    High-Tech Screening Might Spot More Cancer Patients Who'd Benefit From Immunotherapy

    More patients could benefit from immunotherapy, a highly effective treatment for some cancers, new research suggests.

    Revising current testing guidelines so that a more sophisticated test could be used more often would enable 6,000 more people in the United States to receive the treatment, a team from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston contend.

    Immunotherapy is highly effective...

    Colon Cancer Screening May Be Even More Effective Than Experts Thought

    Getting your preventive screening colonoscopy could be even more of a lifesaver than you thought, a new analysis finds.

    The two gold standard tests for spotting cancers and polyps of the colon -- colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy -- offer double the benefit determined in prior studies, conclude a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Cambridge, Mass.

    They explain...

    Diabetes a Common Threat to Kids Who Survive Cancer

    Kids who've survived cancer face many health challenges, and a heightened risk for diabetes is one of them, new research shows.

    A team at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., reports that these children have twice the odds of developing prediabetes (a precursor to full-blown diabetes) compared to kids without any history of cancer.

    “One of the striking features was th...

    'Magic Mushroom' Psilocybin Can Ease Depression in Cancer Patients: Study

    Long left to the fringes of the recreational drug culture, psilocybin -- the hallucinatory ingredient in "magic mushrooms" -- has recently been making inroads as a legitimate (and fast-acting) antidepressant.

    Research published Dec. 18 in Cancer shows its benefits may extend to people battling cancer...

    Lymphedema Left her 'Miserable, Depressed' Until Specialized Surgery Changed Everything

    Sydnee Meth survived breast cancer, but she wasn't prepared for the aftereffects of her treatment.

    Doctors removed the lymph nodes from Meth's right armpit during her second bout with breast cancer in 2014, and as a result she developed a painful condition called lymphedema.

    For years, her right arm was so swollen and heavy she couldn't lift it up past her shoulder. She couldn't fin...

    Cancer Is More Lethal For Black and Hispanic Children: Report

    THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2023 (Healthday News) -- While childhood cancer is no longer terminal for many, death rates remain higher in Black and Hispanic children, a new government report reveals.

    Treatments for these rare cancers have improved drastically in recent decades, and death rates dropped for all children in 2001 -- and kept dropping for another decade.

    But over the past 10 year...

    Helping Women Find Affordable Housing Also Boosts Cancer Screening

    Chalk up a surprising benefit to government housing assistance.

    Breast cancer screening is higher among some low-income women who get government help with housing compared to those who do not, new research shows.

    "Receiving housing assistance has been associated with several positive health outcomes and health behaviors in past research, and our findings suggest it can also support ...

    FDA Will Pull Vet Drug Used in Pork Industry Over Cancer Concerns for Humans

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2023 (Healthday News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it plans to pull a veterinary drug used commonly in the pork industry because it might pose a cancer risk to humans wh...

    Children With Down Syndrome More Vulnerable to Leukemia

    While new treatments for leukemia have improved outcomes for many patients, children with Down syndrome have not benefited as much.

    These young people are at increased risk for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and have higher rates of relapse and treatment-related harm.

    A new review looked at more contemporary therapi...

    FDA Proposes Ban on Formaldehyde in Hair Straighteners Over Health Dangers

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed a ban on the use of formaldehyde in hair relaxers over concerns about its link to respiratory problems and certain cancers.

    Right now, the FDA only discourages u...

    Scientists Spot Gene Mutation Linked to Esophageal Cancer

    Researchers have found a gene mutation linked to esophageal cancer, which could lead to better prevention and treatment strategies.

    Investigators from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio found the mutation, potentially helping those at risk of what is a highly lethal cancer. Esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) is a cancer of your food pipe.

    “With this discovery, we will be able t...

    Weight-Loss Surgery Could Lower Women's Cancer Risk

    It's long been known that obesity is tied to increased cancer risk, but can weight loss after bariatric surgery help lower a person's odds for the disease?

    The surgeries have now been around long enough for researchers to finally study the link. And a study involving 40 years of follow-up now confirms that, for women at least, weight-loss surgery helps lower long-term risks for cancer.

    Fit When Young? You May Have a Lower Risk of 9 Cancers as You Age

    Having good fitness while young can really pay off when it comes to cancer risk later in life.

    New research found that cardiorespiratory fitness -- the ability to do aerobic exercise -- was associated with up to 42% lower risk of nine cancers, including head and neck, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, colon, kidney and lung.

    Researchers used Swedish registry data up to the end o...

    Carcinogens Found at Montana Nuclear Missile Base as Cancer Cases Rise Nearby

    An investigation into a high number of cancers at a Montana nuclear missile base has led to the discovery of unsafe levels of a likely carcinogen.

    The hundreds of cancer cases appear to be connected to underground launch control centers at Malmstrom Air Force Base.

    Levels of PCBs, an oily or waxy substance that is considered a

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 8, 2023
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  • Biden Administration Announces New Cancer Research Initiative

    The Biden administration on Thursday launched a new research program aimed at helping doctors to better distinguish cancer cells from healthy tissue during surgery.

    The

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  • July 27, 2023
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  • WHO Agency Declares Aspartame a Possible Carcinogen

    In findings that are likely to fuel the debate over the safety of aspartame, one World Health Organization (WHO) agency announced Thursday that the artificial sweetener is a possible carcinogen while another stood firm in saying that aspartame is safe in recommended doses.

    “Cancer is one of the leading causes of death globally. Every year, 1 in 6 people die from cancer. Science is conti...

    New Type of Treatment Tackles Tough-to-Treat Prostate Cancer

    A preclinical study offers a potential new therapy for treatment-resistant prostate cancer, offering new hope for men with the disease.

    The study used the chemotherapy drug cisplatin, administered orally, to disrupt the metabolism of prostate cancer cells and bring the medication directly into treatment-resistant cells.

    University of Miami researchers validated their targets in huma...

    Obesity, Overweight Shrinks Survival Rates Against Childhood Leukemia

    A growing obesity epidemic may affect the outcome of treatment for those dealing with cancer, according to a new study of adults and teens being treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

    Researchers called for further study of how weight affects the response to different chemotherapy regimens for ALL.

    “We have known for roughly 15 years that obesity affects survival in pedia...

    Combo Therapy Could Treat Oral Melanomas in Dogs

    Could a treatment combo that improves the odds against melanoma for humans work in dogs?

    Yes, claims a new study that found radiotherapy followed by immunotherapy extended survival in canine melanoma patients.

    Melanomas in dogs are similar to human melanomas. An effective treatment for human melanomas is a combination of radiotherapy and immunotherapy. The researchers from Japan wa...

    Global Study Shows Loneliness Can Shorten Life Spans

    There is an epidemic of loneliness and isolation today, and the consequences can be deadly, researchers say.

    Folks who reported that they were socially isolated or felt lonely were more likely to die early from all causes including cancer, according to a sweeping review of 90 studies that included more than 2.2 million people from around the globe.

    Exactly how loneliness or social i...

    Ukraine: The War on Cancer, Fought in a War Zone

    Dr. Olena Postuypalenko was caring for patients at Kyiv City Clinical Oncology Center on Feb. 24, 2022, when her mother called to ask what seemed like an odd question: Has Russia invaded Ukraine?

    “My mom called me and said, ‘There are explosions. Has the war begun?' And honestly, at that time, I didn't believe it. I didn't understand what had happened,” said Postuypalenko, who speci...

    Disability a Growing Concern for U.S. Cancer Survivors

    The percentage of cancer survivors who struggle with a disability has doubled in the past 20 years, new research shows.

    “The fact that we are saving more lives from cancer is worth celebrating, but it also warrants a shift toward understanding and improving the quality of life for those who survive,” said study co-author

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  • June 9, 2023
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  • Cancer Centers Say Drug Shortages Are Impacting Patient Care

    A new survey of cancer centers find that chemotherapy shortages are affecting most of them, prompting last-minute changes in treatment for numerous types of cancer.

    About 93% of the centers surveyed said they were experiencing shortages of the drug carboplatin, while 70% were short on cisplatin. Together, these platinum chemotherapies can treat and even cure cancers, including lung, breas...

    As Medical Debt Rises, So Do Cancer Death Rates

    Folks who are loaded down with medical debt are less likely to survive a bout of cancer, a new study reports.

    Researchers found that U.S. counties where more residents have medical debt in collections also had more cancer deaths, compared to counties with less medical debt.

    “This association was seen for all cancers combined, and the five major cancer types: lung, colorectal, panc...

    Can Some Cancer Patients Safely Skip Radiation Therapy? New Studies Say Yes

    Radiation therapy might not be necessary in treating some forms of rectal cancer and lymphoma, sparing patients from the toxic treatment, a pair of new clinical trials shows.

    One trial found that rectal cancer patients whose tumors shrink in response to chemotherapy can safely skip the radiation therapy that's normally provided prior to surgery, researchers reported at the American Societ...

    Money Troubles Can Delay Cancer Diagnoses, Putting Survival in Jeopardy

    Money woes have long been linked to worse health care. Now, a new study finds financially strapped patients often put off cancer screenings -- only to learn they have the disease when it's advanced and tougher to treat.

    Researchers studied the financial background of nearly 102,000 patients diagnosed with cancer between 2014 and 2015. More than a third had previously experienced at l...

    Chinese Company May Help Ease U.S. Shortage of Cancer Drug

    With the United States facing a high number of drug shortages, a Chinese company may help to boost the supply of one in particular, the chemotherapy agent cisplatin.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with the Chinese drugmaker Qilu Pharmaceutical to import the widely used cancer drug. The Canadian pharmaceutical company Apotex will distribute the medication in 50-milli...

    New Drug Could Be Advance Against Glioma Brain Tumors

    An experimental targeted therapy can dramatically slow the progress of common slow-growing brain cancers, a new clinical trial finds.

    The oral drug vorasidenib nearly tripled progression-free survival in patients with grade 2 gliomas compared to placebo, nearly 28 months versus 11 months, according to results presented Sunday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meet...

    Loneliness Can Cut Survival After a Cancer Diagnosis: Study

    There's a "loneliness epidemic" in the United States, and feelings of isolation have been linked to heart disease, stroke and other health conditions.

    Now, new research suggests that cancer survivors who feel lonely may be more likely to die than survivors who have more social support.

    “Loneliness may be linked to worse survival following a cancer diagnosis through multiple mechan...

    Prostate Cancer: The Basics Every Man Needs to Know

    No man wants to hear that he has prostate cancer, but if he is diagnosed he will need to learn about the disease and how it is treated.

    Prostate cancer affects one in seven men. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS)...

    Tips to Checking Your Skin for Skin Cancer

    Skin cancer can pop up anywhere on your skin, including the soles of your feet and even under your fingernails.

    That's what happened to Isabel Lievano, who was diagnosed with melanoma when her dermatologist determined that a persistent black spot under her fingernail was the deadliest form of skin cancer.

    Lievano, 69, lost her nail, but not her finger or her life.

    “Skin ca...

    Mind-Body Effects of Qigong Might Help Ease Cancer-Related Fatigue

    When the late Brown University researcher Catherine Kerr had cancer, she benefited from an ancient Chinese practice known as qigong and began looking into its impact on others.

    Now, her colleagues are building on Kerr's work, studying how practicing qigong affects a person's perception of fatigue in...

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